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Ground Broken, And $2M Raised, For New Shelter

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Ground Broken,

And $2M Raised,

For New Shelter

With Success, ‘Shelter Us’ Finds $3M

Will Be Needed, And Sets New Target

Turning golden shovels at today’s noontime groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA animal shelter on Route 28 at Index are, from left, “Shelter Us” committee member Anne Laing, benefactress Ann Vitullo, benefactress Jane Forbes Clark, “Shelter Us” campaign chair Gaylord Dillingham and shelter Executive Director Stacie Hayes. Behind them, from left, are volunteer Sue Leonard, and board members Peter Gould, Kathy Clarkson and Corey Moffat. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Better Exchange Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas sets up panels showing artist’s renderings of the prospective animal shelter, on view for the first time today.

INDEX – There was plenty of good news, high spirits and benefactors aplenty at today’s groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA shelter on Route 28.  Plus a new goal to strive for.

First, it was announced the $250,000 matching grant from Staffworks President Anita Vitullo has been met, contributing $500,000 total to the $2 million original goal.

Second, it was announced the $2 million goal has been met, but also that an expanding vision has required a new goal — $3 million – with four years to meet the new target.

“We’re here to do it once and to do it right,” Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes declared in announcing the new goal to an upbeat and applauding crowd.

Razing Makes Way For Animal Shelter

Razing Makes Way

For Animal Shelter

SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes and Rick Bliss, Lane Construction’s Cooperstown manager, confer Tuesday, Aug. 6, as the site of the future animal shelter on Route 28 was cleared. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

by LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

INDEX

The Susquehanna SPCA is just over the halfway point.

“We’ve received $1.9 million in our Shelter Us campaign,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director.

The campaign will help build the SQSPCA’s new shelter, which will have a groundbreaking ceremony at the new site at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24.  (The acronym was changed from SSPCA to avoid confusion with four other SPCAs.)

Tweedie Construction, Walton, began the demolition on the first of the two houses on the site on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and within three hours, the abandoned house was in rubble.

“That site will serve as parking for the groundbreaking,” said Haynes. “We’ll take down the second house afterwards.”

Haynes debuted the plans in front of a packed house at the Town of Otsego Planning board the evening of the demolition.

“The SPCA isn’t just a volunteer organization, it’s a professional one,” said Randy Velez, Cooperstown. “There’s a professional level that needs to be maintained and the county depends on it.”

“I love the SPCA and the animals here and it needs to have a new building,” said Phoebe Needle, 9, the granddaughter of SQSPCA board chair and board member respectively, Gaylord and Nicole Dillingham.

The board approved the site plan and the special use permit.

“We want to build the best shelter we can build,” said Haynes. “This property has a safe location, better parking, and our volunteers won’t be walking dogs alongside Route 28.”

Consultant Barbara Carr has been assisting them in designing the shelter. “We’re so fortunate to have her at this critical time because she has helped build shelters,” said Haynes. “She can tell us what we have some wiggle room on and what we absolutely cannot cut.”

At the groundbreaking, visitors will finally have a chance to see full renderings of the proposed project, including a floor plan and artist rendering.

The ceremony will also include photographs with the shelter’s new mascots. “Everybody likes animals, but some people are more cat people or dog people,” she said. “So we found costumes for both!”

Visitors are also encouraged to bring shelter “alumni” – or any pet – for the photo booth. No furry friend for the booth? The shelter will have animals available to adopt, this month at half-price.

The new project goal has been raised from $2 million to  $3 million, which will cover the costs of acquiring the new site, as well as demolition, work costs and constructing a building for the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop.

Anita Vitullo, New Hartford, Staffworks’ CEO, pledged to match donations up to $250,000 through October first, and the initial funding of $500,000 came through the state Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant through the Department of Agriculture & Markets.

The new shelter will allow them to expand their capacity for intake, care and adoptions. The shelter is currently struggling with an influx of kittens

Earlier this week, Haynes said, three kittens and a mother were trapped behind the Mirabito on Oneida Street in Oneonta. “A woman called us and said that she was from out of town and was leaving, but that she couldn’t sleep knowing that kittens were starving back there.”

Additionally, on Tuesday afternoon, two mother cats and two kittens were brought in suffering from severe flea infestations. “We have waiting list of 50 cats,” she said. “And that’s why we’re doing our ‘Study Buddy’ adoption program.”

