To start off, I hope you have all had a joyous and prosperous holiday season. Having been rather busy both personally (with my full already full family environment being blessed with my first grandchild), and professionally (with the reset of our filing and computing systems for the New Year), the time consumed led me only to contemplate, rather than write about, all the wonderful things that have happened here at the shelter over the past year, and the miracles that are yet to come.
I’d like to share with you that our adoptions continue to accelerate due to our staff’s high drive toward quality placements. Our adoption numbers are truly staggering over a one-year period. In 2019, we sent home more than 600 animals — that’s more than 50 per month, or almost two per day! Our incoming numbers, on the other hand, continue to drop, showing that our commitment to companion animal population control in our community is paying off. This past year alone, we spayed/neutered almost 1,500 animals. Most of this is due to the generous support of individuals who care about animals — yes, I’m talking to you, reading this right in your own little corner of your living room!
At the same moment we’re preventing the sad state of unwanted animals from entering this world, the demand for our low-cost clinics to assist in maintaining the health of everyone’s current beloved pets has skyrocketed.
Every wellness clinic is filled, with companions being given a thorough exam by a local vet, and sent home with protection against parasites and diseases.
More than 1,500 pets went home from our clinic doors in 2019, happier and healthier than ever before, without breaking their owners’ piggy banks, and we expect that the attendance in these much-needed wellness clinics will continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
Our membership base is one of the highest ever this year, and growing each day. New memberships are pouring in, and I wanted to share this opportunity with you. Your memberships help in so many ways that it’s hard to list.
I’ll start by saying, our members fight the war on the front lines. Their donations put the food on the table for our homeless pets. They eat satisfying, wholesome meals every day.
Memberships allow us not only to clean cages and keep the animals in a healthy environment, but also to provide toys and treats for a fun, loving, and caring home-until-a-home.
Memberships allow us to purchase medication, and keep our dogs and cats free of illnesses and parasites when the cold world of outdoor straydom would forsake them.
Beyond that even, memberships allow a dedicated and talented staff to find homes for our orphans. Not just any old homes, but high-quality, screened homes, which after adoption are filled by our counselors with information and follow-up assistance they need to provide for their new family member permanently.
Memberships help us to track lost pets back to their homes. They let us set up events like Adoptathons, Open Houses, and Channel 10 Pet Connection, and programs like the new CGHS website to give our homeless critters a wider base of potential adopters.
They allow us to set up outreach programs to local schools, which in turn provide for education on the treatment of companion animals. You can talk with any of these children to see the positive influence they will have on the future for our furry friends!
I keep the faith that we will continue to see our organization’s membership grow, and from there, that we remain able to provide miracles every day for the pets who need them. You can be a part of this.
Although we’d all love to be out of a job for the lack of animals that need our services, it doesn’t promise to be anytime soon. We need your help. So do the animals.
We have many frisky, furry dogs and affectionate cats and kittens waiting in line right now to be the next on our adoption reports — just maybe it’s your home that’s on the other end!
Feel free to call us with any questions at 518-828-6044 or www.cghs.org. 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 every 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the shelter, no appointment necessary, for a donation of $5 for cats and $10 for dogs. Aaron Clause is an Administrative Assistant at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA Board of Directors. He may be contacted at email@example.com.