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SPCA planning annual March for the Animals!

Jim Bouderau, SPCA of Tompkins County Executive Director, has announced that the shelter’s most important annual fundraising event, the March for the Animals, will be held on Sunday, October 6.

The March for the Animals is scheduled for Sunday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the F.R. Newman Arboretum at the Cornell Botanic Gardens on the Cornell University campus. The botanic gardens also serve as Host Sponsor for the event.  Like other local “friend-raising” events, most of the fundraising for the $75,000 goal will take place now and, in the weeks leading up to, the event.

Bouderau says “This annual event is of vital importance to us.  The SPCA has been in operation for 118 years and was the first open admission, No-Kill shelter in the country.  This would not be possible without a tremendous amount of support from our community. It is truly our supporters that make our work possible.  The fact that we have achieved this continued success for so long is a testament to our local community.” 

This year’s March for the Animals will be chaired by local business owner, and longtime SPCA volunteer extraordinaire, Debi Hoover, a Vice President and Branch Manager at Tompkins Trust Company.

“Debi has been involved with the SPCA for as long as I can remember.  Her commitment to our shelter, our animals, and our mission has been an inspiration.” Bouderau says. “She also is an incredible baker through her business, Creative Sweets, and often donates her extraordinary goodies to many SPCA functions,” he adds.

In Debi’s words, "I love the SPCA because of its commitment to the animals and to our community. There are so many ways the SPCA is available to folks.  Of course, the main objective is to find each animal a forever home, but there are many ways community members can help with that.  Some folks cannot have pets in their homes, but they can still be involved by volunteering. Whether it’s being a dog walker, cat socializer, event participant, donating supplies, or making a gift, it’s a win-win situation.  The animals are getting top-notch care, they have an incredible spay/neuter program for owned pets, and the facility is beautifully maintained by staff and community volunteers, all of whom are recognized and appreciated.   You are made to feel like one of the family, and I bet if animals could talk, they would say the same!”

The annual event sees more than 200 participants each year and historically raises $75,000 for the medical care of the SPCA’s animals.

The March’s Presenting Sponsor is CFCU Community Credit Union.

The Lead Sponsor is Yoga with Steven.

“Our sponsors are integral to success of the event,” Bouderau goes on to say. “With $75,000 to raise for the veterinary care of nearly two thousand shelter animals, we rely on the generosity of our sponsors, our event fundraisers, all of their supporters, and everyone who volunteers and participates.”

While we are still in the process of confirming sponsors for the event, Gold Sponsors include The Computing Center; Blackbird Studios; Sprague and Jackson and Travis Hyde Properties.

Silver Sponsors include GiveGab; Howard Hanna Real Estate; The Frame Shop; The Heights Restaurant and H Bar; Communiqué Design and Marketing; Hilton Garden Inn of Ithaca; Ithaca Coffee Company and Triphammer Wine and Spirits; Family Medicine Associates; Chiang O’Brien; Warren Real Estate; Sciarabba Walker; and Inn on Columbia

Bronze Sponsors include The Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County; Lambrou Real Estate; Naglee Fine Arts; Suzanne Wisor Bookkeeping Services; and Shelter Outreach Services.

Additional sponsors include Bells Design; Dede Hatch Photography; Rachel Philipson Photography and Design; our Technology Sponsor, GiveGab; our Hospitality Sponsor, Cornell Dining; and our Media Sponsors, Cayuga Radio Group and

Businesses interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to contact the SPCA as soon as possible.

Adults and children may register for the March by going to and following the March links. The SPCA asks that adults raise a minimum of $100 each and that children attempt to raise $50 each. Bouderau says “118 people who ask just 18 friends for $18 each, we can raise $38,232 in no time!  It adds up fast.”

For more information about the 2019 March for the Animals, please contact Jim Bouderau at or Lynne Conway, Volunteer and Philanthropic Programs Manager at


The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals.  We are the first open-admission, No-Kill shelter in the United States dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation. We promote responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling and training to nurture and enhance the human-animal bond.

The Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center is open for adoptions every day except Wednesday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.


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