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
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.