Pet of the month

Herein we introduce our Pet of the Month feature, spotlighting a pooch or kitty from the SPCA of Westchester. Our first poster boy really puts the “pep” in Pepe, his name. This 4-year-old, 20-pound male Pomerian is a fun-loving little guy looking for a second chance and a new family to call his very own. He may have a tiny body, but he’s tall in personality. Pepe would do best with an active family with older children. He will make for a loyal companion.

The SPCA of Westchester was founded in 1883 by Ossining resident Mary Dusenberry after she saw horses being whipped and beaten as they trudged up nearby hills to deliver loads of coal. Together with friends, she obtained land on which to build the society’s first home and established a fund to prevent cruelty to animals. The SPCA is still on the same spot, making it one of the longest landholders in Briarcliff Manor.

Originally, the SPCA of Westchester was affiliated with the ASPCA of New York City, but became an independent organization in the 1920s. Today, it is the only humane society in Westchester County empowered to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty. Despite this, the SPCA gets no federal, state or county funds. So the organization relies solely on the financial support of people who love animals.

To meet Pepe, please visit the SPCA of Westchester at 590 N. State Road.

Please note, the SPCA does not accept deposits, make appointments or reserve animals for adoption even if it has spoken about a particular dog or cat with you. It is always first come, first served among applicants, pending approval. The SPCA is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, call (914) 941-2896 or visit spca914.org.

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