Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic With T.A.R.A., Inc. June 11th

T.A.R.A. will be hosting a mobile cat spay/neuter clinic on June 11, 2020 at our facility in Hyde Park. Service is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and the number of available appointments are limited, so please call 845-452-7722, x-425. Due to new safety procedures, we will not be able to take walk-ins for this event.

More dates will be listed in our Facebook Event section as they become available: https://www.facebook.com/events/955116168206110/

Resources for Pet Owners Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

*We will update this list as new resources become available. 

The DCSPCA recommends community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event community is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household comes ill and is hospitalized.

Be prepared:

  1. Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
  2. Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
  3. All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  4. Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
  5. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
  6. Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.

Resources for Keeping Your Pet in Your Home

  • Pet Food Pantries

Please e-mail penny@dcspca.org if you are a food pantry that is willing to offer pet food to clients who need it during this pandemic.

Reach Out Church Food Pantry

  • Low-Cost Veterinarians

The Best Friends Vet Access App, powered by Vets Plus More, lets you connect immediately with a licensed veterinarian via phone or video call.  You can also text a vet if you just have a quick question.

Enter code BFMEMBER and it’s free for the first 30 days!

  • Local Veterinarians Who Are Open- *Hours and Policies may change due to current events

Arlington Animal Hospital

Animal Emergency Clinic – Open 6pm – 8am
84 Patrick Lane, Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-8242
or
1112 Morton Blvd, Kingston. (845) 336-0713

Dutchess Animal Clinic

Rhinebeck Animal Hospital

  • Boarding

Please e-mail penny@dcspca.org if you are a facility offering boarding to new clients during this pandemic.

Patty’s Pet Palace, Rhinebeck, (845)876-7211
Debbie’s Grooming and Pet Boarding, Wappinger Falls, (914)755-4965
Highland Pet Resort, Highland, (845)834-3833
Paradise Kennels, Hyde Park, (845) 229-7488
  • Home to Home Re-homing – Use Your Personal Networks

If you become ill and cannot care for your pet or need to be hospitalized, ask your neighbors to feed and check on pets left in the home, or ask them to take the pet and care for it until you are able to return home.

Community residents check in with your pet owning neighbors and let them know if, in an emergency, you would be able to take in their pets temporarily.

If there is no one to take your pet, try social networks to re-home your pet.

Those re-homing their pets can use the DCSPCA adoption application to evaluate possible adopters and consult with a DCSPCA adoption counselor as to the quality of a possible adopter.

Facebook pages/groups which might allow posts about re-homing pets:

Hudson Valley Pets
Hudson Valley New York Pets & Supplies
Hudson Valley Pets Looking for Furever Homes
Pets within Hudson Valley & Upstate NY
Hudson Valley NY Animals – Paws & Claws
Pet Friendly Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley/New York Re-homing, Adopting Pets And Supplies/services
Hudson Valley Dogs
Hudson Valley Farmers’ Swap & Show
Hudson Valley Community Exchange – News Updates, Happenings, and Events!!
Hudson Valley and Catskills Homestead & Farm Exchange

Re-Homing Websites
https://getyourpet.com/ –The online pet adoption community where people who want to adopt a pet connect with people who need to re-home a dog or cat.

UPDATE 4/18/2020: DCSPCA Adoptions by Appointment Only, Thrift Shoppe Closed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Updated April 18, 2020

Thank you to everyone who is fostering a pet, applied to foster a pet, made a donation or dropped off items from our wishlist! We truly appreciate your support during these challenging, but temporary, times. We continue to conduct adoptions by appointment only.

 1. We are still accepting applications for emergency foster families!  We are asking for volunteers to temporarily house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially cats. If interested in becoming an emergency foster, please fill out this form.

2. If you are interested in adopting a pet:
a. Please complete the online application form.
b. Once form is completed call 845-452-7722, x-420 to arrange to meet with an adoption counselor.

3. Animal Intake: Please complete this form and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your situation and advise you accordingly.

4.  For cremation services: Please call 845-452-7722, x-425 to make an appointment for drop off. We will offer curbside service, so you remain in your vehicle.

Thank you again for your continued support. Our community is generous and determined. We will get through this together!

This information supersedes all previous press releases and updated.

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Updated March 23, 2020

Our Paws for a Cause Thrift Shoppe and our medical building are closed to the publicThe  Adoption and Education Center (AEC) is closed to the public except for adoption appointments. 

 1. We desperately need more emergency foster families!  We must clear kennel space to accommodate new animals coming in and need to put our current animal population into foster. We are asking for volunteers to temporarily house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially cats. If interested in becoming an emergency foster, please fill out this form.

2. If you are interested in adopting a pet:
a. Please complete the online application form.
b. Once form is completed call 845-452-7722, x-420 to arrange to meet with an adoption counselor.

