There's been a lot of talk on how we can support local businesses, aid our neighbors who need a little extra help, and now it's time for us to think about local animals who need our help during this time.

The Ulster County SPCA, located in Walden, is in need of our help, and here's how you can make a difference for the animals.

In speaking with Jamie Dea, the Marketing Coordinator for the Ulster SPCA, the donations that they are requesting are specifically for the community pantry, as part of the Pet Ownership Support Program.

It is a committed effort on the part of the Ulster County SPCA to keep pets in loving, safe, homes.  Too often, pets are surrendered into our care because a pet owner is facing financial hardship.  By providing basic supplies, we ensure people can keep their pets.

No surprise, with the current conditions, they are anticipating an increase in surrenders and the need for the community pantry.

So, how can we help?  They are currently accepting the following:

  • any/all types and sizes of food for dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs.
  • litter or bedding for animals
  • donations via their amazon wish list
  • scheduling a delivery to their site from or any other company that mails pet food
  • donations on their website using paypal

If you are in the postion to foster, they are accepting applications on the website, or via email, for on-call emergency fosters, especially with kitten season quickly approaching.

We are overwhelmed by the response of our community, and appreciate every bit of the support we have received.

Donations to the shelter can be left in the bins outside by the picnic tables, as the shelter is closed to the public.  The shelter being closed also means adoptions are being done a bit differently.  You will need to do so by making an appointment and with pre-approval.  Please contact them at 845.331.5377 x229 for more information.