Humane Society of Schuyler County

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CATS/DOGS and Spay/Neuter Clinic: - 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865
HSSC Phone: (607) 594-2255 -  Fax: 845-501-3211 Email:   - Follow us on Facebook
US Mail: PO Box 427 Montour Falls, New York 14865
Wags to Riches Store: 313 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen - 607.210.4263 - Follow Wags on Facebook:

Founded in 1987, The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County.

Our mission statement is broad and we are proud of what we have accomplished.

Our mission statement is to, through education and appropriate action, to eliminate pet overpopulation, to prevent animal cruelty, to provide quality care for homeless animals, to promote responsible pet ownership and to help the community develop humane principles towards all animals.

  • to eliminate pet overpopulation’ means that through low cost spay/neuter clinics and certificates to reduce the price of spay/neuter surgery at local vets, we have contributed to 8000 spays and neuters of Schuyler County animals since 2000 and are steadily marching to the next thousand. 

  • ‘to prevent animal cruelty’ means that abused animals like Trooper  have a chance to survive their injuries and find safe homes with people that love them. 

  •  ‘to provide quality care for homeless animals’ means the biggest celebration of all, as we finally have a full service shelter for both cats and dogs----a dream long in coming.

  • ‘to promote responsible pet ownership and to help the community develop humane principles toward all animals’ means we count on members and volunteers to turn a bunch of words into real commitment to animal welfare in our community.  Our new building will give us a place for volunteers to meet and work, but it is only a building.  Our organization is built on the dedication of members and volunteers donating money and muscle to keep our programs running.  We need your help to continue our mission! 

To address this mission we offer a low-cost spay/neuter service for the dogs and cats of eligible area residents and provide spay/neuter certificates for use at participating veterinarians. County residents meeting income requirements and residents with feral cat populations are provided the opportunity to bring dogs and cats to the low cost spay/neuter clinics offered twice monthly. 

We firmly believe that spay/neuter is the most effective means of reducing the problem of pet over population. Prior to August 1st, 2009 our efforts were focused on caring for and placing cats since there is no other organization in Schuyler County addressing this need. We also provide spay/neuter services and emergency medical funds for dogs.

The Humane Society operates a foster network to care for homeless cats and kittens as space allows. Adoptable cats and kittens can be seen at our Cat Shelter in Montour Falls, by calling us at 594-2255 to schedule an appointment or by looking through our listing of adoptable cats and kittens. Dogs can be viewed online and you can also see our available dogs (and cats) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 9 - noon, Saturday mornings, between 10 and 1 pm, and Sundays from 3-5 pm at 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls. If that time isn't convenient, please call us to schedule an appointment. 

We are funded primarily through donations, gifts, grants and fundraising efforts. We receive no county, state or government funding for our on- going operation. Nor do we receive funds from national animal welfare organizations. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation please call us at 594-2255. We’ll put your skills or your donations to good use! We hope you enjoy your visit with us. And, do check back often to see what we’re up to and how you can become a part of it!

Thank you.

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Meet our Officers

Georgie has been actively involved in the Humane Society for 15 years as Board member, Vice President and as President for the last 13 years.

Georgie holds an MBA from the State University of New York and a BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has held managerial positions in sales, marketing and communications for Corning Incorporated, Digital Equipment Corporation and NCR Corporation.  A resident of the Town of Montour for 36 years, Georgie has also served as Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals and as a Literacy Volunteer. She is a 2014 recipient of The Rotary’s Paul Harris Award and a 2015 recipient of the Jefferson Award.

She makes her home in Montour Falls with her husband, Mark, two dogs, four cats, and a geriatric horse.

Susan Herbert and her husband, John, have been members of the Humane Society for many years.  She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the HSSC.  An Army “brat,” she grew up in Illinois, Texas, Germany, and, for most of her formative years, Washington, DC.  She attended Eckard College in Florida and Lynchburg College in Virginia. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia for four years before moving to New York State.  She worked for Cornell University for 30+ years and retired fully in 2011.  She and John live in the village of Valois in the Town of Hector with their three cats and one dog.

