Preston Launches Dog Shelter Volunteer Recruitment Drive

(Binghamton, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today launched a Volunteer Recruitment Drive for the Broome County Dog Shelter in Binghamton.  She was joined by Dog Shelter Manager Kelly Conlon, Shelter employees and volunteers.

The Dog Shelter, located at 110 Cutler Pond Road, Binghamton is owned by Broome County and operated by the Security Division.

“Our Dog Shelter provides outstanding service and an unmet need in our community,” said Preston. “Eleven of the County’s Towns and the City of Binghamton rely on the shelter to take in stray, unlicensed and unwanted dogs, at a cost lower than they could provide. This saves our municipalities money.”

The Dog Shelter operates on an annual budget of approximately $334,000, which is funded by contracts with local municipalities, adoption fees, boarding revenue and donations. No County taxpayer dollars support the Shelter.

Due to increased demand above 2011, as well as an increased number of private boardings, the Dog Shelter is in need of volunteers.

“At this point in 2011, 68 dogs were adopted from our Shelter; this year we are already up to 108,” said Shelter Manager Kelly Conlon.  “With increased costs in food, veterinary services and utilities, volunteers are crucial to our ability to provide the best care possible, without taxpayer support.”

The Shelter is asking for individuals and groups to consider volunteering. Tasks are not limited to dog care, as laundry, landscaping and fundraising are also needed to help the Shelter operate.  No matter ones skillset, there is a role for everyone at the Shelter.

“We like to take our resident dogs out into the community, especially to Nursing Homes,” said Conlon.  However, with limited staff and volunteers, that program isn’t what it once was, or could be.”

 

 

The Shelter is dedicated to:

Ø  Accepting all stray adoptable dogs and puppies from contracted municipalities;

Ø  Providing safe, clean housing and medical care for all adoptable dogs and puppies in our care;

Ø  Providing a central location for owners to find and recover their missing pets;

Ø  Accepting adoptable dogs and puppies that owners are unable to keep for any reason;

Ø  Matching adoptable dogs and puppies with compatible, loving, adoptive families;

Ø  Camp Barkalot - limited/specialized dog/puppy boarding for pets adopted from the shelter;

Ø  Providing referral information for any animal-related concern;

Ø  Promoting the importance of dog licensing, spaying and neutering, vaccinations, obedience and behavioral training; and

Ø  Increasing community awareness of the stray and pet over-population problems through shelter tours and off-site education programs.

The Shelter operates independently from the Humane Society, which treats abused and neglected animals.

For an application and more information on volunteering, visit:  www.GoBroomeCounty.com/Shelter or call 778-2493.

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07/11/2012 - 9:18am