Urgently Needed Items

  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Preformed Coin Wrappers (pennies especially!)
  • Paper Towels
  • $5 and $10 gift cards (Amazon, Target, Walmart, PetSmart, Lowe's, Staples, Ithaca Agway, Ithaca Grain & Pet Supply)
  • Bleach!!
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Fancy Feast Canned Kitten Food - Turkey
  • Squeeze/Spray Cheese
  • PetSafe SlimCat Feeder Balls
  • Pate Style Canned Cat Food (Turkey or Chicken only - No Fish)
  • Kuranda Cat Beds
  • 32 Oz. Spray Bottles
  • New litter boxes (all sizes)
  • Greenies Pill Pockets
  • Gallon and Sandwich size Ziploc Bags
  • Cage Cat Scratchers
  • Liquid Laundry Soap!
  • 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 2016

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, 01 April 2016 11:19





"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,


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.