HARTWICK SEMINARY – Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery in Seneca Falls has bought the Susquehanna Animal Shelter property, and plans to put a tasting room in the Thrift Shop, SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes confirmed a few minutes ago.
The other buildings may be used for wine storage, but “what was really attractive to them was the space,” said Haynes. “We have backyards here, bordering on (Oaks Creek), that are gorgeous. Very quiet and tranquil.”
The SQSPCA is building a new $5 million animal shelter about a half-mile north on Route 28, and is expecting to have a grand opening there this spring.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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/
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
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/
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
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.”
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.
COMMEMORATION – 11 a.m. Join Oneonta Vets Club to celebrate Veterans Day, commemorate soldiers past and present who fought for the US. Please wear masks, practice social distancing. Neahwa Park, Oneonta.
FILM FESTIVAL – Enjoy movies, videos on theme ‘A Road Less Traveled.’ Sign up to stream films to your home devices. Continues through 11/11. Cost, $50 for all-inclusive pass. Presented by Glimmerglass Film Days. Visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org for info.