Fairfield Auto Group and customers make donation to Lycoming County SPCA

The Lycoming County SPCA recently received a $23,250 donation from the Fairfield Auto Group. All nine of the Fairfield dealerships participated in a promotion that gave money from every car sold in October to the locally funded shelter. The surprise donation will be used to help investigate and prosecute cruelty or abuse complaints as well as provide shelter and emergency treatment to area animals like Stanley. (requires photo)

Stanley is one of the many animals requiring extensive medical care which have challenged the shelter’s already strained budget. Rather than euthanize the affectionate fellow, he received veterinary care amounting to $982 to treat a prolapsed colon. “That figure does not include the daily care given by the staff to keep him healthy” said Victoria Stryker, executive director. “We’ve been especially challenged this year by an influx of animals requiring extra care.” Last year the shelter served 5,909 pets and pet owners and the shelter’s work continues at the same pace this year as well.

While the Fairfield Auto Group’s donation itself was not a complete surprise to the SPCA — the amount was. The gift could not have come at a better time as the shelter gears up in an effort to raise over $110,000 before the end of the year. $100,000 is needed to cover their operating budget and $10,000 to replenish the Joyce Hershberger Medical Fund — a 0 percent interest emergency loan program that pet owners may utilize for lifesaving medical care for their pets. The generosity of individuals and organizations like Fairfield Auto Group enable the privately funded and managed shelter to continue to serve Lycoming County residents and their pets.