FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Updated February 10, 2021
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 open by appointment Monday through Friday, and for walk-ins Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. To keep our staff and visitors safe, we are still following CDC COVID guidelines.
We recommend you visit the ADOPT page on our website to view available animals. These are all the animals we have for adoption and some are in foster, not at the shelter. 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 can then make an appointment to meet the pet.
If you visit us on Saturday or Sunday, you will be interviewed outside to determine if we have a pet that meets your needs. There is a limit to how many people can be in our building at one time, so other visitors should expect to wait outside until it is their turn. Thank you for your patience.
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:
- Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
- Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
- 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.
- All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
- 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:
- Dutchess County Coronavirus Information Hotline: 845-486-3555
- New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (CDC.gov)
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).
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