SPCA of Tompkins County

  • New York


1640 Hanshaw Road
New York
United States

About Us

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County, located in Ithaca, NY, 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.

Each year we take in and find happy new homes here in our community for close to 2000 animals. The SPCA staff, along with over 250 annual volunteers, rehabilitate, train, and care for these animals keeping them safe, happy, and socialized until they find their new forever homes.

In the spring of 2004, the SPCA opened the Dorothy & Roy Park Pet Adoption Center, a state of the art sheltering facility that provides dogs and cats with comfortable home-like settings, access to natural light, and health-promoting independent air systems. Situated on 12 acres, the Adoption Center also has a surgery suite, offices and conference room, and an array of training and play spaces. Registered as the nation’s first LEED Certified “green” animal shelter by the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmental emphasis, earth-friendly adaptations, and sustainable design, the facility is “good for people, good for animals, and good for the planet.” In 2014, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Park Adoption Center, a large roof mounted solar array was added (the Swanson Array) to continue this commitment to environmentally friendly and sustainable animal sheltering.

Today, The SPCA receives and investigates nearly 1500 calls of suspected abuse or neglect every year, as well as provides animal control services (dog control) to 7 of our 10 local municipalities.

We are the only low cost spay and neuter provider locally and each year perform nearly 2000 S/N surgeries for low income members of our community and up to 11 neighboring counties, who without our help would struggle to afford this critical step in reducing the unwanted pet population.

Every year the SPCA participates in countless humane education events with local Girl Scout troupes, area schools, and local libraries. Each summer Over 150 children aged 9-12 attend our wildly popular SPCA Summer camp. Students learn about humane and appropriate care of companion animals, wildlife and participate in a hoist of offsite field trips.