SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — SUNY Empire State College will hold three concurrent pet supply drives in Rochester, Saratoga Springs, and Selden to benefit area shelters in need.
While some animal rescues and shelters across the country have experienced an increase in pet adoptions, many people have made the difficult decision to surrender their pets due to COVID-19-related financial hardships and evictions. The pandemic has also led to fewer donations from individuals and businesses, which animal welfare organizations rely on to offset the costs of food, medication, medical procedures, and on-site food pantries for community pets.
On Jan. 13 from 11 am to 3 pm, volunteers at the three locations will accept new, unwrapped items for pets, including food, toys, leashes, medications, and beds. Donors are asked to simply drive up, and a volunteer — masked and adhering to social distancing guidelines — will collect gifts, while the driver remains in their vehicle. Donations made at the following SUNY Empire locations will benefit the respective organizations:
• 111-113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs / The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
• 680 Westfall Road, Rochester / Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets
• 407 College Road, Selden / North Fork County Kids Program: Rescue and Preservation Through Pedagogy
“The pandemic has affected so many and as more experience financial difficulties, they are not only struggling to care for themselves and their loved ones, but also the furry members of their families,” said SUNY Empire State College Officer in Charge Nathan Gonyea. “SUNY Empire is proud to partner with Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets, and the North Fork Country Kids Program.
“Their efforts to care for these animals is commendable.”
Next week’s pet supply collection follows the success of SUNY Empire’s recent food and toy drives. Both events collected thousands of items, all of which were distributed to families and children in New York state throughout the holiday season.