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the SPCA of
Tompkins County

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Board of Directors

SPCA of Tompkins County: Officers and Directors (effective January 1, 2014)

Jim Bouderau

Executive Director


Pamela Bleiwas

President; Chair, Executive Committee



Michelle Benedict-Jones

Vice President of Development and Community Engagement

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Vice President


Marrie Neumer
Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development, College of Information Sciences, Alumni Affairs and Development
Cornell University



Joan Curtiss
Planning Project Manager
Office of the University Architect
Cornell University




Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA
Janet L. Swanson, Director of Shelter Medicine
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University

Wendy Blanchard
Community Member


Melissa Crawford-Tesoriero
3rd Grade Teacher
Northeast Elementary School
Ithaca City School District

Tom Dunn
Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management
Ithaca College




Holly Heitzman
Major Gifts Officer
Alumni Affairs & Development
Cornell University

Elizabeth A. Mannix
Associate Dean for Executive Education
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management
Professor of Management and Organizations
Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University

Peter McClelland
Professor Emeritus                           Department of Economics                       College of Arts and Sciences
Cornell University

Emily Russell
Owner, The Frame Shop



Anne Schneiderman Attorney
Harris Beach, LLP

Mark Spadolini
Ithaca Fire Department

Joseph Zappala
Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing College of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University





The SPCA of Tompkins County is a registered 501(c)(3). Our tax id number is 15-0624378.


Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2015 11:15



"I just wanted to drop you a line about the cat we adopted on Saturday, Oscar. He spent all of Saturday exploring the house, too excited to sleep. By Sunday afternoon, he was relaxed enough to play with the catnip toys and sleep on the couch. He’s already started sleeping in the bed with us (after just four days)!  He loves attention and is always head-butting our arms until we pet him, and then of course does not want us to stop. He is getting along with our other cats pretty well – except that he doesn’t want to share our attention! Otherwise, he is settling in just fine and seems happy with his new digs. Thank you for the chance to adopt him."

-Cathy, Dave, and Oscar

(Pictured above: one of three Oscars adopted from the SPCA in the last year!)

Did You Know?

The SPCA of Tompkins County hosts Camp SPCA for several weeks every summer for youth ages 9-12.

SPCA of Tompkins County

Adoption Center &
Rescue Building

1640 Hanshaw Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850



Adoption Center Hours

Monday 12-5
Tuesday 12-7 Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 12-7
Friday 12-5
Saturday 12-5
Sunday 12-5



SPCA Annex Hours

Monday through Saturday


Rescue Center Hours




Our Mission

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. We are a no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation. We promote responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling and training to nurture and enhance the human-animal bond.

The SPCA of Tompkins County is a registered 501(c)(3). Our tax id number is 15-0624378.