Stella, the runner, seeks a home to rest


Dear Winston:

Hello! Happy June to you and your readers. My name is Stella, and I am about 2-years old. Dog Control found me outside just running down the road as a stray and brought me into the safety of the shelter. Because I was found as a stray, there is not a lot of history about me. Of course I remember all of it, from the moment I was born until now. If only I could talk, the stories I could tell! We strays have seen it all, experienced it all, both the good and the bad aspects of living on the streets. (But honestly, is there any good?) I remember just running.

I prefer to think I was running to something — running to happiness and to someone to care for me.

I am a highly energetic dog and love to be outdoors, even after being outside for such a long time. I also get very excited when someone comes to visit me in the shelter kennel. I will stand up as tall as I can and twirl on my hind legs — doing the dog dance for show and tell! I try to make my very best impression, at all times, you just never know who will come through those shelter doors looking for someone just like me.

I get along well with low energy dogs (I would balance quite nicely with someone not as hyper as myself). Winston, I really don’t think I would do too well in a home with cats as I would probably chase them all over the place. Older kids would suit me well, as opposed to younger ones. Winston, please work your magic, wave your wand and make a very special wish for me.

- Thank you. Love, Stella

Dear Stella:

No need to run any longer! You are safe and well cared for at our shelter. We will do our very best to find the perfect match for you. No worries my friend. Readers, life on the streets as a stray is a tough one. It’s critically important to spay and neuter your pets, and also please keep your eyes open for any of our animal friends roaming around outdoors. Make a difference! Save a life!

- Thank you, Winston

Why spay and neuter pets?

Reduce the animal population; eradicate pet euthanization; and reduce the homeless pet epidemic.

• Spay and neuter pet medical benefits

Provides pets a healthier, happier, and extended life expectancy. Spaying female pets prevent uterine infections and breast tumors. Malignant or cancerous tumors is approximate 50% dogs and 90% cats. Neutering male pets prevent testicular and some prostate cancers.

• Spay and neuter pet behavioral benefits

A female pet will not go into heat. No menstrual cycle, diapers, pads, stains or mess. FYI, female felines heat cycles are approximately four to five days every three weeks. Expect an increase in yowling and urination during the breeding season. Good luck with that diaper. It is nearly impossible to keep a diaper on a female as it is unnatural for them.

A male pet will not stray in need of sexual companion in heat. A loose pet is at high risk of huge dangers. Dangers included traffic, fights, injury, theft, and abuse. Protect your pets at all times. Male pets will not mount other animals and/or people if neutered young and trained.

Pets are less likely to be aggressive when spayed or neutered as a pup and raised in a loving home with no abuse. Abused animals can develop aggressive behavior whether they are spayed or neutered. Always give a pet unconditional love as you would a child or person. In the long run, you will find it very cost effective for spayed or neutered pets. Imagine the costs to raise a litter of pups or kittens. You need to feed, potty train and find homes for the fur-babies.

Paws on the Green

Help us celebrate our biggest fundraising event of the entire year: The Paws on the Green golf tournament. The event will be held on Monday, Aug. 2, at the Teugega Country Club, 6801 Golf Course Road.

Please get your golf foursomes in early. The cost is $150 per golfer and you get to enjoy a day of golfing, together with lunch – dinner – snacks on the course – entry gifts (golf shirt and golf balls) prizes and more.

Sponsors are needed for the tournament. Become a major sponsor or a hole sponsor, it is a great way to promote your business while supporting our shelter. Major sponsors also receive advertising on the Humane Society website and social media. Call Lynn or Peggy at 315-336-6870 for more information. We are also looking for sponsors to help our shelter and receive advertising for their business at the same time.

Adoption updates:

Cats: Grady, Molly, Tiger, Tabitha, Gin, Blair, Emmet

Dogs: Pie, Onondaga, Seraphina, Bella

Wish list


Cat trees, towers, perches or jungle gyms

Purina Kitten Chow

3 Tier cat cage

Digital Baby scale


Miracle Nipple

We have updated our Amazon Wish List:


Because it’s such a hectic time of year and in keeping with the CDC’s health and safety guidelines, we kindly ask that anyone interested in visiting our shelter, to please make an appointment first.

This goes for dropping off animals, and for possible meet and greets for adoption purposes. Donation may be dropped off any time, without an appointment. Also, if you happen to stop by without an appointment we may ask for your patience and to please wait in your car until we wait on the person ahead of you.  

We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Ways you can help
the shelter 

Become a member


Donate (you can specify where you would like your donation to go: Medical Fund, Spay/Neuter Fund, Building Fund or General Fund) 

Also, did you know that if you love animals but cannot adopt at this time, you can still help?

Sponsor the cost of an animal while it is living at the shelter (pay the expenses for their food, care, etc.)

Sponsor an animal’s adoption fee

Sponsor an animal’s spaying or neutering fee

Contact us

For information, call 315-336-7070 or go online to

The shelter is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cat’s Pride
Litter program

We participate with Cat’s Pride Litter for Good Program — we’ve received 4,000 pounds of cat litter due to nominations from the community. This is an ongoing promotion. The more nominations, the more litter we receive.

Litter as you can imagine, is a great expense for us, so this would be a wonderful savings for our shelter. 

The public is invited to participate as follows: 

1. Go to and sign up for the free Cat’s Pride Club. 

2. Click on the “Nominate” button to help us receive litter. 

3. Enter bonus code: 4GOOD and you will double your shelter nomination. 

4. Buy a green jug of Cat’s Pride Fresh and Light – every time you do, another pound of litter is added to the total amount donated.

Also needed
at the shelter

Cat items 

Delectable Lickable Treats (Bisque Style) various flavors 

Friskies Broth Variety Packs Various Flavors 

Meow Mix (any size bag) 

Purina Kitten Chow (any size) 

Greenies Pill Pockets for Cats 

Scoops (Small Size) 

Small mice, Small Pom Poms, Cat Wands 

Small paper food trays 

Ceramic crocks for food and water – small and large 

Clumping Litter (older cats) Non-Clumping Litter (for Kittens) 

Cardboard Scratching pads with refills 

Cat Trees – all sizes (new) or in very good condition 

Dogs Items 

Greenies Pill Pockets for both capsules and tablets 

Cesar Original Pate’ food trays 

Chews– all sizes, Pork Chomps, Pig Ears 

Soft Treats - Bacon Strips, Pupperoni, Canine Carry Outs, all flavors 

Squeaky Dog Toys 

Nylon Collars – especially for large dogs 

General Supplies 

Garbage bags – 13-gallon tall, as well as 39-gallon, drawstring bags 

Non-foaming bleach 

25-gallon plastic tubs with lids 

Laundry baskets 

Large 32 gallon plastic garbage cans with lid and wheels. 

Contact us

For information, call 315-336-7070 or go online to The shelter is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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