COVID UPDATE 12/2/2020: DCSPCA Adoptions by Appointment Only


Updated December 2, 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 foster families.  We are asking for volunteers to temporarily house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially older and special needs cats. If interested in becoming a foster, please fill out this form.

2. If you are interested in adopting a pet:
We are currently only open by appointment for adoptions. Please visit the ADOPT page on our website to view available animals. If you see a pet you’d like to meet, complete their application and submit it. An adoption counselor will review it and if approved, you will be contacted to make an appointment to meet the pet. Thank you for your patience.

3. The medical clinic is currently closed to the public and will re-open in early spring as a vaccine clinic ONLY. If you need a wellness visit or have a sick pet, you must go to your regular veterinarian.
4. The Dutchess County SPCA Thrift Store is following its regular schedule until further notice.
5. 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.


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 and Facebook page (@DCSPCA).


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

IN THE NEWS: Dutchess County SPCA Shelter Cat Wins ‘Purrfectly Impurrfect’ Arm & Hammer Contest

J.R. Winner of Purrfect Impurrfect Contest

The Dutchess County SPCA is receiving $10,000 because our shelter cat J.R. was judged “Purrfectly Impurrfect.” J.R. was one of three winners of the annual  “Purrfectly Impurrfect” campaign run by the maker of Arm & Hammer cat litter, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

The campaign’s nominees are shelter cats who have been overlooked for adoption due to their appearance, personalities or age, with the idea that they may be helped to find a place to call home. Cats were nominated by shelters and cat fans through, where each nominated feline’s story was told. The website received almost 2,000 nominations.

For more information on J.R.’s win, please see the following:

Poughkeepsie Journal

PR Newswire

The Trentonian




Multiple Hoarding Cases Leave Dutchess County SPCA Flooded with Felines

Contact: Penny Schouten
845-452-7722, x-433
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100 Cats Await New Homes at DCSPCA

(Hyde Park, New York – March 6, 2020) – Three hoarding cases in the span of four weeks has left Dutchess County SPCA with lots of four legged friends seeking new families. Although the agency’s Humane Law department commonly deals with multiple hoarding cases throughout the year, it’s unusual to have three cases occur in succession. 

Humane Law Officer John Anderson says “Our job is to serve the community and resolving hoarding situations is a difficult but necessary part of our work. We’re happy that we have been able to rescue these animals and move them on to better lives.”

The circumstances of the cases have varied significantly, as has the health of the animals brought into the shelter. Dutchess County SPCA’s staff have been working around the clock to ensure that the cats receive all the care they need in a timely manner, so that they can find new homes quickly. Director of Animal Care Audrey Lodato states “Once the cats are in the shelter, the priority is to get them healthy and available for adoption as fast as possible. They have been through enough heartache and it’s time for them to have safe homes and families so they never have to experience neglect again.”
The cases also have a significant financial impact on the organization. All of the animals will need vaccines, and some will need costly surgeries and lab tests. Staff have been working long hours to care for the animals. Lynne Melocarro, Executive Director, talked about how the cases impacted the shelter financially. “Any time we respond to a situation like this, we utilize a significant number of resources. Staff time, equipment, veterinary care, food, litter…All of these things add up to a significant amount of money. We rely on the community for support in times like this and we hope that our county will step up to support the shelter. We don’t receive any government funding so cases like this stretch our budget along with our hearts.” 

Some of the cats are already available for adoption, and more cats will be moved up to the organization’s Adoption and Education center over the next few weeks. Donations can be made at the organization’s website,, or by mailing a check or cash to DCSPCA, 636 Violet Ave, Hyde Park, NY 12538


Related story: Dutchess County SPCA Rescues Over a Dozen Cats From Abandoned Trailer in Dover

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

Due to the pandemic and NY State mandates, all sessions are cancelled for 2020.  We look forward to the time when we can all gather together again.

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

CLASSES for 2020:

March 10: Cancelled
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