Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.life – Betty Steele, top, gives Snowy something he hasn’t had in a while: a kiss. Center, Bethoven gives an affectionate lick to foster dad Ian Laschell, with foster mom Wendy. Bottom, Stacie Haynes, who got back from Beirut at 9:30 Tuesday, March 4, worked until past midnight getting the 13 rescued dogs settled at the SSPCA Shelter
On Mission Of Mercy, SSPCA Duo Rescues 13 Dogs
By LIBBY CUDMORE
HARTWICK SEMINARY – It was a long day for everyone.
After 30 hours of travel, first by plane, then by van from JFK to Cooperstown, the 13 dogs Stacie Haynes and Sarah Haddad rescued from an uncertain fate in Beirut, Lebanon, were more stressed than usual.
“In Beirut, people throw rocks at these dogs, they hit them, they scream ‘go away,’” said Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director. “They’re not used to humans being loving, and on top of that, they’ve been in a crate for all this time.”
But waiting for them in Cooperstown were the SPCA volunteers and foster families anxious to meet their new companions.
Haynes, Haddad Back From Beirut
Just arrived from a Beirut rescue, Bethoven affectionately licks foster dad Ian Laschell’s face a few minutes ago, as he and wife Wendy prepare to take their new pet home to Oneonta from the Susquehanna SPCA shelter in Hartwick Seminary. They are truly doing a wonderful thing, and it’s something that so many dogs apprecaite. Not many of these dogs have the love and attention that they need. Most have been abandoned and don’t know what a family home actually is. The Laschells can offer them this, they can take them home, give them lots of attention, let them enjoy things like this dog lavender oil plus so much more! The Laschells had rescued seven dogs from Hurricane Katrina; the last died last year. SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes and Licensed Vet Tech Sara Haddad, in photo at right, and the 13 dogs they rescued were picked up by shelter volunteers in three vans at JFK Airport in New York City this evening, arriving back at the shelter shortly before 9:30. As a half-dozen foster families waited, the dogs were checked, fed, walked and held in cages until they could be processed. Haynes and Haddad’s final adventure, a collaboration with Animals Lebanon, came in Qatar en route home, when they were separated from the animals and confined briefly while authorities checked the canines’ papers. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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