Here is an overview of our services: • We shelter and care for stray, abandoned, abused, surrendered and unwanted companion animals. • We provide adoption services for companion animals. • We provide low-cost spay/neuter programs for qualified residents of Tompkins County. • We investigate suspected animal abuse and cruelty. • We provide humane education programs for youth and adults in Tompkins County. • We strive to be the number one resource for people looking for new pets or for people with pets in need of assistance.
We do not house large animals (horses, cattle, goats, llamas, etc.) We do investigate suspected abuse of these and all animals. We do not accept animals for surrender for people who are not residents of Tompkins County. We do not handle wildlife. Only a state licensed agency can do that.
We provide shelter and adoption for companion animals. This includes but is not limited to dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, gerbils, birds and sometimes even reptiles and amphibians. Animals available for adoption are pictured on our website under Adoption. We will investigate reports of cruelty regarding any kind of domesticated animals, including livestock.
If you are ready to consider adopting a new forever friend, please stop by our shelter or Annex, visit with the animals, and chat with our adoption counselors to find the perfect match! You can fill out the appropriate adoption form and bring it with you if you'd like, or you may fill in out when you arrive. Our hours of operation are listed at the bottom of every page of our website.
There are plenty of opportunities here at the SPCA of Tompkins County for volunteering. Shelter volunteer positions support our day-to-day operations. These positions mainly have contact with the animals and with our visitors. Options for volunteering with the shelter include the following positions: Kennel Cleaner, Adoption Desk Support, SPCA Annex support (cats and small animals), Cat Socialization and Dog Walking & Socialization. Other volunteer opportunities include Event Support, Adoption Follow-Up Calls and Off-site Adoptions. To learn more about our volunteer positions, click here.
One of the reasons we are able to succeed as a no-kill shelter is the support of our foster volunteers. Families or individuals who are willing to offer their home on a temporary basis to animals in need should consider foster care. Foster care is most frequently needed for animals that are too young to be adopted. Sometimes foster care is needed for older animals recovering from surgery, or animals who find living in the shelter too stressful. Foster care ranges from a few days to a few weeks, and has an enormous impact on the health and well-being of animals prior to adoption. To learn more about volunteering for our foster care program, click here.
There are many ways to donate to the SPCA of Tompkins County. Donations can be made online, by mail or in person. If you would like to donate by mail or in person please print and fill out a donation form and bring it in with your gift (forms are available at both the shelter and the Annex, too).
We attend many community events and have donation jars at several local businesses. We also have fundraising events at different times of the year – Lovers’ Loot for Cupid’s Critters at Valentine’s Day, an SPCA Calendar Contest each year, an online auction during the dog days of summer and more. Keep an eye out for these and more information on our website or Facebook page. For a complete list of needed items please check out our Needed Items list.
"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!
Did You Know?
The SPCA of Tompkins County receives no government funding.
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.