June 2021
Monthly Newsletter
Your news & updates from
Animal Care Sanctuary
We're halfway through 2021!
June was a busy month for Animal Care Sanctuary. In addition to regular canine transports from high-kill shelters in the southern United States, ACS took in another batch of rescue dogs from a meat farm in South Korea!

We were also thrilled to bring back our annual golf tournament after a year off, and our big turnout shows that we were missed as well!

Meanwhile, our clinic continues to make up for the lost spays and neuters from last spring's closure, and we're seeing an uptick in kitten adoptions to help alleviate our capacity pressure!

Find out what else we've been up to below!

As of June 30, 2021:

Adoptions: 481

Fosters: 78

Fosters-to-Adoptions: 29

Spay/neuter surgeries: 2,089

Clinic appointments: 1,218

Total Clinic Visits: 3,316

Clinic Transports: 305
Over 90 Golfers Take Swings at ACS Golf Tournament!
The annual Animal Care Sanctuary Golf Tournament returned with a big swing on June 25, as over 90 golfers came out to play and support ACS at the Tioga Golf Club in Nichols, N.Y.

After a long year off due to COVID-19, Master of Ceremonies Mac McIntire kicked off the highly anticipated tournament shortly after 10 a.m., and throughout the rest of the day the warm, sunny air
was alive with the buzz of golf carts, the swings of clubs and, of course, flying golf balls.

In a new addition of the tournament, the Pond Shot, only two people were able to land a golf ball in the kiddie pool anchored in the middle of the club’s pond. They then engaged in a tiebreaking putt-off, and our very own board member Kristi Dunn came away the winner of the prize grill!

The day was capped with a meal provided courtesy of Towanda Iron and Metal, followed by the crowning of the tournament’s champions, Sue Surgent, Dave Surgent, Tom Reid, and Russ Reid. Congratulations!

Of course, we could not have done this without our supporters, as well as our wonderful sponsors, Hudock Capital Group, Ward Manufacturing, Kecks Meat & Food Service, The Dunn Group, Reagan Steele Jewelers, Schoonover Plumbing & Heating, Towanda Iron & Metal Inc., and Don Eurillo Morgan Stanley – as well as our many hole sponsors!

Additionally, special thanks to our golf committee Steve Sliwinski, Cindy Opeka, Kristi Snyder, Kristi Dunn, Mac MacIntire, Stacy Covey, Mike Davidson, Greg Steele, Amy VanBenthuysen, Kim Chebalo and Terri McKendry!
REMINDER: ACS named as benefitting charity of the Binghamton Bridge Run!
WE'RE MAKING A RUN FOR IT!! Well not really, but you can!

We are beyond THRILLED to announce that Animal Care Sanctuary is the recipient charity of the 11th Annual Bridge Run Half Marathon & 5K in Binghamton, NY! 

The Greater Binghamton Bridge Run is the largest premier running event in the Greater Binghamton area which includes a USATF certified half marathon and 5K races. The scenic, mostly flat course crosses over four bridges and under one where you will have beautiful views of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. With only 100 feet of elevation gain and a socially distanced race, you don’t want to miss this IN-PERSON, half marathon & 5K running race this fall in Upstate New York.

We are so honored to be part of this amazing event, which takes place at NYSEG Stadium, home of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies!!
Animal Care Sanctuary helps rescue dogs from meat farm in South Korea!
Animal Care Sanctuary and the Humane Society of the United States once again teamed up in our collective mission to end the dog meat trade abroad.

Of the over 170 canines rescued by HSUS from a dog meat farm in South Korea, Animal Care Sanctuary received 10 adult dogs as well as a mother and her four puppies. These canines have come from a traumatic, inhumane situation, and will need special care as they get ready for what a loving home should feel like. As such, we are looking for donations to help support their care and continue bring this terrible practice to an end.

As one of the select few emergency placement partners with HSUS, we are extremely proud that our rural shelter on the hill is having an impact across the world, and we could not do it without your support. Please consider donating via the button below, and help us continue to make the world a better place for animals.
Rescue shelters are full of heroes, but we're looking for your help to recognize one of our heroes who rises above the rest.

