B.J. Ward performs with accompaniment from Joe Thalken as part of a NCSPCA fundraiser Sept. 3.
The North Country SPCA is preparing for a big move and needs the help of the community to take the final step.
The shelter has plans for a new building to house its pet population, replacing the current facility at the beginning of the Lake Shore Road in Westport with a new facility that would be located near the former Mountain Shadows Restaurant between Westport and Elizabethtown.
So far, the organization has raised over $1.25 million for the new building, which is just shy of their goal of $1.5 million.
Margaret Miller of the NCSPCA said that for the rest of the funds, if they are able to raise $125,000, they will be able to receive a private matching grant that will complete the fundraising needs.
“The campaign has been going extremely well,” Miller said. “We are very close. We know that we have this matching fund that if we can raise $125,000, there are three private donors who will match. By this week, we plan to be over half way there.”
The NCSPCA has been out in the community, actively working for donations through a yard sale at the Whallonsburg Grange and a music night in Essex.
“That was a highly successful and wonderful evening,” Miller said.
The NCSPCA will also host the Gimmie Shelter Golf Tournament to benefit the North Country SPCA will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Westport Country Club.
“There was an idea to try a golf tournament and it seemed like a great opportunity for us,” Miller said.
Along with NCSPCA projects, there have been a number of people who have donated funds to the organization, including youth who took some time out of their summer to help raise money.
“There are a number of young people who have helped raise money through different ways,” Miller said.
Catie Maye of Moriah and her mother, Theresa, set a goal to raise $1,000 for the shelter’s Capital Campaign. The two held a bake sale and basket raffle in Port Henry, and they were able to raise $1,201.
Maillane Morison and Olivia Hess announced a dog wash to benefit the shelter at their Essex church.
At one bake sale in Hague, where the girls go to camp, Penelope Taylor of Milton, Mass.; Suzanne Savage of Norwalk, Conn.; and Lucy Loper of Pawlet, Vt. raised $150.15 to support the shelter. One mother generously matched their earnings, making their total donation $300.30.
In July, three children on Willsboro Point decided they wanted to do something special for the animals at the North Country SPCA. Harrison Albano organized a lemonade stand. Using borrowed golf carts and their bikes, Alexandra and Samantha Trulson organized a run for children called “Point Runs for Pet.” Together, they raised over $61.