Bingo is Ready For Adoption!

Bingo appeared recently with Laura Hand on Weekend Today in CNY. He is the cutest little boy and he is ready for adoption!  Look for him here:


Bingo is doing well

Bingo and AAGS want to thank all of you who donated to repair his broken leg! He is healing well, and will be making an appearance this coming Sunday, June 28 on Weekend Today in CNY with Laura Hand!

Laura’s show runs from 8 to 10 am and Bingo should be showing up in the 9 to 10 segment. He is a wiggly, fun-loving puppy who is just living the dream thanks to all of you! Don’t forget to tune in!Bingo


Bingo – the First Recipient of the AAGS Leg Up Fund!

BingoNo one knows how or why this baby sustained two broken bones in his hind leg. One thing is certain, though–it’s a crippling injury if left untreated. Frightened, homeless, and in excruciating pain, Bingo was brought to Dewitt Animal Hospital-Shelter by a citizen. Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has stepped up to pledge $400 from its Leg Up Fund for Bingo’s treatment. But more donations, no matter how small, will be needed.

Barely three months old and only 10 lbs., Bingo has his whole life ahead of him. He has learned to love and depend on his caregivers at DAH-S and (no surprise!) has quickly become one of their favorites.

Your tax-deductible donation to AAGS’ Leg Up Fund for Bingo’s care will help bring about the day when this little lovebug is once again running and jumping and getting into good, frisky puppy trouble…in a brand new forever home.

Please help Bingo hit the jackpot! All donations  with the notation “Leg Up Fund” will go directly to support the veterinary treatment of specific homeless animals who are brought to Dewitt Animal Hospital-Shelter and featured on AAGS’ Leg Up posts. Checks can be sent to AAGS, Box 94, Liverpool, NY 13088. For credit card and PayPal donations, find us at



When there is no family to take care of an ill or injured pet, who will?

dreamstime_l_30222270Who will give him a leg up?

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse is proud to team up with Dewitt Animal Hospital-Shelter to offer a helping hand to hurt and homeless pets picked up as strays in the City of Syracuse.

AAGS’ Leg Up Fund will direct community donations to help cover the cost of treatment in the hope that these deserving cats and dogs heal and have a chance to be adopted into loving families.

Some pets already have families to care for them, either with their personal resources or with the aid of very successful online fundraisers. Most local shelters are non-profit organizations that can appeal directly to the public for help covering the cost of complex or long-term veterinary care. These shelters also hold several fundraisers each year.

Dewitt Animal Hospital-Shelter is not a non-profit. It cannot ask the public for financial support for seriously ill strays brought to their doors and it cannot hold fundraisers. DAH-Shelter needs us.

Please become part of the family that gives a helping hand to a seriously ill and homeless dog or cat brought to DAH-Shelter. We will post each case for which an appeal is made and will follow up with progress reports…reports that end with the happy day when an animal once discarded is welcomed back to our community healthy and adopted.

Please donate to AAGS’ Leg Up Fund by mail to PO Box 94, Liverpool, NY 13088, or via our website,

A Leg Up is a Helping Hand

Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse is happy to announce a new partnership with Dewitt Animal Hospital-Shelter to offer a Leg Up to pets that arrive at the shelter suffering not only from homelessness but also from significant yet treatable medical conditions.

In need of safe and loving homes, these wonderful dogs and cats first require extra veterinary treatment. This care can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the severity of the condition—from generalized mange to extreme starvation to serious injuries resulting from accidents, abuse, or even dogfighting.

You can help. Your tax-deductible donations to AAGS’ Leg Up Fund will help defray these special veterinary expenses. AAGS will feature each specific animal at Dewitt Animal Hospital- Shelter for whom we announce an appeal, sharing updates on the animal’s progress toward health and a new home.

Right now our task is to build the fund and put it to work. Donations can be made to Leg Up Fund c/o Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse via check or money order to PO Box 94, Liverpool 13088, credit card or PayPal. Please visit or find us on Facebook. Let’s give these hurting and homeless pets a fighting chance with a Leg Up!


Syracuse animal advocates offering reward in 5 dog, cat abuse cases

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Central New York animal advocates are offering rewards in five animal abuse cases that haven’t yet been solved.

