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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dear Diary, It's SPCA Saturday

"You know what I like most about people? Pets."--Jarod Kintz

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I drove the Sprain Brook Parkway to the Taconic. I exited 9N, hooked a right at North State Road, then drove the winding road through Briarcliff Manor to SPCA of Westchester.

There was a chill in the air and I saw snow flurries. As I walked through the parking lot, I heard sounds of dogs barking.

Today was Orientation Day for volunteers at SPCA in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Since losing Izzy, Izzy was my small rat terrier, I decided if I could not have a dog, I would give of my time and help care for orphaned dogs.

Group of volunteers just chilling while waiting for Orientation to begin.

Alice Shanahan, CHES, passing out the sign-in sheet
Alice Shanahan, CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist), in charge of Volunteer Services and Humane Education introduced herself and kicked off the 11:00 a.m. meeting with cups of hot coffee, donuts and a history lesson saying the Briarcliff SPCA started in 1883, and was the oldest shelter in the country. 

Alice shared that SPCA originally started out as a horse cruelty rescue center. Today, it is responsible for cruelty calls for all animals in Westchester County. More important, Alice pointed out that the SPCA is a NO-KILL facility, meaning unless an animal is seriously ill, or has a serious biter history showing no hope of rehabilitation, an animal will live at the shelter until adopted. 

The goal at SPCA, no connection to ASPCA, Briarcliff is to make every animal adoptable.

Alice went on to discuss different SPCA programs available to volunteers.

From the Golden Outreach Program, where a volunteer takes a shelter dog out for  weekly visits to hospitals and assisted living facilities, to school visits, and dog and cat grooming with professional dog groomer volunteer, JoAnne, at SPCA in Briarcliff, if an individual is sincerely interested in volunteering, there is truly opportunity and need.

I am home now, processing all that I learned. 

Did you know that to help relieve stress in dogs and cats sheltered at SPCA, classical music is played. *I learned dogs love Mozart.*

The following is a list of other SPCA volunteer programs.

I hope you enjoy learning about the SPCA as much as I did. And perhaps you might wish to make a donation or volunteer your time.

Clicker Training - Deals in Positive Reinforcement--Kindness is only way to train a dog
Greeters - Meet and guide visitors 
Adoption Outreach - Aid in fundraisers, walkathons, Chappaqua Day, Briarcliff Day
Camp Critter - Six week summer program for young children 
Clinic & Office - Work in surgery assisting vet; general cleaning, laundry, general office duties

For more information, be sure to check out the SPCA website. 

Until this time next time.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
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