Category Archives: volunteering

Pour beer to help cats

The CNY Cat Coalition is in need of help for one of our biggest fundraisers. We have been pouring beer at the SU dome for a number of years. This has enabled us to spay and neuter many cats. We are looking for beer pourers. This is not a hard job and only lasts through the first half of any game. When beer pouring ends you are free to watch the rest of the game. Requirements, long pants, closed toe shoes, and nothing sleeveless. This is a great volunteer oppurtunity for students without cars, since it is on campus.

We have 3 football games left they are as follows:
Date Game Time Show up time for volunteers
October 5, 2012 7:00 5:00
October 19, 2012 8:00 6:00
November 11, 2012 Unknown will post when time is available

If you can help please let Michelle Powers know at 812-599-5983 or Marietta Rowe at
315-455-2157. Leave a message and we will get back to you .
We also pour beer for Basketball Season and will be posting that schedule as soon as it is available. Many cats will be grateful for your help.

>New York State Humane Lobby Day – March 24

>Think only professional lobbyists can lobby? Think again! The Humane Society of the United States invites you to participate in the New York State Humane Lobby Day in Albany, where you’ll make a tremendous difference for animals.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials or their staff about legislation that will significantly impact animals. There will be a briefing on tips for lobbying and an overview of pending animal legislation which will prepare you to meet your elected officials and advocate for animals. RSVP today to lend your voice for animals and make a difference in New York.

Join SARO and other community members as we travel to Albany to talk our legislators to help pass laws cracking down on animal fighters, stopping puppy mills, ending canned shoots of captive exotic wildlife, protecting farm animals from cruel treatment, and doing the right thing for animals!

The 2010 New York State Humane Lobby Day is organized by The Humane Society of the United States and co-sponsored by Farm Sanctuary, Humane Society of New York, New York League of Humane Voters, and New York State Humane Association.

A chartered bus will be leaving early morning from the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse heading to Albany and returning in the evening after the event.
There is no registration fee for attending NYS Humane Lobby Day. Those who would like to travel on our chartered bus from Syracuse/Utica to Albany and back can purchase a seat for $26 per traveler. This fee will allow us to cover the cost of the bus. The bus will leave Syracuse at 7:45am, and make a stop for pick up in Utica at 8:30am.
Those who arrive late will forfeit their seats. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The pick up stations are as follows:

SYRACUSE – 7:45am
Address: Regional Transportation Center

                131 Alliance Bank Pkwy
                Syracuse, NY 13208

UTICA – 8:30am
Address: 321 Main Street
                Utica, NY 13501

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm
Address: Empire State Plaza Convention Center

                Meeting Rooms 2 & 3
                Albany, NY 12242


If you’d like to attend this event please RSVP for the event and RSVP for the bus.

>SARO To Hold Vegan Bake Sales

>Tomorrow SARO will hold the first of four vegan bake sales for October.  The profits from the bake sales go to help fund SARO’s cat rescue and foster program.  Currently, SARO is fostering 9 cats and kittens awaiting adoption. Each week they need food, litter and vet care.  Tomorrow’s bake sale, with it’s delicious treats, will be in the lobby of Marshall Hall on SUNY ESF campus from 10am to 3pm.

SARO is always looking for new baking talent.  Even if you’ve never baked before you make still have baking talent. So why don’t you check out a few vegan recipe websites ( Vegweb, VegCooking, ChooseVeg, The Post Punk Kitchen, etc ), throw on an apron and bake up a storm.  Even if tomorrow’s bake sale is too soon for you.  SARO will have another three during the weekend of October 24th, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  For all the bake sales, please drop your items off, with a list of ingredients and your contact info (so we can return your dishes) on the front porch of 708 East Raynor St. ( a block down from Sadler Hall), preferably the day before the bake sale.

When picking recipes for SARO bake sale please keep a couple of things in mind:

  • Popular items are: muffins, banana bread, apple crisp, cookies etc.
  • Students like to buy things they can eat easily and cleanly in class.
  • All items should be vegan.

>Volunteering For The Hoe Down

In case you had not heard, Farm Sanctuary, the rescue organization that focuses on farm animals, had it’s annual Hoe Down in Watkins Glen, NY and SARO was there.

The event consists of a couple hundred people coming to the farm and setting up camp – literally, we were camping out for this event. After camp was set up, people were free to wander the farm and visit with the animal residents there. At certain times during the day everyone was to meet up at the “People Barn,” Farm Sanctuary’s visitor center and lecture hall, for meals, speakers, and cooking demonstrations.

SARO signed up to volunteer for this event, meaning that we were behind the scenes. Mostly we helped in the kitchen with setting up the meals, or we helped clean up the dining area when everyone was done eating. But wait, don’t think because we were doing work that we acctuall missed out on anything. Most of the work that had to be done was when people were just hanging around. The volunteers had plenty of time to visit the farm animals and we got to listen to most of the speakers. Most of us agreed that we had a great time and we probably had more fun as volunteers than we would have had we not volunteered.