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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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the SPCA of
Tompkins County

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About Volunteering

As an SPCA  volunteer, you are important to us!

Volunteers help the shelter run smoothly, increase adoptions by being knowledgeable and friendly, and make our animals more comfortable and happier. Volunteering is important for the organization, the animals and the individual.

There are a world of opportunities for you to use your special skills to help homeless animals in our community. While we always need volunteers to help care for our shelter dogs, cats, and bunnies, we also need people to answer phones at the adoption desk, assist with maintenance and carpentry projects, monitor and greet guests at the shelter, counsel potential adopters and help with special events and creative projects like our float for the Ithaca Festival parade.

If you love animals and can give us one shift per week, we can promise you good feelings and fun. We strive to make the volunteer experience as useful as possible. Please look at the other volunteering pages on this site for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:42



"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?

SPCA volunteers do the work of the equivalent of more than a dozen full time paid staff every year!

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.