Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Leadership At North Country SPCA

J Hartley Press ReleaseThe Board of Directors of the North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NCSPCA), an Essex County no-kill shelter providing refuge to more than 400 dogs and cats each year, have announced the selection of Jessica Hartley as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Hartley took over full-time at the new Frances Miller Adoption Center in Elizabethtown on July 1. She is expected to focus on finding new ways to fully develop the potential of the facility and has plans to expand programming, outreach and collaborative efforts with other animal welfare organizations.

The public is invited to the Adoption Center and meet Hartley during regular open hours or during the NCSPCA’s Grand Opening celebration on July 20 from 12-6pm.

Jessica Hartley is a graduate of Williams College and a resident of Keene. She has worked as a consultant for the past three years on the NCSPCA’s capital campaign, as well as served on the Board of Directors. Her resume includes more than 10 years of experience in non-profit development and management for a variety of organizations, from small, community-based start-ups to large, nationally-recognized charities. Most recently, Hartley managed the direct marketing programs for organizations such as the March of Dimes, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

ncspca_ulThe NCSPCA shelter receives no income from the state or federal governments, nor any funding from the ASPCA or any other animal care organization. Private donations and special campaigns provide 85% of the NCSPCA’s funding. Adoption fees account for 8% of our income, while town contracts account for only 7%.

Animals arrive at the shelter in a variety of ways. Some are brought in by owners who can no longer care for them. Others are strays found by animal control officers. Many are rescued by attentive neighbors who notice a homeless dog or cat in their neighborhood and turn to the shelter for help. Numerous animals, especially cats and kittens, are left on the shelter’s doorstep in the middle of the night. And law enforcement officers bring many animals in that are victims of unspeakable abuse.

The NCSPCA thoroughly assess, socializes and trains every animal to give them the best opportunity for a new life.  Their staff and volunteers provide food and medical care, including inoculations, diagnostic tests and spaying or neutering. They euthanize animals only when their veterinarians cannot relieve suffering or when aggressive behavior makes an animal dangerous and thus unadoptable. The goal in the end is to ensure that each animal gets a loving home.

The NCSPCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies primarily on donations for support of the animals in our care. Donations to the NCSPCA are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.  Donations can be sent to North Country SPCA, PO Box 55, 7700 Route 9N Elizabethtown, NY 12932. For more information call 518-873-5000; email; visit their website:; or connect with them on Facebook:

 Photo: Jessica Hartley with a shelter dog, Brandy.

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