The “Study Buddy” adoptions will go through the end of August and cut adoption fees for cats and kittens in half.

 

And with the groundbreaking planned, Hayes anticipates that they will be in the new space by next summer.

“One way or another,” she said. “We will be in our new building within a year.”

 

Otsego Planning Board Approves SPCA Shelter Plan

Otsego Planning Board

OKs Animal Shelter Plan

Phoebe Keel, 9, stood up at the Town of Otsego Planning Board meeting this evening to voice support for the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter during a public comment on the site plan in Fly Creek. “I love the SPCA and the animals here and it needs to have a new building,” she said.  Keel is the granddaughter of SQSPCA board members Nicole and Gaylord Dillingham, who also chairs the Shelter Us fund drive.  She is visiting from California for the summer. The board unanimously approved the site plan. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
DETAILS IN THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S, HOMETOWN
Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned For New Animal Shelter
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Groundbreaking Ceremony

Planned For Animal Shelter

COOPERSTOWN – With adoptable animals, a pet photo booth and more, the Susquehanna SPCA will break ground on their new animal shelter building on Saturday, Aug,. 24

“We invite animal lovers, shelter supporters and volunteers from across the region to join us with their pets for an afternoon of fun as we celebrate this momentous occasion,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “If you’re not familiar with our work, this is also a great time to come learn about our organization and see us in action.”

PETS Task Force’s First Case: Pittsfield Pigs

PETS Task Force’s First Case:

Rescue Pigs From Pittsfield Farm

Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, feeds two pigs, nicknamed Sonny and Cher, that the SSPCA rescued from squalid conditions in Pittsfield. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

HARTWICK SEMINARY – It was a scene Stacie Haynes has seen play out before.

Two pigs, skinny and without food, water or hay, trying to eat the corpses of two dead pigs in a trash pile at a farm on County Route 18, Town of Pittsfield. “They were shivering and cold,” she said. “We got called out there at night in a rainstorm, and we seized them.”

Now playfully dubbed “Sonny and Cher,” the two pigs – one male, one female, approximately five months old – are at the SPCA with plenty of clean hay and shelter.

Two Pigs Seized From Pittsfield Farm

Neglected Pigs Seized

From Pittsfield Farm

Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, feeds the two five month old pigs seized last night from a farm in Pittsfield. According to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., a neighbor heard noises coming from a barn on County Highway 18 in Pittsfield and, upon inspection, found two dead pigs. Further inspection located the two living pigs without food, hay or water, and the neighbors reported it to the Sheriff’s Department. The investigation into animal cruelty is ongoing. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO,com)
Animal Cruelty Task Force Meets, Renames Self PETS
TASK FORCE TO START TRAINING OFFICERS

Animal Cruelty Task Force

Meets, Renames Self PETS

The county’s new Animal Cruelty Task Force, renamed PETS, met today, comprising, from left, District Attorney John Muehl, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes Christine Schneider of Leatherstocking Veterinary Group, SSPCA Vet Tech Sara Haddad,  and Joan Puritz of Oneonta Veterinary Clinic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

SSPCA’s Haynes believes that education is the key to preventing animal cruelty.

COOPERSTOWN – PETS, Stacie Haynes said, are the county’s tools for combating animal cruelty.

“PETS stands for Prevention, Education, Training and Systems,” said Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director. “That is the new name we have given the Animal Cruelty Task Force.”

The group, which formed in February, met this morning at the county Sheriff’s Department offices to agree on goals.

Most cases of animal cruelty, said Haynes, are people who find themselves overwhelmed. “They’re not intentionally torturing an animal, they just end up in unfortunate circumstances.”

SSPCA Benefactor Offers $250K, But We Must Match It

SSPCA Benefactor

Offers $250K Match

For New Donations

Public Share Would Put $2 Million

‘Shelter Us’ Target Within Reach

Susquehanna SPCA benefactor and Staffworks President Anita Vitullo, Clinton, above center, poses with SSPCA board members after announcing a few minutes ago that, dollar-for-dollar, she will match forthcoming donations to the “Shelter Us” fund drive up to $250,000.  If fully realized, Vitullo’s contribution will bring the $2 million drive to build a new animal shelter to $1.75 million, only $250,000 short of its $2 million.  Posing with her after the announcement at the current shelter in Hartwick Seminary are, from left, Jill Basile, Oneonta; Shannon Stockdale, Maryland; board Chairman Gaylord Dillingham, Springfield; Merilyn Gould, Morris; Executive Director Stacie Haynes, and Peter Gould, Morris.  Inset, after introducing Vitullo, Haynes hugs her as the benefactor prepares to make the announcement.  The new state-of-the-art shelter will be located on Route 28 next to St. Mary’s Cemetery.  More details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta, on newsstand tomorrow afternoon.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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13 Dogs Rescued,In Foster Homes,Resting At SSPCA

