I recently visited the CNY SPCA to adopt a pet. Upon my arrival, I was surprised to see animals in such poor conditions. I spoke with employees & found out that their goal is to merely keep the animals okay it is not their job to keep them happy. Despite all of the toy drives & donations and public donation requests I was told that they DO NOT give the dogs toys to play with or blankets because they will just be destroyed. The animal toys and blankets are kept in bins and rarely used.
The dogs are each walked ONLY once a week, and this is their ONLY form of human interaction, aside from daily feedings. They are very concerned about the spread of diseases and need to install antibacterial gel dispensers in the facility rather than deny the animals human interaction.
I was also surprised to learn that many animals (especially young ones) are unadoptable for MONTHS while waiting for their designated veterinarian to be spayed/neutered, have medical check-ups, shots, etc. Furthermore, smaller dogs are not given adequate supplies to keep themselves warm all of the kennels are equipped with dog doors that allow them to go outside, yet as the weather changes the smaller dogs are shivering in the corners. I asked why they weren't given blankets (even though they are listed as one of their donation items) and was again told that they will just destroy them.
Some of the smaller dogs appear to have a minor skin disorder that is easily remedied with the proper shampoo and/ or dip. It is not reason to make an animal nadoptable since it is easily cured. I just wonder why the " designated vet" is not instructing the SPCA shelter attendants in treating it. Most people do not want to adopt an animal that has patches of hair an pink scaling areas of bald skin.
When I expressed wanting to volunteer I was told that the only position available was that of the person who takes a dog on visits to local nursing homes. At first, I was happy to think that the dogs were being taken out of the shelter for human interaction but then I came to learn that the dog that is being taken to facilities is NOT a dog from the shelter, it is a dog that already has a home.
Also, their website, www.cnyspca.org, doesn't have ANY pictures of animals! I was told that their webmaster (A PAID CONTRACTOR) doesn't know how to upload photos! I suggested that I could take pictures of animals & upload them to the site for free & was denied permission.
All in all, I feel that these animals are being kept in deplorable conditions with little hope of being adopted. There are animals that have been there for YEARS. I hardly see the point in even having a facility that is not dedicated to the aggressive adopting procedures of worthwhile shelters. Where are all of the donations going? It doesn't seem like they are going to the improvement of these animals lives.
Instead of paying for food & housing on young animals put them at the front of the facility (instead of behind a sheet or in a closed off room where they are not viewable to the public) and make new owners sign a contract stating they will be spayed/neutered within a given time period. Often shelters will even give a portion of the adoption fee back to them in the form of a medical voucher. Take older animals to local pet stores for Adoption Days
I even read one article stating that the shelter DID NOT have heat last winterthis is unacceptable. I feel that sponsors and those that donate to the shelter are being misled. They are merely paying to keep these animals alive with a small chance at a happy future. This, to me, is the worst form of animal cruelty NO HOPE. I would rather expose this great injustice to their sponsors and have the facility close than to let these animals go on in their current state.
I am previously from another State where the SPCA has wonderful facilities with on-site veterinary care and many useful volunteer positons avaiable 24/7. Younger animals are barely in the shelter for longer than a weeknot for months as in CNY SPCA.
I would love the opportunity to step up and turn this facility around, but more than anything I would love for these animals to be given at least the CHANCE of a happy future.
Please help, these animals are in serious need. If you can adopt and animal from this facility you are doing unsurmountable good for animal kind.
Somewhere, New York
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