A decade ago, the Tompkins County SPCA was another underfunded, open-admissions animal shelter also doing animal control work throughout the county. Staff, who loved animals, were forced to kill them because they didn’t see other alternatives and were faced with limited resources.
Today, TCSPCA is still open-admissions. But now, euthanasia is no longer the solution to over-crowding. The shelter has many volunteers and foster families. They’ve opened an adoption center at the local shopping mall that is fully stocked with cats and kittens. TCSPCA has created new community partnerships including one with one of the most respected vet schools in the country. And they are regarded as a model program by the Best Friends Animal Society.As a result of the changes at the local animal shelter, Tompkins County in New York has gotten a reputation as a place where dogs are more likely to be adopted. Local rescue organizations now bring dogs here from other states to increase their chances of finding forever homes.
Changes to one shelter have affected dogs in many states. And have served as an example to many more people who care about animal welfare.
The Tompkins County SPCA was where I adopted Shadow, the dog gracing the header of Something Wagging This Way Comes. It’s where we took her to adult dog play group to work on her reactivity to other dogs. And it’s where Honey started her socialization at puppy play date, began her education in Good Manners class, and learned K-9 Nose Work.
Honey and I want to give something back. So we’re entering the SPCA March for the Animals on October 1, 2011. This is the Tompkins County SPCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Honey and I are looking for sponsors to help us meet our goal of $500. Visit my fundraising page here to give quickly and securely.
And Thank You!
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