Curious what kind of dog you have? Let our staff find the answer for you. We use Wisdom Panel™ MX, the gold standard in genetic breed identification for mixed-breed dogs. The cost is just $125.00. Dial 452-7722 ext. 114 to make an appointment today.
The DCSPCA is so proud to announce the opening of our new grooming facility for your dog or cat – The DCSPCA MUTT HUT for dogs and the CATTY SHACK for cats. We are delighted to tell you that Mary Ellen Cordier who has been a wonderful friend of the shelter for many years, is going to be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays to groom dogs and cats. Mary Ellen has over 25 years of experience with local veterinarians. She started learning the grooming business when she was just 13 years old! Mary Ellen has such a strong love for the homeless animals, and volunteers to groom our shelter animals. She has been enormously helpful grooming dogs and cats that have been seriously neglected and terribly matted. She has alleviated their suffering and made them beautiful!
Now, she will be available to beautify your dog or cat. All of the proceeds from the DCSPCA MUTT HUT and the DCSPCA CATTY SHACK will go to help the homeless animals of the shelter. Your dog will look so good, and you will feel so good!
For more information, or to make an appointment, please call the Animal Services Office at (845) 452-7722 ext. 8. Mary Ellen will be happy to speak with you!
Faithful Companion’s staff understands the pain and loss felt when a beloved pet passes away.
Services Offered Include:
• Private cremation with cremains returned in a decorative
All proceeds from Faithful Companion’s operation go directly to the homeless animals at the Dutchess County SPCA. This lasting tribute allows us to rehabilitate and rehome the unwanted and abused animals in our community.
You may request our services through your veterinarian or by contacting our Faithful Companion Director, George Roussey directly at 845-452-7722 ext 119. Walk-ins are welcome, seven days a week.
Click here for a list of urns that are available for purchase through the Faithful Companion Crematorium Manager.
The Dutchess County SPCA understands how frightening it can be when a beloved pet is missing. So many animals are brought to our shelter and are listed as strays because they aren’t wearing a collar with tags. They may never have had one, or the collar may have come off. Either way, without identification, we can’t locate the owner and return the animal to it’s rightful home, so we often spend a lot of time finding a new home for an animal that may already have one. And you run the risk of never seeing your beloved pet again.
As the saying goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound
of cure”, we offer the following tips:
If by chance your pet does become lost, we would like to help and offer the services of the DCSPCA Lost and Found Program Coordinator; Bonnie Hill.
Bonnie can be contacted at 845-384-6375, by
email or fax 845-384-6375.
First and foremost, remember to STAY CALM and don’t give up hope. Losing a pet is frightening, but many mistakes can be made and time wasted if your actions are not thought out with a clear head. These guidelines are designed for quick, easy reference and are listed in the order you should proceed.
1. START THE SEARCH IMMEDIATELY
2. CONTACT AND/OR VISIT DAILY
Contact immediately — some facilities euthanize within 5 days
Do not underestimate how far an animal can travel in a short amount of time. Your pet’s appearance may change through weight loss or matted and dirty coat. Also, someone else’s interpretation of your description may vary greatly. Collars can be broken off and your pet may no longer be wearing tags. Everyone who knows the animal should help visit these places in person, repeatedly.
Also call your Local police, State Troopers, County Sheriffs: Remember- DO NOT USE 911 to report your missing pet. Phone numbers are in the blue pages of your phone book.
3. PREPARE FLYERS
4. POST FLYERS
5. HAND OUT FLYERS: In your local area all day long,
especially to people who travel regularly through your neighborhood,
6. PLACE ADS
- Other Sources
Once you have found your pet, please remember to notify everyone of that fact, and please remove all flyers previously posted.
In order to avoid having to euthanize healthy animals just for the sake of space, we rely on the cooperation and understanding of people such as yourself.
If you’re moving: Please allow plenty of time to either locate a new residence that accepts pets or to find a home for your pet.
If you’re having behavioral problems please do your best to solve them. After all, if you no longer want the animal, chances are that it will be extremely difficult to place.
If you’re suffering allergies, please consult your physician as there are a number of medical possibilities to help. Consult your vet as there are some petfood additives that can reduce pet dander. You can also create a clean room in your house with an animal free zone and use hypo allergenic pillows and pillow covers
If however, you find that you still must relinquish your pet to our shelter:
Please note that if you miss your scheduled appointment, you will again be placed at the end of any waiting list and must establish another appointment.
Because the shelter is a stressful environment for any animal, we urge
you to place your pet privately whenever possible. Our shelter has an
incredibly successful adoption percentage, but the sad reality is that
some animals remain at our shelter for many months waiting for a new home.
Myths abound regarding the spaying and neutering of pets. The truth of the matter is that it is a healthy option for them-no bones about it! Spaying a female before her first heat (estrus cycle) reduces the risk of mammary cancer to nearly 0%. They do NOT need to have a litter before spaying. Neutering male animals prevents testicular cancer, and in older pets, prostate problems. These simple surgeries can be done starting when the pet is young (between the ages of two to six months).
The Dutchess County SPCA recognizes and supports early age spay/neuter as the most effective and humane way to prevent pet overpopulation and needless euthanasia. To that end, every dog or cat adopted from the Dutchess County SPCA is spayed or neutered prior to placement in their new home. With millions of cats and dogs being euthanized annually nationwide, even one litter is too many!
LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC (Open to any pet owner. The pet does not have to be adopted from the DCSPCA to use the clinic)
*Call the shelter at 452-7722 ext. 114 for more information and to make an appointment.
Do you need a speaker for your club or organization?
Call (845) 454-5345 ext 103 or e-mail us at email@example.com to schedule a date.
We are available for speaking engagements in schools or to groups, clubs and troops. Through our PAWS program (Proper food, Attention, Water, and Shelter) for school children, we will come to your classroom with one of our four legged friends and speak about the tender loving care of our wonderful and special pets. Programs that enable the children to help the homeless animals of the DCSPCA can be arranged.
All of our educational programs stress early intervention and primary prevention as an important informational tool in both the prevention of cruelty to animals and teaching respect for all forms of life. We look forward to your call.
The Dutchess County SPCA and Grace Smith House are working together to protect battered women and their pets. The DCSPCA will provide safe shelter for pets while battered women stay at the Grace Smith House emergency shelter. Contact Grace Smith House for more information at (845) 471-3033
The Dutchess County SPCA accepts donations of pet food, dog houses in good condition or other supplies to help those in our community facing economic difficulties. Many times, due to life changes people are no longer able to pay for food for their pets and are forced to consider surrendering their best friend for adoption.
At a time when a family might be faced with job loss or the loss of a parent, the support of a beloved pet can be vital. Our goal is to keep the family pet in the family and to prevent another animal from coming in to the shelter.
The Community Pet Pantry offers assistance to those who need temporary help with caring for their pets. Please call 845-452-7722.
Donations are especially welcomed.
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