Halfway To $1/2M Goal, SPCA Closes On 2 Acres

FROM THIS WEEK’S HOMETOWN

ONEONTA & FREEMAN’S JOURNAL

Halfway To $1/2M Goal,

SPCA Closes On 2 Acres

Groundbreaking Planned In May In Index

Susquehanna SPCA board Chairman Gaylord Dillingham and Executive Director Stacie Haynes (with Zero, available for adoption) walk the two acres across from Kevin’s Ford, Route 28, Index, that will be the home of the new shelter. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • HOMETOWN ONEONTA & The Freeman’s Journal

INDEX – Just six weeks old, the $2 million “Shelter Us” fund drive passed the halfway mark in recent days, giving the Susquehanna SPCA confidence to buy land for its new headquarters.

The SPCA has closed the deal on two acres of land at 5088-5082 Route 28, CPA Judith Brown’s former office and the building next door.

“We’re finalizing everything withour construction management team.  We are planning to break ground early in the spring,” said SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

As for the money raised, “We had a goal of $1 million by the end of 2018,” said Haynes. “And we’ve raised more than that.”

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