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Finger Lakes SPCA has new leadership

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The Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York has appointed a new executive director, Nick Lapresi. Lapresi has extensive experience in animal care, having spent over 15 years in the field and obtained certifications in animal shelter management and animal shelter behavior management from the University of the Pacific.

He is committed to serving the animals and people in Cayuga County and the surrounding areas, and his goal is to improve the lives of animals and their families through educational services and programs.


Lapresi has already implemented changes at the shelter, including a faster animal adoption process. Potential adopters will meet with one of the shelter’s adoption counselors to determine the best pet for their lifestyle and can take the animal home on the same day if the adoption is approved. The shelter will provide spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, heartworm tests, and microchips for dogs and FIV/FELV tests for cats, among other services.

Lapresi has emphasized the importance of supporting adopters and helping them with every step of finding the perfect pet. He is highly regarded by Anastasia Zygarowicz, the president of the Finger Lakes SPCA board of directors, who praised his abilities and commitment to animal welfare. Lapresi replaces outgoing director Carol Russel, who served in the position since 1996.



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