Your Used Costume Jewelry Needed for Fundraiser!


The Animal Shelter is planning a fundraising costume jewelry sale to be held in the near future.  Date, time, and location will be published as soon as arranged.  If you have items to donate please drop them off at the Animal Shelter, 304 Howes Cave Road, Howes Cave NY during business hours (Wed.- Sun. 1pm-5pm).   Or they can be mailed to us at PO Box 40, Howes Cave NY, 12092.  We can use almost any pre-owned costume jewelry items including but not limited to necklaces, lockets, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches, and tiaras. Also lapel pins, service pins, cuff links, tie tacks, fraternal emblems, sports or military insignias, school rings, bolos, etc.  Please take this opportunity to clean out your jewel box and aid a good cause!  We thank you for your support.


The holidays are almost here!  Our Shelter pets have not wasted any time in getting their lists ready – can you help make their wishes come true?  The dogs are hoping for Kuranda dog beds and the kitties for “Stretch and Scratch” cardboard scratching pads.  You can learn more about these items, and order them from their vendors for shipment directly to the Shelter, by clicking on the underlined links above.   We thank you for helping to give our Shelter residents a happy holiday season!



Support ASSV While You Walk!!

WoofTrax Logo

Now you can do something healthy for yourself AND your local shelter every time you go for a walk, with or without your dog!  Just sign up for the WoofTrax smartphone app, and designate ASSV as your shelter.  Then use the app when you walk, and earn a donation for every mile you log.  For details please check their website (click here) and “Take Your Walk for a Dog!”



While we love hearing the “happily ever after” stories of all our Shelter pets, Grover’s is very special.  After having been abandoned by his former owners who left town, this lab mix was  brought to our Shelter a month later.   After being vet-checked, updated on his vaccines, and neutered, he settled in to life at the Shelter awaiting a forever home.   Not only did he get that, but he was also hand-picked to undergo training with the Department of Homeland Security and landed himself a whole new career!  Best of luck, Grover – we are SO proud of you!!

To read all about it in the Cobleskill Times Journal, click here.


On the afternoon of Tuesday February 25 the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley received a call from the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department requesting our assistance.  They had just rescued an elderly man from a snowed-in, unheated home in Summit, and three goats and a dog had been found to be living on the property without adequate shelter or sustenance.  Our Shelter Manager, assisted by her husband and another Shelter employee, and aided by a friend familiar with goats, spent two hours at the scene in below-freezing temperatures and high winds rounding up the frightened animals.  They are now all safe, and being cared for.  

Local station WTEN covered the story that same night.  Click here to view.




“Grover” was recently donated by the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley to New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention & Control – Arson Academy of Fire Science.   Here is his “class portrait” during week #2 of training.  He’s second from right.  He will graduate on April 11 and then go to work in “accelerant detection”.  Good job, Grover!  We are so proud of you!!