Since last fall, Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans (SHIRJ), a grassroots non-profit organization with a mission that concentrates on helping people with challenging situations be able to keep their pets has been working hard to raise funds to support a renovation project for their new shelter located at 160 Pony Farm Road in Oneonta. The fundraising goal for this campaign called "Super PAWSabilities" is $200,000 and so far,  $82,654.35 has been raised.

Below is a rendering of the new shelter from architects BBL Construction Services.

Credit: Super Heroes In Ripped Jeans, Facebook
Credit: Super Heroes In Ripped Jeans, Facebook

To further the mission of helping homeless cats and dogs in the community, SHIRJ has an upcoming fundraiser "Spring Cleanout and Rummage Sale" at the shelter at Pony Farm Road in Oneonta on April 9 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Organizers are taking in donations of new or gently used items (no clothing please) for this sale. Anyone wishing to donate items can drop them off at that location on April 2 and 3 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Follow news from Super Heroes In Ripped Jeans on their Facebook page and you can learn more about their mission and about adopting or fostering a pet at SHIRJ can be contacted also by email at or by calling (607) 441-3227.

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