The SPCA of Tompkins County says "a warm-hearted and very generous friend" has offered a matching challenge this spring. She will match up to $30,000 in donations made between now and May 31st. SPCA executive director Jim Bouderau says, "This 'matchmaker' is challenging our community to rally in their support."
"We worked with our matchmaker so the challenge was timed to coincide with the beginning of kitten and puppy season," Bouderau says, "when entire litters of animals are surrendered to us for care and eventual adoption." He says the summer months are usually the organization's busiest, and bringing in funds now is crucial to the SPCA's work.
"We are not government-funded," he says. "We rely on the generosity of this community, and their belief in our mission, to make the work we do possible." The SPCA does receive funds from local government budgets, but as payment for services provided to those municipalities, such as animal control and spay/neuter programs, not as grants or operational support.
A similar matching challenge last year brought in donations that surpassed the $30,000 goal. "We were able to bring in about 10% of our annual community fundraising needs at once," says Bouderau, who's optimistic the challenge will be as effective this year.
Anyone who'd like to donate to the SPCA can make a secure online gift toward the challenge at spcaonline.com by clicking the "Seeing Double" graphic, can mail a check to the SPCA at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York 14850, call 607-257-1822, or visit either the shelter or the SPCA Annex at the Shops at Ithaca Mall.