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.
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.