Is your school looking to teach your students the rewards of giving to others less fortunate? A donation box in a school lobby can fill up in no time with blankets, towels, pet food, cleaning supplies and chew toys. (Homework could be going food shopping with Mom or Dad and asking for a bag of dog food instead of a box of cookies.)

Is your school looking to teach your students the rewards of giving to others less fortunate? A donation box in a school lobby can fill up in no time with blankets, towels, pet food, cleaning supplies and chew toys. (Homework could be going food shopping with Mom or Dad and asking for a bag of dog food instead of a box of cookies.)

Getting a great tax refund? Send some of it to a shelter and in turn, help your return next year.

Savvy shopper? Use your coupons for some dog food or kitty litter for a furry friend sitting in a cage.

Every little donation helps our nonprofit shelters and rescues survive another day. Check out the wishes and needs of our animal shelters and rescues below.

Shelter Wish List

Blooming Grove Humane Society — Canned cat and dog food, cat litter, cat furniture and climbing stands, dog treats and toys, laundry detergent, bleach, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, paper towels, large garbage bags, collars, leashes, volunteers to help with fundraising, dog walkers, inactive cell phones, empty inkjet and toner cartridges (no Epson), and monetary donations. Call 496-6199.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary — Volunteers with special skills: CPA, IT/Tech support, publicist, mechanic, farrier, equine and farm vet. Monetary donations, salt and mineral blocks, metal manure rakes, corn husk brooms, vet wrap, cleans towels, Toughbook laptop, extra large animal carriers, papaya juice concentrate, Epsom salts, first class and postcard stamps and gift cards to Accord Feeds & Needs, Barnyard Feeds in Kingston, Staples and Lowes. Call 336-8447.

Cornwall Dog Shelter — Canned dog food, Pine Sol, bleach, laundry detergent, participation in "Win a Shelter Makeover" contest at and help to earn free Purina dog food at Call 534-3301.

Equine Rescue Inc. — Volunteers to groom horses and help keep the barn clean; feed and supplies that can be purchased at Heritage Feed & Supply, Bullville; experienced fundraisers/grant writers to donate time and ideas. Call 733-6085 or e-mail or visit

Goshen Humane Society — Litter, cat food, towels, blankets and bleach. Call 294-3984.

Hudson Valley Ferret Rescue — Monetary donations for ferrets awaiting surgery, ferret food, Marshalls and Yesterday's News brands ferret litter, paper towels, laundry and dish detergent, garbage bags, Odor Ban Spray, baby blankets, ferret bedding, ferret hammocks and Ferret sleep sacks. Call 845-713-4360.

Humane Society of Port Jervis — Small cat litter pans, nonclumping cat litter, paper towels, bleach, stainless steel pet bowls, collars, leashes, canned or pouch pet food and treats. Monetary donations can be mailed to 202 Route 209, Port Jervis 12771. Call 856-3677.

Humane Society of Walden — Dry and canned cat and dog food, dog bones and treats, kitty litter, towels, quilted blankets, cleaning supplies, sanitizers, laundry detergent, bleach, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, copy paper, new wet/dry shop vacuum, gravel to fix driveway. Call 778-5115 to arrange drop off. Volunteers also needed. Monetary donations needed to defray vet bills can be sent to Humane Society of Walden, P.O. Box 135, Medical, Walden 12586.

Newburgh SCATS — Dog Igloos for cats living at our colonies; volunteer to help trap, transport cats for spay/neuter; foster parents for kittens and cats (food, medical supplied); and volunteers to feed one colony in the Town of Newburgh daily (food supplied). Clean blankets and towels also needed and can be dropped off afternoons at PetSmart adoption center, Newburgh. Call Lil, 236-4574.

Newburgh SPCA — Kitty litter, canned food, blankets, monetary donations for spaying fund, paper towels, bleach and toys for our pets. Call 564-6810.

Sullivan SPCA — Fuel oil, good horse hay, canned dog food, dry kitten and puppy food, cat litter, gift cards to Wal-Mart, PetSmart and Petco, monetary donations for veterinary care, laundry detergent, copy paper, wood shavings and volunteers. Call 796-3120.

TARA Inc. — The Animal Rights Alliance operates a low-cost feline spay/neuter mobile clinic weekly at sites in Middletown, Monticello and Harriman. Volunteers needed to post fliers and do community outreach. Monetary donations needed to help keep services affordable to those in need. Small bath towels, in good condition, also needed. Call 754-7100.

Town of Newburgh Animal Shelter — Kitty litter, canned cat and dog food, loose catnip and catnip mice, pigs' ears and hoofs. Call 561-3344.

Warwick Valley Humane Society — Hay, large dog biscuits, paper plates, copy paper, new 50-foot hoses with nozzles and gas cards. Monetary donations for the "Princess Fund" for animal victims of cruelty/neglect and the Critical Care Fund for injured/ill animals needed and can be sent to Warwick Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 61, Warwick 10990. Call 986-2473.

Those following the story of Uncle Sam, the 3-year-old Akita mix found tied to a tree in Yulan in September, can finally rest easy. Sam has been adopted by Rebecca and Ken Papierniak of Olivebridge.

