Climbing our way back to a sense of normalcy

Contributed photoWhile we may be practicing social distancing as an organization...our kittens have no idea what the phrase means! CGHS/SPCA Adoption Counselor Katie Prack is holding one of our little rascals who is just too cute not to confine yourself with. Be prepared...with spring and summer on the way, we should have no trouble being able to fulfill your need for some feline fun in your home!

Allow me to start by wishing you, your families, and your beloved pets a hedge of protection and health as we begin to slowly regain our bearings from this year’s challenges, and aim toward climbing our way back to some degree of normalcy. Perhaps things will never be quite the same as we once remember, but we retain our faith and hope that these things that are the most important to us will continue to be there for us, through generosity, compassion, and most of all, love.

These characteristics are worn on the sleeves of our staff every day as we work through every sunny day and every storm to fulfill an obligation we took on over 65 years ago, to care not just for animals who need our programs and services, but to a community who needed an organization that would always fill that gap in society. And we’re proud that we can continue our mission and vision to providing at least the basics — and sometimes a whole lot more — to those who so desperately need us. Beyond that, it’s not just a one-sided street. We come to realize that we are symbiotes with our animal world connections. We provide so much for them, and they, in turn, provide so much for us. We’re species that are in partnership to profit more from being together than we can separately.

All that being said, we’re working as hard and as fast as we safely can to resume as many services as we are able. And we’re doing pretty well…not “normal” by any means yet, but we have developed new ways to safely perform many of the duties we have ben relied upon for, and simultaneously accommodate everyone’s health. We want to share with you the most recent developments in this process. Stay well, be safe…and shower all sorts of love on your critters!

CGHS/SPCA’s lobby will continue to be closed to the public. However, we are resuming the implementation of some programs for the community. Curbside service will ensure that our staff and our consumers/clients remain safe. Below please find an updated program and service list.

n Our Food Bank will continue to be open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. If you are quarantined and need food for your pet, please call 518-828-6044 ext. 100 or 108, or email

n Surrenders are accepted by appointment only. Please call 518-828-6044 ext. 100, or email at

n We will maintain adoption services. Potential adopters can view animals on our website at and fill out an online application to be pre-approved for adoption. Interaction with pets is limited to ensure the safety of staff and the potential adopters.

n Grooming services have resumed. For an appointment, please call 518-828-6044 ext. 103.

n Boarding and Daycare services have resumed. For a reservation, please call or text 518-610-3232, or email

n Health and Wellness services, vaccine programs, and Dog and Cat Spay/Neuter services have all resumed. For an appointment to any of our clinics, please call us at 518-828-6044 ext. 100.

n Saturday morning nail trims will resume 10 a.m.-noon May 2. Clients are required to prepay. To make a reservation, please call 518-828-6044 ext. 100 or email

n Donations of pet food and supplies can be left at the front door. If you need a receipt, please call or text Ron Perez at 518-828-6044 ext. 100 or email Thank you!

If you have any general questions, please call Ron Perez, President/CEO 581-828-6044 ext. 100, or email

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