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Ulster County SPCA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The UCSPCA is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by providing temporary shelter and finding adoptive homes for homeless, abused and neglected animals; conducting cruelty investigations ; eliminating the crisis of homeless animals by providing low-cost spay/ neuter services and by spaying or neutering all animals offered for adoption; providing humane education; and by working to improve laws to end animal cruelty.

Target demographics: All the animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provide almost 1,000 animals with direct shelter and daily care; paired almost 900 families with their "Best Friend"; saved over 200 animals from euthanasia with transport programs; prevented animal cruelty and neglect through over 400 investigations with over 120 animals removed from unsafe conditions; provided over 20 animals safe haven from domestic violence; diminished pet overpopulation with over 1,200 spay/neuter surgeries; improve the health of over 300 animals with free rabies vaccinations; kept over 1,700 animals in their homes with pet food and behavioral assistance.

Geographic areas served: Ulster County, NY

Programs: The Ulster County SPCA is a no-kill shelter focused on providing a physically and mentally stimulating environment for its residents until adoption. Our community programs, such as our pet food pantry, provide a variety of assistance designed to keep pets in their homes. Transport programs continue to ensure we help animals at risk for euthanasia in other areas by providing new adoption opportunities. The low-cost spay and neuter clinic provides affordable surgery, preventatives and vaccinations, as well as a grant partnership with the County for free feral/community cat surgeries. As the only Humane Law Enforcement agency, our peace officers conduct animal cruelty investigations throughout the County, while also providing humane education and safe haven for pets in domestic violence situations.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great shelter with an incredibly caring staff. I adopted my dog from them who had been taken in from a hoarding case. They nursed her back to health and she has been a wonderful companion for me. I also volunteer here and enjoy being able to directly help the animals while working with others who care so much for animals and their welfare. Wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Having been a significant donor for the past seven years, I can attest to the value of investing in the mission of this organization. The animals are always the priority, and they have a positive impact in the community. I continue to donate because I know it is going to help the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have three animals from this organization and the amount of work that the staff puts in, especially the Executive Director, is truly remarkable. This isn't your usual not for profit as they are caring for lives of animals 365 days a year. A day just can't be skipped because of holidays or whatever, animals lives depend on their work each and every day. And they don't just save lives and care for animals, they complete homes and hearts all across the county. I love seeing the adoption photos each week where you can see people who just found their new friend. I don't know about you, but my home wouldn't be complete without the pets.

Jody C. E.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is an asset to Ulster County. The Staff are extremely knowledgeable and caring of all the animals in their care. They go above and beyond and make it a top priority to find every animal a safe and loving forever home!! I praise them for their commitment and dedication to the UCSPCA

Jody C. Edinger

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from the Ulster County SPCA and over the years have been to events there, made donations and the like. I am so impressed with the care and love shown to the animals in their care. If I could give 10 stars I would.

Donor

Rating: 4

Ulster County SPCA has highly competent, caring and compassionate staff and volunteers who rescue, heal and prepare pets for forever homes. Operating with a modest budget, SPCA is deserving of high praise for the services they provide to the community in terms of enforcement, to the animals they nurture and to clients united with a loving pet. The fundraisers Ulster SPCA puts on throughout the year are very entertaining and productive too!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience adopting two beautiful, healthy kittens from the UCSPCA. The staff were helpful, patient, and kind throughout the adoption process. We never felt rushed to make a decision while selecting kitties to add to our home. Everyone from the front desk to the vet staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend UCSPCA to anyone I know who is looking to give an animal a forever home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

All three of my animals have been adopted from the Ulster County SPCA. My cat was rescued from a hoarding situation by the UCSPCA Humane Law Department. My older dog was rescued from a kill shelter during a puppy transport organized by the UCSPCA where she and her litter mates would have otherwise been euthanized and instead all went to loving homes thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers. My younger dog came with many other dogs and cats that the UCSPCA took in from a rescue organization and was severely underweight until coming in to the care of the staff at the UCSPCA. This is a truly amazing organization that not only saves the lives of animals, but it completes the lives of families in our area.

