The Dutchess County SPCA is a private nonprofit organization serving the animals and community of Dutchess County since 1871.  As the third oldest animal welfare agency in the country, we envision a community in which there are caring, compassionate, respectful relationships between humans and animals, and that all adoptable animals have homes. We do this through our PAWS education programs for all ages, the humane law division which serves Dutchess County, the on site veterinary clinic, and our Adoption and Education Center.

We are an independent non-profit organization;  we are not a governmental agency. We do not receive funding for our operations from federal, state or local governments or national groups – We rely on generous community members like you!  As a No-Kill animal shelter since 1992, we make a promise to every adoptable animal in our care – that we will never give up trying to find them a home! We invite you to stop by, visit the animals and maybe find your next best friend!



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Update from the recent cruelty case 02-15-17:

All the cats have been vaccinated and examined by the veterinarians.  All of the cats have been tested for contagious disease and to our delight and relief, ALL of the cats tested negative!

The cats who were healthy enough for surgery have now been altered.  A few of the cats are still overcoming stubborn upper respiratory infections (URI) and will be altered when their breathing improves.  We have diagnosed and removed nasal and throat polyps in a number of the cats. Removing the polyps allows the cats to breathe normally and to more easily overcome URI.

 A few of the cats have required surgery to repair or remove injured eyes.

We have had three litters of kittens born since the cats arrived and all the new families are now in foster homes.  When the kittens are old enough, they will come back to DCSPCA to be adopted.

Today, our first three feral cats went to their new home together at a farm in Salt Point.  The farmer is an experienced barn and feral cat caretaker and asked for 3 of our toughest placements.  We are so thankful he understands the importance of helping out during cases like these.

Yesterday, we had our first house cat adoption!  Lulu went home.

Next week, 7 of the shy cats will be going to an agency in Albany to be socialized and then made available for adoption.  As soon as the news of the seizure broke, the director of the Albany shelter called to offer her help.  Again, we are so grateful!

Much more work is ahead but it makes it worth when we see the cats who arrived sick and scared feeling better and starting to go to their new homes.

Update 02-11-2017:

The medical team has been fast at work taking care of the (now) 75 cats from the recent cruelty case.  The first group of cats plan to meet you this weekend at the adoption center! If you can helps us replenish our medical supplies please click on this link. We would sure appreciate it! Thank you!


February 10, 2017 – Update on the 67 cats from the recent cruelty case:

67 cats are now 75 (and counting) as we continue to welcome new litters!

Thanks to the many of you who pitched in but we still need help.  Caring for the cats is expensive and takes lots of staff time.  You can help us most by donating money so we can replenish our medical supplies.  Or, if you can  drop off Purina Cat Chow or any kind of canned food, you can find us at 633 Violet Ave, Hyde Park. Get ready, here is a sneak peek at some of the new arrivals…

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Thank you to Changes in Rhinebeck, NY, for their on-going support!

We would like to thank Dom Navarro of Hyde Park Country Auctions, 900 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY  12603, for his on-going support of the DCSPCA!