Free Rabies Clinic-By Appointment Only

and the
Free Rabies Clinic for Dutchess County Residents
Saturday, August 29, 2020
at the
                  Dutchess County SPCA at 636 Violet Avenue in Hyde Park
                                           By Appointment Only

We will be observing NY State mandated regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note the following:

  • Walk-ins will not be served, only those who’ve pre-registered will be admitted.
  • Please be ON TIME for your appointment. We are limiting the amount of people inside the building, so you will be let in during your assigned appointment time.
  • Dogs must be on a leash, cats must be in a pet carrier. Secure your pet BEFORE you get out of your vehicle.
  • One person per pet will be admitted, please do not bring family or friends. We will have dog and cat handlers to assist the veterinarian.
  • Face masks must be worn properly (mouth and nose covered) at all times.
  • Please social distance at a minumum of 6 feet apart.
  • Proof of Dutchess County residency required, $10 fee for non-residents.
  • Proof of previous rabies vaccination required for 3-year certificate.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to this new process. Questions?  Please call the Rabies Clinic Registrar, 845-452-7722, x-417.  We look forward to seeing you!

Register Here

Aug 29 Rabies Clinic Poster

Na-MEOW-ste: Cat Yoga 2020 at Dutchess County SPCA

Join our flexible felines for Beginner Yoga and become a more peaceful purrson!

CLASSES for 2020:

March 10: Cancelled
May 5
July 14
September 8
November 10

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Adults: $20/class
DCSPCA Members: $10/class
Seniors: $5/class

All class fees paid in advance to reserve your space. NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS: Register online with credit card payment or stop in to complete the Cat Yoga Registration Form if paying with cash/check.

COPING WITH CATITUDE: Understanding Our Feline Friends

Saturday, February 22, 2020
12:30pm to 2:00pm
at the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538


Please join Paula Garber, MA Ed, CATEP, CFTBS, Certified Feline Training & Behavior Specialist, who will answer your questions and help you understand your cat’s behavior.

Why does my cat pee/poop outside the litter box? Why does my cat suddenly bite me after I’ve been petting her and she is purring? Why has my cat’s personality suddenly changed? How does what I feed my cat affect their health and behavior?

Please submit your cat behavior questions to BEFORE the event. The presentation will be focused on addressing the feline issues of our audience,

This event is open to the public.


For more events at the DCSPCA, please visit our Facebook page.

Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic with T.A.R.A., Inc.

T.A.R.A. will be hosting a mobile cat spay/neuter clinic* once a month at our facility in Hyde Park. Service is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, so please call 845-452-7722, then press 6. We are currently taking appointments for February 13th, March 12th, and April 9th.

This is in addition to our regular spay/neuter services for dogs and cats. Please call 845-452-7722 and press 6 to make an appointment to spay/neuter your pet.

More dates listed in our Facebook Event section:

DCSPCA to Honor Animal Rights Advocate Mindy Franklin Levine at Annual Benefit

The Dutchess County SPCA is pleased to announce that Mindy Franklin Levine, renowned animal advocate and resident of Dutchess County and New York City, will be recognized as the esteemed honoree of its annual benefit in December.

For more information on
the DCSPA’s Holiday Gift for the Animals,
please contact

“DCSPCA is on a new path in its mission and operations,” said Lynne Meloccaro, Executive Director, “Mindy’s lifetime of work for the rights and safety of animals embodies the highest ideals of animal welfare.  In honoring her, we are confirming our dedication to those ideals.”  Since January, DCSPCA has undergone some sweeping changes, including the hiring of experienced animal care and medical directors, the instituting of new protocols that reflect the best practices in animal welfare, and the expansion of its humane law enforcement operation.

Levine is a passionate voice for a number of animal welfare causes, and along with her husband, New York Yankees President Randy Levine, has worked tirelessly in support of animal rights throughout the immediate area and across the United States as well as overseas.

“It is an honor and my pleasure to have an opportunity to participate in a joint venture with Dutchess County SPCA. I had originally signed on as a volunteer because my hopes and dreams for this shelter and humane law enforcement are being realized each and every day by the hard-working, dedicated staff and administration of DSPCA. One only has to look at their ever-increasing and successful adoption rates as well as their newsworthy advocacy in humane law – including several high-profile investigations and arrests – to understand the importance of such an organization in an area as critical to New York State as Dutchess County.”

In addition to her advocacy work, Levine also serves as Director of the Yankees Universe Fund, which supports children’s programs and pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Levine and her husband, Randy, reside with their seven dogs, six of which have special needs. The Levines also have four horses (including “Oreo” the former NYC carriage horse) a mule, a donkey, and two cows.

DCSPCA’s benefit will be held on Sunday, December 15 at the Culinary Institute of America.  All proceeds from the benefit will go directly to the care of animals in its shelter and medical facility.

The mission of the Dutchess County SPCA is to make the community safe and humane for companion animals and people in Dutchess County, New York.  Established in 1871, the shelter provides temporary accommodations for stray and homeless companion animals in an environment that meets or exceeds the needs of the companion animals, encourage adoptions with new families, and accessibility to veterinary wellness treatment.  To make a charitable financial contribution, please call (845) 452-7722 or visit