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Barbecue to benefit the Elmore SPCA planned

Elvis made a surprise appearance at last year’s barbecue to benefit the Elmore SPCA.

Elvis made a surprise appearance at last year’s barbecue to benefit the Elmore SPCA.

PLATTSBURGH — The Elmore SPCA’s fourth annual fundraising barbecue is Saturday, June 1 this year.

The event will include food, live music and a silent auction, all to raise money for the Elmore SPCA.

“All of the money goes toward general operating funds and the daily care of the cats and dogs we have at the shelter,” said Kendra Maroon, Board of Directors member for the Elmore SPCA.

If you go:

What: Fourth annual barbecue to benefit the Elmore SPCA

Where: American Legion, 20 Quarry Road, Plattsburgh.

When: Saturday, June 1, from 4:30–7 p.m.

Cost: $10

For more information, visit elmorespca.org

The non-profit shelter adopted out about 300 cats and just as many dogs in 2012, and the costs of caring for those animals adds up.

Each animal that comes to the shelter has to be bathed and given a check-up, which includes a heart worm test and rabies vaccination.

They must also be spayed or neutered, a process whose cost is determined by weight.

For larger canines, it can cost up to $150.

A trainer also comes in to work with and help socialize the animals.

“We do everything we can to make sure they find a forever home and never end up in a shelter again,” Maroon said.

The shelter charges an adoption fee, which is also on a sliding scale relative to the animal’s size, but that fee rarely covers the costs of the pre-adoption care.

There is also the cost of caring for the animals who are already at the shelter.

“Most animals are adopted out after a month, but the ones that aren’t still receive care,” Maroon said. “It can cost several thousand dollars a month to take care of all the animals.”

Maroon added that the community has always supported the SPCA­­—some volunteers walk the dogs and spend time with the cats and others donate tangible items, like food, blankets for bedding and old newspapers to line the kennels.

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