The CNY SPCA is always looking for nice homes for the animals it takes care of. But they need them now more than ever because they are at capacity for cats and dogs. It can be expensive to adopt and own a pet, but as our Iris St. Meran explains, the organization is reducing the adoption costs to ensure nothing stops the animals from going to a good home.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Barking dogs are a familiar sound here, but recently, there are more of them. The CNY SPCA is now at capacity with dogs and cats.
CNY SPCA Executive Director Paul Morgan said, "We have approximately 84 dog kennels for dogs to live in a comfortable setting. Right now we have about 86 dogs presently. Our cat population pretty much doubled. We're about almost 160 to 170 cats that we have on our property here."
Morgan says the influx is caused by a number of reasons, including people dropping off their pets, stray animals and cruelty cases. And now the facility is overwhelmed. But here's where you can help. The SPCA would love to place these animals in loving homes. As an incentive, they are lowering their adoption fees by 50 percent.
"Are we losing some money here by doing that? Yes, we are. In the long run, the longer they stay here, the longer the animal starts to lose its mentality, thinking mechanism where it's like being in a cage for so long can drive an animal stir crazy," Morgan explained.
If you want to help out, but can't make the full time commitment through adoption, the CNY SPCA has a foster care program.
Morgan said, "It gets the animal out of the kennel. It gets them into a home atmosphere. It settles them down."
Even if it's just temporary, Morgan says the animals benefit from the extra love and CNY SPCA adopts out an average of 5,000 animals a year. The organization will run this program until the new year.
For more information, you can call them at (315) 454-4479, visit them at 5878 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY 13211 or log on to www.cnyspca.org.