Animal Protection & Welfare,
Mission: The mission of the spca is to create a caring and kind community that encourages fair and humane treatment of all creatures. Our knowledgeable, caring, and open-minded team of staff and volunteers achieves that mission through proactive efforts to address the current status of animals in our community, education of adults and children, rescue and sheltering of animals in need, and placement of animals into appropriate homes.
Programs: The spca serving erie county is a private humane society funded by donations. The spca provides humane care for distressed animals, including housing, placement and disposal of same. The erie county spca allows adoption of animals and has multiple satellite adoption locations. The spca accepts stray dogs, cats, and other animals. Stray animals are kept in specially-designated areas away from adoption areas to prevent spread of potential diseases, bites, and to give owners a chance to locate them at the shelter. Attached is the organization's program year in review. Over 11,700 domestic and wild animals were admitted and cared for this past year with each animal being examined by both our veterinary and behavior staff for good health and temperament before being placed in the adoption program. Over 6,900 animals of all kinds (cats, dogs, farm animals, small pets, reptiles) adopted into new homes. Over 2,000 dogs went through safer behavior assessment prior to placement in the adoption program. More than 80 volunteers worked on the open paws enrichment program for our shelter dogs, and the spca hosted students from canisius college as part of a collaborative internship between the shelter and the college. Over 3,100 animals received foster care preparing them for subsequent adoption, with more than 1,052 individuals and families participating in our foster/foster-to-adopt program. Special agents responded to over 1,600 calls for suspected animal neglect or abuse. 29 criminal arrests for neglect and cruelty were made during the year. Two animal awareness classes were presented as part of court-ordered sentencing of defendents found guilty of animal cruelty. Over 3,880 requests for assistance were responded to by spca rescue team members, who are on call 24 hours each day, seven days each week, 365 days each year. Over 470 sick and/or injured owned and stray domestic animals and more than 750 wild animals were rescued in erie county this year. 2,800 sick, injured and orphaned wildlife were treated at the spca's wildlife rehabilitation center and clinic, with over 200 different wild species cared for. Four rehabilitator series seminars and workshops were conducted for nys licensed rehabbers. 1,570 children in 15 schools participated in the 15-week encouraging kind kids literacy program of the spca. 7 "once upon a time" preschool story hours were conducted with 111 attendees. 40 children from public school #39, dr. Martin luther king jr. Multicultural institute participated in teaching love and compassion, an innovative violence prevention program teaching 11 to 13 year old students kindness, respect, caring, empathy, and responsibility for both human and animal life; and 16 students from buffalo public schools #39 and the international preparatory school participated in the animal advocates mentor program as mentors for the tlc students. 28 shelter tours were conducted, with an audience of 481, and over 6,820 people participated in 22 community presentations and events hosted by humane educators. Over 640 children participated in our annual humane poster and creative writing contest. 42 couples participated in monthly baby ready pet classes conducted for families with pets who were expecting a new child on how to get their pets ready for the new family member. 4,917 dogs, cats, and rabbits were spayed or neutered at the spca's surgical units, and over 5,400 surgical and medical treatments were performed by the shelter's medical team; additionally, 197 major surgeries and 624 dentals were performed on spca animals, and 851 cats were treated for upper respiratory infections in the isolation unit. 1,400 volunteers donated over 58,000 hours in volunteer service time to the spca. 100 hospital, nursing and group home facilities received "paws for love" visits by spca volunteers and their pets, and 72 7th - 12th grade students completed 3,200 community service hours, 13u. S. Military veterans were enrolled in our paws & patriots program working with dogs in the shelter that are in need of special attention. Completed the fourth of our five years as the lead agency in the maddie's pet rescue project in erie county, resulting in the successful treatment and adoption of 96% of all the injured, ill and broken animals brought to us. The organization has also obtained a four star charity navigator rating for each of the last six years. 134 farm animals and fowl were admitted to the educational farm and barn as cruelty cases, strays, and surrenders, and 97 farm animals were placed for adoption during the year.