The SPCA of Tompkins County has an urgent need for donations of canned cat food and canned dog food. The non-profit organization is currently caring for hundreds of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies.
A cat awaiting adoption at the SPCA of Tompkins County.Executive director Jim Bouderau says, "While I'm sure the number of animals we are caring for this fall is similar to other years, it feels like we have had more kittens, more cats, and more adult dogs than ever this season." The SPCA is asking the community to donate paté-style canned cat food and any style canned dog food to the shelter as soon as possible.
The paté-style canned cat food is perfect for the shelter, organizers say, because "the kitties can't just lick up the gravy and leave the food behind." Many of the adult animals at the shelter can eat dry food, including Science Diet cat and dog food that's frequently donated by Hill's Pet Nutrition, but some animals need canned food.
"We go though hundreds of cans of food each week and it is hard to keep the shelves stocked," says Bouderau. The SPCA asks community members to drop off donations at the Adoption Center or Rescue Shelter at 1640 Hanshaw Road (there are donation bins in front of both buildings for those who visit outside business hours) or at the SPCA Annex during its hours at the Shops at Ithaca Mall.
A wide variety of pet food and other needed supplies is available at local retailers such as Ithaca Agway True Value, now with stores on Fulton Street in Ithaca's west end and in Cayuga Mall in the northeast, and at Ithaca Grain and Pet Supply on West Seneca Street in the west end.
The SPCA also has an Amazon.com wishlist with needed items for those who like to shop online. Items on the wishlist can be shipped directly to the SPCA.
"Throughout the year, our community provides us with literally tons of donated items for the nearly 3,000 lost, abandoned, surrendered or neglected animals who seek refuge at the SPCA," Bouderau adds. "We are confident that we can count on the community to help us provide for these animals with donations of canned food."