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Sheriff’s department to raise funds for FC Regional SPCA

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino and members of the sheriff’s office with Renee Earl and Deb Komar from SPCA and “Crystal”. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is pairing with Fulton County Regional SPCA and will donate funds to the shelter in spin-off of the popular “No Shave November”. Employees will be allowed to grow and maintain facial hair for the month of December while at work when it is ordinarily not permitted.

The sheriff’s office, for the third year in a row, has joined the “No Shave November” movement. They have donated more than $4,000 in the past three years to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children.

Investigator Deborah Humphrey, the lead investigator with most of the animal neglect and abuse cases for the sheriff’s office, approached the sheriff and undersheriff and suggested that the sheriff allow for “Don’t Shave December” with the funds supporting the Fulton County Regional SPCA, a local organization in need of funds.

“The sheriff contacted me about the “Don’t Shave December” project. It was a no-brainer to say ‘yes’,” said shelter President Renee Earl. “Any time we can partner with a local organization to raise funds and awareness about our shelter, we are completely on board. The sheriff is a huge animal lover and supporter, and this opportunity is a great honor for us.”

Sheriff Giardino credited Investigator Humphrey with suggesting the project to a very worthwhile local cause. The sheriff hopes to raise more than $1,000 for the SPCA.

“As a donation-funded animal shelter, we have been severely impacted financially by the COVID restrictions,” said Earl. “We were forced to cancel our biggest fundraising event of the year, Woofstock, and we are sorely feeling the effects. We have had to think outside the box for new and creative COVID compliant fundraising efforts, and the sheriff’s office idea is a fantastic one.”

Fulton County Regional SPCA is a no-kill shelter comprised of 50 volunteers who are determined to make a difference in the lives of the animals in its care, according to a news release.

The organization’s mission is to “engage the hearts, hands, and mind of the community to help animals. We provide immediate shelter and care for homeless or abused animals and either reunite these animals with their owners or find them new, loving homes. We will actively promote animal and owner education, training, and public awareness in hope that one day our services will not be needed'” said Earl in the release. “If you would like to donate to Regional SPCA in memory of one of your pets or to help the dogs in need, please mail donations to FCRSPCA at 117 W. Fulton St., Gloversville, NY 12078 or donate online at fcrspca.org/savealife. For the month of December your donations will be matched dollar for dollar by StaffWorks during the Save A Life campaign.”

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