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The History of the SPCA

The SPCA of Tompkins County was incorporated in February 1902 in an effort to prosecute individual cases of cruelty.  In 1904, the organization acquired sheltering facilities and took over as ‘pound master’ for some of the municipalities within the county.  For much of its history, the SPCA has employed humane officers to investigate individual cases of cruelty, as well as providing impound, sheltering and adoption of unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals.

In 1999, the SPCA Board of Directors resolved to become a "no-kill" shelter, a vision fully realized by the end of 2001. In the spring of 2004, the SPCA opened the Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center, a sheltering facility that provides dogs, cats and other companion animals with comfortable, healthy, home-like settings.  Registered as the nation's first "green" animal shelter (U.S. Green Building Council) for its environmentally minded, sustainable design, the facility is "good for people, good for animals, and good for the planet."

The SPCA of Tompkins County is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors. Our tax id number is 15-0624378.

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"Massimo has been adapting well to his new life of happiness and freedom. He gets plenty of exercise, and has a fenced in area to run freely. He loves big sticks, and he LOVES to eat grass... in fact he grazes. Along with fresh grass, he has fondness and taste for freshly dug roots. Massi can leap... and I mean high, Olympian leaps.  He is quite intelligent, observes everything, and learns quickly.  I let him sleep on my bed, which I hadn't intended on doing, but I'm glad I did.  My daughter adores him, and she was integral in picking Massimo. She met him twice at the SPCA, and what appeared as friendly and compatible then has now grown beyond that. He's a handful at times, but it's all worth it, as he's a major source of joy in my life."


Did You Know?

All SPCA dogs are carefully evaluated for behavior and training needs before adoption.

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.