ATTICA — A “Kitty Nursery” will soon be installed at the Wyoming County SPCA, thanks to a $5,000 Golisano Foundation grant through Bailey and Friends, a division of the Golisano Foundation.

According to President Julie Long of the WCSPCA, the grant partially funds the purchase of the nursery. Total cost of the unit is $6,151.

The SPCA will announce a fundraising event to pay for the balance of the cost.

“The nursery will provide a safe place for the tiniest of kittens — those under 3 to 4 weeks old — until they are sturdy enough and steady enough to be safe in a conventional housing unit,” Long said in a news release. “The unit follows what’s known as a ‘Fear Free’ design, with soft closures, vertical bars on the doors and warm fiberglass construction. This design will give the mother and babies a quiet, comfortable place for the babies to begin their journey through life.”

The organization has approved the final drawings, and plans to have the completed nursery delivered by September. The shelter is at maximum capacity with kittens and adult cats that are ready for adoption now and in the future.

The shelter, which has been open by appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic, is now open for walk in visits 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, along with other afternoons by appointment.

In order to serve the public better, the shelter is seeking afternoon volunteers in order to have two staffers in the center during open hours. If you wish to volunteer with WCSPCA, apply online at www.wyomingcountyspca.org. The shelter is located at 808 Creek Rd.

The grant from Bailey and Friends will help Wyoming County SPCA fund the resources needed to maintain the high standards of safety and care for its animals, particularly critical now, as this time of year is the season for newborn kittens.

Bailey and Friends, named for Tom Golisano’s rescue dog Bailey, is dedicated to supporting animal welfare in Western New York and Southwest Florida. The new initiative, launched in 2019, is committed to working with shelters, rescue groups, veterinary clinics and other lifesaving programs to promote wellness, ensure safety and keep family and pets together.

Wyoming County SPCA, founded in 1905, is funded solely by donations, fundraisers and grants. It is the only shelter in Wyoming County that has the capacity to house and care for both dogs and cats and the only shelter that spays or neuters and microchips all animals before they leave the facility.

WCSPCA is a non-profit organization operated largely by volunteers.

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