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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Sing A Song Of Broadway 

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THEATER CONCERT – 7 p.m. Sing A Song of Broadway presents “Wishes, Lies, & Dreams” featuring music from My Fair Lady, Seussical, Les Miserable, 1776, Into The Woods, many more. Don’t miss one night only show. Admission, $18/adult. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-4102 or visit firstumc-oneonta.org

Halfway To $1/2M Goal, SPCA Closes On 2 Acres

FROM THIS WEEK’S HOMETOWN

ONEONTA & FREEMAN’S JOURNAL

Halfway To $1/2M Goal,

SPCA Closes On 2 Acres

Groundbreaking Planned In May In Index

Susquehanna SPCA board Chairman Gaylord Dillingham and Executive Director Stacie Haynes (with Zero, available for adoption) walk the two acres across from Kevin’s Ford, Route 28, Index, that will be the home of the new shelter. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • HOMETOWN ONEONTA & The Freeman’s Journal

INDEX – Just six weeks old, the $2 million “Shelter Us” fund drive passed the halfway mark in recent days, giving the Susquehanna SPCA confidence to buy land for its new headquarters.

The SPCA has closed the deal on two acres of land at 5088-5082 Route 28, CPA Judith Brown’s former office and the building next door.

“We’re finalizing everything withour construction management team.  We are planning to break ground early in the spring,” said SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

As for the money raised, “We had a goal of $1 million by the end of 2018,” said Haynes. “And we’ve raised more than that.”

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SPCA’s Stacie Haynes Is Citizen Of The Year

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SPCA’s Stacie Haynes

Is Citizen Of The Year

Stacie Haynes has loved dogs since, as a little girl, granddad Art Shaver introduced her to Misty. Today, she has her dream job, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, as it embarks on a $2 million fundraising drive for a new shelter. If anyone can help it happen, Stacie can. Read the story of her inspiring life in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands around Otsego County this afternoon.
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Om, Meow, Om, Meow Cats Join Yoga Practitioners At SSPCA Fundraiser

Om, Meow, Om, Meow

Cats Join Yoga Practitioners At SSPCA Fundraiser

At this hour, cats from the Susquehanna SPCA are participating in instructor Lisa Brown’s yoga class in the Cooperstown Baptist Church community room on Elm Street. The SSPCA provided five up-for-adoption cats for the event, but only two got in the swing of things. “The people who are doing yoga are having a good time,” said Pastor Joe Perdue. “And it’s good for the cats – it’s socializing them, getting them used to being around people,” and thus improving their chances of adoption. The pastor got the idea from his wife, Julia, who does yoga with their cat, and also from the goat yoga being practiced at NY Goat Yoga in Gilbertsville. The fee to participate is $10. Instructor and host usually split that, but both are donating their share to SSPCA.  Donations to the drive are being matched this month by the Staffworks Charitable Fund’s “Safe a Life” campaign.  To donate to the SSPCA drive, visit www.sqspca.org (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5

View Holiday Trees

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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.

HOLIDAY TREES – 6 – 8 p.m. View festive trees arranged by local businesses, organizations displayed throughout museum. The Edmeston Museum, 1 North St., Edmeston. E-mail edmestonmuseum@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/Edmeston-Museum-219562458817938/

Half-Price Adoptions Offered Through Year’s End At SSPCA

Half-Price Adoptions Offered

Through Year’s End At SSPCA

Ozzie is one of the adult dogs that may be adopted at half-price from the Susquehanna SPCA through the end of the year.

COOPERSTOWN – Now through the end of the year, adoptions of all adult dogs and cats are 50 percent off at the Susquehanna SPCA.

“Our shelter has been operating at capacity for weeks,” said Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “The sooner we find good homes for the animals currently in our care, the faster we can begin working to adopt out cats and dogs on the waiting list.”

The Susquehanna SPCA is located just south of Cooperstown at 4841 State Highway 28. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and, once approved, most adoptions are same-day.