Merle B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have called the UCSPCA and it's Humane Law Enforcement division to report abuse and neglect of animals. They have responded rapidly and rescued the abused, starving animal I reported. The UCSPCA cared for this dog, nursed it back to health and fought for it in court.
This was one animal, I know they have saved so many.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The amount of compassion they have shown whenever I have needed help is amazing.
They fight the good fight for all the animals.
If I could give them 6 stars I would.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people who work here, day in and day out, are the most awesome people I have had the pleasure to meet and work with. Their utmost goal is to never turn anyone away and to try and find every dog in their care a furever home. They work tirelessly to take care of all animals, great and small. and they are treated just like the individuals they are. They are all awesome and since they get no funding from anyone this county that the animals here are so lucky to have them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The UCSPCA is a wonderful organization. It’s very well run by hard working, caring animal lovers. They go a step beyond to make certain all animals are given a chance to find their forever home. Even during the pandemic, they’ve been doing an amazing job! I’m proud to be a volunteer, but sad that I cannot help now due to my age and risk factors. I look forward to rejoining their team of compassionate, professional animal lovers.

William Todd L.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Ulster County SPCA is a worthy organization for all that they do for animals near and far. Their tireless efforts in saving animals and sheltering them in their no-kill shelter is truly outstanding. I am glad to be a donor so they can do all that they do!

1 Michelle C.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

This animal rescue is extremely compassionate and gives the utmost care to the animals in its care. Clean and the staff is experienced and professional!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a caring group of animal lovers. It has been my pleasure to deal with them every time I did.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The UCSPCA has kept right on going through the lockdown, adopting out pets safely in accordance with the new regulations, providing more than 20,000 pounds of food through the community pantry, and working on humane law rescues. These are truly dedicated wonderful people!!

So happy our community has them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people who volunteer here and work here are so dedicated to loving these animals in need ❤️ They survive on donations and deserve every bit of so much more. Please always consider bringing your old linens to them for the animals in need. My heart belongs to these animals Adopt! I’ve met the Sweetest pups in this Spca ! The staff works with them and teaches them they can trust and be loved these animals Know you’re rescuing them!

Jena W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ulster county SPCA has always been so caring and hardworking. I adopted my cat Emma from them years ago and I love her so incredibly much. The staff at the SPCA made her adoption such a pleasant experience and I plan on adopting from them again! I’m very grateful for them and all of the love and care they have for all of these amazing animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful employees who care so much for every animal. I volunteered there in high school and have adopted many pets in the many years after from them.

Melissa S.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I currently have four dogs that I adopted from Ulster County SPCA over the last 4 years.
Even though we (myself and Staff at UCSPCA) knew it would take time to assess if the dogs would get along, the staff at UCSPCA worked with me over several weeks for each new addition, to make sure we could have a successful home. I am thrilled to say that I have four special, loving dogs who share my home with me. I want to thank UCSPCA for taking a chance of me and on these dogs and for the extra time, attention, and care that was needed for us to be successful.

Peg M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and I adopted Ripley, a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix in September 2019. He is the love of my life. The volunteers met us in the outdoor play area and we were able to get acquainted. Since my daughter and her husband live close by and have a Weimaraner and a Vizsla we wanted to be assured that the three pets would be comfortable with each other. The volunteers allowed us to bring my daughters pups the next day to the UCSPCA to interact with Ripley for almost an hour. All went well with this visit and since my son and I had already fallen in love with Ripley we were thrilled to bring him to his furever home. YEAH! The staff at the UCSPCA are incredibly knowledgeable regarding breed temperament, social skills, guarding issues, age appropriate adoptions and provide all information regarding their pets to the prospective adopter. I have donated to this shelter many times as I know the importance of correctly caring for a pet before and after adoption. Please donate to the UCSPCA in any way you can. Every little bit helps. The love and friendship of an adopted pet saves lives every day. Thank you to all at the UCSPCA for the hard work you do to help animals and humans in need :o)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the UCSPCA. I have adopted two dogs from their shelter and each adoption has been an excellent experience. They are professional and dedicated people who want the best for the animals in their care. Don't buy, adopt from UCSPCA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The UCSPCA is the leader in our region. As a client a donor and a member of the community they have proven their dedication to our animal community. They have gone above and beyond as a habit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful place! Guided me in the process of TNR and I was able to bring the ferals to them to be fixed! Great place and wonderful, knowledgeable, caring people working there!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted several pups from UCSPCA and the experience was joyful. Shea, Billy & Linus we’re loved members of our family (each) for over 14-16 years. Staff were very thorough & caring and having our current pup meet their future bro/sis was very beneficial.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is so caring and kind to the many animals in need of their services. I donate food and blankets every year and even provided for them in my will as a beneficiary.

