In conjunction with National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, The Susquehanna SPCA is  kicking off the PAWS Program (Puppy Mill Awareness With Shelters) today at 1:00 p.m.

The shelter's Executive Director Stacie Haynes will be joined by Libby Post, Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation; Brian Shapiro, New York State Director with the Humane Society of the United States; Staffworks Founder and President Anita A. Vitullo; along with representatives of other area shelters with the goal of empowering consumers throughout the region to "PAWS Before You Pay."

According the SQSPCA, "puppy mills are cruel and inhumane. With several such businesses currently operating in and around Otsego County, it is important that buyers have resources available to them to help determine whether they are purchasing from a responsible breeder or a puppy mill."