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  • Have proof of current rabies vaccine (NYS law before we can release your dog)
  • Have proof of current license in your town (NYS law before we can release your dog)
  • If there is no rabies vaccine, we will supply one, the cost is $10
  • If there is no license, go to your town clerk with proof of updated rabies vaccine, (we will fax to them if we administer the vaccine), and obtain your license.
  • Bring all paperwork to the shelter 
  • There are redemption fees for each town that must be paid as well.  These fees can usually be found on your town’s website.
  • BEFORE coming to the shelter please call 315-454-4479 to set up an appointment.
  • Hours for redemption 10 AM – 3 PM Monday – Saturday

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Law Article 7 requires that shelters hold unlicensed dogs for a minimum of 5 days and licensed dogs for 10 days.  As a courtesy, the CNY SPCA holds all dogs for 10 days before preparing them for adoption.   Per New York State Law all dogs, cats and rabbits must be spayed/neutered before leaving the shelter.  

Animals are placed on our website for adoption once they are fully vetted, (have all shots, microchipped, spayed/neutered).

We will not “hold” an animal who is on a stray hold for anyone. 

We will not discuss an animal until they are fully available for adoption and will refer you to our website to see a list of available animals. 

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The CNY SPCA is open for viewing Monday – Saturday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM.  We are closed on Sunday.

 All adoptable animals are on our website  If you are interested in one of our available animals please fill out an application and get pre-approved. 

In order to visit with an animal, you will need a fully processed, approved application.

What the Pandemic Taught Us:

  • Although appointment only has been difficult, less foot traffic made a huge difference in the stress level of our animals here. Our dogs and cats have been quieter and more content during the day.
  • Dogs that people would have passed by because of barrier aggression, found loving homes because adopters saw them outside of the kennel first.
  • Our less socialized cats were able to decompress more quickly without a lot of people coming in and out.  This fact allowed them to find homes quicker because staff and volunteers got them used to interaction with people.
  • Cat upper respiratory issues were greatly reduced since visitors were not putting fingers in cages.
  • This being said, as life begins to re-open we have a strategy that will allow people to walk through, but keep the stress level down for our animals. 
  • Our animals are our top priority.

No one will be able to visit with an animal until there is a fully processed, approved application.

Once approved, visits will be scheduled and will be no longer than 15 minutes and you may only visit with 3 animals. There will be no same day visits.

Groups of people (no more than 5 at a time), will have to schedule a time to come in, to view animals.  Mentors MUST remain with the group and time spent in our community cat room will be no longer than 30 minutes for all groups, again mentors must remain with groups.  Also, groups will not be allowed to give animals treats. Our staff has worked with our vet center to plan treats and enrichments throughout the day.  


Should you see a cruelty or neglect situation please email crueltyinvestigations@cnyspca.or or call 315-454-3469

If your dog has been picked up by dog control please email or call 315-454-0928

For redemptions please call 315-454-4479.  If we don’t pick up please, leave a clear message with name and phone number.  When we speak to you we will tell you what is needed to redeem your companion.

Thank you all for supporting us here at the CNY SPCA.


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