Man’s best friend (and kitties, too) lost a longtime supporter and staunch advocate recently with the death of Rosalyn ‘Roz’ Scheuerman at age 70.
Although she’d left Chenango County in her later years, Roz had served as director of the local SPCA for a decade and a half, retiring in 1998. Her legacy? Turning the East River Road animal shelter from a depressing, dilapidated halfway house into a clean, efficient, friendly and well-run facility with an excellent adoption rate.
Though her physical work on the old shelter was demolished a few years ago to expand Rt. 32, her contribution to furthering the cause of animal rights in Chenango County will live on forever. Countless school children in and around Norwich will no doubt remember Roz entering their classrooms with longtime SPCA mascot Shelby to teach them about animal safety. Her love of animals and enthusiasm for their proper treatment and care was infectious and no doubt inspired scores of those kids to walk their dog or play with their cat a little more often.
Roz was always a good friend to The Evening Sun and to me personally. She’ll be missed.