Weatherman makes stop at local SPCA

Raising money to build new animal shelter

Montgomery County SPCA members pose for a photo during the Pet Connection on the Road with Steve Caporizzo event on Thursday. From the left is Maureen Rossi, Jan Zumbolo, Paige Bertuch, Anne Marie, Ashley Boyle, Ashley Weil and Cooper. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

AMSTERDAM — Montgomery County SPCA was one of the pit stops of Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection: On the Road on Thursday.

Spectators of the event may have been seen in a live broadcast dancing along to live music by The Chicken Herders, buying baked good for either themselves or treats for dogs, or entering to win raffle items. Items being raffled included a handmade quilt which will be up for raffle until November and raffle baskets with various items.

The goal of the event was to help the SPCA raise money to build a shelter at a new location and allow attendees to view some of the pets available for adoption.

At the event, Caporizzo did live broadcasts at the MCSPCA in Amsterdam. During the broadcasts he talked about weather, pets available for adoption and spoke with volunteers at the shelter.

Pet Connection is a program that has been operating for about 25 years. Caporizzo raises money to help abandoned pets, said Jan Zumbolo, President of the Board of MCSPCA.

The Chicken Herders perform at theMontgomery County SPCA Pet Connection on the Road with Steve Caporizzo event on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Each week Caporizzo shows pets on Channel News 10. Zumbolo said the MCSPCA goes to his studio once a month to do pet connection.

“We have pet connection with Steve going there to his studio once a month. We show two pets,” Zumbolo said.

She said Pet Connection: On the Road is when Caporizzo travels to different animal shelters to do Pet Connection live at the shelters.

The mission of Caporizzo’s Pet Connection is to find loving homes for abandoned pets. The Facebook page states, “These beautiful pets deserve a second chance at life and we will do our best to make that happen. With your support, we can do it. We can make a difference in a pet’s life.”

Shown is the Pet Connection on the Road with Steve Caporizzo event held at the Montgomery County SPCA on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)