JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. - On any given day, Old McDonald's Farm is filled with animals. Visitors can pet and feed the goats or even ride one of their donkeys. But on Sunday, there were more furry friends to meet as the Jefferson County SPCA was invited onto the farm to share information about their organization.
"Animals are naturally very near and dear to our heart, so to be able to help out another organization who also loves animals as well is something really special for us," said Julie Robbins, the marketing director at Old McDonald's Farm.
That help involves donating all of Sunday's pumpkin sale proceeds to the non-profit. The farm shooting for a seven-hundred and fifty-dollar contribution. Something the SPCA always appreciates.
"People think that we kind of can take care of ourselves and that we don't need as much help as we really do need," said a volunteer at the SPCA named Dean Chrissley.
The organization operates completely off of personal donations and fund-raising events. Just one of the many reasons why they're always short on cash.
"I think the shelters are forgotten simply because we can't afford to advertise. It costs a lot of money to advertise and so we're not actually out there in their face every week," explained Chrissley.
The shelter says that despite not being able to regularly get the word out, their animals could be just what you're looking for.
They're all either spayed or neutered, given the proper shots and vaccinations and even chipped with a tag that helps locate the animal if lost.
But just make sure you're ready for the commitment.
"People really need to understand that if you take and adopt an animal that's a large responsibility," Chrissley warned.
So if you think you are ready to adopt, the SPCA hopes you'll keep them in mind.
And if you're not ready to adopt just yet, the SPCA says they're always looking for good foster homes to care for an animal for a few months at a time.