2012 Was Something to Wag About
Dear Friends of UCSPCA,
“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
— Albert Einstein
It was a year of growth and achievement and not to be forgotten. As we look forward to what 2013 will bring, we want to share what 2012 meant to us and what you made possible for the animals of Ulster County. Here, we have counted down the top 10 most memorable moments of 2012 at UCSPCA.
10) Grand Opening of our outdoor cat enclosure – This was made possible by generous donor support and has greatly improved the quality of life, health and enrichment for the felines in our care.
9) Community Cat Surgeries – Many of our feral cat surgery costs are sponsored by local organizations and community supporters. This year you made 813 feral surgeries possible to help curb feline overpopulation.
8) Canine Enrichment & Play Packs: A primary reason dogs are surrendered to shelters: behavior. UCSPCA provides support to dogs in need and enrolls them into play packs to provide stimulation, socialization and stress relief. Play packs are critical to socialization and maintaining their mental health during their stay.
7) Spay and Neuter – This year our clinic team completed 2,393 public spay and neuter surgeries preventing unwanted litters in our area.
6) Humane Law Department – As an organization supported only by public donations, we have placed animal cruelty and neglect as one of our top priorities. It is a department created to support our community and animals residing within it. This year because of your support we rescued 160 animals from abuse and neglect.
5) Shelter Partners – UCSPCA supports not only our community animals, but expanded our network to support and rescue animals from other NY and out of state overcrowded and high kill shelters. We believe it’s about not only having a humane community, but also a humane nation.
4) Seniors for Seniors Program – The value and benefits of animal companionship cannot be quantified. Pets keep people active, combat depression, deliver comfort to those when family and friends move away. In 2012, we introduced our Seniors for Seniors Program - What better way to share your life than with a senior pet.
3) Howl-O-Ween – For the 1st Year Ever, UCSPCA hosted a Howl-O-Ween event, pet costume parade and flea market. We celebrated our community pet owners and welcomed former alumni for a howling good time. Keep an eye out for us at your favorite community event this year!
2) Humane Education – UCSPCA conducted 18 facility tours and reached out to over 2,000 children through our humane education program. Through your support we are able to address the root causes of animal abuse and engage our community in a more preventative approach to pet homelessness.
1) Highest Adoption Month on Record – In December, we proudly doubled our adoptions for both dogs and cats from the year before finding a total of 75 pets a home for the holidays. Here’s to another record setting adoption year in 2013.
Almost 1,000 dogs and cats will come through the shelter this year, hoping for a second chance at a happy life.
Whether you join as an individual, a family or a business, your commitment to an annual, tax deductible membership contribution will help make sure all the animals are well cared for, and that UCSPCA can continue to reach out the community with education programs promoting responsible pet ownership, preventing pet overpopulation, and enriching the lives of both people and animals.
Become a member and support Ulster County SPCA today!
Until they all have a home,
Ulster County SPCA
The UCSPCA is an autonomous organization and is not affiliated with or supported by any other SPCAs including the ASPCA. The UCSPCA is a private, non profit 501 (c ) (3) organization that serves the pets and people of Ulster County and beyond. We do not receive any government or contract funding.
UCSPCA Board of Directors
Cindy Caporale, President; Jill Schintone, Vice President; Louise Cutler, Secretary; Alicia Bailey, Treasurer; Janet Deblitz; Mary Brice; Marie Mabile; Dr. Michael Halstead; Kim Turck; Betty Zeeb and Dan Malinowski
Stacey Price, Executive Director; Adam Saunders, Shelter Manager; Rebecca Stowe, Program Director; Brad Schoonmaker, Medical Coordinator; Natalie Kikel, Volunteer Coordinator