The coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected all of our lives, and we know it continues to make this a challenging time for all of us. At this special time of year, our FLSPCA family sincerely wishes you and all your loved ones (including your companion animals) good health, happiness and many blessings.
We are also reaching out to you today with our year-end holiday appeal for a gift to support the critical work of speaking and caring for those who cannot speak for themselves. Our shelter is not a government agency. We are funded primarily by private donations. Your gift stays in our region and benefits local animals. During the best of times, our animal care and protective work is an enormous undertaking. The pandemic has augmented requests for our services, while concurrently making our ability to fundraise more arduous. Maintaining our capabilities to help vulnerable animals during this especially hard time is just not possible without the generosity of people like you.
Finger Lakes SPCA (FLSPCA) is called upon to assist with some of the most difficult and large-scale animal crises in our area and to help some of the most endangered animals. At the request of law enforcement, we routinely provide emergency rescue and care for canine and feline animal cruelty victims. In recent years, a few sizeable emergency cases have also included the rescue of hobby farm-type animals as well. FLSPCA also regularly provides outreach services for “At Risk” companion animals and their guardians. Services like animal transport, gratis or reduced cost spay/neuter, animal care education, food pantry support and priority admission of animals to our shelter are provided (as resources allow) to individuals who cannot or who struggle to access pet assistance programs independently. FLSPCA’s work, time and again, also includes mobilizing to aid significantly injured, trapped or otherwise endangered animals. Our shelter also operates two feline spay/neuter clinics. One is for pet & tame community felines. The other is a Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate & Return program for feral cats. This year, with recommended safety precautions in place, we were still able to conduct these operations and sterilize approximately 400 cats in our community. Additionally, outdoor dog training programs were offered throughout the good weather.
As you think about charitable giving this year, we hope you will consider supporting our life transforming and often lifesaving work for animals like Honey Bunny, Sunny, Gigi, Elvis, Callie, Penny & Matilda (pictured above). They are just 7 of the nearly two hundred animals (which currently include cats, dogs, equines, rabbits, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, pot-bellied pigs and even a few cows) who are currently being cared for by our shelter while they await adoption or for their animal cruelty case to be resolved. Without the generous support of our community, so many of these animals would be left with nowhere else to turn and continue to suffer in silence. The need has never been greater! You make this work possible. We can only keep our doors open and be prepared for emergency situations like this with the help of dedicated supporters like you. So, I encourage you today to please give an urgent gift, and it will go directly to where it is needed most.
On behalf of the animals and people we help, thank you and have a safe and happy holiday.
Vicki S. Mosgrove, Executive Director &
FLSPCA Board of Directors
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