December 17, 2011


Pet project —

Homer girl helping out SPCA

Nine-year-old sets up Facebook page to collect money, donations for shelter

HomerBob Ellis/staff photographer
Tessa Seamons, 9, plays with Dillion at the SPCA on McLean Road in Cortland. Tessa has been doing fundraising for the shelter.

Staff Reporter

HOMER — Nine-year-old Tessa Seamons sat on the floor of her home in Homer Tuesday, alternately stroking a large brown rabbit named Thumper and using him as a pillow.
Whether it is rabbits, cats or dogs, Seamons is at home with animals and they gravitate to her, says her mother, Beth Seamons.
Tessa’s love of animals has taken form most recently in a Facebook page she created, intended to elicit support and donations for the Cortland Community Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Tessa visits the shelter regularly, and about a month ago decided to start collecting money and supplies to help the animals there.
“I just like helping out,” Tessa said, adding she visits her favorite dog at the shelter, Kanga, who reminds her of her dog Shaggy, which the family had to give up when they moved to Homer about two years ago.
Her efforts have paid off.
Tessa has earned about $150 in cash donations to go toward the shelter, and has received over 150 pounds of cat litter, as well as about 25 pounds of dog and cat food each week to deliver to the shelter.
SPCA shelter manager Sandy Snyder said community involvement and support are essential.
“Any donation that anyone pays to the shelter makes a huge difference,” Snyder said.
The involvement of children is crucial on another level as well, Snyder said.
“We want to be an important part of the community and for the staff it’s very encouraging to see the children come in and be supportive of the animals,” Snyder said.
Tessa’s grandmother Kay Scutt said Tessa also helps her care for her many pets around the house. Scutt said Tessa’s fundraising and donations to the SPCA are “exceptional” for a girl of her age to do.
Scutt hopes the fundraising efforts will catch on and inspire others to donate money to the shelter as well.
“Our SPCA does need a lot of help and someday ... I’m hoping they can build on and have more room for the animals,” Scutt said.
A wish list on Tessa’s Facebook page suggests items the SPCA could use, such as old towels or blankets for bedding and kitty litter. The SPCA website at includes its wish list at the bottom of the page.
Although the donations are fitting for the holiday season, Tessa says she has no plans to stop giving money and supplies to the SPCA.


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