Elaine Porto, deputy clerk of the Town of Porter, has been an excellent advocate for the shelter animals of Niagara County SPCA. She first became involved with the shelter when she offered to post the SPCA’s adoptable shelter dogs on the town’s bulletin board, each month featuring a different theme. The town also put out a donation box to help raise funds for the shelter!
Then when she heard a deaf pit bull at the shelter was having a hard time getting adopted, she decided to sponsor his adoption fee to give him a better chance of finding his forever home.
During the Mardi Paws event, the Town of Porter gave a special award to Ray Kinz, a kind individual who adopted the shelter’s longest resident, Bonita, after 500 days! This recognition of an adopter shows that the Town of Porter and advocates like Elaine are excellent supporters of shelter animals and those who adopt them!
Recently the SPCA posted that it was in need of picnic benches for adopters to relax and sit outside while they wait and Elaine and the Town of Porter Supervisor went to work right away to obtain one for the SPCA and also personally delivered it!
Elaine was also appointed as a board member of the SPCA this year and since then has worked tirelessly with the other outstanding members to make a difference for the animals. That's why she should be named "Shelter Advocate of the Year!"