Give the Gift of Shelter – Help Us Build!!!

Dear Friends,

The end of 2015 is almost here! Can you believe it?

It’s been such a fantastic year for the shelter. Over 40 dogs have been adopted into new loving homes, a few of those being long-time residents. We’ve added 10 new volunteers to our family! And we can’t wait to see what 2016 bring so that we can continue to help more dogs in need in our area!

Our shelter has been blessed with an abundance of donations of food, bedding, and toys!!! This community is the reason that our shelter is able to take such great care of our dogs – and for that, we are eternally grateful!

But we need your help. We need your help so that we can help more dogs!! And to help more dogs, we need more space.

Anyone who has visited the Annex knows that it is a tiny, 8 kennel facility. Regional has learned to do a lot of work with such a small space, but there is still a need for more to be done within our community, and we can’t do it without you. We need to build, and we want 2016 to be the year we start putting up our community’s new shelter.

This space will include:

Separate, safe housing for dogs and cats – we currently do not accept cats as we do not have space for them, and we can rarely accept surrendered dogs because of space and contractual restrictions within the Annex. With a new facility, ANY animal with need of sanctuary will be able to have it.

Boarding facilities because some times, you can’t always take the fur-kids with you

A spay/neuter clinic on site where we can offer low-cost alterations, vaccinations, and micro-chipping to the public without the need to travel to other clinics in the capital district, often an hour away!

A space for community education where classes with trainers, animal health professionals, and others can assist the community with their pet’s health and well being!

A community dog walk because all dogs love a walk in the woods!


Getting to build a new shelter has been a very long process. Before the Annex was opened, Regional raised enough money for the purchase of a 26 acre parcel in the City of Johnstown. Since the Annex was opened, majority of our funds raised and donated have been used for the care of our animals and maintenance of the Annex. But, we’ve slowly made progress on building – the land has been cleared, and we’ll be getting blueprints drawn up shortly, once funding is secured. We’re also furiously writing and submitting more grants for funding for the actual building of the shelter. But we still need you help.

Building this shelter will be a huge undertaking, but it will be an integral part of our community for animal education and care. But we cannot do it alone. So, on these last few days of 2015, please consider giving the stray and unwanted animals in our community the gift of a safe sanctuary if they are to ever need it. Completing a new shelter will have a lasting influence on the animals in our area for generations to come. We are estimating that the shelter will cost roughly $250,000 to build. We are hoping to have grant money cover a good amount of that figure, but grants can’t do it all. We need your help!

Please give generously if you are able, and please spread the word. No donation is too small, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and greatly appreciated.

You can use the secure donation form below or you can mail a check made payable to Regional Animal Shelter to: 117 West Fulton St Gloversville, NY 12078.

Thank you for helping us build our community’s shelter. All the pups and volunteers at Regional wish everyone a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


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Dear Friends,

It is with very heavy hearts that we write this.

Our little love Pongo has lost her battle with cancer. Although she was pulled form a neglectful situation, we take comfort in knowing that her shelter family and this wonderful community made sure that she knew what it is like to be loved. The shelter volunteers and vet staff did everything possible to care for her, but she decided it was her time. We thank you for your kindness, compassion, and support for Pongo.

For those of you who have donated to Pongo’s care, you may have your funds returned to you or they can be placed into Annie’s Fund, which covers the care for animals which enter Regional in critical condition. Please PM us here or call the shelter at 518-725-5956.

Run free, sweet Pongo. We love you.

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Photo courtesy of Mrs. Mary Ellen McCormack – thank you for this beautiful tribute.

Pongo’s second chance

Meet Pongo.


This sweet senior girl came to Regional with a massive splitting tumor on her right hindquarters. The vet said it wasn’t cancer, but due to it being open, it needed to be removed so it would close properly. Pongo was initially too anemic to undergo surgery – but with lots of food, vitamins, and love, she’s finally been given clearance to lose her lump. Can you help? We’re looking to raise $3,500 to cover the cost of her surgery and her aftercare. For a small shelter like Regional, this is over 10% of our operating budget, so we need help (we run the shelter on $30,000 a year). Can you help? Five dollars goes a long way, as does sharing and spreading the word. We want to get her better, so she can find her forever home (look at that face!!!!!)

We are using Fundraise to get the money needed to do her surgery. You can donate here: Every little bit helps, so if you can, please give, and if you can’t give, please share. We are a 501(c)3, so all donations are tax deductible.

Please help in any way you can.

