Urgently Needed Items

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With lots of pets needing care, there are many ways you can help us. Many of the items below are linked to samples for reference. Everything can be found locally or on our Amazon Wish List!


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Tailbearer is the bi-weeklyish e-newsletter of the SPCA of Tompkins County. Read our e-newsletter in a pdf format by clicking on the links below. The formatting is slightly different than the 'eblast'  but all the news is still there! Enjoy!

December 18, 2014: Angels Get Their Wings!

November 27, 2014: Special help needed for special dogs

November 20, 2014: Another little dog invasion

November 6, 2014: URGENTLY needed adoptions!

October 29, 2014: Drum roll, please!

September 18, 2014 "Time is running out"

September 3, 2014: It's time for a change!

August 8, 2014: Super Fun Happy Time!

July 21, 2014: They're here! Little dogs ready for new homes!

July 2, 2014: Star Spangled Kitten Adoption Event

June 17, 2014: The SPCA of Tompkins County is Going Solar!

June 12, 2014: Less than 4 days left

June 2, 2014: 99 Adoptions AND Calendar Contest!

May 30, 2014: Free Adoptions This Weekend

May 16, 2014: We're halfway there!

April 24, 2014: Matching Challenge Announced

April 8, 2014: April Showers bring, well, KITTENS!

March 27, 2014: Have you noticed anything different???

March 20, 2014: Spring WILL Spring, or so we're told

March 3, 2014: And the Oscar goes to...

February 19, 2014: Have a Pint With Me!

February 11, 2014: The Biggest Winners!

January 24, 2014: Love is in the (albeit frozen) air

December 24, 2013: Miracle on Hanshaw Road - One Year Later

December 18, 2013: Santa Buddy, slip a goody under the tree

December 4, 2013: Yes, Virginia...

November 24, 2013: We're sharing EVERYTHING this year!!!

October 24, 2013: Going the extra 700 Miles

October 3, 2013: Big News and Enormous Thanks!

September 19, 2013: Free Fur All

September 12, 2013: Get those tails a-waggin'!

September 5, 2013: Our LONGEST term resident

August, 21, 2013: Adoption Special This Weekend (aka Overstock.kitten)

August 7, 2012: A friend in need...

July 24, 2013: We're baaaack!

June 20, 2013: Dogpocalypse

June 5, 2013: How many dogs are too many?

May 23, 2013: NO. You can't drive!

May 7, 2013:  Brand New Hot Dog Day!

April 24, 2013: Everyone knows about the SPCA, or so we thought...

April 8, 2013: 30,000 Lives Saved! $30,000 Challenge!

March 20, 2013: Is Your Barn Lonely?

March 5, 2013: Fostering Hope

February 19, 2013: Pints! Puppies! PetSmart!

February 12, 2013: You've worked your way into my heart (and couch)...

January 30, 2013: Limbo Over for Abandoned Cats

January 16, 2013: When Dogs Fly!

December 31, 2012: It's Great to be Alive! Celebrating 2012

December 28, 2012: Miracle at 1640 Hanshaw Road

December 20, 2012: And a Boa in a Pear Tree

December 13, 2012: Well, We Know Who's Been Naughty

November 28, 2012: They're Back! Another Small Dog Rescue!


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:30





"Three years ago the SPCA of Tompkins County rescued a poor neglected pitbull puppy. The puppy lost her vision due to the neglect and she was in such bad shape no one thought she would live to be a year old. Today that puppy turns three and she is one of the greatest joys in my life. If this SPCA wasn't a no kill shelter this little girl would have never been given a chance at life. So, Odilia and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for what you do and who you are!

Did You Know?

The SPCA of Tompkins County receives no government funding.

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.