Saturday, the Susquehanna SPCA had a ground-breaking celebration/ceremony at the site of the new shelter on Rt. 28, just up the road from the current shelter. The organization has been persistently fundraising to pay for the new home for area homeless cats and dogs.  The original goal was $2 million which has been reached thanks largely to a $250, 000 matching grant from Staffworks, but that goal has been raised to $3 million to be collected within four years.  The reason for the added million is because the vision of the shelter has been expanded.

 

The reason the Susquehanna SPCA sought a new site in the first place was largely due to two factors: more space was needed to accommodate more dogs and cats, and the shelter is located in a flood plain, next to a creek and periodically would get flooded.

Executive Director Stacie Haynes says, “We have outgrown our facility,” she said, and the former motorcycle repair shop, the 102-year-old organization’s home for the past 30 years, “is no longer meeting our needs.”

The new site is located where the former Judith Brown CPA offices south of Cooperstown were, just north of the Centers Healthcare nursing home turnoff, and also includes the property of the house next door.  The new shelter will also include a separate structure that will be home to a thrift shop to supplement shelter income.

For those who wish to donate to the cause, visit www.sqspca.org.

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