Urgently Needed Items

  • KMR
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Canned Cat Food (pate style)!
  • Kitten Chow
  • Clorox Wipes
  • $5 and $10 gift cards (Target, Walmart, PetSmart, Lowe's, Staples, Ithaca Agway, Ithaca Grain & Pet Supply, Amazon)
  • XL and XXLKongs (black, extra tough style)
  • Large hard rubber dog toys
  • Squeeze/Spray Cheese
  • Cat collars
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • SnuggleSafe heat discs
  • Cat toys - all kinds

Click here for our complete wish list!

With lots of pets needing care, there are LOTS of 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!

Welcoming a pet into your home is rewarding and fun. Pets enrich our lives and provide us with a constant source of love and, often, amusement.

The following resources were provided to the SPCA of Tompkins County by Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC (Certified Animal Behavior Consultant) of Animal Alliances, LLC. We hope that they answer many of the questions you may have regarding adding a pet to your home and will help resolve any of your pet's behavior issues.

As always, please feel free to contact the SPCA with questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (607) 257-1822.



  • Dog socialization
  • Housetraining
  • Crate training your puppy
  • Barking
  • Attention seeking behavior in dogs
  • Destructive chewing in dogs
  • Excitement urination
  • Submissive urination
  • Jumping up
  • Separation Anxiety
  • The pulling dog
  • Introducing a new dog to your resident dog
  • Introducing a new dog to your resident cat
  • Introducing a new dog to children
  • Preparing your pet for the arrival of a new baby
  • Why do dogs eat poop?
  • NYS's Dog Shelter Law

  • Cats

    Feral Cat Control

    Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) is widely recognized as a humane and effective strategy for reducing feral  or free-roaming cat populations. TNR involves humanely trapping feral cats and transporting them to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered. This is also a good time for the cats to receive health checks, vaccinations, and treatment for routine medical conditions. After surgery and recuperation, the cats are returned to their colony or habitat. By reducing or eliminating mating, fighting, and wandering, TNR makes the colony more stable, preventing new litters and possibly preventing the influx of newcomers, while improving the health of the cats. If you reside in Tompkins County and would like to talk with us about the TNR program, please call (607) 257-1822 ext. 233 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Spay/Neuter Information


    Spay/neuter is an important part of caring for your pet. Here are a few of the benefits of spay/neuter:

    1. It improves your pet's health, reducing or eliminating the risk of certain cancers, injuries and other illnesses.
    2. A spayed or neutered pet is happier.
    3. It reduces or eliminates spraying (marking objects with urine).
    4. Spayed/neutered animals wander less and stay closer to home. As a result, they are less likely to be lost or hit by cars.
    5. The majority of dog bites are caused by unneutered dogs.
    6. Spay/neuter makes animals fight less, which means fewer bite wounds, abscesses, and infections.
    7. Spay/neuter makes it easier to introduce new pets into your home.
    8. Fewer unwanted puppies and kittens being born means the SPCA of Tompkins County can save more animals' lives.
    9. Having your pet spayed or neutered teaches your children about responsible pet care.

    The SPCA of Tompkins County spays or neuters all pets prior to adoption; there are also a variety of spay/neuter services available to the community

    General Articles


    Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:14



    "My family adopted Hunny in December 2006, after a long search for a dog to adopt.  We were a bit hesitant to look at adult dogs, as we really wanted a puppy for our young daughter to grow up with, but when we saw Hunny, we fell in love instantly! Though we were initially concerned about adopting a pitbull mix because of their unfortunate reputation, we can now say without a doubt that she has been a wonderful addition to our family. While she was a bit shy at first, she has adapted beautifully to her new home, and enjoys roaming our two acres, playing with her cat buddies, Charlie and Alex, and snuggling with our daughter, Alivia. After loving and learning with Hunny, we are looking forward to spending our lives together. We encourage anyone with any doubts about adopting a pitbull or pitbull mix dog to take a look at our success story and see what wonderful, amazing, loyal pets they can be."

    -Rob, Melissa, and Alivia

    (Pictured above: Juniper, a sweet young pit mix at the shelter in 2/10)

    Did You Know?

    The SPCA of Tompkins County was the first “green” shelter to be built in the United States.

    SPCA of Tompkins County

    Adoption Center &
    Rescue Building

    1640 Hanshaw Rd.

    Ithaca, NY 14850


    Fax: 607.257.5470


    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.