(WSYR-TV) — Nexstar is celebrating 26 years of business and members of the News Channel 9 staff are saying thanks by giving back to the community at The Haven at Skanda in Cazenovia. On Friday, June 17, about two dozen team members were on-site cleaning out stalls and sprucing up the grounds for the animals.

The Haven at Skanda is a farm animal sanctuary that has been helping animals for nearly ten years. Executive Director Ellen Beckerman says the local organization works with well over 150 animals to help them rehabilitate.

“Most have been severely abused or neglected, and we have some families of endangered breeds as well,” Beckerman says.

The Haven at Skanda is always looking to fill a niche in the community and serve their own unique purpose when it comes to rehabilitating animals. “We’re always looking for where are the unmet community needs,” Beckerman adds.

Another establishment the staff at News Channel 9 are looking to assist is the Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter in Jamesville, N.Y. on Saturday, June 18.

About two dozen team members are on-site helping staff take care of the furry friends and helping to tidy-up the play areas around the facility.

The Second Chance Animal Shelter has been helping to aid in adoption for nearly seven years. The shelter was founded by Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney to help dogs find forever homes whilst also allowing inmates to bond with the pups while preparing them for adoption.

These organizations are an all-volunteer, non-profit-led program and are always looking for donations and anyone to volunteer. For more information on how to help, volunteer, or donate, visit the links below.



Enjoy the behind the scenes pictures (including some familiar faces) of the event