1 Kevin L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Memorial Day weekend I was sitting on the couch scrolling through FB when I saw a post from Ulster County SPCA. The post said the best part of a three day weekend was spending more time with a new friend. The picture was of a small scared Shitzu mix. Something tugged my heart and I was in the car and heading to the shelter. The staff were amazing and within a hour I had a friend. Monica has a big heart for a little dog and a few health issues that were identified at the shelter and she is doing great now. Thank you for all you do everyday.

1 Alex B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the SPCA. Super friendly staff~ Quick adaption process. Staff helped us with all our questions. Overall a great experience. Would recommend to all my friends. We love our chihuahua from the SPCA

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had circumstances beyond my control and had to re-home my 2 dogs.These folks found suitable homes for them and I am forever heartbroken but so thankful for their help.

1 Helen Akus E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog and cat, at different times, from Ulster SPCA. With our dog, they were extremely concerned with how he would be cared for as he was very large and active (Great Dane and black lab) I’ve had dogs my whole life but I appreciated the level of concern. It was not about getting a dog out the door but how that dog would live and be cared for. We were a perfect match and Valentine was probably my favorite dog. We still have Lucy (Petula) the Cat and she’s about 15 years old now. Great fur babies from a great place!

AJ H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a cat from the UCSPCA In January after the death of a beloved pet. We had gone to another shelter closer to home, but were treated rudely and the staff seemed unaware of animals’s medical needs. So we decided to go to Ulster. The staff were kind, patient, and knowledgeable about the personalities and needs of the cats under their care, and took the time to answer all our questions. They adoption coordinator made sure the cat we chose would be compatible with the cat already living with us. In the end, we brought home a 4 year old male kitty named Swan who is an absolute joy. We are so happy with the process and the care given to making sure the adoption would work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

put in requests to adopt at least 6 different dogs and I never received a reply Now all the dogs I was interested in are gone. You have no problem asking for donations but you ignore the people who can actually afford all necessary to care for a dog. I have given up. I have filled out probably 25 adoption papers for dogs. I hope you realize that I am thoroughly saddened by all of this. And I am completely disappointed in you. What is the secret to getting a dog?

3 Dorraine S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the magic that happens at this shelter! Everyone works so hard on behalf of so many animals. I’ve been a volunteer for about 2 1/2 years and adopted this little cat 2 years ago. He’s living proof that ferals can come around to be lovebugs with enough care and patience!

2 Kathy G.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When your friend texts because people tried to leave fish after hours and get caught.... well, you drop everything and go to help and adopt fish. Anything for UCSPCA.
Thank you Gina and UCSPCA for saving them.
They are well.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The three dogs starting from the right were adopted from the Ulster County SPCA. The fourth dog has been a part time foster host. I've been a volunteer for over 9 years. The shelter has been my happy place, populated by people and animals I love. I totally recommend the UCSPCA for adoptions, low cost clinics, training, volunteering and great special events.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the UCSPCA for over 11 years and it certainly has become a very important and rewarding piece of my life, especially since I retired. The staff and volunteers truly care about each and every life that comes through the doors of this animal shelter. Although some of the time it is absolutely heart-breaking to hear the stories of abandonment, cruelty, and starvation which these animals have suffered at the hands of humans there are also the happy-ending stories and pure joy when an animal goes to a loving home, no matter how long it takes. I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful and caring people who work or volunteer there, or support the shelter in so many different ways. Plus we've adopted 2 dogs and 4 cats over the years who became beloved members of our family.

3 Felicia B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted both my pups from the UCSPCA & volunteer as much as I can. Just a really great group of people doing really great things for animals in need & I'm proud to be a part of the family ❤

3 Marlene C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for the UCSPCA almost 10 years ago. The care and dedication to the animals by staff and volunteers is really amazing. I have also adopted my two sweet dogs and cat from UCSPCA! Thank you UCSPCA!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to the UCSPCA in 2013 to look at some adoptable cats. I was so impressed by the animals and people I met there that 6 years later, I'm still there as a volunteer. This shelter provides the best possible care to the animals of this county that need help, and then makes every effort to find the best possible homes for them. And with no funding from the county or the ASPCA, they have taken in 1000 animals this year as of Oct. 2019 and found homes for 750, all with private donations, a small dedicated staff, and many volunteers who treasure their time there.