Let’s Give Back To Ensure SPCA Keeps Serving Us

Editorial for November 23, 2018

CONTRIBUTE NOW, DOUBLE YOUR INVESTMENT

Let’s Give Back To Ensure SPCA Keeps Serving Us

When the Susquehanna SPCA learned last February it had won $500,000 from Governor Cuomo’s Companion Animal Capital Fund, Executive Director Stacie Haynes sought bids to upgrade the aging shelter in Hartwick Seminary.
To a person, all of the prospective contractors said: Don’t spend a half-million on this building, Haynes related the other day in an interview leading up to the
announcement in this week’s edition of “Shelter Us,” a $2 million capital campaign to build a brand new animal shelter.
A tour the other day brought the insurmountable challenges of the compound at 4841 Route 28 into focus.
One, there’s not enough room. But, two, the particle-board walls and semi-porous concrete floors are simply impossible to keep clean. All the scrubbing by staff and volunteers can’t remove the stains, mold and smell. In effect, the complex is generally worn out.
It’s time for a change.

This year, the shelter proved its worth – if there was ever any doubt:
• On Friday the 13th of April, shelter volunteers were called to a nightmarish scene at a farm near Garrattsville to oversee the emergency relocation of 103 starving and neglected animals – donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, Pyrenees, even a parakeet.
• On Wednesday, May 16, Fox Hospital discovered 19 kittens in a plastic bag in a restroom, abandoned. Haynes’ assistance, Becca Daly of Oneonta, took over the care of the 5-day-old cats, and the SPCA found foster homes for the other 14.
• On Tuesday, Oct. 2, sheriff’s deputies rescued 53 tiny Lhasa Apsos packed in a Milford home, and dropped them off for medical care at the shelter. Within a week, the animals had been put on the path to health and adoption.
• Just 20 days later, on Monday, Oct. 22, a shelter team retrieved four pigs left in a shed at the far end of a dirt road in Laurens.
All this is done by a modest professional staff, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, people like Arlene Nygren of Goodyear Lake, young Bob Wood (not the supervisor) of Oneonta, Cat Chicorelli of Cherry Valley, Betty Steele of Hartwick, and many more – our neighbors, contributing selflessly to Otsego County’s greater good.

This requires a substantial budget, a little over $600,000 this year. About $100,000 comes from foundations, but the rest through revenues from a well-run thrift shop, fund-raising programs and donations.
A tiny part of this money – about $7,500 a year – comes from individual contracts with 18 towns to take care of animals seized by dog-control officers. While deputies and state troopers drop off animals as necessary, no operating funds come from county and state coffers.
For almost 100 years now, the Susquehanna SPCA has been largely a volunteer effort, funded by people who care. In the difficult decade our nation has gone through, here’s an example of good citizenship that shines bright.

Now, we all have the opportunity to get involved, through “Shelter Us.”
The $2 million campaign is off to a good start with the $500,000 grant, and another $180,000 donated through the “quiet phase” of the campaign. Now, the public is being invited to give, to ensure a quality future for an organization that has proved its worth to the Otsego County community at large.
The beauty of “Shelter Us” is there’s an opportunity and a need for everyone to contribute according to our means. The important thing is to make this one-time contribution now.
The original plan was to launch the campaign in the new year, but an opportunity has arisen: Anita Vitullo of the Utica area, founder of Staffworks, which has an Oneonta office, has offered to match a dollar for every dollar donated in December, up to $10,000, to “Shelter Us.”
So double your money – and the shelter’s – by donating during the month of December.
The Susquehanna SPCA has been serving the community for 100 years. Now’s the time to build a foundation for the second hundred years for an institution that’s not only essential, but widely revered.

CAMPAIGN GOAL: BUILD NEW SPCA

$2 MILLION FUND DRIVE LAUNCHED

CAMPAIGN GOAL:

BUILD NEW SPCA

(reprinted from this week’s Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s Journal)
HCP Architects, Albany, prepared this preliminary artist’s rendering of the new Susquehanna SPCA.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

HARTWICK SEMINARY – When Stacie Haynes first arrived at the Susquehanna SPCA, the new executive director walked through the building and made a list of what needed work.

Among the issues she found were a leaky roof and a mold-covered poster in what would become the surgery room. “It’s all pressboard in there,” she said, “There’s not enough stainless steel, so you can never really disinfect every inch.”

Repairs were done but, three years into her tenure, Haynes and her board of directors recognizes the shelter has far outgrown the repurposed motorcycle shop that has served as the shelter since 1981.

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