PLATTSBURGH — Elmore SPCA will hold a special adoption event for rescued cats and dogs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, Route 3, Plattsburgh.
“We recently helped with a hoarding situation out of state and brought five rescued King Charles cavaliers to Elmore,” Cheri Reynolds, who is helping organize the event, said in a news release.
The toy breed, a kind of spaniel, is an energetic dog with a silky coat and sweet, gentle nature that makes it a popular therapy canine.
When Elmore has empty kennel space, it will help with dog rescues through an established network.
“Shelters all across the country try to help rescue organizations. Most of the animals are dogs who are checked for health, sociability and other criteria that we establish,” Reynolds said.
Rebecca Burdo, Elmore SPCA manager, said 14 dogs from Tennessee were also rescued. One dog, Sam, is an 8-month-old terrier mix with a litter of 2-week-old pups.
“Sam is just a puppy herself,” Burdo said. “For someone to not spay her and let her get pregnant is so sad. She is too young to know how to feed, clean, and care for her puppies.”
Volunteers and staff have been working around the clock bottle-feeding the pups, which are having a hard time nursing. But in a few months, they will be ready for adoption.
Elmore has seen an increase of pregnant dogs and cats being surrendered by their owners and has a real need for larger indoor kennels big enough for a nursing shepherd and five to 10 puppies.
Recently, donors purchased two of these large kennels for pregnant dogs.
A special fund has been established by a volunteer who lost her service dog, Abby. She had adopted the shepherd mix, which had been rescued from a high-kill shelter in North Carolina, from Elmore SPCA.