Donations needed at Elmore SPCA

PLATTSBURGH - Alpha Pi Tau, a registered chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Clinton Community College is starting a service project to collect items and monetary donations on behalf of the Elmore SPCA in Peru.

A queen-sized quilt featuring butterfly patterns has been sown to raise money for the shelter. Raffle tickets are $1 a piece, 6 for $5 or 14 for $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Clinton Community College Library or at the Champlain Center Mall, Saturday April 11 and Saturday April 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The quilt winner will be drawn Monday, April 27. All money raised goes to support the shelter

In addition to being an animal shelter, the Elmore SPCA takes in animals that have been physically abused. Kelly Allen, shelter manager, is one of the only certified humane investigative response officers in Clinton County, who investigates the growing number of animal abuse cases, and prosecutes the offenders in court.

According to the national news over one million animals will be abandoned this year due to the economy. Elmore SPCA is already seeing the results of this problem, with strays entering almost daily from area towns. Due to limited shelter facilities and a greater number of abandoned animals, the SPCA is often unable to accept animals being surrendered by their owners.

Currently, the shelter is in urgent need of cash donations to ensure that the SPCA remains open to provide a safe haven for the many animals in need.

"We are collecting donations of a variety of items," said Tina Recore, the chapter's social-service chairperson. "Any amount donated would be greatly appreciated."

The Alpha Pi Tau chapter has compiled an Elmore SPCA Wish List of constantly needed supplies. At this point in time canned dog food, such as Pedigree or Alpo, is one of the most important items needed. Other items which the shelter needs are: Clorox brand bleach, concentrated laundry soap, clay non-scoopable cat litter, liquid dish detergent, paper towels, canned cat food (Friskies or 9 Lives is preferred), dry cat food, Dad's Bite Size Meal dry dog food (sold in Sam's), pet treats, Lysol spray, Mr. Clean, collars, six-foot leashes, durable pet toys, stainless steel pet food dishes, plastic litter pans, blankets, towels and monetary donations for medical costs.

Donated items can be brought to the first-floor lobby of Clinton Community College and placed in a box marked "Animal Shelter Donations." Donations will be collected from April 10 through April 29.

People who want to donate money can mail checks directly to the Elmore SPCA, P.O. Box 686, Peru, NY 12972. For more information, call 594-3938.

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