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ITHACA, N.Y. — “I am tremendously excited to announce that a few of our most dedicated friends of the SPCA, have offered a $50,000 challenge to match, dollar for dollar, every donation made between now and May 31,” says SPCA of Tompkins County’s executive director Jim Bouderau.

“Our ‘match makers’ are challenging our community to rally in support of us,” he said. “Raising funds at this time of year is critical to our work in the upcoming busy summer months when we see the largest influx of animals coming through our doors.”

“Our collaboration with our ‘match makers’ was specifically timed to coincide with the beginning of our busiest time, including our “kitten season,” when entire litters of animals are surrendered to us for care and eventual adoption.”

Bouderau can’t stress enough the importance of local support. “We could not do what we do without the support and generosity of our community. It is their belief in our mission and our work that makes what we do possible. These matching funds allow us to double the impact of any gifts we receive from now until the end of May.”

To make a secure online gift toward the challenge, go to spcaonline.com and click on the DONATE button to make a gift online and choose our April Matching Challenge 2018. You can also mail a check indicating it is for the Challenge Match to the SPCA at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Gifts may also be made in person at the Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center on Hanshaw Road, or by telephone at (607) 257-1822, ext. 232.

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. We are a no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation. We promote responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling and training to nurture and enhance the human- animal bond.

The Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center is open for adoptions every day except Wednesday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Featured photo courtesy of the SPCA Facebook page.