Haynes, Haddad Back From Beirut

13 Dogs Rescued,

In Foster Homes,

Resting At SSPCA

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.  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)

FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE RESCUE, SEE

THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S, HOMETOWN

Meet The Dogs The Susquehanna SPCA Will Bring Home From Beirut

Meet The Needy Dogs

The Susquehanna SPCA

Will Bring Home From Beirut

Chippy, 4 month old shepherd mix, will find her forever home in Otsego County as part of the Susquehanna SPCA’s goodwill mission to Beirut.

COOPERSTOWN – Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director, will depart for Beirut, Lebanon, tomorrow to work with Animals Lebanon on a goodwill mission to help share their best practices with the animal rescue organization.

In addition to offering assistance and sharing their best practices, Haynes will bring back as many as 13 dogs in need of foster and permanent homes. They include:

• Bethoven, 1, a male black lab, described as “very gentle with cats, dogs and people.”

•Star Shepherd, 4-month-old female, found chained on the side of the road.

•Sadie, 3, a female, very friendly with other dogs, although can be shy at first.

Susquehanna SPCA Travels To Beirut On Goodwill Mission

Susquehanna SPCA Travels

To Beirut On Goodwill Mission

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – As many as 13 dogs will get a second chance as part of a sponsored goodwill mission to Beirut, Lebanon.

Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director, and Sara Haddad, licensed veterinary technician, are embarking Thursday on the mission of mercy.

“We are honored to have been selected for this goodwill mission and are proud to share best practices we have learned and implemented here at the Susquehanna SPCA with an organization working toward the same goal on the other side of the world,” said Haynes.

SPCA, Sheriff, DA Form Animal Cruelty Task Force

SPCA, Sheriff, District Attorney

Form Animal Cruelty Task Force

John Muehl, Otsego County District Attorney, Stacie Haynes. executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. have partnered to begin establishing an Animal Cruelty Task Force, aimed at preventing, educating and empowering law enforcement on how to deal with animal cruelty cases.

COOPERSTOWN – The Susquehanna SPCA will partner with the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office to look at creating a task force dedicated to combating animal cruelty in the county.

“In addition to having a system in place for when we do have animal cruelty cases involving animal seizures, we plan to educate and empower law enforcement and the public about the humane treatment of animals and what we can do if we suspect cruelty,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, in a statement.

Susquehanna SPCA Raises Over $95K In ‘Save A Life’ Campaign

Susquehanna SPCA
Raises Over $95K In
‘Save A Life’ Campaign

 

COOPERSTOWN

Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo, left, presents Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, with a check for more than $95,000 at the end of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign. With Haynes are Becca Daley, SSPCA communications coordinator and Alicia Dicks, director of the Community Foundation.

Raising more than $75,000 in donations as part of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter was one of the top performers of the fund drive, receiving an additional $10,000 towards their capital project on top of the $10,000 in matching funding for a total of $95,949.
“We didn’t raise the most, but Anita felt like we did so well as newcomers that she gave us an extra $10,000 anyways!” said Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director.
In December, Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo announced the campaign, which aimed to match up to $10,000 in donations for animal advocacy organizations around the state, in December.
“I’m so honored to be in a community that rallied the way they did,” said Haynes. “The difference this money can make is amazing.”

 

 

 

Susquehanna SPCA Raises $95K In Staffworks ‘Save-a-Life’ Campaign

Susquehanna SPCA

Raises Over $95K In

‘Save A Life’ Campaign

Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo, left, presents Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, with a check for more than $95,000 at the end of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign. With Haynes are Becca Daley, SSPCA communications coordinator and Alicia Dicks, director of the Community Foundation.

COOPERSTOWN – Raising more than $75,000 in donations as part of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter was one of the top performers of the fund drive, receiving an additional $10,000 towards their capital project on top of the $10,000 in matching funding for a total of $95,949.

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