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DOUBLE YOUR DONATION: SSPCA Benefactress To Match Gifts Up To Total Of $250,000 


SSPCA Benefactress To Match

Gifts Up To Total Of $250,000 

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes hugs Anita Vitullo after the benefactress praised Hayes in announcing the $250,000 matching gift. (Jim Kevlin/

HARTWICK SEMINARY – When it comes to taking care of animals, Stacie Haynes never gives up.

“Stacie approached me multiple times about fundraising,” said Anita Vitullo, Staffworks president and Susquehanna SPCA benefactress. “She was tenacious! But I was happy to help.”

On Tuesday, April 30, Vitullo and Haynes announced a $250,000 gift to the $2 million “Shelter Us” campaign to build a new expanded shelter building on the lot across from Smith Ford on Route 28, south of Cooperstown.

But there’s a catch.

“This gift is a challenge grant,” said Haynes. “Through Oct. 1, any grant given to us will be matched. If you give $5, she’ll give $5, and we get $10. And if we can generate $250,000 in donations, we get $500,000 towards our capital campaign.”

Donations can be made online, by mail or, ideally, in person. “We love when people stop in to bring a donation and tell their stories,” said Haynes. “And then when they come visit in our new building, they can see the difference their donation made.”

The new shelter will have a surgical suite, separate entrances for adoptions and surrenders, and rooms where potential families can meet and play with animals to find the best fit for their pet.

Shelter Gives 83 Pet Masks To County Fire Companies

Shelter Gives 83 Pet Masks

To County Fire Companies

Tool Helps Firefighters Apply ‘Psychic Fire Aid’

Susquehanna Animal Shelter Director Stacie Haynes and her deputy, Becca Daly, pack 83 Surgivet Pet Oxygen Masks for distribution – two per fire department – at this evening’s meeting of the Otsego County Fire Advisory Board at The Meadows.  Haynes told representatives of fire departments from around the county that a homeowner, distraught about losing a pet in a fire last year, donated $2,500 to the shelter for the pet masks in the hope others’ pets can be saved.  The shelter, through fundraisers, raised another $2,500 “and more,” Haynes said, to acquire the $35 devices, which come in three sizes – for dogs, for cats and for smaller pets like birds.  Art Klinger, acting emergency management services director, at left, demonstrates the use of the devices.  “The psychic first aid of seeing someone care for the pet can make all the difference” in calming victims at a fire scene, he said.  (Jim Kevliin/

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