Love and tail wags,

Pongo and the Regional Family


The volunteers and the furry kids at Regional are so exited about the sixth annual Steve Caporizzio’s Pet Connection Adoption Day!!! Last year we went for the first time – the furry kids (and the volunteers) had an awesome time, and we were able to show off how outstanding our dogs are! Will you join us this year? It’s a great day, you’ll get to meet dogs from all over the Capital Region, and who knows… may even find a new furry family member!!! There’s also raffles, auctions, and live music! It’ll be a great day!!

Pet Connection Adoption Day is Saturday, July 25th from 10 am – 2 pm at The Animal Hospital, 2 Rocking Horse Lane in Slingerlands, NY. More information can be found here.

Mindy, Allie, Chalupa, and Zoey will be there! Cosmo might even make an appearance, too!!

Look for the wagging tails and purple shirts! We will see you there!!!

Hey, we’re THREE (and a day!!!)

It’s amazing how time flies, right?

We were so busy planning for a very exciting summer and playing with our furkids that we forgot to celebrate a very important day……our BIRTHDAY!!!!!

On May 18, 2012, Regional Animal Shelter officially opened the doors of the Annex to the public. And since then….wow!! We have met a lot of amazing dogs, who were just either visiting or waiting for their forever home. In fact, we’ve met over 400 of them…and have adopted over  150 of those dogs to their forever homes!! We have also had the extreme fortune of getting to know many outstanding individuals, families, and organizations that have supported us in every way possible, be it supporting our fund-raisers, donating, adopting, fostering, volunteering, and even just sharing pictures of our dogs and events on  on Facebook.  We are so blessed to be in our community – the city of Gloversville and its surrounding area has made it possible for Regional to do what we do for these dogs.

We hope that the next three years are as incredible as the first three! Thank you for being here with us!!

Thank you, CDPHP!!

We would like to send a great big THANK YOU to CDPHP for their generous donations to our shelter!!!

Sasha says – Thank you, CDPHP!!!!! I’ll sit here nice for a picture if I can have one of those milkbones…..

The employees of CDPHP chose to support Regional back in 2013 – they realized that we were a small facility, but did the best with what we had. It’s a long trek from Albany, but they have continually supported Regional for the past 2 years, and have pledged to continue in the years to come. We are honored to have the support of such a generous group of people!

Thanks to this donation, we can feed our 9 dogs for 3 weeks. They have ample treats, new blankets, and a few of them have new dog beds. They are so happy! The volunteers have new cleaning supplies (yes, we get excited about things like bleach and laundry soap!!).

Regional runs completely off of donation. Donations like these, regardless of size, help to offset the costs of food and supplies, and allow us to use the donated and raised money for emergency medical care and keeping the lights on.



For a list of what Regional can always use, please see our donation page.

Since we can’t say it enough….THANK YOU!!!!!



So you want to volunteer?

volunteer page imageIf you have applied to volunteer within the past few months, check your spam folder and/or add to your safe list!! Orientation emails have just been sent out!!

If you want to volunteer, you can pick up an app at the shelter, or apply online here:

Between working at the shelter, walking the dogs, arranging donations of food and supplies, to raising money to take care of the kids…..we need YOU!!!! It takes a community to care for these dogs! Join the family – there’s lots of fur kids to take care of!! And our volunteers at all levels are some extraordinary people!! We might be slightly biased, but at least it’s true!!!

Safe From Cold

January 13, 2014 By CASEY CROUCHER , The Leader Herald


The recent case of a town of Root breeding kennel accused of leaving dogs outside without adequate shelter in the bitter cold may serve as a reminder for pet owners: Pets require special care in the cold.

“It’s pretty much common sense; if it’s too cold for you to be outside, then it’s too cold for a pet to be outside,” said Renee Earl, Gloversville Regional Animal Shelter board member.

Gabrielle Rulison pets Wishbone, a pit bull mixed breed, in his kennel at the Gloversville Regional Animal Shelter last week. The Leader-Herald/Casey Croucher
Gabrielle Rulison pets Wishbone, a pit bull mixed breed, in his kennel at the Gloversville Regional Animal Shelter last week. The Leader-Herald/Casey Croucher

Last week, state police charged Herbert Weich, owner of the Flat Creek Border Collie breeding kennel, with violating the state Agriculture & Markets Law. Police said Weich was keeping his dogs outside without adequate food, water or shelter. Weich agreed to surrender 41 of his 66 dogs to the Montgomery County SPCA while he builds doghouses for the animals.

