A few months ago the New York State House and Senate voted to approve the shutdown of the puppy-mill-to-New York pipeline, ending the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bills await the governor’s signature. They have taken an inordinately long time to reach Hochul, having been first introduced in March, 2019.
Among the relentless fighters for this shutdown is our own Stacie Haynes, Executive Director of the Susquehanna SPCA.
As Board President of the New York State Animal Protection Federation as well, Haynes was instrumental in the passage in June of the Companion Animal Care Standards Act for Shelters and Rescues, which raises the standards of care for animals in shelters and rescues and ensures the licensing of all organizations caring for homeless animals.
Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes takes on another role this year as Board President for the New York State Animal Protection Federation, a statewide organization formed in 2010 to safeguard the well-being of all animals through legislative and policy initiatives in the state.
Ms. Haynes has served on the Federation’s board since 2019. The group is the voice of New York’s animal shelters, humane societies, and animal welfare organizations, and a trade/educational resource for its member organizations working to maintain high standards in animal welfare and care.
“When I started at Susquehanna in 2015, there were no opportunities to network, no playbook for best practices for shelters,” she said. “The Animal Protection Federation has grown a lot in the past few years to become what we are now, and what excites me the most is that we can do some great work for shelters all around the state.”
DANCE ART – 9 – 10 p.m. “Step Africa” introduces audiences to Zulu and South African Gumboot Dance and shares the tradition of audience participation. Tickets, $3. Hunt Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1757779
DISCUSSION – 3 – 4 p.m. “Take Action for Animals: Animal Legislation and Advocacy,” discussing animal rights with Libby Post, Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation. Room 304, Fitzelle Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1952885