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Urgently Needed Items

  • $5 and $10 gift cards to Target, Walmart, PetSmart, Lowe's, Staples, Ithaca Agway, Ithaca Grain & Pet Supply or Amazon - all of these help us make a dent in our enormous need for supplies!
  • Large and X-Large Kongs (black, extra tough style)
  • Large hard rubber dog toys
  • Cat collars
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • SnuggleSafe heat discs
  • Squeeze/Spray Cheese
  • Cat toys - all kinds
  • Canned Pate Style Cat Food
  • Kitten Chow
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Soft/Chewy Dog Treats
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry Soap
  • Bleach
  • Copy Paper
  • Fine Point Dry Erase Markers
  • Cat Wand Toys (esp. "Da Bird")
  • Cat Wand Toys "Da Bird" replacement attachments
  • (Please no carpet cat trees)
  • 9-volt batteries (for microhip scanners - regular or rechargeable)
  • Newspapers
  • Kuranda Beds (L, XL)
  • Mesh Dog Harnesses
  • Sense-ible Dog Harnesses (L & XL)
  • Easy Walk Dog Harnesses ( L & XL)
  • Swheat Scoop Kitty Litter
  • File Storage Totes
  • Digital Baby Scales
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medium (10" - 16") Dog Collars
  • Plastic Crates and Shelving for Kitty Perches
  • Lint Rollers (for surgery garb)
  • Latex Gloves (M & L, unpowdered)
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • 16 and 32 Ounce Spray Bottles
  • Mozzarella Sticks (low fat, for dog training)
  • Gentle Leaders (M, L)
  • Postage Stamps
  • D.A.P. Collars for Dogs
  • Feliway Refills

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 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 19:52



Viola and Sebastian


"I cannot BELIEVE Viola and Sebastian have been in my life for five years now- as I can't imagine life without them! They were given to me as part of a littler of neonatal kittens who had been sprayed by a chemical mixture and were not eating well. Thought it took some extra time and coaxing, them and their siblings soon started to heal, eat, and thrive. They were the last two to reach the weight required for spaying and neutering, and by the time it came to give them up- I simply couldn't do it! They have given me more than I can possibly give them. I am so grateful they came to the SPCA of Tompkins County as most shelters would have had them put down. I love you babies!"

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

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.