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The Susquehanna Animal Shelter is committed to bringing about a time when there are no more homeless animals and every companion animal will be guaranteed a loving home. We work to accomplish this goal through our spay/neuter, adoption and education programs.

Our Mission:

• Alleviate the suffering of animals throughout Otsego County
• Promote humane treatment of animals
• Receive and care for stray, surrendered and homeless animals
• Maximize adoption of animals to proper homes
• Prevent cruelty to animals by lawful means

Our History

Entrance to the Louis Busch Hager Animal Shelter.

When the Otsego County SPCA was founded by Mrs. William T. Hyde and other prominent area citizens in 1917, it had no shelter building. The founders arranged for strays to stay with area veterinarians. In 1970 the organization’s Board of Directors voted to build the first dedicated shelter. Located in Pierstown, the building was completed in 1972. At that time the shelter was maintained entirely by volunteers who answered the telephones, fed and cared for the animals, and cleaned their cages.

In the early 1980s, the SSPCA opened the Better Exchange Thrift Shop. It accepts gently used clothing and household items which are sold to generate revenue for the maintenance of the shelter and its animals.

In 1981, the Board renamed the organization the Susquehanna SPCA, and the organization rapidly outgrew the Pierstown shelter. Thanks to the generosity of Louis Busch Hager, the SSPCA acquired the property on State Route 28, south of Cooperstown, where it is located today. An old motorcycle repair shop on the grounds was remodeled to become the new shelter. In 1995 and 2008, the SSPCA expanded the building to accommodate an increasing number of strays and abandoned animals. Named for its benefactor, it is know as the Louis Busch Hager Animal Shelter.

In the mid 1990s, the SSPCA became a “no kill” shelter. Animals are not euthanized due to age or amount of time spent at the shelter. Animals are only euthanized in cases of non-treatable illness or extreme behavior problems that threaten the safety of other animals and people.

In November 2014, the SSPCA changed it’s public name to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter to better reflect upon our operations and mission.

Today, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter accepts homeless or abandoned animals from across Otsego County. They are treated for illness or malnutrition, vaccinated and spayed or neutered before adopted to a loving new home.

Success Stories:

Maggie was adopted in January of this year. She was estimated to be 6 years old and came in with an immobile leg that dragged constantly on the ground, causing her foot to bleed, scab and re-open. Staff assisted Maggie while awaiting surgery to amputate the leg by soaking her feet and wrapping the wound. Maggie was extremely friendly, often leaning into you for affection. Maggie was full of life and love! Maggie now resides with a loving family whom she spends her days with at work and home. She greets people everyday and remains loyal to those who care for her!


Our Board of Directors:

Gaylord Dillingham

Kathy Clarkson

Laurie Zimniewicz

Jessica Sobers

Peter Gould

Merilyn Gould

Shannon Stockdale

Cory Moffat

Matthew J. Sohns

Catherine Tuttle

Jill Basile


Our Staff:

Stacie Haynes, Executive Director
Christine O’Brien, Administrative Assistant
Tania Puglia, Animal Case Manager
Sara Lucas, Better Exchange Manager

Employment Opportunities

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter is not hiring at this time. If you would still like to submit a resume and cover letter, please do so by mail to TheSAS, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or email to


Community Outreach

The SAS is always looking for businesses, schools/colleges, and organizations to partner with. Please contact us if you are interested.





4841 NY-28
4841 NY-28
Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown, NY


Tuesday through Saturday
Tuesday - Saturday
11 A.M. to 4 P.M.
11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
And by Appointment
And by Appointment

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