Most recently, the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse and Cuse Pit Crew asked for the public’s assistance in tracking down whoever was responsible for a pit bull puppy named April, found near Kirk Park with a collar embedded into her skin.

The AAGS and Cuse Pit Crew, as well as the Human Society of the United States, other animal advocacy groups and local businesses are offering more than $12,000 total in rewards in the five unsolved cases:

The 5 to 7-month-old pit bull was found on Crehange Street on Syracuse’s South puppy-embedded-collar-edit-3jpg-b353b9cf21f78f61Side with a collar too tight and growing into her neck muscle. April had to be sedated for the collar to be removed surgically. Cuse Pit Crew offered $1,000 for tips in the case, and the AAGS added another $500 to the reward.

Callie, a cat owned by a family in Liverpool, was shot with 23 BBs in February and suffered a broken femur. Though she survived, the person who fired the shots was not identified. A $2,000 reward was offered for information leading to a conviction.

The emaciated body of a young female pit bull, posthumously named Faith, was found in a garbage bag on Onondaga Creek Boulevard in 2013. Investigators said they found signs that Faith had been used for dogfighting. Her ears were were cropped and her teeth were filed down. The case prompted the AAGS to establish the Keeping Faith Fund, from which rewards in many of these cases are dispersed. The AAGS has not announced a specific reward amount in this case.

Jax, a young tan-and-white pit bull-type dog, was found dead between two dumpsters on Smith Lane in October 2013. The dog had been starved and weighed about 13 pounds when the body was found. Advocates said a dog of that type typically weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. Jax had no muscle mass, pressure sores on its body, bones showing through its skin and his toenails had become overgrown and curled into its paws. A $6,000 reward was offered for tips relating to the case.

Two dead pitbulls
Children playing near Onondaga Creek found two dead pit bulls in March 2014. Police said the dogs were found behind trees as though they were intentionally hidden. One, a black and white pit bull, was emaciated. The other, which was gray and white, was not. A $3,000 reward was offered for tips leading to the conviction of whoever was responsible.

Officials have asked that anyone with information on the dog abuse cases, call Syracuse police at 315-442-5336. Anyone with information in the case of Callie, who was shot at in Liverpool, is asked to call the CNY SPCA at 315-454-3469.

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AAGS’ Keeping Faith Fund offers rewards for five local animal abuse cases

The Keeping Faith Fund of the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has added another local case of animal abuse to four other cruelty cases for which they are seeking information and offering reward money.

This week AAGS is adding $500 to the reward currently offered by Cuse Pit Crew for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible foAprilr the neglect of April, a young dog. This brings the reward to $1,500.

Found in the Crehange Street area near Kirk Park in Syracuse, the 5-7 month old pup’s tight collar was growing into her neck muscle, which resulted in pain and infection and required surgical removal. April is now recovering.

Anyone with information about April can call the Syracuse Police Department at 315-442-5336.

In February AAGS also pledged $2,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person who shot Callie, a family cat from Liverpool. Callie was injured by 23 BBs and suffered a broken femur, but survived.

Callie’s reward money was donated by AAGS, CNY Cat Coalition, and private citizens. The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information regarding the shooting can call the CNY SPCA at 454-3469.

A not-for-profit animal welfare organization, AAGS established the Keeping Faith Fund in April 2013 to collect money for rewards targeted at solving local cases of animal abuse. The fund was started in memory of a young female pit bull that animal advocates named Faith, whose emaciated body was found on Onondaga Creek Blvd. in a garbage bag. Faith bore physical signs of having been used for dogfighting. A reward was pledged in Faith’s case, which remains open.

In October 2013, AAGS, Cuse Pit Crew, and the Humane Society of United States joined in offering $6,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for the starvation death of Jax, a young dog found between two dumpsters on Smith Lane in October 2013. This case also remains unsolved.


In March 2014, AAGS, Cuse Pit Crew and the Scharman Propane Gas Service offered a reward of $3,000 in the brutal slaying of two pit bulls found by children near Onondaga Creek. This case remains open.

Observers from the Animal Alliance regularly attend court proceedings of animal abuse cases, focusing primarily on city cases. While they do not participate in the proceedings, AAGS Court Observers attend on behalf of the victims and follow animal abuse cases to their completion.

