Creative effort aims to aid animal shelter – Plattsburgh Press Republican

PLATTSBURGH — A local business came up with a novel idea to support pet adoptions at Elmore SPCA in Peru.

ETS, a Plattsburgh-based staffing service, created an Animals on Assignment page on its website for April Fools Day, a tongue-in-cheek temp listing of pets looking for a «job.» 

«With the current unemployment rate and projected acceleration in economic growth, we saw a huge opportunity to utilize this untapped and overlooked labor market,» the website said.

«Smart, loyal, creative, enthusiastic, and potty trained — with the advice and guidance of our recruiters, our Animals on Assignment are ready to trade in their 14-hour days of laying down and sleeping to be your next superstar.»


The page contains bios for several pets, touting the job skills of each.

One is for Duchess, a 2-to-3-year-old domestic short-haired cat.

«Duchess is a sales shark always hunting for her next opportunity. Skills: Never takes her eye off the prize, stealthy but effective.»

Barb is a 3-year-old Flemish giant lop-eared rabbit mix.

«You will never have to dangle a carrot in front of this hard worker. She’s always willing to hop to it and get to work. Skills: Excellent communicator — all ears.»

Lucky is a adult beagle-Labrador-mix dog that arrived at the shelter March 25.

«Lucky is a Jill-of-all-trades. Mostly, she enjoys having high quality and positive interactions with others.»

The page then goes on to admit that Animals on Assignment was, in fact, an April Fools prank.

«But, there is also good news. If you thought any of these amazing animals would be a perfect fit for your family, they are all currently available for adoption at Elmore SPCA.»


ETS Marketing and Brand Manager Amber Parliament said the firm is dedicated to supporting the health of the community, and that includes all of its members, even the furry ones. 

«Elmore SPCA does a remarkable job at providing shelter and comfort to animals in need, and that is why we are thrilled to have created this fun and unique way to support their organization,» she said, «bringing light to their cause and hopefully in the process finding a forever home for these deserving animals.» 

Shelter Manager Rebecca Burdo said she was thrilled when they were asked take part in the promotion. It shows the business community recognizes the good work performed by the shelter.

«I’m so happy that Amber reached out to us,» Burdo said. «This is a great way to let people know about our shelter and what we do.»


Elmore SPCA in Peru is a no-kill shelter that provides space for stray dogs brought in by dog-control officers from towns that contract with it for that service.

To redeem a dog, the owner must provide valid up-to-date licensing and rabies vaccination and pay the town’s/city’s redemption fee.

It accepts pets surrendered by owners on a case-by-case basis. If it doesn’t take in a pet, Elmore SPCA can offer alternatives, such as courtesy PetFinder listings, to help secure a new home for an animal.

As part of the shelter’s mission, space permitting, healthy adoptable dogs scheduled to be euthanized at kill shelters are rescued and held for adoption.

On Friday, the shelter had nine cats, two dogs and two rabbits available.

Burdo said there were actually 48 cats and seven dogs in house, but most were under evaluation or treatment prior to listing.

Last year, 151 dogs were adopted from the shelter and 82 of the strays that had been brought in were picked up by their owners. The shelter also found homes for 235 cats, 20 small mammals and one reptile.

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Check out the Animals on Assignment page online at

More information about Elmore SPCA animal shelter is available at 643-2451 or visit its website,

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