Urgently Needed Items

  • Soft/Training Treats - Zukes Mini Naturals
  • Small Paper Plates
  • Canned Dog/Puppy Food
  • Canned Cat Food (turkey or chicken only!)
  • Canned Kitten Food (turkey or chicken only!)
  • Packing Tape
  • Painters Tape
  • Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR)
  • Kitten Nursing Bottles
  • Purina Kitten Chow
  • Gallon and Sandwich size Ziploc Bags
  • Cage Cat Scratchers
  • Nebulizers (new or used)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Liquid Laundry Soap!
  • Paper Towels
  • Small and/or Standard Carabineer Clips
  • $5 and $10 gift cards (Target, Walmart, PetSmart, Lowe's, Staples, Ithaca Agway, Ithaca Grain & Pet Supply, Amazon)
  • Squeeze/Spray Cheese
  • Cat toys - all kinds

Click here for our complete wish list!

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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Foster Resources

Here are some resources to help our foster parents with basic questions about caring for foster pets. If you are experiencing an emergency with an SPCA of Tompkins County foster pet, please contact the shelter immediately. During business hours, please call (607) 257-1874. After hours, please call our emergency line at (607) 592-6773.

Feline Foster Program Manual

Feline Foster Orientation 2014

Feline Fostering for Optimum Wellness

Aging Kittens

San Francisco SPCA Feline Fostering Manual

Mother Knows Best! (a summary of the link above, from Town Cats in Santa Clara, California)

During kitten season (March – November), well-meaning people may unknowingly separate kittens from their mother. Tiny kittens are often brought to our SPCA, where raising them is an intensive, exhausting job for humans – a job their mother is much better equipped to do. Kittens, domestic or wild, need to be nursed by their mother for 4-5 weeks. Newborn kittens have no immune systems and they are incredibly fragile. If you find kittens alone, before you take them to the shelter, please consider carefully whether they are really orphans.

Just days after kittens are born, their mother, whether wild or stray, must leave the nest periodically to hunt for food. Also, a cat often moves her kittens, one by one, to a new nest to safeguard them from predators.

What to do? If the kittens are safe for the time being, watch quietly from a distance to see if the mother returns. The goal is to do what is best for the mother and her litter – for the sake of the kittens’ survival.

There is no set length of time you should wait to see a returning mother cat, but it should be only a few hours. It’s a tough call - if you wait too long, the kittens can become chilled and dehydrated. If you have found a truly orphaned litter, we want to help. But before acting, consider this information and ask yourself, “Are these kittens orphans?”


Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:38





"When Kitkat came home with me she received a new name- Lydia. I felt she needed a more mature and refined moniker to match her personality of a laid-back lady! It only took her about 20 minutes to claim my home as her own. She has had no litter issues (she had some in the previous home she shared with other cats), and scratches exclusively on the tree stump we brought into the house for her. I've also put her on a canned-food-only diet and play with her daily in hopes that she can shed a pound of chub over the next few months. She is the most loving kitty I've ever known and cuddles with me every time i sit or lay down. I am very glad that she was able to wait so long for me. Your organization and its no kill policy is a blessing for kitties like Kitkat!"



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.