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Potsdam Animal Shelter receives $500 donation

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POTSDAM - More biscuits, catnip, and toys may be headed the way of the resident animals of the Potsdam Animal Shelter. Thanks to a $500 donation from Preston Carlisle and Carlisle, Carrothers & Clough P.C., the Potsdam Humane Society (PHS) will be able to provide their furry critters with those extra needed services.

Jackie Pinover is a board member of the Potsdam Humane Society and has been with the shelter for eight years. She also is the chairperson for the upcoming Pars for Paws Golf Tournament, which will be held starting at 1 p.m. July 26 at Partridge Run Golf Course in Canton. The tournament is open to the public.

She said the fundraising pitch has been made around the area.“I’ve contacted many businesses. We asked numerous businesses. MH Hair Studio, Town & Country Vet, TJ Toyota, T&R Wines, Lavalley LTI Trucking; they all generously supported our Potsdam Humane Society,” Ms. Pinover explained.

According to the Potsdam Humane Society webpage, the organization was founded in 1957, and they provide “love and humane care for unwanted, abandoned and sick animals in Potsdam and surrounding areas.” The group provides services and protection for over 1,200 cats, dogs, and other animals annually.

“We’re a non-profit organization. (The donation) just goes to care for the animals. We have a tremendous influx of cats, kittens, and dogs, so we have more mouths to feed,” Ms. Pinover said.

In an effort to help with this issue, the shelter has recently instituted special deals when adopting animals such as a “two for one sale for kittens” and 50 percent off deals. Additionally, when the Humane Society picks up lost dogs, they may be far from home and their owners “wouldn’t think to call Potsdam Humane Society,” reasoned Ms. Pinover, because of the organization’s large outreach.

“It seems like every spring animals get out that aren’t spayed and neutered. That seems to be what happens to us. Spring time people go on vacations, dogs get loose, and go to the shelter. We’re in a real tight bind,” Ms. Pinover said.

Overall, the shelter currently has 210 animals. This consists of 83 kittens (11 in foster care), 56 cats, 60 dogs, and 11 puppies.

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