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About Dutchess County SPCA

Founded in 1871, Dutchess County SPCA is one of the oldest SPCAs in the country.  It is a no-kill shelter, and the only animal welfare organization in Dutchess County chartered to enforce humane law.  Dutchess County SPCA is not a governmental agency, nor is it affiliated with the ASPCA.  It is an independent charity, funded almost entirely by private donations.



The Dutchess County SPCA is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill shelter.

  • We shelter animals in need and secure permanent homes for adoptable pets.

  • We provide practical and educational resources to the public to advance the highest standards of animal care and help keep pets in their homes.

  • We enforce humane law throughout Dutchess County.

  • We strive for a community in which all animals are treated with compassion and respect.


Core Values

Holistic: We see the whole animal and are fair, compassionate and empathetic. We bring this same vision to members of the community and look at an individual and each situation with compassion and understanding.

Community Service: Helping animals means helping people. We believe the solutions to local challenges begin with our outreach to the community. We lead by example and compassion for animals and their caretakers.

Welcoming and Inclusive: We strive to be non-judgemental. Everyone has a vision and a skill to offer. Diversity, both visible and invisible, makes our organization stronger. We encourage each other to accept diversity and the strengths each person brings into our organization.

Compassion: We approach each other, our community animals, and neighbors with love, kindness, understanding, and patience. We acknowledge that other perspectives and situations are different from our own and we strive to genuinely recognize the needs of other people or animals.

Integrity: We consistently act in a moral and ethical manner, even when we are alone. We recognize that our words and deeds are the building blocks for strong relationships with our teammates and the community.



Executive Director:
Lynne Meloccaro, x-410, email:

Director of Operations:
Sandy Brockwell, x-434, email:

Director of Development:
Aubrey Fitzpatrick, x-436, email:

Director of Marketing:

Maya Schmidt, x-433, email:

Shelter Manager:
Dan O'Connell, x-435, email:

Intake/Surrenders Manager:
Carol O'Connell, x-403, email:

Volunteer Manager/Trap-Neuter Return Program:
Jean Anthony Epting, x-412, email:


Board Leadership

President– Catherine Lane
Vice President – Jack Fein
Secretary – Karen Blonder
Treasurer – Alicia Lilly


Patrick Gartland
Lauren Gillett
Robert P. Hayes
Fortunate Higgins
Susan Moore
Anthony Pagano
June Pierson
Kyle Steller

The Board

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