Category Archives: Programs

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 through Bingo’s Crowdrise site or 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 animalallianceofgreatersyracuse.org.

 

 

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, http://animalallianceofgreatersyracuse.org.

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 http://animalallianceofgreatersyracuse.org/ or find us on Facebook. Let’s give these hurting and homeless pets a fighting chance with a Leg Up!

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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

“High-volume spay/neuter clinics  . . . are defined as those whose surgeons each perform 30-40 sterilizations per day.”  http://www.target-zero.org/our-mission/high-volume-and-other-targeted-spay-neuter.

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.

High-Quality

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.

Low-Cost

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.

Summary

“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.

To our Friends and Supporters:


On this, the last day of 2014, we find ourselves reflecting on what we have NewYearPetsaccomplished and what remains ahead of us to be done.

We encountered many challenges in 2014 that kept us from getting the clinic up and running. Still . . .

CRIME – ABUSE, ABANDONMENT, AND NEGLECT

  • Our Court Watch Program followed dozens of animal cruelty and abuse cases through the system advocating for the victims of the crime.
  • As founding members of the CNY Animal Cruelty Task Force, AAGS was instrumental in establishing a new court program in Syracuse whereby all animal-related cases are now heard on the same day of the month by the same judge.
  • Many of you contributed to our Keeping Faith Fund after the emaciated pit bull, Patrick, was found wandering the streets in March. In October, AAGS & Cuse Pit Crew presented the Good Samaritan who provided the tip leading to the perpetrator’s arrest and conviction with a $1,000 reward.

OVERPOPULATION – stray cats, dogs, and euthanasia

  • In April, AAGS received our official acceptance into the National Spay/Neuter Response Team training program offered by the Humane Alliance in North Carolina!
  • Various Board members made field trips to observe high-volume clinics in other areas including Buffalo, NY and Tulsa OK.
  • A Board member traveled to Austin, TX to attend the three-day North American Spay/Neuter Conference.
  • We looked at a number of locations for our clinic, but to date have not found the right one at a price we can afford.
  • Our president, Linda Young, was a speaker at the “Rethinking the Cat Symposium” sponsored by HSUS and held in Syracuse.
  • November found Linda appearing on the pages of Syracuse Woman Magazine, talking about the clinic.
  • We received a pledge of a matching donation to our clinic fund, meaning your gift will go twice as far!
  • Holly Putnam, DVM from Cornell joined our Advisory Board. Dr. Putnam is a high-volume spay/neuter expert and we are excited and honored to have her on our team!

Our #1 goal for 2015 will be to bring to life the high-volume, low-cost spay-neuter clinic which we believe will bring about a day locally when no animal will be euthanized simply for lack of a home!

We made many friends in 2014, including you! That support is invaluable and we thank each and every one of you because we absolutely depend on the generosity of our friends and supporters to carry out our lifesaving work for animals. We could not do what we do without you! With your help, we have made progress, but still have aways to go.

Today is your last chance to make your tax-deductible 2014 donation to help us meet our goal for this year and to support our work for 2015!

May you and your animal companions enjoy a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!

All of us at the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse

P.S. Donating is so easy! And whatever you give will be matched, dollar for dollar, essentially doubling your donation!

PayPal: aags@twcny.rr.com

Crowdrise: https://www.crowdrise.com/MatchAAGS/fundraiser/AAGS

USPS: PO Box 94, Liverpool, NY 13088

 

Not Sexy – Unless You’re A Cat Or Dog


According to 2012 Census data, over 44,000 cats and dogs live in Onondaga County households that fall below the poverty level. Because most of these beloved pets are not neutered, they pump out thousands more puppies and kittens each year. If we can prevent these unwanted births, we decrease drastically the numbers of cats and dogs that join the ranks of the homeless, diseased, and often, sadly, euthanized.

One proven strategy stands head and shoulders above all others in its ability to decrease the staggering number of homeless and stray animals in our community, euthanized in Syracuse at higher levels than in any other upstate New York city: high-volume spay/neuter services offered at costs affordable for our neighbors living below the poverty level. AAGS is raising funds for just such a clinic to serve these caring but financially-strapped pet families.StrayCat

High-volume, high-quality, very low-cost neutering doesn’t lend itself to heart-tugging ads that rally the public to donate. It is not a “sexy” cause, unless of course you’re a cat or a dog. But it is preventative. That is powerful.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!


DoubleWhammyAAGS has received an incredible MATCHING DONATION for our clinic! For EVERY DOLLAR you donate, our clinic fund will receive TWO DOLLARS!

DOUBLE your impact and give generously NOW!

Donations may be made by mail at PO Box 94, Liverpool, NY 13088; by credit card at https://www.crowdrise.com/lowcostspay-neutercliniccny/fundraiser; or via your paypal account at aags@twcny.rr.com!

EXCITING NEWS!


AAGS is entered in the Crowdrise Thanksgiving Challenge! If we can raise the MOST donations by Thanksgiving, we will win an extra $1,000 toward our high-volume, low-cost clinic!SixOrangeKittens

We need your HELP! Please click here and GIVE generously to reduce euthanasia and SAVE LIVES in our community!

 

Generosity


We animal people are the most amazingly kindhearted, generous group in the SadPuppyworld! All it takes is a flash of the “puppy dog eyes” or a story about an injured or starving kitty StrayCat

and we are right there to help; and thousands  are spent to “save” animals  “on that list” in a kill shelter.

The clinic that we are undertaking is the means to PREVENT that suffering and that need to rush to the rescue. Our clinic will mean that unwanted animals, destined to be homeless and ultimately to die in some tragic way, will never be born.

Unfortunately, prevention is a harder concept to represent. There are no sad eyes and there is no sense of immediacy that will energize people to write that check or click that “donate” button NOW!

But that is just what we are asking you to do, because we WILL bring this clinic to CNY, but without your generous help, MORE animals will pay the price in the meantime.

Please make your generous donation today!

http://www.rally.org/AAGS

aags@twcny.rr.com on PayPal

PO Box 94, Liverpool 13088 via snail mail