Licensing Info

According to NYS Agriculture and Markets Law, Article 7, all dogs must be kept up to date on their rabies vaccine and licensed in the municipality they live in.
 
Wondering how to get a license? First you need to have proof that your dog is up to date on their rabies vaccine (if they aren’t, you can get them vaccinated during one of our free clinics or through your veterinarian), then you can visit town/city clerk to obtain a license. 
 
Each of the 22 municipalities we contract with has either a 3 or 5 day hold period. If an owner reaches out to reclaim their pet during that timeframe, by law, they must have an up to date rabies vaccine and license for their dog in order for us to release it. In addition, there are fees the state mandates and fees for the shelter service. 
 
Dogs get out and get loose, life happens. Please make sure your dog is up to date and licensed – we want to reunite you with your family member ASAP and don’t want to hold them here any longer than we are required to by law. To ensure you can just swing by to pick your dog up and take them back home the same day with minimal fees, it is your responsibility to do this.
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Animal Control Info

If you find a stray dog, please contact the Dog Control Officer (DCO) of the town where you found it. This is the best way to ensure the dog’s safety and reunite it with its family.

Report Animal Cruelty

If you suspect and/or witness animal cruelty in your community, you can: 

Most of the reports we receive involve lack of food, water, shelter, and general animal care. Cases can result in on-site investigations, animal seizure, and/or prosecuting offenders.

If you would like to remain anonymous to those suspected of animal cruelty, we can arrange that. However, in order for the report to be taken seriously, we do need your name and contact information to share with law enforcement.

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Surrendering a Pet

If you would like to bring your dog or cat to the Susquehanna SPCA to be rehomed, please first call (607) 547-8111, extension 102. We need to discuss your situation and set up an appointment to determine if relinquishment is the best option.

Surrenders are processed Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an owner release form and fill out an animal history form. These forms enable us to learn as much as we can about your pet and find them the best new home for their personality and needs. Please bring any medical paperwork and any other information you have on your pet.

Anyone who wishes to relinquish an animal to the shelter must have an appointment.

Animals we cannot take or are not eligible for adoption:

Lost and Found Pets

The animal(s) pictured below have been found! Found animals get brought into the shelter by the Dog Control Officer of the town in which they were found.

1 month ago

Loose dog ❗️🐶 Male chocolate lab with blue collar on North Belmont / Sand Street in Oneonta. Wouldn’t let me get close enough to check his tag! Please share! ... See MoreSee Less
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Found these 2 dogs on our property. They are out of the weather in our garage. Please contact us if you know who they belong to.Update: Animal control picked them up in the middle of the night to bring them to a shelter. ... See MoreSee Less
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Edit: pup is home safe. Thank you everyone. There is a golden retriever with a red collar running around Hartwick on 205 near park/gazebo. He wouldn’t let me get close but I scared him away from the road. ... See MoreSee Less
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Almost hit a beautiful yellow lab or golden retriever pup on 205 by mirabitos, going towards laurens. I tried to grab him but ran away. He has a red collar on. Someone has to be missing him ... See MoreSee Less
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Pets that have been found and brought into the SQSPCA can also be found on Petco Love Lost – please click the button below to view them!

Please call the shelter if any of these animals belong to you. Our number is (607) 547-8111, ext. 102.

Pet Food Pantry

Sparky’s Pet Food Pantry is located in our Admissions Lobby and is available to the public any time Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The pantry is stocked with any surplus pet-related supplies (food, litter, toys, etc.) that are donated to the animals in our care. Sparky’s Pet Food Pantry is here for folks in our community who are experiencing difficulties. It is important to us to help if we can because we want to keep animals with their families where they are happy and comfortable.

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The Here to Help Hotline is a service of the Susquehanna SPCA designed to provide assistance to folks with farm animals. It is a proactive initiative designed to prevent hardship from turning into cruelty. Anyone who is in need of supplies or assistance in rehoming their animals can call the hotline and we will do our best to help.

If you are in need of help with care or rehoming your animals we encourage you to call (607)547-8111
ext. 108. All calls will be kept confidential and judgement free – we are here to help you to the best of our abilities.

We are always excited to add folks to our network of Farm Friends to alert when we find farm animals in need. Being a member of the network doesn’t mean that you are on the hook to help every time we have a case. It just keeps you in the know so that if you can help, you have the opportunity to. If you would like to join or want to know more, please call (607)547-8111, ext. 108 or email [email protected]

Clinics and Healthcare

Rabies Clinics

We are very happy to announce that we will be holding free rabies vaccination clinics in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health this year. 

Clinics will be held at our new location: 5082-5088 NY-28 Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Please remember to bring your pet’s previous rabies certificate with you (if you have one), so that the veterinarian can determine if your pet is eligible for a 3-year vaccine.

2023 SQSPCA Free Rabies Clinic dates can be found below.

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Please note that dates and times are subject to change.

Call (607) 547-8111 or email [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

We are proud to be offering low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for both dogs and cats. Folks interested in receiving these services may qualify by providing proof that they are participating in one of the following programs:
  • Medicaid card or award letter from NYS
  • Long-term disability award letter
  • NYS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card
  • NYS Benefits card
  • Proof of supplemental security income (SSI) for the aged/blind/disabled
  • Low-income housing assistance
  • Family Assistance
  • Safety Net Assistance

The cost for dogs to be altered is $90 and includes: spay/neuter surgery, pain medication, distemper vaccine, rabies vaccine, microchip, and e-collar.

The cost for cats to be altered is $60 and includes: spay/neuter surgery, pain medication, distemper vaccine, rabies vaccine, microchip, and treatment for ear mites (if indicated).

A non-refundable deposit is required to make an appointment.

Please call (607) 547-8111 or email [email protected] with any questions you may have and/or to schedule.

For more information, call (607) 441-0670.

Veterinarians

See below for a list of local veterinarians.

Community Veterinary Center

Oneonta, NY
607-432-0050

Cooperstown Veterinary Associates

Cooperstown, NY
607-547-8901

Davenport Veterinary Clinic

Davenport, NY
607-278-4113

Dutton Veterinary Services

Walton, NY
607-354-1032

Heritage Veterinary Clinic

Cooperstown, NY
607-547-8488

New Berlin Veterinary Clinic

New Berlin, NY
607-847-6118

Oneonta Veterinary Hospital

Oneonta, NY
607-432-8570

Valley Veterinary Associates

Sidney, NY
607-563-1345