Jill Elston has been licensed vet tech at ACS for a decade. To say she is dedicated to the health, happiness and well-being of animals is an understatement. She goes above and beyond every day for animals, and anyone who knows or has even only met Jill knows this to be true.

As it were, Jill has been selected to be a top 5 finalist out of an elite pool of over 300 veterinary nurses across the country. With your help, she can selected as an American Hero Veterinary Nurse, with which comes national recognition that Jill would never ask for, but so deserves. You can vote for her (along with an American Hero Veterinarian candidate) once a day until July 29.
In addition to being the definition of dedicated to her veterinary duties at ACS for 10 years, Jill regularly fosters some of the most troubled doggos that come through the sanctuary. Here, she is pictured with Kevin, a rescue from a meat farm in South Korea who arrived at ACS immovably terrified of nearly everything.

For weeks, Jill and her pack of canines Ava, Newt and Simza slowly brought Kevin out his shell, taking him from a petrified doggo who wouldn't leave his crate and flinched at any suddent movement to a happy, playful boy who loved to snuggle. Thanks to Jill, Kevin is now happy in a loving home.

Did we mention that the winner of the contest will be featured on the Hallmark Channel??
Our Tortellini is a testament to the growing success of the behavior modification performed by our amazing staff.

Tortellini arrived at Animal Care Sanctuary in November of last year as a nearly-feral one-year-old feline.

This beautiful white cat could hardly be touched without fear and reactive aggression, but we knew she was not cut out for our working cat program.

It took several months, but our staff took time every day to sit in Tortellini's communal to socialize her. Eventually (and with the help of tasty treats), Tortellini allowed herself to be touched and even pet. She progressed so well that we felt confident in putting her up for adoption, and she soon found her home (I mean just look at how pretty she is.)

Tortellini is just one of the many cats that have found forever homes thanks to our behavioral modification program as well as the hard work and dedication of our wonderful staff.
NOTE: This Sanctuary Story was researched and written by our ACS interns, Sophia Lew of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and Maslin Slade of Miami University.

Radar first came to ACS as a young puppy. He was promptly adopted and stayed in what he thought would be his forever home. Unfortunately, Radar was severely under-socialized in his first home and developed extreme stranger, dog, and barrier aggression. Radar was returned to ACS two years later where the severity of his aggression was brought to light. 

Radar’s dog and stranger aggression, unfortunately, resulted in a bite history and working with him became much more difficult. However, it did not take too long before Radar got used to his place here at ACS and became very loved amongst the kennel staff! They were able to work with him and improve on his aggression in the close to one year that he was here. Because of this amazing training and patience, Radar was able to find his actual forever home, and he even lives with a dog friend!!

Radar was adopted out to his real forever home at the beginning of this month and his adopter is loving him! His adopter came multiple times to come get acquainted with Radar and allow Radar to meet his other dog before finally taking him home. Radar is successfully living in a home with another dog, which the staff did not think would be possible when he first came back! 

He still has some training to do in order to overcome his stranger aggression and lingering dog aggression, but his adopter is dedicated to his success. He is working with Radar and ensuring he is taking all the necessary steps to ensure Radar is well adjusted. Due to the work put in by the staff at ACS, Radar was able to turn from man’s worst nightmare to man’s best friend. 
Visit the ACS Online Shop!
Welcome summer in colorful style! We have special edition Dean Russo shirts available in all kinds of sizes, styles and colors.

Deck out your pet in ACS gear, too! Check out our leashes and collars, as well as all the other items we have available on our online shop!

Each purchase goes back to the care of the homeless animals here at Animal Care Sanctuary and finding them happy, loving, forever homes!
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As a Monthly Donor, you are providing a gift that can be used for animals in their hour of need. Your donation will help ACS rescue pets from overcrowded kill shelters, inhumane conditions, hoarding situations and puppy mills. Your support will help us make more future animal rescues possible, as well as give us the resources we need to provide those animals with the attention and medical care that they need to be adopted. Monthly donations provide security to assure that ACS always has the resources needed to provide for animals at a moment’s notice. To become a monthly donor, please sign up online at www.animalcaresanctuary.org or contact Terry McKendry at tmckendry@animalcaresanctaury.org.