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March 17, 2013

SPCA board moving forward after lawsuit


Niagara Gazette — Barish said the shelter’s turnaround, in just nine months, is story that corporate backers should want to get behind.

The board announced that its 2013 membership drive, in just its first two weeks, has already exceed the results of the 2011 and 2012 drives combined. Barish said the drive has raised more than $20,000 so far, compared to $2,690 in 2011 and $5,830 in 2012.

The support we’ve received from the community has been amazing.” he said. 

He also said the support will need to grow as the shelter deals with the expense of being a “no kill” facility and takes on more proactive animal care.

“(A “no kill” shelter) is expensive.” Barish said. “But it is a mission that we have taken on, regardless of the cost. We are committed to ‘no kill.‘ “

Shelter Director Amy Lewis also used the news conference as an opportunity to highlight the high cost of some animal care. Cradling a rescued Pomeranian puppy named Teddy, Lewis said the little dog has a heart condition that will require very costly surgery.

“She has a (heart) defect that is life threatening,” Lewis said. “It can only be corrected by surgery and the only place that surgery can be done is at Cornell University.”

Lewis said the cost of the surgery is $4,000. 

“If you join (the shelter), if you make a donation,” Lewis said, “you will know it will go to help (animals like Teddy).”

Barish also said the shelter will hold a dedicated fundraiser to help pay for the Pomeranian’s medical care.

“A $3 (euthanasia) injection is a lot cheaper than a $4,000 operation,” he said. “But we are committed to that new direction. We are here for the animals.”

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