The Dutchess County SPCA offers many programs and services to the community. The DCSPCA began in a small building in Poughkeepsie in 1871, and recently opened a new Adoption and Education Center with plans for continued growth for the future. Within the new building we have expanded our community relationships, offer more services and increased education programs for people of all ages.
DCSPCA Programs for Our Community:
- The DCSPCA adopted out over 1460 animals in 2015 – almost a 40 percent increase from 2014!
- The DCSPCA spayed and neutered over 1,830 animals in 2015, including feral cats and regional community pets!
- We helped 12 families in crisis from Grace Smith House keep their pets.
- The PAWS Education program has served thousands of children throughout Dutchess and Ulster County, New York. We have volunteers go into schools, libraries and other facilities to educated the community on animal care, welfare and advocacy.
- The DCSPCA Humane Law Officers answered almost 2000 calls and helped over 400 cases of animal cruelty in the past year. Our Humane team was instrumental in closing a pet shop known to sell puppy mill dogs here in the county.
- We work with local groups that serve people with special needs and schedule weekly interaction with our animals.
- The DCSPCA offers therapy dog sessions throughout the county for seniors and hospice programs.
- With an estimated 80 million feral cats in the U.S., the DCSPCA continues its annual feral cat spaying and neutering program.