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New Adoption Program - Pets for Vets

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A new program at the Potsdam Humane Society offers free pets for veterans because of a host of donations within our community. Below, Kim Wilkinson Briggs, representing the Canton VFW Post 1231, presents "Bubba Chubba" with a donation to the "Pets for Vets" fund. Bubba is hoping that he might be the next adoption by a military veteran. Bubba has been searching for his loving forever home since March 2013.

Please see our Pets for Vets flyer and our online adoption form.

Contact the Potsdam Humane Society via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or give us a call (315) 265-3199 if you have questions about the Pets for Vets Program, or if you are interested in sponsoring a pet for a veteran!

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 16:05

New Generator at Potsdam Humane Society

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The Potsdam Humane Society's Animal Shelter will have power during an electrical outage due to a new 40KW generator recently installed at the facility.

It took a team of community businesses to pull off the project. USDA Rural Development, through the Community Facilities Program with the assistance of Renee Hotte, Area Specialist, and New York State started the project off with $20,000 dollars, each contributing a $10,000 grant.

L to R: Alysia Maynard, PHS Shelter Exec. Director; Bob Watson, Jr, Watson Electric; Thomas Owney and Timothy Burley, C2AE Engineering Consultants-Canton; and Renee Hotte, Area Specialist, USDA Rural Development, celebrated the first test of the New 40KW Generator installed at the animal shelter at 17 Madrid Avenue Potsdam.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 15:27

A Webstore for Potsdam Humane Society

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Have you heard about the new webstore that supports the Potsdam Humane Society?  It carries custom clothing for men, women and children including tee shirts and hoodies with your choice of a PHS logo or a variety of prints. You can select your garment size and color from the options provided for each garment.

You can also purchase accessories including a PHS hat, stadium blanket and shopping bag. Most importantly, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any item benefits the Potsdam Humane Society.

While you can conveniently shop for webstore items online at webstore.potsdamhumanesociety.org, the PHS animal shelter has some items on display now for sale and expects to carry more items in the very near future.

All items in the PHS webstore are designed and sold by Stacked Graphics (stackedgraphics.com). Located in Tupper Lake and operated by Pat Bedore
 and Andrew McClelland, Stacked Graphics specializes in custom clothing, silk screening, embroidery, website design and promotional products.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 17:51

Local Students and CPH Dept. Give to Shelter Animals

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Potsdam….Students from Lawrence Avenue Elementary School, the Vet Tech Students at SUNY Canton and the staff of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Physical Rehabilitation department made a huge impact on the care of the animals at the Potsdam Humane Society’s Animal Shelter during the holiday season.


Picture #1 Mrs. Lalonde's 1st graders at Lawrence Ave Elementary.  Instead of giving each other gifts they chose to bring gifts to the animals at PHS!


Picture #2 SUNY Canton VTA member, Kate Podwirny, made a December delivery--a car load of needed items to the PHS animals. The Vet Tech club from the college gave wish lists to people entering the Potsdam Wal Mart, and accepted donations as the generous folks left the store.  Veterinary Technician students at SUNY Canton spend time assisting PHS's Vet Techs as part of their tech education.  They also help care for some PHS animals at the college--the ones that also briefly  "attend" SUNY Canton for spay-neuter surgery and other medical needs.


Picture #3 Mrs. Butler-Daggett's Lawrence Avenue 4th graders visited the Potsdam Animal Shelter bearing gifts.  Lots of cleaning and medical supplies, food and treats,  plus a check for 900 dollars was given to the animals for Christmas.  Shown are Mrs. Butler Daggett's fourth graders and Alysia Maynard, PHS's director.  The children had an educational tour of the animal shelter, met Pigsaw, the pot-bellied pig, Rascal and Rodney, the resident ferrets, kittens, cats and dogs of all ages and sizes.


Picture #4 Instead of giving gifts to each other, staff of the Canton Potsdam Hospital Physical Rehabilitation department brought gifts to the Potsdam Humane Society's animal shelter. Pictured are Terri Simzer and Laurie Matthews with Pigsaw, a potbellied pig.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:31

Save-A-Lot and UPS Stores--Community Supporters

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Save-A-Lot owners Jeff and Melissa Proulx present the Potsdam Humane Society with a $3,000 check from the "Round-Up Your Total for the PHS Animals" in October of this year. The three area Save-A-Lot stores in Gouverneur, Ogdensburg and Potsdam participated. Jeff and Melissa would like to thank all three communities for their support of the Potsdam Humane Society.

The Proulxs are faithful supporters of the animals and programs of PHS, and also recently generously donated the Society's holiday appeal cards which were printed at the UPS Store in Potsdam.

PHOTO: L to R Jeff and Melissa Proulx, Alysia Maynard, PHS executive director, Jessica Slapar, LVT and Sonny, a one year old yellow lab waiting for his forever home for Christmas.


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