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Home News Build-A-Bear Foundation Helps North Country Pets

Build-A-Bear Foundation Helps North Country Pets

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The Build-A-Bear Foundation has granted the Potsdam Humane Society $1500 to help spay and neuter the thousands of feral and stray cats in the North Country. This overpopulation of cats is a huge problem all over the United States, and contributes greatly to the suffering of thousands of cats annually. Cat overpopulation is also causing health concerns in our local communities.  For each person born in the United States, there are over 45,000 kittens being born.

In order to attack this problem, PHS will be offering clinics to which strays or trapped feral (wild) cats and kittens (over two pounds) may be brought for S/N surgery.   As part of an ambitious capital project to increase the size of its animal shelter, PHS will soon have the space to offer these clinics to North Country residents at their 17 Madrid Avenue location. The nonprofit group has been seeking free resources to cover the costs. The Build A Bear Foundation has come through with a $1500 boost.

Since Build-A-Bear was so good to PHS, Bonnie Boyd, PHS Board President, traveled to the Carousel Mall in Syracuse, which houses the closest Build-A-Bear store, and adopted an adorable puppy.  According to the birth certificate, this dog belongs to the PHS, but he does not yet have a name!  PHS needs the public’s help in naming the stuffed critter. A catchy name is needed so that we can fill in that name line on his birth certificate.  His initials will be P…H….S!  His first name must start with the letter P, middle name with H, and his or her last name with the letter S.  Please send suggestions of a male or female name to the shelter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it along with your name and contact information.

When Ms. Boyd adopted the stuffed shelter dog, she was asked if she would like to contribute $1 to the Build-A-Bear Foundation to help local animal shelters.  Of course she did!  Potsdam has now received a generous number of those donated dollars.  Build-A-Bear is doing as they have promised right here in Potsdam.

At the Build-A-Bear store, most kids build bears, but there also are dogs and cats available. Since Potsdam Humane Society has yet to take in a stray bear, it seemed more fitting to adopt a dog.  PHS is very grateful to the Build-A-Bear Foundation for helping them begin the huge task of reducing the cat problem population in St. Lawrence County.


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