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SPCA looks for ‘furever’ homes

From left, Tracy Wheaton and Kelly Brewster, volunteers with Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, give a treat to "C.L." Saturday at the third annual Fur Ever Home pet adoption event at Harvey's Home, Garden and Pet store on Route 30A, cosponsored by Caldwell Banker. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

AMSTERDAM — It’s no secret that area shelters are struggling to keep up with the amount of animals who are in need of a safe, loving home. Organizations like the Montgomery County SPCA, MCSPCA, are working around the clock, year round, to not only keep up with the daily needs of their in-house animals, but also to find ways to connect to the public and find forever homes for the animals.

Jan Zumbolo, MCSCPA’s board chair home their ultimate goal is to create a situation where everyone wins. She said it is all about finding a place where both the owner and the animal are a good match for each other.

“When adopting an abandoned or neglected animal from the MCSPCA, everybody benefits. The animal gets the proper care they require and deserve, the lives of their new owners are enriched and our organization has achieved its mission,” said Zumbolo.

The MCSPCA reports that in 2018 they were the leading animal welfare organization in the greater Montgomery County area. They care for lost, abandoned, neglected and mistreated companion animals in the Mohawk Valley. Last year they provided 308 animals with new homes, as well as finding 66 lost animals who reunited with their owners, and 38 animals were rescued from neglect or cruelty situations. They also provided 588 animals with low-cost spay and neuter services.

Zumbolo said they have created programs that they feel specifically benefit the communities within Montgomery County. Their outreach programs include a domestic violence program for survivors who are not only looking for a safe place for themselves, but for their companion animal as well. They work with Catholic Charities of Montgomery Counties and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on a program that is instrumental in removing barriers for survivors to leave their abusive situations.

Another beneficial program is the Reading to Pets Program. In partnership with St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam, this program provides children an opportunity to practice reading skills while giving animals a chance to familiarize themselves with children, all in an effort to prepare them for their forever home.

They also run a pet food pantry for pet owners who are facing temporary, short-term financial hardships. Zumbolo stresses that working together with other organizations in the community is imperative to their success.

“Our partnership with multiple human service organizations in the greater Montgomery County region truly speaks to the important role our organization plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant region,” said Zumbolo.

Zumbolo said ultimately, the goal of the MCSPCA, is to find a forever home, adding that people should always remember that a loving relationship with an animal brings not only the animal joy, but adds to all aspects of the owner’s life as well.

“Adding a dog or cat to your life provides great health benefits. People with companion animals tend to be happier, experience less stress and, with regards to dogs, tend to be outside more due to walking, going to dog parks and other activities,” said Zumbolo.

Some upcoming events for the MCSPCA included an adoption clinic at Harvey’s Home, Garden and Pet Center Adoption Clinic on Saturday.

This year the Holiday Pet Portraits will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Amsterdam Town Hall, 283 Mannys Corners Road, Amsterdam from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have shelter information, quilt raffle, a bake sale and photos with Santa.

To find out more information about the MCSPCA, including these upcoming events, visit http://www.mc-spca.com.

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