The Ulster County SPCA needs funds to expand. The non-profit organization provides temporary shelter for animals and works to find them adoptive homes. Time Warner Cable News reporter Candace Dunkley explains.
TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — Inside the Ulster County SPCA is a place where all animals are special, animals like Squirtle.
“The adoption didn’t work out and she was brought back to us because the adopters weren’t ready for a new puppy. Now she is back with us and she is ready for a loving home,” said Ulster County SPCA Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Geuss.
Squirtle is one of about 40 dogs housed at the Ulster County SPCA they also house about 100 cats.
Space is limited and workers are forced to get creative.
“Un-orthodox situations, so we’ve got dogs in offices, we’ve got our dog kitchen and we have a dog living in there currently. Ideally we would not have them in spaces like this they would have their own kennels and their own rooms,” said office manager Robert Miraldi.
Employees make it their mission to try to find each animal an adoptive home. The SPCA wants to increase dog adoptions by 30 percent and to do that they need space for about 25 more dogs. They are trying to raise about $150,000 in order to expand.
“More kennels allows us obviously to keep more dogs on the premises but it also allows for more interactions with possible adopters. People have more opportunities to go in the rooms with the dogs, they see them in their natural habitat and they get to know the dog before bringing it home,” said Miraldi.
A home that employees said every dog deserves.
“Everybody here is very attentive to every single one of our dogs, and Squirtle definitely deserves a good home because she’s a cutie,” said Geuss.
If you would like to donate make your check out to: Ulster County SPCA and mail it to 20 Wiedy Road Kingston, N.Y., 12401 or you can also donate online.