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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





    "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?

    All cats and dogs adopted from the SPCA of Tompkins County are examined, evaluated, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped before 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.