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.
In order to become a volunteer, first make sure that you meet all of the requirements listed for the position in which you are interested (click here for more information). Then, complete our volunteer application. (if you are interested in fostering, be sure to fill out the appropriate form for either dog fostering or cat fostering). There are several ways to turn in your application: You may bring it into our Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center located at 1640 Hanshaw Road; to the SPCA Annex at The Shops at Ithaca Mall; e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to: Volunteer Coordinator SPCA of Tompkins County 1640 Hanshaw Road Ithaca, NY 14850
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.
"I am sure you remember little Gabby the pit bull that we adopted last December. She is doing fantastic! She has adjusted really well here. She loves playing with Cobi; the two of them are two peas in a pod and have never so much as had a snicker about anything including toys! She has adjusted well to the cat, she loves to chase her around but never really touches her, she's usually quite gentle. She has become the most lovable dog anyone could ask for. She enjoys snuggling close to you and BOY does she like to lick. She definitely knows how to show her affection. Thanks again for everything!"
Did You Know?
The SPCA of Tompkins County was the first “green” shelter to be built in the United States.
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.