SQSPCA seeks support for new shelter


Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials announced the launch of a new annual fund donation tier in September, the Helping Paws Society, aimed at securing donors at the levels of $1,000 and more. The tier was created “to meet the growing need for SQSPCA services and still cover ever-increasing recurring costs,” according to a Nov. 2 media release. 

An anonymous matching challenge is in effect through Dec. 31, the release said.

“To help us build the Helping Paws Society, which will in turn increase operational support, an anonymous donor is matching new donations of $1,000 or more dollar for dollar, up to $100,000,” SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes said.

Members, including individuals, businesses and foundations, number more than 100.

Donors who had made gifts of $1,000 or more in 2021 before formation of the Helping Paws Society, or who have SHELTER US pledge payments scheduled, are included among the list of founding members, the release said.

SQSPCA officials also said their new campus, 1.2 miles north of the former location on State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta, presents new fund-raising hurdles.

 “Our new shelter is comparable to a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, with sophisticated and complex plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems designed specifically for our needs,” Haynes said.

The upgrades bring higher costs.

“The reality is that the new building requires additional expense and investment to maintain,” Haynes said, “and the shelter revenue streams don’t come close to covering recurring operational costs, even prior to the move.

“The combined total of adoption fees, thrift store sales and municipal contract income is far lower than our expenses, especially now, in light of the fact that the maintenance requirements of the new building are more complicated and more expensive,” she said. The SQSPCA is “dependent upon philanthropy to bridge that gap,” the release said.

“We are converting from capital campaign to annual fund mode not only to meet these new expenses but also to cover recurring costs that continue to escalate, such as insurance and wages,” Haynes said.

To become a charter member of the Helping Paws Society, visit https://tinyurl.com/sqspca or call 607-547-8111, extension 101.

Recognition of Helping Paws Society members will include a plaque in the shelter building and a reception in December. The new shelter is at 5082-5088 State Route 28, south of Cooperstown.

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