December 2, 2021

Cortland SPCA to ramp up program in spring 2021

Fostering the four-legged

S.N. Briere/staff reporter

Aubree Piermatteo, a kennel attendant for the Cortland Community Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals clips 3-month-old Gabby’s nails while SPCA Manager Emily Bach holds the kitten. Gabby came back to the SPCA Wednesday to get vaccinated and ready for adoption after being with her foster parent Joyce Warner.

Joyce Warner of Cortlandville watched fondly, smiling as the 3-month-old kitten named Abby she had been fostering played with toys on a table Wednesday at the Cortland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“I just love them and watching them grow up to be like this,” Warner said pointing to Abby, who was swatting at a tiny stuffed mouse.

Warner has been a foster parent for the SPCA for many years, at least 10, she said, but probably longer.

She often takes animals that are bottle feeders. When she got Gabby in September, Gabby was very sick and in much need of attention and care.

“Her mouth was wide open, she couldn’t breathe,” Warner said.

But now she’s much healthier, much happier and getting ready for adoption, Warner said.

Warner brought her to the SPCA Wednesday to get vaccinated and spayed so she could be put up for adoption. There’s a good chance she won’t have to wait too long either to be adopted.

“Adoptions tend to tick up this time of year,” said Ryan Marcey, the cat care coordinator.

He said it’s likely because people give pets as gifts.

Manager Emily Bach said there are 10 animals currently up for adoption.

Warner said it can be hard letting go of some of the pets she fosters. In fact, she’s adopted a few of them over the years, including one dog that was seized from a home in Lapeer in November 2019 along with 70 plus other animals.

Bach said Warner is the only foster parent at the moment but the SPCA plans to start looking at having other foster parents in the spring of 2021.

She said there aren’t any criteria to be a foster parent but it’s a plus if someone has animal experience and a lot of time to give to the animals because they demand lots of attention.


Donate to the Cortland SPCA

  • Online: cortlandspca.org/donate
  • Bottle and Can collection: Deposits for bottles and cans will benefit the SPCA. Drop off bottles and cans to the facility located at 879 McLean Road, Cortlandville and place them in the shed out front or take them to T&T Redemption at 160 Clinton Ave., Cortland and let them know it’s for the Cortland County SPCA.
  • Bring to the shelter: People can drop off various donations to the shelter on McLean Road.
  • Wish list of items: dog and cat food (wet and dry); kitty litter; cardboard cat scratchers; small litter boxes; cat toys; used blankets and sheets; used towels and washcloths; pill pockets; squeeze cheese; peanut butter; bleach; laundry detergent; paper towels; clorox cleanup; dish soap; hand sanitizer; glass cleaner; 13-gallon trash bags; toilet paper; copy paper; gift cards

Become a foster parent

The facility won’t be looking for applicants until the spring of 2021, but interested parties can find an application at cortlandspca.org/ foster-care