Susquehanna Animal Shelter Seeks Matching Funds for Pet Oxygen Masks
The Susquehanna Animal Shelter (SAS) was recently offered $2,500 from an anonymous donor who lost their pet to smoke inhalation during a house fire. If the SAS can raise a matching $2,500 by March 25, the goal is to provide each of the 29 volunteer Fire Departments and one Paid Fire Department in Otsego County with two oxygen masks made specifically for household pets.
When emergency personnel respond to a fire, the human victims are provided with oxygen through a “re-breather” mask. These masks, made for humans do not fit pets. To save the life of a dog or cat, a smaller mask is required.
In preparation of this fundraising effort, the SAS has been working closely with the Otsego County Emergency Services Department to ensure all Departments are covered and the right equipment will be purchased. According to Otsego County Emergency Services staff, they respond to an average of 50 home fires each year and many include pets.
SAS Executive Director, Stacie Haynes notes, “the SAS is proud to care for homeless and abandoned animals in Otsego County and with this project, bringing pet oxygen masks to fire departments, we are thrilled to extend our mission to helping our community members and their best friends, some of which are SAS alumni, in a time of need.”
Contributions toward this matching fund of $2,500 can be dropped off at the SAS, located at 4841 State Highway 28 in Cooperstown. They can also be mailed or processed online at www.thesas.org.
Anyone with questions can stop by or call the SAS at (607) 547-8111.
Please sign our petition to help the Susquehanna Animal Shelter receive funding from Otsego County:
“This petition is a follow-up to a 2016 petition seeking the same outcome, County funding for the Susquehanna Animal Shelter (SAS). Since the 2016 petition, another budget season has come and gone and the County is still not providing support to the SAS. Therefore, we ask that you sign this new petition to support our ongoing struggle for desperately needed funding.
The SAS is the only animal shelter in Otsego County, NY committed to saving every animal in its care. This can be financially challenging, especially when dealing with cases of cruelty and neglect. Rescued animals who have been suffering need medical care and treatment and Otsego County provides no financial support for the SAS to do this. Financial support from Otsego County is necessary and fair.
Currently, the SAS work with local law enforcement and officials on a case by case basis to determine how a cruelty case will be addressed. This process is not efficient and may sometimes prevent action because no party involved is able to take financial responsibility. While law enforcement have the authority to seize suffering animals and the SAS has the staff, equipment, and facilities to care for them neither the Sheriff, nor the towns in whose jurisdictions the animals are found, nor SAS itself have funds sufficient to meet the costs of treating all suffering animals.
If the Otsego County Board of Representatives add the Susquehanna Animal Shelter to their budget, just as they do with other valuable non-profit organizations providing a public service, animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty will not be ignored and animals in Otsego County will not suffer.”