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
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.
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
By early afternoon today, 11 dogs and cats had been adopted from the Susquehanna SPCA’s shelter in Hartwick Seminary, part of a two-day waiver of adoption fees enabled by the second annual “Howl’oween” Pet Adoption Event.” A $5,000 grant, from ASPCA and Five Star, is allowing the waiver of the usual $100-200 adoption fee, according to SQSPCA’s Darla Youngs. This year, because of COVID-19, reservations are required (call 547-8111), and it’s hoped that 25 animals will be adopted by Saturday evening. Last year, with no social distancing, “we were mobbed,” said Youngs, and 48 were adopted in allotted two days. In top photo, Cooperstown’s Brian Bennett says hi to Rosebud, one of the cats up for adoption. Inset, right, the SQSPCA’s Clark Oliver says hi to Twizzler, a rare Blue Tick Coon Hound/pit bull combination, one of his favorites. The idea of “Howl’oween” is to reduce the shelter’s census, usually about 80 animals, before the Christmas season. It’s busy time of year: Last year, the shelter took in 143 animals between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
TRUNK OR TREAT – 4 p.m. Decorate your cars and bring the kids for fun activities from building a spider, pumpkin carving, make a ghost, and of course collecting candy. All stations are sanitized, 6 feet apart. The Railroad Inn, 28 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown.
HORROR AT MUSEUM – 6 p.m. Enjoy evening of spooky stories from students, faculty, & staff. Will feature readings and performances of original, classic tales of horror and the macabre. Presented by Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/yagermuseum/ for info.
COOPERSTOWN REFLECTS – 7 p.m. Join panel on Zoom to for ‘Cooperstown Reflects on Racism and Healthcare’ discussion with Reggie Knight, Spine Care Institute; Dr. Subashini Daniel, Attending Surgeon, Cardiac Surgery; Dr. Jim Dalton, Director of Medical Education, Bassett Healthcare; Vince Solomon, Psychiatric Social Worker; and Candice Shannon, Social Psychologist/Sociologist. Presented by Cooperstown Village Library. Visit fovl.eventbrite.com to register.