Tax-deducible donations to the Keeping Faith Fund can be made at


Liverpool Cat Shot With BBs

Reward for Callie

Exciting News!

We at the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse are SO excited to announce

This happy dog just heard the news!

This happy dog just heard the news!

that – with your help – we have successfully reached our kick-off goal of raising $35,000 to initiate the opening of a high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, the first of its kind in Onondaga County!

Thanks to the generous support of community members, an anonymous donation of $20,000 from a local family, and a $3,000 grant from The Staffworks Fund, AAGS will begin the next phase of clinic development: site selection, acquisition of funding from PetSmart Charities for equipment, and staff selection and training at Humane Alliance in Asheville, NC.

According to Donna Chambers, Vice President of AAGS, Humane Alliance is the premier high-volume spay/neuter training and support organization in the United States. “Humane Alliance will provide: assistance with hiring our staff; training at their facility for staff; hands-on help setting up our clinic; and the vehicle for gaining an additional grant of $85,000 from PetSmart Charities for the purchase of equipment,” explains Chambers.

AAGS’ clinic will serve not only residents who struggle financially, but also rescue groups and shelters.

“Based on information provided by 2012 Census data, more than 44,000 owned cats and dogs live in Onondaga County households that fall below the poverty level. Because most of these much loved pets are not neutered, they pump out thousands more kittens and puppies each year,” says Linda Young, President of AAGS. “Cost and accessibility of services are the major deterrents for most of these households, and our clinic will address those issues,” she adds.

Young says that preventing these unwanted births drastically decreases the numbers of cats and dogs that join the ranks of the homeless, diseased, and often, sadly, euthanized companion animals. Neutering services also decrease the taxpayer cost of disease prevention, animal control, impounding, and euthanasia.

Because high-volume, low-cost neutering is affordable, preventative, and proactive, it stands head and shoulders above all other attempts to decrease suffering of homeless, diseased, and stray animals in a community.

Local sheltering and rescue efforts struggle to serve well over a thousand animals annually, but cannot keep pace with the numbers of unwanted cats and dogs born each year. Neutering attacks the problem at the source. Over time, accessible low-cost neutering services can reduce Central New York’s notably high euthanasia rate.*

The AAGS clinic will utilize both paid and volunteer staff, operate five days a week performing over 8,000 surgeries annually, offer some volunteer transport for animals, and charge an average of $25 per surgery. AAGS has also received a grant to subsidize fees paid by low-income families over the first three years of the clinic’s operation.

High-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinics benefit families, neighborhoods, taxpayers, and our community’s animals.

What IS High-Volume, High-Quality, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter, Anyway? And Why Does It Matter?

When we ask you to support our planned “high-volume, high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic” (HVHQSN), what – exactly – are we talking about?

Vet in surgery

Vet in surgery


“High-volume spay/neuter clinics  . . . are defined as those whose surgeons each perform 30-40 sterilizations per day.”

We are often asked if the target number of daily surgeries is achieved through simply working faster. The answer is “no.” Most experienced high-volume veterinarians easily achieve these numbers through a combination of time-saving techniques, and partnering with a team of assistants functioning within a highly-efficient system in which they have all been well trained.


AAGS has signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with the Humane Alliance in NC, with whom we will train, guaranteeing that our clinic will follow The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs printed in JAVMA on July 1, 2008 (“Guidelines for S/N Programs”). The safety of our patients must be our first priority.


We will work with those citizens from traditionally low-income areas or those who can verify their low-income status through a variety of means. These pet owners are unlikely to have any other access to services for their pets either due to price or lack of transportation.

Services on a sliding scale will be provided to shelters and rescues, which need our capacity to provide appointments for large numbers of animals without long wait times.

Why Does It Matter?

It matters because animals are dying each and every day. The greater our capacity, the more animals we can alter in a day or in a year, and the sooner we can stop their suffering.


“High‐quality, high‐volume spay/neuter programs are efficient surgical initiatives that meet or exceed veterinary medical standards of care in providing accessible, targeted sterilization of large numbers of dogs and cats in order to reduce their overpopulation and subsequent euthanasia,” according to the ASPCA.