Urgently Needed Items

  • Clorox/Disinfectant Wipes
  • Dog Waste Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap
  • Preformed Coin Wrappers (pennies especially!)
  • $5 and $10 gift cards (Amazon, Target, Walmart, PetSmart, Lowe's, Staples, Ithaca Agway, Ithaca Grain & Pet Supply)
  • Bleach
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Fancy Feast Canned Kitten Food - Turkey
  • Squeeze/Spray Cheese
  • PetSafe SlimCat Feeder Balls
  • Pate Style Canned Cat Food (Turkey or Chicken only - No Fish)
  • Kuranda Cat Beds
  • 32 Oz. Spray Bottles
  • New litter boxes (all sizes)
  • Greenies Pill Pockets
  • Gallon and Sandwich size Ziploc Bags
  • Cage Cat Scratchers
  • Liquid Laundry Soap!
  • Cat toys - all kinds

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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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Animal Control

Tompkins County Animal Control (TCAC) is a division of the SPCA of Tompkins County. Several local municipalities have contracted (hired) TCAC to provide animal control services. In our service areas, TCAC officers will respond to calls regarding stray dogs, injured stray cats  and will work with members of the public to resolve "nuisance" complaints (barking, etc.). Although TCAC has not been contracted to provide animal control services in every municipality in the county, TCAC will respond to reports of abuse, cruelty or neglect of any animal anywhere in Tompkins County. Here is a brief outline of what TCAC does and does not do:

What TCAC does

  • Provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Dog licensure enforcement
  • Pick up stray dogs and provide impoundment services
  • Pick up distressed or injured stray animals
  • Respond to calls concerning:
    • Nuisance dogs
    • Dogs at large
    • Dangerous dogs
  • Respond to calls concerning cruelty, abuse, or negligence visited upon any animal
  • Pick up injured or distressed cats
  • Trap domestic animals under certain circumstances

What TCAC does not do

  • Pick up stray cats (unless injured or distressed)
  • Pick up animals the guardian plans to surrender
  • Trap or transport wildlife for relocation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:16





"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 often has small animals (rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, pet rats) available for 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.