Born and raised in Schuyler County, Chelsey attended OMCS. She is a life long animal lover and currently has two dogs (Aspen/Westie) Bullet (German Shepherd)
She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Keuka Collge and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University. She is currently practicing social work as a psyhiatric social worker.

Meet our Board of Directors

Gita Devi:
Originally from Massachusetts, Gita moved to the area in 2006 to work at Farm Sanctuary.  An animal lover all of her life and a vegetarian/vegan for more than 40 years, she was a volunteer at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats for over 12 years, designed their web site and was Director of Adoptions and Internet Development for The Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (SCFAW).  She also managed SCFAW's small cat shelter. After moving here, she quickly got involved with the Humane Society, helping at spay/neuter clinics, fostering kittens, helping with events and eventually redesigned the web site, set up their Facebook page and handles Social Media mailings. 

Gita runs the Ginger Cat Bed & Breakfast.  She's an avid gardener, accomplished cook, wood worker and crafter.  She shares her home with 5 cats.  Gita received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a major in French and minor in Spanish. She worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 20+ years as a Business Systems Analyst and Web Designer.  She has worked as a carpenter and is also a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher.

Paul Marcellus:
A resident of Schuyler County since 1997. (Watkins Glen) Paul is originally from Middletown NY. He Graduated Middletown High School in 1974. Joined HSSC board in 2012. Purring and wagging felines and canines are integral to life! He is a father of five with empty nest setting in. Paul said he’s lucky to have a dynamic local Humane Society with which to work. He had a one-term foray into local politics as a Schuyler County Legislator. He has operated a local lodging establishment since 1997. Retired after 27 years of work within the NYS prison system. Hobbies include ceramics, making ice cream, learning to play the banjo and the accordion.

Jared O’Dell:
Jared O'Dell is a recent addition to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. Jared works for Sidle Insurance out of their Watkins Glen office. Hailing from Chicago, Jared is thrilled to be participating on the Board and hopes to continue into the next term. Having served on several boards throughout college, Jared is comfortable with the protocols of working on a board of directors. In Chicago, Jared worked to establish a non-profit theatre company, Honest Theatre, and can easily understand the struggles in the non-profit world. Jared loves to give back to this organization as it works to better the lives of animals in Schuyler County.

Dr. Margaret Coffey:
Dr. Margaret Coffey is a native New Yorker currently living on Sugar Hill, outside of Watkins Glen with her husband, Calvin.  Dr. Coffey has been involved in business management for most of her career, having directed and worked in both corporate and small business enterprises nationally and internationally.

Dr. Coffey has held managerial positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Corning Incorporated and has directed several start-up organizations. She served as Director of The Veterinary Hospital at the University of Prince Edward Island and recently retired as Director of The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Louisiana State University. 
She continues to serve as President of The Coffey Corporation, manufacturers of innovative rowing products world-wide.

Educated at Mount Holyoke, Dr. Coffey also holds an MBA from Harvard University and a DVM degree from Cornell.  Dr. Coffey brings her training as an MBA and DVM and vast experience to the Humane Society and is looking forward to contributing to and collaborating with the organization.

Kathy Cole :
Kathy Cole is President of West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising LLC which she founded in July of 2002 following a nineteen-year career in fundraising and institutional advancement. Since then Kathy has worked with a wide range of clients in higher education, health, the arts, social services, and animal welfare.

Prior to founding West Wind, Kathy spent a total of 13 years at Cornell University having most recently served as the Director of the Cornell Fund where she led the University’s annual, leadership, and reunion giving programs. While at Cornell, Kathy also served as Director of Public Affairs for the Cornell Plantations, where she managed a five-year $10 million endowment campaign for the University’s botanical gardens and arboretum.

Kathy has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for over twenty years having served as a member of the Board of Directors in both the Finger Lakes and Central New York Chapters. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a frequent lecturer on topics such as capital campaigns and  major gift programs.

Kathy is also a co-founder of the Ithaca Institute which provides unique, intensive training experiences for fundraising and non-profit volunteer leaders and professionals.

Kathy graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York, College at Oswego in 1979. She lives in Hector with her husband, Chris in an 1850s renovated farm house. Kathy has two grown daughters, Jenna and Jillian. In her free time Kathy is an avid organic gardener and enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and walking with her border collie, Sesame.

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