The Niagara County
SPCA has come a long way since this time last
year. The new Board of Directors and management
team have made tremendous strides in 8 short
months. The following is a partial listing of
some of the success stories that we have had:
• The shelter’s no
kill rate rose from 29% at its lowest in 2011 to
its most recent high of 99%. The Niagara County
SPCA is now an official No-Kill shelter!
• In 2012, we doubled
2011’s adoptions with 1,568 dogs and cats,
kittens and puppies finding new, loving,
permanent homes. These include animals deemed
“unadoptable” like Walter the blind cat and
Walter’s visually impaired best pal Hope, both
were adopted to the same home so they could
remain together. Molly, Sybil, Zsa Zsa and
Louise also found homes despite all of them
being quite elderly, blind, and/or deaf.
• 64 Pomeranian dogs
and puppies, rescued from a large scale breeder
in Lockport, were spayed or neutered and placed
in forever homes where they will be treated with
love and respect.
• 70 cats were
rescued from a hoarder in the Town of Somerset –
47 of these were spayed and neutered at no cost
by board member, Dr. Susan Persico and her
husband Dr. Ed Latson at their clinic, Central
Park Animal Hospital.
• In response to
outbreaks of parvovirus (a very painful, often
fatal virus that attacks dogs) as evidenced by
the intake of several dogs with the disease into
our shelter from Niagara Falls, Shelter Director
Amy Lewis, and board members Dr. Susan Persico
and Niagara Falls Police Officer Dave Bower, set
up a parvovirus vaccination clinic and the
Shelter administered 244 vaccines free of
charge. Board Members AnnLouise Carosella and
Michelle Madigan assisted in getting all 244
recipients ready for Dr. Persico.
• Collaboration with
Cornell University Hospital for Animals is in
the works. Cornell Veterinarians including the
Head of the Shelter Medicine Program, have
volunteered to help facilitate a spay/neuter
program for the Niagara County SPCA once the
weather breaks this spring.
• The Shelter’s
volunteer base has increased to over 100
compassionate people! All of these work
diligently for no reason other than their love
for the animals in our care.
• Board Member
AnnLouise Carosella has established a highly
successful foster care program and is credited
with placing over 800 animals in foster care.
• Under the guidance
of Board Treasurer David Urban, CPA and Board
Secretary Michelle Madigan, the Shelter has
rebounded from the brink of financial disaster
and is on its way to becoming self sustaining.
David and Michelle have taken complete
responsibility for managing the day to day
finances of the Shelter.
• We have hired a
team of highly skilled and respected
professionals to guide us including Michael
deFreitas, Esq., Joshua Ramos, Esq., Gaines
Kriner Elliott CPA’s and Landmark Wealth
• We have made
capital improvements to the facilities including
new outdoor signs, new fire doors in our dog
kennels, a new phone system, the acquisition of
a 2013 Kubota Tractor and the pending delivery
of a 2013 Ford Cargo Van.
• Board Members Bryan
Barish, Larry Eggert and Dave Bower have all
been sworn in as animal cruelty investigators.
• Under the guidance
of Shelter Director Amy Lewis, the inside of the
facility has been cleaned, sanitized and
painted, including all the dog kennels. The
paint for our kennels was donated by a dedicated
volunteer, Donna Miller.
• Our Fundraising
Committee chaired by Board Member Dave Bower,
had several successful events in 2012 including
Dog Days, Zombie Fest, the annual Christmas
party and several very successful bucket
brigades. 2013 also has terrific activities
planned including monthly flea markets, the
Pizzafest Challenge, Summer Jamboree and Zombie
Run 2013. Stay tuned for further details.
• We have raised over
$25,000 in grants in the past three months for
our upcoming spay/neuter program.
• Every dog in our
shelter now has a new Kuranda dog bed thanks to
several caring individuals.
• Shelter Director
Amy Lewis has begun utilizing the Open Paw
Shelter Enrichment program to help volunteers
with ways in which to enrich animal behavior.
• On our website you
will find our monthly Asilomar statistics, our
monthly financial statements, tax returns for
the past 3 years and the 2011 audited financial
statements. The 2012 audit is in process and
will be released in early March.
The goal of your
Board of Directors and the management team is to
make our SPCA, the crown jewel of animal
shelters. If you haven’t stopped by for a visit
lately, please take a few minutes to stop at the
Shelter to see the positive changes that are
happening each and every day. And if you want to
experience the love and loyalty of our animals,
please consider taking Panthro, Meatball, Stan
or any of our other residents, out for a
walk………it is an experience you will never
forget. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the
staff and the current residents of the Niagara
County SPCA awaiting their forever homes, we
thank you for your continued support.