This week, the North Country SPCA would like to bring to your attention a surprisingly easy way to raise funds for our shelter through organized hikes. "Peaks for Pets" helps support our no-kill shelter by encouraging people to pledge a donation to hikers who register with the program. Donors can pledge whatever amount is affordable to them.

In order to organize a hike, first register your hike and select a peak, a date and a fundraising goal; second, ask your family, friends and coworkers to pledge their support using a credit card or PayPal; then, enjoy your hike! All transactions are through a secure server. The NCSPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible. Full instructions are listed on the Web site, www.peaksforpets.org. Additional information is also in Facebook.

Our featured pet this week is Snowflake, a large domestic shorthair-mix cat who is as white in color as her name. Unfortunately, Snowflake's owner was forced to give her up due to health problems. After years of love and attention, she arrived at the shelter confused and frightened by all of the noise and activity. At first, she was quite shy and fearful, but she has gradually regained her confidence. Snowflake is ready to find a new "forever-home" where she can cuddle up on an available lap and watch the world go by through the window. She is not at all fond of dogs, but she tolerates other cats. She is looking for a home where she can enjoy lots of petting, scratching under the chin, and good food.

If you are interested in adopting a pet from us but aren't sure of the cost and policies, call us at 962-8604. You can also look on our Web site, www.ncspca.org, for information and a downloadable application. Adoption fees for cats are approximately $55 at this time; fees for dogs are approximately $100. Your adoption fees help cover food, vaccinations, general medical care, and the cost of spaying\Neutering.

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