Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Tanner’s P.A.W.S Almost Complete
Written By: Joe Melillo
Since March of last year Tanner’s Paws in Corning is the only no-kill animal shelter in the area.
Corning (WENY) - Since March of last year Tanner’s P.A.W.S in Corning is the only no-kill animal shelter in the area. It's founders and volunteers are excited about the upcoming completion of the building, but they need the communities help to stay open. The founder of Tanner’s P.A.W.S and the volunteers want to save dogs that would have been euthanized if they didn't step in. Christie Speciale started her organization in honor of her dog Tanner, who died of cancer. Tanner’s P.A.W.S is the first and only animal shelter in Corning, but the dogs they help reach beyond the city.
“Our dogs are anything from owner surrenders to strays,” says Speciale. “We will pretty much take anything as long as we have availability and now we have dog control contracts in the city of corning and the town of Caton.”
In three weeks the shelter will be finished and hold a dozen animals until they are adopted out. Volunteers like Laura Burke are helping anyway they can
“I do a little bit of everything,” says Burke. “I put all these kennels together with Christie one night. We help with the building, I get my family up here to help. I come up during the day so I can let them out so they can go out and play just whatever I can.”
Laura thinks that the shelter will grow in the future and more people will come to help.
“I think the volunteers are going to start coming in more as people start hearing about, and I think she is going to have enough volunteers to get bigger as time goes on.”
Now Tanner’s P.A.W.S is in the running for a national grant competition with more than 10,000 other shelters. If Tanner’s P.A.W.S wins, the organization is eligible for a lot of grant money, they just need votes.