Urgently Needed Items


  • Gallon and Sandwich size Ziploc Bags
  • Cage Cat Scratchers
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Liquid Laundry Soap!
  • Paper Towels
  • Preformed Coin Wrappers
  • $5 and $10 gift cards (Target, Walmart, PetSmart, Lowe's, Staples, Ithaca Agway, Ithaca Grain & Pet Supply, Amazon)
  • Squeeze/Spray Cheese
  • Cat toys - all kinds

Click here for our complete wish list!

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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Thank you PetMeds for your generous donation!

Did you know that in a single year the  SPCA of Tompkins County is a temporary home for close to 3,000 animals? We take in animals surrendered by the public and help stray and abandoned animals in Tompkins County. Our main source of funding is charitable donations from individuals and businesses.  Your donation will help provide medical and daily care for shelter animals. Your support will also help us provide programs to educate the public on the importance of spaying/neutering and proper animal care. We are not affiliated with any national organization or branch of government -- all donation dollars provide benefits and services to the animals right here in Tompkins County:

  • Shelter, food and veterinary care for homeless animals
  • Pet adoptions at the shelter 6 days a week, at our Annex 7 days a week, and at off-site event
  • Free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for the dogs and cats of qualified county residents
  • Lifesaving medical care including surgery

  • And so much more!

Giving levels include:

The Sir Maxwell Braveheart Society

The Buddy Society

If you do not want to go online to donate, just print THIS FORM to fill out and mail with your check.  All donations are appreciated!

There are also other ways to give to the SPCA of Tompkins County, such as:

  • Donate your car! It is easy and quick - just contact Vehicles for Charity at 1-866-628-2277 or visit them online to learn how you can donate your car to the SPCA!
  • Memorial / Tribute Tile in dog or cat wing - Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information
  • AniMeals
  • Calendar Contest (May through July)
  • Needed Items: The shelter is always in need of donated items to help care for the shelter animals. - Click here for a list of our current needs.



Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:43





"Dear Friends at the SPCA of TC,

You might remember me as Rascal, the coonhound. I write to tell you what has happened to me since I left with my new owners the Saturday before Easter, when the Potters came to visit me and took me home. They liked my coonhound bark, my color, and the way I focused on protecting the area of other dogs and animals.

The Potters have a grandson, Coby, who really likes giving me treats and having me sit, shake, and lay down. My prior owner had already taught me these things so it is very easy for me to consume all the treats Coby offers. And they are good!

My new home is fantastic! They have two and a half acres for me to mark my territory on, but the best part is that there is an apartment complex across the road that has many vet students with dogs that I can bark at. The Potters leave their dining room window open about four inches so that I can smell and hear anyone that needs barking at. And since we are on the bus route, I get to bark at the busses when they stop in front of the house. You see, they are T-“CAT” busses.

I am now the Alpha Dog of the West End of Varna.” This title was passed on to me from Winston, a commanding Saint Bernard rescue dog who passed away from cancer just one week before I was adopted. Winston’s owner, Dave, comes by several times a week to visit and take me for a run. I like that.

So I just want to thank you for letting me come home with the Potters. I am a lucky dog!

Wagging tails,


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.