By NCC News Reporter Stephanie Berzinski
This past April, the cuddly cats and dogs of the Syracuse Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals came close to being evicted from their North Syracuse home. With a failing economy causing fewer people to donate and more owners giving up their pets, worried staff found the facility filling up fast and in need of more than one hundred thousand dollars. With time running out, Executive Director Paul Morgan turned to the only people he knew would listen.
"We did a plea bargain to the public to let them know our financial situation," said Morgan. The response was overwhelming.
"We had people coming in whether it be for donating actual funds, money, or whether it was food, toys for the animals or medication," explained Morgan.
David Major and his wife Patty owned a 14-year-old lab that died just three months ago. David says he's grateful the SPCA doors will remain open so they can find a new pet to love and hope people will continue to support adoption shelters.
"You know, it's a good way to go," Major said. "I know there's a lot of puppy mills out there and you know, I don't think that stuff is right."
Executive Director Paul Morgan says that although the SPCA is no longer in danger of closing, they are still on a tight budget with an uncertain future.
"Cash wise, we probably have enough money to operate for at least four more months."