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Fulton County Regional SPCA and Hale Creek Correctional Facility Join Forces for the Greater Good

[Gloversville, New York] The Fulton County Regional SPCA is proud to announce the PAWSativity Program, a collaboration with the Hale Creek Correctional Facility. 

PAWSativity was inspired by a similar program, Path to Home, at the Orleans Correctional Facility. “I was approached by fellow volunteer and Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator, Maria Ringer-Abel, with the idea of joining forces” explains Renee Earl, SPCA President. “I knew this was a fantastic opportunity to not only help dogs in need but assist the incarcerated individuals at Hale Creek.” 

The Canine Handlers have been carefully selected and interviewed by Ms. Ringer-Abel and her staff as well as Earl. The two primary and two secondary handlers will be instructed each week by the SPCA’s in-house canine trainer, Jennifer Lacosse of Lady and the Leash K9 Training. The dogs enrolled in the program will learn basic obedience skills to help them become more adoptable. “Many of the dogs that come through our shelter have never been taught rules or manners or experienced love and affection” notes Earl. “This program will help them experience all of that. It will give Handlers a sense of accomplishment, responsibility, and the opportunity to give back to our community.” 

The dogs will be housed at Hale Creek until they are able to be adopted into their new homes. In addition to the training benefits, this will open kennel space at the shelter’s Gloversville Annex, allowing them to help more dogs.  

“I am so excited to launch this program at Hale Creek” states Ringer-Abel. “I have been working with incarcerated individuals since 2006. Many of the individuals at Hale Creek are making incredible progress towards becoming better parents, spouses, and giving back to their community. They are addressing substance abuse issues, self-esteem issues, and overall working to better themselves. Shelter dogs will provide emotional support to this population while receiving the socialization and attention necessary to ready them for a new home outside of the shelter. This is such an amazing opportunity to change so many lives, both human and canine.” 

“This program is the first of its kind in Fulton County and I am thrilled to not only be a part of it, but to take my training to a new level.” states Lacosse. “I have witnessed the positive outcomes these types of programs have had in other communities, and I am truly looking forward to making a difference.” 

Mollie

Moe

The first dogs to enter the program will be eight-month-old Moe, a German Shepard mix and eight-month-old Mollie, a Lab mix. Moe and Mollie will be available for adoption upon completion of the program. 

“Everyone deserves a second chance, and all animals deserve a loving home. Why not do everything we can to make these situations as positive as possible? The world is full of so much negativity right now. We can sit back and do nothing, or we can be part of the change towards positivity. This is our step in that direction. And undoubtably puppy kisses can make that happen!” Says Earl. 

Fulton County Regional SPCA is a registered not for profit, donation funded, and volunteer run organization operating out of Gloversville, New York. They provide immediate shelter and care for homeless animals as well as community education, training, and public awareness. For more information on the shelter, volunteer opportunities, or adoptable dogs, visit www.fcrspca.org. For more information on The Hale Creek PAWSativity Program, contact Renee Earl at renee@fcrspca.org or Hale Creek Deputy Superintendent for Program Services William Close at William.close@doccs.ny.gov.  

FULTON COUNTY REGIONAL SPCA WELCOMES CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y., APRIL 29th, 2020 – Fulton County Regional SPCA is proud to announce and welcome Ms. Deborah L. Komar as Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Komar will be responsible for overseeing Regional SPCA’s team of Humane Law Enforcement Division and will also serve a key role as official liaison between the shelter and local law enforcement agencies.

“It is an honor to welcome Ms. Komar to the Regional SPCA team as Chief Law Enforcement Officer. She brings her compassionate heart and many years of law enforcement expertise. Our volunteers, community, and the animals we serve will greatly benefit from her knowledge and leadership. We are all looking forward to learning from her”, states Renee Earl, SPCA President.

Deborah joins the team of Regional SPCA volunteers following 33 years as a member of the New York State Police. As a retired Senior Investigator responsible for the oversight of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations (Mayfield and Fonda), Ms. Komar has experience investigating numerous animal cruelty and neglect cases as well as multi-animal seizures and subsequent criminal prosecutions. In addition to her time spent with the State Police, she has served as a training consultant for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for the last four years.

“I am honored to serve in this role as part of such a wonderful organization. Our little shelter acts not only as a voice for abused, neglected and abandoned animals but as an educational resource for the community. It has been amazing to see what is accomplished when a group of like-minded individuals come together to work towards a common goal” states Komar.

Ms. Komar has served as a volunteer with the Regional SPCA for two years; assisting with the care of animals, events and fundraising efforts. She currently resides with her three rescue dogs; Lance, Lily, and Grinchy; and rescue cat, Gibbs.

The addition of a Chief Law Enforcement Officer follows Regional’s June 2019 announcement to reorganize as an SPCA. “Our goal with reorganization was to share the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of the animals in our area. Adding this position is an important step in making this goal a reality” notes Earl. “We had hoped for a quicker process, but all good things take time and preparation. We are taking every step necessary to guarantee a successful launch of our Humane Law Enforcement Division and plan to roll out the application process for Peace Officers in the coming months.”.

Fulton County Regional SPCA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-operated, donation-funded organization originally founded as Regional Animal Shelter in 2002. Regional SPCA’s Mission is to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals, providing immediate shelter and care for any homeless or abused animals and either reuniting these animals with their owners or finding them new, loving homes. Regional also actively promotes animal and owner education, training, and public awareness to improve the lives of the animals in our community and beyond.

To learn more, call the shelter at (518)725-5956 or visit fcrspca.org

Covid-19

To our supportive community,

We are so grateful for your continuous efforts to help our shelter thrive! We simply could not do this without you! In an effort to be great stewards of community wellness, the following temporary changes are effective immediately:

Visitors by appointment only. Our pups love, love, love visitors! Our volunteers love the opportunity to show off our little shelter with a BIG heart! Our proactive approach will allow us to continue to find forever homes for our pups, while protecting those who take care of them as they wait for their perfect fit. If you show any signs of illness your appointment will be canceled immediately. You can make an appointment by calling the shelter at 518-725-5956 or contacting us here.

We are temporarily suspending supply donation in-take. Our shelter completely functions on donations of everything from blankets, food, cleaning supplies, toys, treats, etc. At this time, we are blessed to say that our current supply allows us to to sustain our shelter during this suspension. This is only a temporary measure and we beg that you not count us out in the near future! In the meantime, we will continue to accept monetary or gift card donations, but would rather you use your resources to help a neighbor. Many pet owners will be losing wages over the coming weeks. Some will have to chose to feed their pets over themselves. By donating those supplies to a neighbor or friend, you are helping more than a pup. 

We thank you and wish you well during this critical time.

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