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Soft Paws: Summer Paw Picnic a success

CGHS/SPCA’s two-year-old Chow mix, Doodle, is seen getting some snuggles from Adoption Counselor Alexa Caunitz. Doodle initially came to our shelter in the fall of 2018 due to landlord issues with his previous owner. He has been returned to us twice through no fault of his own. Doodle does not get along with any cats, but he loves other dogs. He loves to play and wants nothing more than to give you all of his attention. He is still patiently waiting to find his forever home.
August 9, 2019 01:51 pm Updated: August 9, 2019 02:01 pm


The God of all creation again blessed the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA’s annual Summer Paw Picnic with one of the most glorious weather days so far.

Our attendees were treated to a gourmet buffet, a great selection of silent auction items, and a number of successful raffles. Briand Bradley’s “Sky Hunters in Flight” program brought the “tent down,” and Dr. B’s resident kestrel let Brian’s hawk know it was HIS territory. The event brought in $90,000 in much needed funds to support our animal welfare mission at a time when not-for-profits are greatly challenged.

We proudly share the names of our sponsors, and thank all of you involved at a number of levels, for your faithfulness to our animals:

Best In Show: Dr. Jerry and Mrs. Darlene Bilinski; Elaine and Mike Gruener; Patricia A. Kenehan; In Memory of Lue and Ernie Kostner; Gisela Marian; In Memory of Robert Olofsson; Kimberly Peregrim, DO.

Best Of Breed: Hollie Adams; AOW Associates; The Bank of Greene County; Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union; Freeman & Howard, PC; Vicky and Andy Marrone; In memory of Angela “Cookie” Poucher; Taize’ Shepherd Kennel and Dog Training Center (Charlene Marchand).

Blue Ribbon: Peter and Barbara Budelman; Russ Gibson and Duncan Calhoun; Dairy Queen-Ghent; Evelyn Bordewick Foundation; Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation; James and Kate Schneider; Scott Shallo, CPA; Colin and Katrina Stair; S.T. Hudson’s Son; Marcia Sullivan.

Red Ribbon: Angerame Architects; Assured Partners NE; Edward Jones Investments; Emerick Family; Kin Chee and Robert Gaus; Peter and Diane Hogan; Kneller Insurance Agency; Main-Care Energy; Marshall & Sterling Insurance; Millerton Co-op Claverack Agway; Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci; Riley TDIEVA + Molly TDIGF; Wood Hill Veterinary; Martin and Lisa Zaretsky.

Yellow Ribbon: Maureen Angerame; Callander’s Nursery and Landscaping; James and Angela Carlucci; Craftech; Cross Creek Farm; Decker Economics; Dell’s Plumbing, Heating and A/C; Jennifer C. Donoghue; Five Star Roofing; Fortnightly Club of Catskill; Future Mobile & Modular Homes; Robert Gibson; Heim Fuel Service; HRI Metals; David Levow and Karen Malina; Sharyn Marks; Old Daley Custom Catering; Ron and Katrina Perez; Quality Maintenance & Upgrades (Spencer and Betty Noel); Rhinebeck Animal Hospital; Richmor Aviation; Margaret Ann Ricketts.

White Ribbon: In Memory of Sal Alessi Jr.; Bonfiglio & Bread; CGM Construction; Columbia Physical Therapy; Countryside Dental; EmKay Cleaners; Equine Center at Oakencroft; Dr. Beth Hendlin, DDS; HL Fuel and HL Propane; James and Patricia Huber; Hudson Veterinary Clinic; Indian Ridge Accounting- Barbara Beers; JGlaski Enterprises; Katie (CGHS 2013); In memory of Fran and Ken Kromer; Bonita and Robert Loyche; Laura Manchester and Chok Dee; Caroline and Brian Merritt; MetzWood Insurance; Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home; Nassau Veterinary Clinic; Danelle Sand, VMD; S&F Technologies; Shed Man; W and B Golf Carts; Wenk Funeral Home.

Award of Merit: Alphion Services; Athens Volunteer Fire Department; Best; Cumberland Farms; David Emanatian; Furniture Plus; Gerry Guthrie; Bruce and Sally Naramore; Redlyne Performance; Kathleen Sullivan Tajeu.

Feel free to call us with any questions at 518-828-6044 or visit Stop down and see us at 111 Humane Society Road, off Route 66 (about a mile south of the intersection with Route 9H) in Hudson. Our hours are 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. every day. The Food Bank is open to any from the public in need of pet food or for those wishing to donate food anytime during business hours. All of our cats and kittens are “Furrever Free” with all expenses paid. Spay/neuter clinics for cats are $76 male or female, including a rabies vaccination and a 5-in-1 feline distemper combination vaccination. Nail clipping services are available 10-11 a.m. every Saturday at the shelter, no appointment necessary, for a donation of $5 for cats and $10 for dogs. Charlene Marchand is the Chairperson of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA Board of Directors. She may be contacted at