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Party & Auction to Benefit Sheltered Animals

Shelter improvements at the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York transformed the building that for decades has housed neglected animals and offered a variety of programs and services for pet owners in Cayuga County. Over the summer, Mike Poorman Contracting headed a project that upgraded and repaired dog kennels, the front entrance and the roof, and provided electrical work to the aged building located on York Street in Auburn.The public is invited to celebrate the building upgrades and to raise funds to complete remaining projects at the 4th annual “Homeward Bound – Help Us Find Them a Home” cocktail party and silent auction on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Springside Inn in Auburn.“Homeward Bound” will run from 6-9 p.m. and includes a silent auction, appetizers and live music performed by Win Price of Mere Mortals and Paula Engel. Tickets are on sale for $45 per person.“The renovations are beautiful but we have unfinished electrical work and the cat kennels need to be upgraded and expanded,” said volunteer Dorothy Rizzo, the Homeward Bound committee chair. “The Homeward Bound event is a great venue for celebrating our animals while continuing to provide for them.”Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York, or FLSPCAofCNY, has served Cayuga Country and its surrounding communities for over a century. The shelter offers a variety of programs and services, including adoption of dogs and cats of all ages, low cost spay/neuter and free rabies clinics, a staff of volunteer humane law enforcement officers, pet lost and found, and a referral service, which is a compiled list of local veterinarians, boarding kennels, groomers, trainers, etc. It relies solely on private contributions and grants as it is not a government funded agency. To learn more, visit www.flspcaofcny.org. Contributions from three major sponsors, Bailey’s Bubble Bus, First Niagara Bank and Cohber Press, will allow funds raised through ticket sales and proceeds from the silent auction, to go directly toward the housing and care of rescued animals.“Last year we raised more than $15,000 in contributions from sponsors, donors and attendees, and the money went directly toward the housing and care of rescued animals,” said Rizzo. “The demand is still here for our help.”“The facility has taken in hundreds of abandoned cats and dogs since the start of this year and the numbers are climbing,” explains Shelter Executive Director Carol Russell. “We are operating far beyond our capacity which puts a burden on our facility and on our budget. Because we’re a not-for-profit, we don’t receive funding from the town or any governments – it’s completely donation-driven.”To purchase tickets, call (315) 253-5841 or send an e-mail to homewardbound.flspca@gmail.com.The FLSPCA of CNY is the no-kill shelter facility for Cayuga County. It was incorporated in 1896 and has been at its present location in Auburn since 1954.

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