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Jim Bouderau, SPCA of Tompkins County Executive Director, has announced that the shelter’s most important annual fundraising event, the March for the Animals, will be held in person (and virtually) on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in the large pavilion at Stewart Park. We are celebrating our beloved pets by Marching for the Animals with family and friends to benefit the SPCA of Tompkins County.

To participate and help the SPCA, adults and children may register for the March by going to and following the March link. The SPCA asks that adults raise a minimum of $100 each and that children attempt to raise $50 each. 

Like other local “friend-raising” events, the fundraising for the $75,000 goal has already begun and will continue in the weeks leading up to the event on October 9. 

Bouderau says “our intake at the SPCA has returned to pre-pandemic levels and we are full up!  Our shelter, founded 120 years ago in 1902, is the first open admission, No Kill shelter in the country.  This effort saving thousands of animals would not be possible without a tremendous amount of support from our community. It is truly our supporters and animal lovers that make our work possible.”

Local businesses have long supported this critical fundraising event by serving as sponsors. “Our sponsors are integral to success of the event,” Bouderau goes on to say. “With $75,000 to raise for the veterinary care of nearly two thousand shelter animals each year, we rely on the generosity of our sponsors, our event fundraisers, all of their supporters, and everyone who volunteers and participates.”

The March’s Presenting Sponsors are CFCU Community Credit Union and PetMeds.

The Lead Sponsor is Yoga with Steven.

Our Gold Sponsors include Blackbird Studio;Sprague and Jackson; Inn on Columbia; VCA Colonial Animal Hospital; Synergy IT Solutions; Rasa Spa; and Travis Hyde Properties.

Silver Sponsors include Carol Bushberg Real Estate; Chiang O’Brien Architects; GiveGab; Hilton Garden Inn of Ithaca; Howard Hanna; Family Medicine Associates of Ithaca; Warren Real Estate; William Henry Miller Inn; and Sciarabba Walker & Co. LLP.  

Bronze Sponsors include Brandmint; Lansing Harbor; Midstate Basement Authorities, Inc.; Ryan C. Mitchell, Realtor; Shelter Outreach Services; Suzanne Wisor Bookkeeping Services; Lambrou Real Estate; The Frame Shop; The Laundry Room; and Bugland Creative.  

Additional sponsors include Bells Design; Rachel Philipson Photography; our Technology Sponsor, GiveGab; and our Media Sponsor, The Ithaca Voice.

For more information about the 2022 March for the Animals, please contact Jim Bouderau at or Lynne Conway, Volunteer and Philanthropic Programs Manager at 

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals.  We are the first open-admission, No-Kill shelter in the United States 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.