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.

3 days ago

Not good pictures but I found this sweet boy(fixed)(I think) on Mill Creek rd in Otego at the bridge, the side closer to rt 7(up and over the first hill) He is DEFINITELY someone’s cat, if you’re looking for him(or her)!!! As you see his eyes/eye is foggy, his bottom jaw has a tooth sticking out(can’t see in pics) he is skin and bones, but he is a huge love bug, came right up to my car, had no problem with a cat carrier, unfortunately I do not have shelter for him, I have some food, cage and will return in the morning to check, if he is still there, I will be looking for somewhere to bring him(spca, vets, not much money but a whole lotta love man, even if he has to be put down, it’s better than being alone in the cold starving)❤️😓 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

UPDATE #2!!!I got a call this morning from Molly Perry that her amazing mother had spotted them! They came right to her so she stayed in spite of being late for work until I rushed and got there!Sadly just 2 of the 3 were there. But we are so so happy to have 2 of them home. Matt and I stayed tracking tracks and calling for River. We found lots of tracks where they had been and there were only 2 sets everywhere we went. I don't know when they got separated. I'm quite sure they saw all 3 of them together yesterday morning but we are going to try and get the full details on whether there were just the two of them yesterday morning or all of them yesterday morning! Ivy and Bailey were so excited to see me and are so incredibly happy to be home! I am so happy but also still so worried with River still being out there. So please be on the look out. She is not going to be an easy one I don't believe. She is tall slender and fit. A true sport Golden River is. She was shy when we added her to her pack just recently in November but quickly fell in love with us and has been the sweetest happiest very energetic lady. We will be continuing our search. We will be using some special techniques to try and gain her trust once we find the area she is located in. We still ask that if anyone sees her please please let us know where it was so we can try and get her home ASAP!!!! Thank you everyone for all your prayers and concerns and help! 🙏❤️I want to add they were found on the corner of Wilson Rd. On County Highway 50 in Cherry Valley. So they were right where they were spotted yesterday also.UPDATE!!!!! My babies are not home yet but one of the Town of Cherry Valley workers saw them! This brings peace to my heart, I will be way happier when they are home but they are all okay and were just about a mile as the crow flies from our home. I went out to find them but the lead was over an hr. Before it got back to me so they were no longer there. They were on County Highway 50, like a 1/2 mile from the village of Cherry Valley. They are people dogs, they've got to be looking for someone I would think! If anyone knows anyone in this area that may not be on social media please let them know to keep an eye out for them! My phone number is 607-437-6114 if anyone sees them please feel free to give my contact number to anyone in the area. I'm desperate to get them home. They've got to be so hungry and tired! Again, I can not thank everyone enough for all the shares and prayers to get them home. I appreciate it so incredibly much! ❤️ 🥹Please keep a look out! We are located in Cherry Valley on County Highway 34a. This morning when we let our dogs out and after about a half hr. our 3 Goldens River, Bailey and Ivy ran off. My husband was put with them and got sidetracked for a minute and they were gone. They usually are back in 30-40 minutes. They did not come home, our akita was with them and came home about 3 hrs later. Unfortunately none of them had their tags on. They are here on my counter, great place for them I know.😞I'll post pictures of them, River and Bailey are dark Red and Ivy is very light English Cream. We love them very much and pray they come home soon or someone has seen them. Please msg me of you have any information regarding them. Thank you all so much, please like and share! It's getting dark and I'm so worried about them. 😭UPDATE! They are not home yet sadly but they were spotted in Cherry Valley on County Hwy 50 on the rd up past the NBT Bank. They were near the radio tower in a field next to a cabin is what I was told. By the time the lead got back to me over an hr. Had passed and they were no longer there. I have peace knowing what area they are in, that they are okay as can be 🙁 and they are still all together. That was my prayer that they had all stayed together. Please continue to look out for my babies. My heart hurts so bad knowing they are gone yet another night. Please if you know anyone in that area or please let them know to watch out for them. I know there isn't a lot of homes up that way and a lot of the rds are seasonal and there are a lot of summer homes up there which will make this more difficult. I pray they are just able to find their way home since they were spotted literally just a mile as the crow flies away. Unfortunately it's quite a hill they crossed over. But they really aren't to far away. Our number in case anyone sees them is 607-437-6114 We appreciate everyone who has shared and said a prayer for them to get home safely. It's appreciated so incredibly much! Please keep a look out! We are located in Cherry Valley on County Highway 34a. This morning when we let our dogs out and after about a half hr. our 3 Goldens River, Bailey and Ivy ran off. My husband was put with them and got sidetracked for a minute and they were gone. They usually are back in 30-40 minutes. They did not come home, our akita was with them and came home about 3 hrs later. Unfortunately none of them had their tags on. They are here on my counter, great place for them I know.😞I'll post pictures of them, River and Bailey are dark Red and Ivy is very light English Cream. We love them very much and pray they come home soon or someone has seen them. Please msg me of you have any information regarding them. Thank you all so much, please like and share! It's getting dark and I'm so worried about them. 😭 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

****dog owner was found. I’m returning the dog now!!#Thank you to this group!!!!****Just found this little dog out back of my house barking. On the west end of of Oneonta down by Rite Aid. No collar. She is scared but cute and we finally grabbed her and brought her inside to warm up. Does anyone recognize her or missing her. PM me. Jesse Phillips ... 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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Clinics are held in our Admissions Lobby. Please remember to bring your pet’s previous rabies certificate with you if you have one, so that the veterinarian can look at it […]

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Literacy Program & Author Visit

Susquehanna SPCA 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown

As part of SQSPCA’s Reading to Animals program, local author, Bridget Chamberas, will be sharing her new children’s book Bridget Finds a Home at the shelter on Saturday, Nov 11 at 11am. […]

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Free Rabies Clinic

Clinics are held in our Admissions Lobby. Please remember to bring your pet’s previous rabies certificate with you if you have one, so that the veterinarian can look at it […]

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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