Wednesday, July 30, 2014

North Country SPCA Open House August 2nd

building photoThe North Country SPCA will hold its second open house celebration on Saturday, August 2 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Frances Miller Adoption Center located at 7700 Route 9N in Elizabethtown.

The open house is free to attend and will offer a variety of activities for the whole family, including face-painting, games, music and more. Local vendors from around the Adirondacks will be selling hand-crafted goods and free nail trims will be available for people who bring their dogs. The day will also offer free adoptions of the SPCA’s many wonderful dogs and cats to approved applicants.

To cap off the festivities, the NCSPCA will be having its inaugural $25,000 golf ball drop at 2 p.m. The ten balls that land closest to the mark will be in the running to win $25,000. Great prizes, including $500 cash, will also be awarded to the ten balls closest to the mark. Golf balls are only $10 each and are fully tax-deductible. You do not need to be present to win. To purchase your golf balls in advance, call 518-873-5000 or e-mail

“We’re looking forward to a great day of celebrating animals and the Adirondacks,” said Jessica Hartley, the NCSPCA’s executive director. “We encourage everyone – including your four-legged family members – to come out and join in the festivities.”

About The North Country SPCA

The North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Essex County, N.Y. is a no-kill shelter providing refuge to more than 300 dogs and cats each year. It is the only animal shelter in rural Essex County, N.Y., in the Adirondack Park. The 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 their 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 abuse.

The NCSPCA thoroughly assess, socialize and train every animal to give them the best opportunity for a new life.  Their staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make the shelter the best possible alternative until a permanent home can be found. They provide top quality 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 always to ensure that each animal gets a second chance – and sometimes a first chance – at 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.

Photo by Margaret Reuther (provided).

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