3. Animal Intake: Effective immediately we are accepting emergency intakes only, that is, animals that are in danger and require immediate protection. As always, we will to continue accept any animal adopted from DCSPCA.

Please complete this form and our staff will contact you.

4.  For cremation services: Please call 845-452-7722, x-425to make an appointment for drop off. We will offer curbside service, so you remain in your vehicle.

Thank you for your continued support. Our Dutchess County community is generous and determined. We will get through this together.

This information supersedes all previous press releases and updated.

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March 15, 2020

Effective immediately, both our Adoption and Education Center (AEC) and our medical building are CLOSED to the PUBLIC.

1. If you are interested in adopting a pet:
a. Please complete the online application form.
b. Once form is completed call 845-452-7722, x-420 to arrange to meet with an adoption counselor.

2. Foster family interviews will go on as scheduled. We continue to search for emergency foster families. If we need to clear kennel space to accommodate new animals coming in, we will need to put our current animal population into foster. We are asking for volunteers temporarily to house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially cats. If interested in becoming an emergency foster, please fill out this form.

3. All wellness clinic visits will be rescheduled for after April 1st.

4. Animal Intake: Effective immediately we are accepting emergency intakes only, that is, animals that are in danger and require immediate protection. As always, we will to continue accept any animal adopted from DCSPCA.
Please complete this form and our staff will contact you.

This information supersedes all previous press releases and updated.

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March 13, 2020: Dutchess County SPCA Activates Emergency COVID-19 Plan

In preparation for events related to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Dutchess County SPCA is implementing its emergency plan.  DCSPCA anticipates an extraordinary influx of animals if the virus emergency is prolonged, due to large numbers of hospitalized owners and the economic impact on the community.

At this time, the following policies are in effect until further notice:

  1. Adoptions: Our building will remain open and we will continue to adopt out our current animals. Please go to our website to see our available pets.  If interested in one, please complete the online application before coming into the shelter.
  2. Wellness Clinic: At this time we are not booking appointments for routine wellness in order to conserve space and supplies for the anticipated animal influx.
  3. Animal Intake: Effective immediately we are accepting emergency intakes only, that is, animals that are in danger and require immediate protection. As always, we will continue to accept any animal adopted from DCSPCA. Any Dutchess County resident wishing to surrender a pet due to non-emergency reasons such as relocation or landlord complaints should make alternative arrangements until such time as we are able to re-establish our regular intake procedures.

We are asking the community to help support our efforts in the following ways:

  1. Emergency foster: If we need to clear kennel space to accommodate new animals coming in, we will need to put our current animal population into foster. We are asking for volunteers temporarily to house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially cats.
  2. Donate: We will need significant supplies for the additional animals, especially food.
  3. Volunteer: In case a significant portion of our staff becomes ill, we are asking for volunteers to help with the care of the animals.

The DCSPCA recommends community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event community is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household comes ill and is hospitalized.

Make a preparedness plan for your pets:

  1. Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
  2. Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
  3. Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
  4. All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  5. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
  6. Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.

The Dutchess County SPCA recommends staying diligent in preparations, but not overreacting to COVID-19 concerns. By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put into motion, community members can do their part to ensure animal service resources do not become overwhelmed and their pets are spared unnecessary stress.

Important information is available through the following resources:

 

We will continue to assess our plan as this situation evolves. DCSPCA is committed to helping the pets and people of Dutchess County get through this crisis. For updates, please check our website www.dcspca.org and Facebook page (@DCSPCA).

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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 dcspca.org

Dutchess County Animal Abuse Registry

Dutchess County SPCA logoFrom the Dutchess County Government website:  Local Law No. 4 of 2019, established by legislative resolution no. 2019205 and effective September 16, 2019, restricts persons who have committed serious animal welfare crimes from owning or living with an animal for a period of fifteen (15) years and to be listed on the Sheriff’s website in order to restrict their ability to obtain an animal.

Any individual convicted of an animal abuse crime after September 16, 2019 and residing in the County of Dutchess must register with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and will appear on this registry.

Any person or entity transferring the ownership of an animal is required to inspect the registry to see if the person obtaining ownership is listed. 

This legislation was signed into law at the Dutchess County SPCA by County Executive Mark Molinaro and County Legislator Gregg Pulver last September.

For more information:  Dutchess County Animal Abuse Registry

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 lynne@dcspca.org

“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 dcspca.org

 

Cat Yoga @ DCSPCA – In The News!

Cat Yoga Article – Southern Dutchess News May 8, 2019

Cat Yoga Article – Northern Dutchess News May 8, 2019

Cat Yoga Article on Patch.com – May 15, 2019:
https://patch.com/new-york/midhudsonvalley/shelter-combines-yoga-adoptable-cats-video