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Humane CNY celebrates 50 years with casino night

‘Hearts for Homeless Animals’ takes place Feb. 12

A pack of puppies piles together while awaiting adoption earlier this year. All have since found homes, but there are plenty more animals awaiting families at the shelter.

A pack of puppies piles together while awaiting adoption earlier this year. All have since found homes, but there are plenty more animals awaiting families at the shelter.

— For the past 50 years, Humane CNY has helped cats, dogs and even birds find their forever homes. Now, the shelter is inviting the community to celebrate its half-century milestone with a casino night.

“Hearts for Homeless Animals” features thousands of dollars in door prizes, giveaways and silent auction items, said Humane CNY Executive Director Christine McNeely. TK99 DJ and animal lover Rick Deyulio will be spinning the tunes at the event, which takes place Feb. 12 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.

The event is sponsored by Pam and Ed Levine, VCA Animal Hospital and Seaboard Graphics. Proceeds will go toward the care and keeping of the pets that await adoption at the no-kill, not-for-profit shelter and toward Humane CNY’s plans for renovation.

McNeely said that about three years ago, Humane CNY adopted out about 110 animals per year.

“In the last three years, we’ve actually increased that to about 600 animals a year,” she said. “We’d like to continue going at that pace. That’s the pace we want to set for the next 50 years.”

While the number of pets moved through Humane CNY has skyrocketed, the shelter is outgrowing its space. McNeely said the organization is in the beginning stages of planning a massive for the shelter, which is located on West Taft Road in Liverpool.

“We’re looking to double our current size,” McNeely said. “For many years, we primarily focused on cats with a few dogs, and now we are increasing our success rate in adopting out dogs.”

With the uptick in dog adoptions, Humane CNY needs to update its kennels and improve ventilation throughout the building.

In addition to housing homeless animals, Humane CNY has branched out into helping pet owners who find themselves temporarily unable to care for their animals. McNeely said the organization has helped foster pets for domestic violence survivors, people whose homes have burned down and the families of sick children.

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