In 1955, Dede Kline and Ella Merle had a vision: a shelter for animals where they could offer care, kindness, and comfort to those companions who were unfortunate enough to lose their homes, whether it be because they were victims of an owner’s inability to care for them any longer, of straying from home and getting lost, or of neglect, cruelty, or abandonment. Whatever the reason, Dede and Ella saw a safe haven for these pets. Their first shelter, a modest affair with just five dog kennels, was the forebearer of today's institution. Then, in 1977, what had become the Columbia-Greene Humane Society stretched its tent, becoming chartered as a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Following in this tradition of growing to meet the increasing requirements of those it serves, the CGHS/SPCA is poised again to reach a new milestone, one that will once more leave a legacy for decades to come.
What We Do
Now having marched for over 55 years in the footsteps of those founding matriarchs, CGHS/SPCA continues to provide vital assistance to animals in crisis. Surrender services, stray municipal dog housing, cruelty intervention, and adoption services are still at the core of what we do to meet these animals' needs.
In addition, CGHS/SPCA has furthered a “one-helping-another” relationship with the community through such programs as our low-cost feline spay/neuter clinic, our pet Food Bank for those households that have fallen on financial hardship, and our civil emergency services (for example, during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011, we set up and staffed satellite shelters). We help the community because they help us!
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