2 Tulia F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We donate our time and supplies to this great non profit shelter. They do not receive any funding from the ASPCA so they are always finding unique and fun fundraising opportunities. The care the animals receive is fantastic and the shelter is staffed by great people!



3 Michelle W.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog from the Ulster County SPCA and the staff was was friendly and helpful. They took their time and helped us select a dog that was the perfect fit for our family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ucspca is where I met the love of my life, Stanley. A 75 pound rottie mix. I've been volunteering there for about three years.. I think the work they do is amazing and much needed in the world.

3 Deb A.3

Donor

Rating: 5

The Ulster County SPCA is just wonderful! We've donated to them many times, but our best experience was our adoption of Mr. Forest. He was a small brown dog who was a Hurricane Harvey Dog transported from a Texas adoption shelter. He was the last 'Harvey Dog' and we were lucky to adopt him from the UCSPCA! Mr. Forest fits right in with his new dog, cat and human family. The hard work the UCSPCA makes it possible for so many dogs in shelters to find loving homes. If you have time go visit, but just know you might come home with a new furry best friend!

5 Lindsey S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This shelter does so much not only for the animals in their care, but also for the community. They regularly arrange long-distance transports for dogs in southern states where shelters are full, they hold really fun and creative fundraisers that allow dogs and people to socialize and exercise together, their volunteers work on training the dogs in their care to help them become more adoptable, and they host an in-house training class for adopted dogs to ensure adoptions are successful. The staff and volunteers show incredible care, compassion, and dedication in everything they do. I adopted my dog from this shelter, and many of my friends and family have done the same. We have all had wonderful experiences and have had so much love and happy tails added to our lives because of the UCSPCA. I recommend this shelter to everyone I know. 5/5 stars!

5 Wendi Nichols P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The UCSPCA is a wonderful organization! I have been a volunteer dog walker there for many years. The experience has had a profoundly positive effect on my life. I have added 4 amazing rescue animals to my home, and have had the opportunity to help countless others find their forever homes. Each animal is lovingly cared for and advocated for. Besides the animals, my volunteer time there has introduced me to some of the most compassionate, giving and selfless people I have ever met! They are fully dedicated to ensuring the well being of the animals in our community and educating the public as well!

5 Tia McElrath B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to help not only the animals of Ulster County, but also the people that love the animals of Ulster County. They have a food pantry that helps people that might not otherwise be able to feed their pets, therefore helping those people keep their pets. Every effort is made to take in strays when space allows, as a no-kill non-profit that gets no funding from county, state, or government entities every penny and every inch of space is so important. Kudos to you, UCSPCA. I don't know what this county would do without you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our wonderful Rottweiler mix from the Ulster County SPCA. The staff was incredibly thorough and helpful, giving us faith in the excellent care that the animals at the UCSPCA receive. I was so impressed that I signed up as a volunteer and all of my first impressions were not only reconfirmed but amplified after getting behind the scenes. Fantastic organization.

3 Dee_33

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a mother cat come up to me meowing her head off.She was feral.i started feeding her.several weeks later she bought her kittens to the feeding area.thanks to the ulster county SPCA spey and neuter program I was able to get all of her kittens fixed at a very reasonable price.Someday I might be lucky enough to catch the momma cat but in the meantime thanks to these people I have been keeping the numbers down

2 Frances16

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to adopt a senior dog that was rescued by the UCSPCA after being dumped on the steets of New Paltz. They do their due diligence to make sure the animal and person are the right fit. Nov I will have the little man for 1 year. So happy love him so much! Thanks for all you do UC SPCA! As you can see the little guy in grey fits right in!

3 Nancy263

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alway there to help socialize the animals and rescue from abusive people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 12 stray cats that I feed daily but it was getting out of control, this wonderful group just took 6 in and neutered them and next week I have an appointment for the other 6 cats....this TNR program keeps them safe and healthy and I will continue to feed them to continue there quality of life as free running feral cats....

4 Anne140

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted 6 animals from the UCSPCA over the years. The latest 2 great cats. Almost 17 years ago we adopted Casey, a collie shepherd mix. The best dog and she is still going strong. We love her with all of our hearts. The UCSPCA is great. They do great work. Go see them and find your furry true love as we did.