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Finger Lakes SPCA Awarded $10K Grant


The Finger Lakes SPCA, serving Steuben County and the surrounding region, has received a grant of $10,000 from the Golisano Foundation’s Bailey and Friends restricted fund to improve and expand our medical equipment. Bailey and Friends is dedicated to supporting animal welfare in Western New York and Southwest Florida with a focus on dogs and cats. It works with shelters, rescue groups, veterinary clinics, and other lifesaving programs to promote wellness, ensure safety, and keep pets and families together.

“We are grateful to Bailey and Friends for this generous grant,” says Michael Hopkins, Interim Executive Director of the FLSPCA, “which will help us provide the best possible surgical care for the animals in our care. This new and improved equipment will expand the number and types of surgeries we can keep in-house, saving us time and money, and relieving the animals from the trauma of travel.

The SPCA says they are at an all-time high for the number of cats and dogs requiring our services. Many of the animals that come to us are in need of specialty medical care in addition to spay or neutering. Its on-staff veterinarian has been limited in the types and numbers of surgeries she can accomplish because of antiquated equipment and the lack of an accessible anesthesia device. Hopkins says this new equipment will go a long way to improving the services we can offer our animals on-site and increase the quality of the care we are able to offer.

In awarding the grant, Erica Dayton, Golisano Foundation’s Executive Director, said, “We commend [the FLSPCA’s] efforts in providing high-quality, timely veterinarian care for the animals in your care as well as the surrounding shelters and rescues to increase an animal’s quality of life and decrease companion animal overpopulation.”

Bailey and Friends is a trust component of the Golisano Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. The Golisano Foundation was established in 1985 by Tom Golisano—entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader, and founder of Paychex, Inc

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