Earl said the Gloversville shelter, which currently houses six dogs, takes steps to ensure their safety and comfort in the winter.

“We make sure that the temperature inside of the building is warm enough,” Earl said. “We provide the dogs with plenty of warm blankets and we have thick, heavy mats that are on the concrete so that the dogs aren’t lying directly on the cold, hard ground.”

The shelter also provides the dogs with plenty of fresh water, feeds them routinely and gives them each a muti-vitamin every day, Earl said.

She said that when the temperature drops below zero, the shelter lets the dogs out only for a short time and then brings them back inside.

“Depending on the breed of the dog, we’ll take preventative measures when letting them outside,” she said. “If it’s a small breed with little fur, we’ll put a coat on it to try to help it deal with the elements. Unfortunately, our shelter does not have the funds to buy booties for all of the dogs, but for the general public, there are boots that you can buy for dogs, and even socks can help them from stepping on the ice and the cold snow.”

Shelter board member Gabrielle Rulison said she thinks people need to be more sensible when it comes to a dog’s health in the winter.

“I don’t judge anyone,” Rulison said, “but some people get in over their heads when it comes to pet ownership. In the winter, it’s especially a problem because you’ve got cats and dogs in the elements. That’s a big issue with pet dealers and puppy mills; the pets are usually never taken care of properly in the winter. The laws need to be changed.”

On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law proposed by Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, authorizing municipal governments to enact more stringent laws for regulating and licensing pet dealers.

Any new local law must be at least as stringent as the state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will continue to enforce existing state laws pertaining to animal care by pet dealers.

Lisa Marie, an assistant at the Amsterdam Animal Hospital, said she doesn’t think dogs should be outside at all when the weather is below freezing.

“In freezing temperatures, dogs should not be outside,” Marie said. “You can still take them for walks, but when it’s anything below 32 degrees, they shouldn’t be outside unless they have adequate shelter that they can go into that will keep them warm, but even then, they shouldn’t be out too long.”

Marie said adequate shelter consists of insulated housing that contains enough water and food if the dog will be there for a long period.

“There are certain dogs that are meant to be outside in the winter like huskies, malamutes and Bernese mountain dogs because they’re outdoor dogs, but they shouldn’t be left outside in the elements in below zero temperatures for extended periods,” Marie said. “Even though they’re made for the weather, it doesn’t mean they should be left out in it.”

Marie said frostbite is an issue dogs in the winter.

“First-degree frostbites can be easy to miss,” she said. “Any extremity can become frost bitten: an ear, a paw, a nose, the tail, the belly. When the dog is first affected, the area will be hard and warm to the touch when it comes in from being outside. Then the skin will change to a gray color and become scaly.”

She said third-degree frostbite, which is the most serious form, will turn a dog’s skin dark, even black, after several days.

To ward off frostbite, Marie said booties can be worn.

She also offered some other advice to dog and cat owners in the winter.

“Make sure you dry your pet off when they come in from outside so they don’t stay chilled,” she said. “Clean the pads of their paws out after you take them for a walk so that they don’t have salt in their pads because that erodes and burns their paws. Make walks short. Don’t leave dogs or cats in a cold car. Cats are just as susceptible to the cold as dogs, and they are not meant to be outside in the winter at all. And just be aware of the weather so that your pet doesn’t suffer.”

Earl said animal pet care in the winter all comes down to common sense and decision making.

“If you don’t want to be outside in the freezing temperatures, neither does your animal,” Earl said. “So, don’t leave your pet outside any longer than you would want to be out there.”

Veterinarians say the smaller the animal, the higher risk of freezing to death. In dogs and cats, shivering and lethargy are the first two signs of trouble.

“The smaller you are, the more body surface you have, and the quicker you will lose body heat,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the Illinois-based American Veterinary Medical Association.

Many animals will become comfortable if they’re moving but get cold when they slow down, said Dr. Brian Collins of the animal clinic at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca. “They may refuse to walk because their feet are so cold,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Regional animal shelter starting project

October 22, 2013 By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

 JOHNSTOWN – After more than a decade of planning and gathering donations, the Regional Animal Shelter will begin clearing land over the weekend at the shelter’s future site on Maple Avenue Extension, shelter officials said.

The shelter would include approximately 30 cat cages, 50 to 70 dog kennels and five acres of land for larger animals such as horses and other farm animals, officials said.

“There really isn’t a rescue around that can take in farm animals that have been abused or neglected, so it is our ultimate goal to have a facility for that,” said Renee Earl, an officer with the Regional Animal Shelter. “It has been a long time coming, and finally we can take the step to show people what all of their donations have gone toward. It is so exciting.”

