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CNY SPCA’s ‘Get Your Pet On’ event matching dogs with new homes

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The CNY SPCA took in about 1300 animals last year and is planning to see numbers like it in 2024. On Saturday, Jan. 27, they hosted their “Get Your Pet On” adoption event to try and pair animals with new homes.

Birch was the longest resident at the CNY SPCA… until today.

“The first time that I met him, he was kind of jumping around a little bit wild. I was like, ‘He’s perfect for our family.’ We have three boys, so he’ll definitely fit in. I liked the way he ran up to me. He just wanted to be touched, loved. I fell in love with him,” Crystal Skrocki, Birch’s new mom, said.

Birch finally headed home with his forever family after being at the SPCA since March 2023.

“Now I’m like, ‘Okay you don’t have to be there anymore. You can be in a house. You can be loved. You can run around and be free,’” Skrocki said.

It’s a loving home that all animals at the SPCA hope to find.

“I think shelters get a bad rep. They think these are broken dogs, and they aren’t broken dogs. They’re dogs that have lost their homes for one reason or another,” Troy Waffner, the director of the CNY SPCA, said.

While many are eager to adopt younger dogs, there are older dogs at the SPCA that already know commands and are house-trained.

“If you’re just looking for a couch buddy or somebody to provide therapy to you, that’s the dog you want. You want an older dog to sit there and hang out. They don’t want to go hiking for miles on end. They just want to hang out with you and have some dinner and have a beer or something,” Waffner said.

When you’re looking for a companion, Waffner believes you should adopt, not shop.

“You’re saving an animal’s life. And you’re not just saving one animal. You’re saving two animals’ lives because it frees up a kennel, and we can take another dog in to find a home,” said Waffner.

At the end of the day, all the animals at the SPCA are just wanting to be loved like everybody else.

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