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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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TTC Institute for Humane Education

For more information on programs available at the TTC Institute for Humane Education, or to schedule a tour or field trip, contact Pam Stonebraker at (607) 257-1822, ext. 233 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Tompkins Trust Company Institute for Humane Education allows us to advance our life-saving mission through humane education for school-age children and adults.

Our objectives for our humane education programs are ambitious:

  1. Educating the public will ultimately lead to a decrease in the causes of animal homelessness and abuse.
  2. Tomes of peer reviewed research demonstrate the link between animal abuse and child abuse; humane education addresses this unfortunate connection and so seeks to serve not only animals, but children as well.
  3. It will mark this region once again as visionary for building a bridge between responsible animal care and youth development.
  4. When the pet population is controlled, which is one inevitable outcome of effective, community-wide humane education, the benefits are many: less animal homelessness and so less suffering; a decreased risk of rabies infecting humans; less strays means less traffic hazards.
  5. New York state law requires that every child receives humane education. Few schools adequately address this mandate, largely because they lack the expertise. We will help schools to fulfill their obligations.

As the Tompkins Trust Company Institute for Humane Education continues to grow, programming will encompass many facets of animal issues:

Companion Animal Care Series

  • In-house Canine Behaviorist and nationally recognized guest lecturers will present workshops on dog management to address specific behaviors.
  • Students and faculty of the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine will present on animal care and disease identification.
  • Films on animal care and animal advocacy will be screened, with discussion panels and action forums which are anticipated to include elected officials, and film makers.

Humane Education (always age appropriate) for Youth: Field Trips for K-12

  • Animal Care - how to relate appropriately to pets and provide care for them
  • Animal Safety - how to respond to dogs, cats, and wildlife you meet
  • Introductory films, field trips and tours
  • Workshops on basic animal behavior with demonstrations and hands-on participation
  • Pet overpopulation and the importance of spay and neuter
  • Ethical questions raised by our relationship with animals


  • How to achieve the No Kill mission - for other shelters
  • Canine temperament assessment and cat socialization
  • Animal cruelty investigations
  • Shelter medicine


  • Internal volunteer orientation and staff professional development
  • Exotic pet management
  • Cat socialization and canine temperament assessment


  • The animal welfare-humane welfare link: Abuse, domestic violence, violent crime
  • Shelter medicine
  • The breed-specific controversy: Pits, Rots, Dobermans, Shepherds, Dalmatians
  • The Asilimar Accords: Definitions and when is it time to euthanize?
Last Updated on Saturday, 10 April 2010 14:52



Colby and Derby


"I just wanted to say how great the work that you all do is! I adopt my first dog from you and about a year and a half ago. He was Rex then, but is now Colby, and I absolutely LOVE him. Two weeks ago, my boyfriend adopted our second dog. She... was Sweetie then, but we renamed her to Derby. It took a little while for the two to get used to each other, but now it's hard to imagine things without both of them. Thanks for everything and keep up the amazing work!"

Did You Know?

Spaying and neutering pets prevents unwanted litters AND unwanted behaviors!

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.