For the past two years, the group has been operating a shelter in Gloversville under an agreement with the city. Shelter volunteers look after dogs as long as they aren’t sick or dangerous, but the current shelter doesn’t have the capacity to house cats. The new building would have space for cats.

Construction at the Maple Avenue site will begin after the contractor examines the land after winter, according to a news release.

The shelter hired contractor Bruce Reed to begin clearing the land at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Earl said the cost to clear the land will be $2,000 to $4,000, which primarily will be the cost of fuel for the equipment. She said the size and cost of the new facility still has to be determined based on the amount of money available. She said group wants to raise $250,000 before starting construction.

Earl said the group has raised about $20,000 so far. She said the group will apply for grants to get it closer to the goal.

“The $250,000 is what we needed to just get the building started,” Earl said. “Obviously, there is going to be several different wings to the new facility, so that is just to get us started with a main office and kennel area. We are looking closer to the $500,000 mark for what we really are going to need.”

The group has not yet set a completion date for the new shelter.

The group’s current shelter in Gloversville operates daily with the help of 12 volunteers. The operation costs the group about $1,000 per month to feed, shelter and meet the needs of the animals at the shelter. The cost doesn’t include veterinary services, Earl said.

Last year, the Gloversville Common Council set the fee to recover a lost dog at $10 for the first incident, $20 for the second and $30 for the third. The money from the fee goes toward feeding and caring for the dog while it is at the shelter.

The current building was constructed by the city after the city received a $20,000 donation. The Regional Animal Shelter has been running it.

The city and the shelter group have a four-year lease agreement under which the group leases kennel space to the city for $1 per year and the city rents the building to the group for $1 per year.

The new facility will allow the group to expand its efforts to serve Fulton, Hamilton and Montgomery counties, Earl said.

Officials said the annex on West Fulton Street will remain open during the construction of the new building and will serve as an extension of the new facility and be used as a medical isolation location.

Both the annex and new shelter will be maintained by the Regional Animal Shelter, but once the new shelter is open, the group will seek more volunteers, Earl said.

Levi Pascher can be reached at

For the Dogs: Animal shelter group hosts fundraiser

September 15, 2013 By CASEY CROUCHER, The Leader Herald

 Renee Earl, left,  fundraising committee chairperson and media relations for the Regional Animal Shelter holds a dog named Stryker as her mom Pat Earl of Amsterdam reaches out to pet him during the annual Wookstock event at Robin's Nest in Broadalbin on 9/14.  This event benefits the Regional Animal Shelter. The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

Renee Earl, left, fundraising committee chairperson and media relations for the Regional Animal Shelter holds a dog named Stryker as her mom Pat Earl of Amsterdam reaches out to pet him during the annual Wookstock event at Robin’s Nest in Broadalbin on 9/14. This event benefits the Regional Animal Shelter. The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

BROADALBIN – Tie-dye, peace signs and plenty of dogs could be seen on Saturday at the Regional Animal Shelter’s second annual “Woofstock” at Robin’s Nest.

Robin Markert, president of the group, hosted the event at her restaurant to support the group’s plans to build a shelter facility. Many of those attending the event were people who have adopted dogs through the shelter organization. They were invited to bring their pets with them Saturday.

Markert said being reunited with past shelter dogs was an emotional experience. “Our very first dog from the shelter, Reggie, was here,” she said. “We named him after the Regional Animal Shelter. Seeing him again made me cry.” Regional Animal Shelter board member Rene Earl said she, too, saw many of the dogs she used to take care of in the shelter. “Seeing the adopted dogs is emotional, but it’s great to see how they’re doing with their families,” she said. “We’re glad to see them go to a good home, but you do get attached.”

Markert said the group was hoping to raise $3,000 to $5,000 at Saturday’s event. For several years, the group has been raising money to build a shelter on a 26-acre plot it owns on Maple Avenue in the town of Johnstown. The shelter group also runs a small animal facility at 117 W. Fulton St., which opened its doors last March. The facility was created under a public-private partnership involving a four-year lease agreement with the city, which was drawn up by the Common Council in 2011. The agreement lets the shelter lease kennel space to Gloversville for $1, and the city rents the building to the shelter for $1 per year. The facility includes eight kennels for dogs, and it has an enclosed outdoor space. Markert said construction on the Maple Avenue shelter is expected to begin soon. Casey Croucher can be reached at


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