North Country SPCA 8-20-11

The NCSPCA is currently working hard to raise money in order to build a new animal shelter. The current shelter in Westport is very old and does not meet recommended Human Society standards for space provided for each animal. At times, we are so overcrowded that four cats must share a single cage. In addition, we do not have available space to isolate sick animals, which puts healthy animals at risk. Dogs and cats must share the same room, which creates high stress levels for our animals.

We have purchased land to build a new shelter which will meet today's housing standards and will even include a get-acquainted room where people can spend time with a pet before adopting it. The new building will also be "green" and energy efficient. However, the NCSPCA does not receive any money from state or federal governments or from the National ASPCA; nearly all of our income comes from generous donors or from adoption fees. We desperately need your donations to help make this dream of a new and better shelter a reality. We are currently 80% on the way to our goal, but we still need to raise $250,000 by Oct. 1 to put us over the top. Any donations you make between now and then will be matched dollar for dollar. To learn more, please visit our website, www. ncspca.org.

Our featured pet this week is Mitzie, an adorable beagle-mix who has a sweet disposition you will fall in love with. Mitzie is an older dog who is looking for a "retirement home" to spend her senior years. She loves to go for walks and to curl up afterwards with her favorite blanket. She is well behaved and promises not to chew your shoes! If you are looking for a companion to curl up with on the couch when you watch your favorite show, Mitzie may be the dog for you.

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