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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/



Y Hosts ‘Pawsitive Pawsibilities’ Meet-And-Greet

Y’s ‘Pawsitive Pawsibilities,’

A Pet Meet-And-Greet Event

Dallas, a four year-old Lab mix, offers his paw after Katrina Crandell, a Susquehanna SPCA volunteer, and two year-old Hayden Marie Wright tell him to shake, with Hayden ready to give him a treat. Dallas and J.R., a two year-old Jack Russell terrier mix, pictured in back with SPCA volunteer Adam Ilgrin, were at the YMCA in Oneonta today, greeting staff and members, who lavished attention on them. These events will be held every Saturday at the Oneonta Y from Noon-2 p.m., and Sundays Noon-4 at Brandow’s Feed and Seed. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO)
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

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.

Jasmine, Puppies Find Foster Home


Jasmine, Puppies

Find Foster Home

Jasmine, who gave birth to a litter of puppies at the Susquehanna SPCA last week, has found a foster home with Jeni Metch and her family. Jeni, a stay-at-home-mom, has become very close to Jasmine, close enough that the protective Mama will let Jeni pick up her puppies – as she is doing with Cocoa – so long as she keeps them close by.  Colton and Wyatt, seen with mom Jeni and their father, Dan, right, named the puppies – three boys, Cocoa, Reese and Ruger, and girl, Ruby. Though Jasmine gave birth to six puppies last Tuesday, two of them died at just a few days old, according to Stacie Haynes, SSPCA executive director. But when Jeni, who has fostered dogs before through the SSPCA, saw the call for homes last week, she immediately contacted Becca Daly, communications director, and offered up her Davenport home. “I wish I could keep all of them,” said Jeni. “More dogs are better in my book.” (Ian Austin/

Shelter Seeks Foster Family For Puppies, Mom

Susquehanna SPCA Seeks

Foster For Puppies, Mom

A surrendered dog gave birth to six puppies overnight at the Susquehanna SPCA, and now the shelter is looking for a foster family to take in the mother, Jasmine, and her brood until the puppies are old enough to be adopted out. According to Becca Daly, communications coordinator, the ideal foster would be a quiet home, with no other pets or young children, and would be able to bring the dogs back to the shelter as necessary for medical appointments and checkups. Daly, at right, said the dogs, including Jasmine, are all in good health and will be available for adoption after the puppies are weaned, usually 8-10 weeks. Executive Director Stacie Haynes said that the owners did not tell them Jasmine was pregnant when they surrendered her last week, and when she came in this morning, she found the new puppies. To volunteer, call (607) 547-8111 ext 100. (Jim Kevlin/


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.

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