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Susquehanna Animal Shelter

Max, SQSPCA Director To Swap Places For Day

He’s Been Confined For 444 Days

Max, SQSPCA Director

To Swap Places For Day

Max has spent one year, 78 days at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, waiting to be adopted.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Max, a long-time shelter resident, will move into SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes office this coming Wednesday, and Hayne will move into his cage for a day.

Will Stacie by smiling at the end of Wednesday?

The idea is to drive home to the public – and Stacie – what an extended stay means for shelter dogs, and the importance of adopting shelter dogs as quickly as possible.

“March 3 marks Max’s 444th day here at our shelter,” explained Haynes. “Max has been living in a kennel for over a year, with no comfy couch, no home or human to call his own, and an ever-changing parade of complete strangers judging both him and his behavior. Before that, he was in a different shelter for about four months.”

Facing Breast Cancer, Zoe ‘Always Has Smile On Face’

Living Happy

Facing Breast Cancer, Zoe ‘Always Has Smile On Face’

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Zoe plays happily with her canine pals, Sabrina and Bentley, at the farm where she was adopted. However, a cancer recurrence has been diagnosed, leaving her with an estimated 18 months to live. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

After a year and some happy months on the other side of neglect, 10-year-old German Shepherd Zoe has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Zoe first captured the hearts of people across the region – and beyond – when rescued from her home on Nov. 15, 2019, after a UPS driver spotted a dog that appeared to “have had its leg blown off.”

After an X-ray showed “bones in her belly,” confirming Zoe had chewed off her own leg, it was later determined that it was not done out of hunger, but rather out of pain.

Zoe had a large – fortunately benign – mass on her left shoulder that was removed at Cornell University while she was receiving medical attention for her missing leg.

A local farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, fostered Zoe right away before later adopting her, explaining he was lucky to get her as she was inquired about as far away as Texas in the continental United States and Israel globally.

Animal Cruelty Hotline Announced By SQSPCA

Need Help With Your

Animals? Call This #

Pittsfield Pony, Rabbit Deaths Spur Move

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Following last Friday’s rescue of a horse and two cats from a Pittsfield property where a pony, three rabbits and a chicken had died, the Susquehanna SPCA today announced a hotline for people who need help caring for their animals.

The hotline is (607) 547-8111, extension 108.

“Over and over again, we are witness to horrific scenes of animals that have suffered unnecessarily and died,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “We have seen this happen with domestic animals but more often, it is farm animals.”

National Pioneer Tours State-Of-Art Shelter
CONSTRUCTION MAY BE COMPLETE BY MAY

National Pioneer Tours State-Of-Art Shelter

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Modern animal shelter pioneer Scott Learned of Design Learned, Norwich, Conn.,examines the drains in the double-cage kennels-to-be at the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter, now under construction on Route 28, Index. Smell control will be a key factor in maintaining a tranquil environment for the would-be adoptees. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

When Stacie Haynes joined the Susquehanna Animal Shelter as executive director in 2015, she discovered one of the dogs had been in its kennel for more than 400 days.
Today, shelter stays are typically 14-21 days, she reports.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Virtual Frostbite 5K 12-03-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

Virtual Frostbite 5K

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FROSTBITE 5K – Ongoing. Run, walk, or bike anytime during the month of December. Post your results, then a picture of yourself in an ugly sweater with your race bib for the chance to win prizes. Benefit for the Oneonta YMCA. 607-432-0010 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaFamilyYMCA/

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Healthy Eating This Holiday Season 12-02-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2

Eat Healthy This Holiday Season

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HOLIDAY EATING – 10:30 a.m. Fun webinar for holiday meal makers, celebrators, and eaters of any age. Learn tips/tricks to for a healthy & enjoyable holiday season. Free, registration required for Zoom meeting. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie & Otsego Counties. 518-234-4303 ext. 120 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2020/12/02/i-wish-you-a-healthy-holiday

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt 11-26-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

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SCAVENGER HUNT – Thursday – Sunday. Participate in Thanksgiving weekend scavenger hunt. Find items indoors and out on the list, post them to facebook with the tag #OCCAfoundit for the chance to win prizes. Presented by Otsego County Conservation Association. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/holiday-2020-programming/

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Vaccinations For The Pets 11-25-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Vaccinations For The Pets

14-19eventspageRABIES CLINIC – 1 – 6 p.m. Free rabies vaccination for cats, dogs, ferrets. Scheduling for 30 minute intervals to follow social distancing. First come, first serve. Susquehanna SPCA, Rt. 28, Cooperstown. 607-547-4230 or visit sqspca.org/free-weekly-rabies-clinics/

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Tour Presidential Exhibit Virtually 11-19-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Tour Presidential Exhibit Virtually

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VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 p.m. Zoom meeting featuring walk through of exhibit ‘Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer’ with photographer Kevin Gray featuring in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Free, registration required. Suggested donation $5. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Learn History Of Baseball Uniforms 11-18-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Learn History Of Baseball Uniforms

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VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP – 1 p.m. Students grades 6-12 are invited to learn history of baseball uniforms and how changes in the uniform often reflect events in American history in the 20th & 21st Centuries. Free, registration required for Zoom meeting. Presented by The Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-field-trip-american-history-through-baseball-uniforms-2?date=0

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

SQSPCA Rescues 10 Cats From Staten Island Site

SQSPCA Rescues 10 Cats

From Staten Island Site

HARTWICK SEMINARY – In response to a plea for emergency assistance from downstate shelters, the Susquehanna SPCA will welcome 10 cats on Tuesday to its shelter here.

Heating issues at the Animal Care Centers of NYC’s  Staten Island location made it unsafe to house animals there, prompting the transfer.

“While our Staten Island shelter only holds a small number of animals, the sudden relocation of cats and large dogs caused a strain on our populations in the Brooklyn and Manhattan care centers,” said Colleen Doucette, ACC senior manager.  “Thankfully, with the help of partners like the SQSPCA, we have reduced our populations.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Celebrate Otsego County Business 11-12-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Celebrate Otsego County Business

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ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS – 4:30 p.m. Hop online to celebrate local businesses for their innovation, entrepreneurship, & resilience in the face of a global pandemic. Features videos by winners Theresa’s Emporium & Pathfinder Produce. Other winners include Custom Electronics receiving award the NBT Bank Distinguished Business of the Year, and NY State Senator James Seward receiving A. Bettiol, Jr., Distinguished Citizen Award. This years theme is #togetherwethrive. Register to participate on Zoom. Presented by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Visit otsegocc.com for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Virtually Tour Exhibit ‘Hamilton’s Final Act’ 11-4-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Virtually Tour Exhibit

‘Hamilton’s Final Act’

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VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 p.m. Zoom meeting featuring walk through of exhibit ‘Hamilton’s Final Act: Enemies and Allies’ with manager of arts education Kevin Gray. Free, registration required. Suggested donation $5. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

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