In the Heights Performers Visit Stevens-Swan Humane Society

October 25, 2011

Performers from the hit musical In the Heights, a Broadway Theatre League presentation, visited the Stevens-Swan Humane Society of Utica today. (Insert Names) went to the Humane Society to spend time with the animals and call attention to the everyday needs of our local animal shelters. 

Performers on nationally touring shows, such as In The Heights, often miss their own animals while traveling.  Therefore, the visit not only provided a sense of comfort to the sheltered animals, but to the performers as well. 

In honor of their visit, the cast is asking community members and patrons of the upcoming performances to donate an item to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society.  Donations will be collected at both evening performances, and can also be dropped off at the Broadway Theatre League’s office, located at 258 Genesee Street in Utica.

“The Stevens-Swan Humane Society performs a critical role within our community, by sheltering, caring for, and finding homes for our beloved animals,” said John Fehlner, Executive Director of Broadway Theatre League of Utica.

“We are so grateful to the Broadway Theater League for thinking of our shelter’s animals.  We appreciate the opportunity to reach out to the Broadway Theatre League’s patrons and were happy to meet the cast members and take them on a tour of our shelter,” said Jerry Kraus, Public Relations/Marketing Director at The Stevens-Swan Humane Society.

For anyone interested in making a donation to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, everyday needs of the shelter include:

  • Canned dog food: Pedigree Choice Cuts in gravy
  • Canned cat food: Friskies, 9-Lives, etc. (Paté or filet)
  • Kitten milk
  • Cat litter: Fresh Step, Tidy Cat, etc.
  • Litter pan deodorizer
  • Dog toys & treats: Rawhides, bones, chew toys, Kongs, or Nylabones
  • Cat toys & treats: Fishing wands, balls with bells, or mice
  • Cat & dog collars and leashes
  • Cat & dog beds
  • Small paper or Styrofoam bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths, pillow cases: New or used
  • Clorox bleach
  • Laundry soap: High efficiency
  • Dawn Dish Soap without Bleach
  • Sponges: Yellow and blue with scrubbers on one side
  • Trash bags: 13 and 30 gallon
  • Febreeze or Lysol sprays
  • Windex

In the Heights will be presented October 25 & 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanley.  For more information about In The Heights or to purchase tickets, call (315) 724-7196 or visit

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