The nearly 50 dogs and over 200 cats of the SPCA need to be kept warm and dry this winter!  The need for a new roof, heating, ventilation and insulation as soon as possible is at the top of the list to achieve this for our community’s most needy animals.

The SPCA in Cattaraugus County is embarking on a critical fund raising campaign to for the needed $250,000 to immediately begin updates on our heating, venting, insulation and most importantly, to raise the critical $85,000 for full repair of the shelter’s 35-year- old roof.  We do have $100,000 from an individual donor towards this total project, but it is not enough.

As we begin our work to raise these dollars, community support is critical, both from individuals and from local businesses.  The organizations’ executive director, Geri Anne Elsen, notes “We are very grateful to receive a first major gift and key challenge from local businessman Mel Duggan, of Duggan and Duggan, General Contractor, Inc.”.

Duggan recently visited the shelter, reviewed the operations, and stated the following after the visit; “Because I feel so strongly about the need, I am donating $1,000 and the cost of postage for 200 mailings. Using this postage I would like the SPCA to send out a challenge from Duggan and Duggan to 200 businesses in the area, to please help this cause.”

Board Chair Dan Evans, owner of Pleasant Valley Greenhouses, immediately matched Duggan’s challenge with donation of $1,000 from Pleasant Valley Greenhouses.

The SPCA hopes that all local businesses and individuals consider an immediate donation to our “Raise the Woof” campaign by donating specifically to this cause. With 200 local businesses rising to meet the challenge, and individual donors providing donations, the organization can raise the needed dollars for this critical need.

Donations can be provided to the organization by sending via mail, at PO Box 375, Olean, NY 14760, by dropping by our facility located at 2944 Route 16 N, Olean, NY, 14760 or by visiting our website at and click on the “donate now” button. All donations can be specifically restricted to the roof replacement project.