About Us

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Our Mission

Our Mission

To make Dutchess County safe and humane for companion animals and people by providing temporary shelter for stray and homeless companion animals primarily in Dutchess County and in an environment that meets or exceeds the needs of the companion animals; ·actively encourages adoptions with new families; and facilitates companion animal and care retention by working collaboratively and compassionately with companion animal owners through our humane law department and accessible veterinary wellness clinic.

Our Vision for Mission Impact

Our Vision for Mission Impact

People in Dutchess County will possess the information and resources they need to provide the care needed for the well-being of their companion animals.

Our Core Living Values

Our Core Living Values

The work of the Dutchess County SPCA is guided and inspired by the following core living values:

· Companion animals deserve the opportunity to live as part of family.

· We choose to be responsible for creating new families for the homeless animals in our care.

· We nurture and support existing relationships between people and their companion animals.

· We reserve judgment when a person makes the decision to surrender a companion animal to our care.

· As a shelter, not a sanctuary, we will do our very best to find companion animals an appropriate family and a home.

· We euthanize only non-rehabilitatable companion animals who are irremediably suffering or dangerous to people or other companion animals as determined by professional experts.

· We respect and value our community and donors by being accountable fiduciaries and utilizing expert advice to guide our operations.

History of the Dutchess County SPCA

The first animal anticruelty law in the United States was passed on April 10, 1866. Five years later, on September 1st, 1871, a group of prominent community leaders in Poughkeepsie held a public meeting to form the Poughkeepsie Branch of the A.S.P.C.A. The name was changed in 1889 to the “Poughkeepsie Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”.

There is a gap in the records until 1937. At that time there was a small wooden shelter, a shed, behind the City of Poughkeepsie incinerator, on an underdeveloped road. The quarters were cramped and had no ventilation, sanitary facilities, phone or running water.

In 1939, the Society again changed its name, to the name it bears today, the Dutchess County SPCA. A parcel of land, which was more accessible to the public, was purchased on Washington Street across from St. Francis Hospital.

Construction of the shelter that was able to house 30 dogs was completed in 1941. By 1958 the Shelter on Washington Street was too small. Mrs. Donald Love organized a group of community women and formed the SPCA Auxiliary to raise funds to purchase land and build a new facility. They held various fundraisers such as the Animal Kingdom Ball and rummage sales and were able to purchase 31 acres of land on 9G in Hyde Park, where the shelter still stands.

The new cement block building that was dedicated in July 1961 contained a small animal room for cats and puppies and isolation ward for sick animals. There was also a cemetery on the grounds where for a fee people could bury their deceased pets. The Auxiliary continued to raise money to support the Shelter for many years as well as to provide funds for the spaying and neutering of adopted animals.

By 1970, the Shelter was taking in animals from all of the surrounding towns. Annually, about 1,500 animals come through the DCSPCA’s doors on their way to a better life. This is more than the shelter was built to handle. So, in 1987 the building was expanded. A puppy run, holding room and storage area was added. Outdoor kennels for large dogs and runs were added in 1997. A Spay/Neuter clinic was added in 2002. More outdoor kennel spaces were added in 2003 and a free-roam sun room for cats was added in 2006. At about this time, a Master Site Plan was created to address the long range needs of the shelter and the DCSPCA received a gift from the estate of Dr. Edith Har-Esh to launch a capital campaign for a new shelter.

In 1992 the shelter adopted a “No-Kill policy.

On November 18, 2010 the DCSPCA officially broke ground on the new Adoption and Education Center.

In 2011 the Board of Directors voted to change the vision and mission statements and added a statement of core values.

In 2012 the DCSPCA opened a thrift shoppe in Hyde Park and a satellite adoption location inside PetSmart in Poughkeepsie.

On October 2, 2014 the new Adoption and Education Center opened its doors for adoptions. The official opening celebration was held on Nov. 14, 2014.

Today, the organization faces many of the same problems that faced Boards throughout the years: too many animals in need, lack of funds, and inadequate facilities.

We are a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. Donations may be tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please check with your tax preparer for details.

A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the DCSPCA or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.