Guilderhaven, inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit that helps the animal community. We provide low-cost spay/neuter, food, medical intervention, and financial assistance for the companion animals of New York residents and for wildlife. We also assist rescue organizations in this endeavor, with an emphasis on our local community. In 2012, we facilitated the spay/neuter of 597 cats! Along with the Cat Care Coalition (CCC), we started a low cost dog spay/neuter clinic in May 2009. As a result, we were able to spay/neuter 257 dogs in 2012! In addition, we continue to help place animals from private homes, rescue groups and animal shelters , speak to school groups, youth organizations, and church groups, and produce an educational coloring booklet. This booklet emphasizes the importance of responsible pet guardianship and humane behavior toward animals.
We expanded our program in 2010 and with the help of a $2500 grant from the Doris Day Foundation and a $250 grant from Price Chopper Golub Foundation in 2011 and 2012, have been assisting PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) of the Albany Damien Society! We continued our goal in 2012 with the additional help of a $10,000 grant from the Wright Family Foundation! With this grant, we were able to continue assisting PAWS in providing spay/neuter and additional veterinary services for their clients' pets. Since the program’s inception in April of 2010, we have facilitated and paid for the spaying/neutering of 70 cats and 68 dogs! We were also able to help individuals and families living below the poverty level in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Montgomery, Fulton, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties. In both cases, we are assisting these pet guardians in maintaining their responsibility to their companion animals while continuing their loving relationship without the financial burden. In addition, we are helping decrease the number of unwanted and abandoned animals in the shelters and on the streets.