Free Rabies Clinic-By Appointment Only

and the
Free Rabies Clinic for Dutchess County Residents
Saturday, October 24, 2020
at the
Public Safety Building at Mansion Square Park, Poughkeepsie

                                                        By Appointment Only

This event is fully booked. Please check back in mid-November to register for the next rabies clinic. 

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 non-retractable 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 minimum 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 do our best to keep everyone safe.

To Register:

Questions?  Please call the Rabies Clinic Registrar, 845-452-7722, x-417.  We look forward to seeing you!


What Is Animal Hoarding, Exactly?

This past month, Dutchess County SPCA rescued 20 cats that had been living together in a trailer. The cats were sick, dehydrated and emaciated. But the setting was typical: garbage, boxes of useless junk, broken furniture from the floor to the ceiling. The owner of the trailer had abandoned the property and the animals.

This was just one of many hoarding cases we handled this past year. In fact, hoarding is the single largest source of the neglected animals—mostly cats–that enter our doors. And in some ways, it is the most heart-breaking, because the owners do not intend to do harm. Hoarding often starts from the best of intentions: “Animals need homes. I have a home that I can give them.” But animals need care and attention too–and their maintenance requires money. If one doesn’t have the space or resources to house animals in a healthy way, one is not doing them any favors. Hoarders aren’t able to see plainly that the care that they are providing is inadequate, and the animals often suffer greatly from filthy conditions and lack of basic care such as food, water, appropriate shelter and medical care. Sadly, the hoarders also suffer, living in filthy conditions along with the animals they intended to save. It’s also common for animal hoarders to repeatedly reoffend, so seeking mental help is crucial to overcoming this problem. Hoarding can also happen when owners don’t fix their animals. In a case we dealt with last year, we found dead kittens that had crawled into and gotten stuck in the walls of a person’s home, along with a number of adolescent cats that were already pregnant. She had started out with two cats and ended up overwhelmed with over 70 in just two years.

Cat hoarding is not the same as feral cat colony management. Hoarding is the collecting indoors of house cats, not feral cats, in unhealthy conditions. Colony management is the controlling of feral cat populations through trap-neuter-return, and the supervision of their feeding and outdoor accommodation. Hoarded cats can be rehomed; feral cats are generally not adoptable.

It may not be something we enjoy thinking about, but hoarding is a recognized illness, and when it involves animals, it becomes a matter of humane law. Our Humane Law department approaches hoarding with compassion, understanding that the individual or individuals involved truly did not mean to do harm. However, as a community it’s important that we are all aware of what hoarding looks like so that cases can be addressed, and animals brought to safety. Signs of hoarding may include large amounts of animal related garbage outside a residence, a strong odor of animal urine or feces surrounding a residence or person, or large amounts of animals, often sick, roaming the property. If you suspect that someone you know may be an animal hoarder and needs help, contact us at the DCSPCA. We have the capability to humanely investigate the situation, bring the animals to safety and notify the correct mental health authorities so that the individuals involved can get the help they need. If you suspect hoarding anywhere near you, please call our humane law department at 845-452-7722 x431. We will investigate and if necessary, remove animals from unsafe environments, provide them with all the care they need to regain health, and find them safe and loving homes.

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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