"What amazes me is how he seemed to know right away that he is home," wrote Rebecca in an e-mail to me. "We are giving him lots of praise, hugs, pats and love.

"I have to tell you what happened Friday. We were several feet away from each other. I took a fall in the snow, his head snapped up, he ran full force to me and nudged me under my chin. He then stood rock still while I put my hands on his back to stand up. I was and still am absolutely incredulous."

The Paperniaks plan on certifying Sam a therapy dog for a nursing home.

"He is so happy here," wrote Rebecca, "and that makes us so happy and thankful to have him. I am so glad that we decided from the outset to adopt an older dog. He already has our hearts."


As a result of the Pets of the Week page and the big hearts of our readers, these animals are no longer homeless:

Port Jervis — Shoeshine, Sneeby, Jeter, Tiger, Natty Gan and Munster

Sullivan — Colby, Chippawa, Shanook, Pawnee, Uncle Sam, Vivian, Luger, Armani and Yates

Warwick — Peachy and Smith

Blooming Grove — Jax, Jasmine, Star, Mel, Talli, Shelby, Wilma, Priscilla, Caprice and Callaghan

Upcoming events

Bon-Ton Community Day — March 1, Bon-Ton, Newburgh Mall, Newburgh. Purchase a $10 coupon booklet with additional discounts for only $5 from Humane Society of Walden table. Benefits shelter. Call Diane, 778-4070.

Canine Good Citizen seven-week training and certification — 1:30 p.m. Sat. beginning March 1, Canine Sanctuary, Route 94 West, Vails Gate. $175 plus nominal certificate charge. Benefits sanctuary. Call 534-8414.

Pet Loss and Bereavement support group — 7-8:30 p.m. March 5 and April 2, Mountain Ridge Psychological Services, 96 Route 302, next to Pine Bush High School, Pine Bush. For those who have experienced the loss or death of a pet. Free. Call 744-2575.

Oil/gas card raffle — Drawing March 8. First prize, $500 home fuel oil or Exxon/Mobil prepaid gas card (winner's choice); second prize, $100 ExxonMobil prepaid gas card; third prize, $50 ExxonMobil prepaid gas card. Tickets, $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased at Sweet Lil's Bakery Café, 2885 Route 17K, Bullville, or at or call 733-5278. Benefits Rescue for Life: Labrador Retriever Rescue.

Dining to Donate — 4-9 p.m. March 12, Applebee's restaurant, 1205 Route 300, Newburgh. Applebee's will donate 10 percent of your check to Canine Sanctuary. Pick up vouchers at Positively Pets, B&G Pet Supplies and Canine Sanctuary volunteers at Colby Kennels. Call 534-8414.

Pictures with the Easter Bunny — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 15, Tractor Supply, Chester. $7 each for 4-by-6-inch color prints in a festive Easter egg frame. Benefits Blooming Grove Humane Society. Call 496-6199.

Good Friday bake sale — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 21, Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan, Route 208, Village of Wallkill. Fresh baked goods, pies and cakes. Benefits Humane Society of Walden. Call Diane, 778-4070.

Psychic fair fundraiser — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30, Walker Valley Schoolhouse, Route 52 and Marl Road. Readings, energy fluffs, chi kung, dowsing demonstrations, vendors. $10-25. Benefits Humane Society of Walden. Call 744-3960.

Dog obedience and grooming classes — Begin March 31, Mon. evenings in Middletown and Wed. evenings in Newburgh. For youth ages 9 to 19 years old as of Sept. 30. Any breed of dog 6 months or older can be used. Proof of vaccinations required. Sponsored by 4-H Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. $10 for 4-H members, $17 for nonenrolled 4-H members. For registration form, call 344-1234.

Feline spay/neuter clinic — April 19, Goshen Humane Society, 44 Police Drive, Goshen. Procedures performed by TARA feline mobile spay/neuter clinic. $60 includes rabies shot, nail trimming, ear cleaning and donation to shelter. Other services available: distemper shot, $7; flea treatment, $12; and deworming, $7. Advance payment and reservations required. Call 294-3984.

Bring lost pets home

Did you find a pet? — The Times Herald-Record offers a free classified ad, for up to seven days, to those who find a lost pet. To place an ad, call 343-7000.

Spay/neuter services

The Animal Emergency Fund — Ulster County, 246-6211, for dogs and cats

Friends of Animals — 800-321-7387

Mid-Hudson Animal Aid — 831-4321

Spay USA — Referral service with national database of veterinarians and programs, many locally, that issues reduced-rate certificates, 800-248-SPAY

TARA Inc. — Low-cost spay/neuter of cats only on mobile clinic covers Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties. $60 includes spay/neuter, rabies shot, ear cleaning and nail clipping. Call 754-7100 for appointment.

Help our shelter animals get spayed and neutered by ordering your NYS vanity license plates at and click on Our Best Friends. $20 of your fee goes to the New York State Animal Population Control Fund supplying spay/neuter certificates to animal shelters.

Also check with your local humane society for discounts offered by participating veterinarians.