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SPCA Needs Help During Kitten Season

Each year May through November marks “Kitten Season” for animal shelter staff when more than 600 kittens come through the doors of the SPCA’s rescue building. Before finding their forever homes, kittens—those not old enough yet to stay in the Pet Adoption Center—live with the shelter’s dedicated foster families until they have been fully vaccinated and are old enough to be spayed or neutered.

The SPCA is already seeing a high volume of kittens coming into the shelter and already have dozens available for immediate adoption. “Unfortunately, this is creating quite a backup of cats and kittens for us” says Jim Bouderau, Executive Director.  “While our population was low coming out of the winter, we have dozens of cats who require single cat only homes.” 

The SPCA is currently waiving all fees for adult cats, and is reducing kitten adoption fees and extending hours on Wednesdays. Normally the SPCA’s Pet Adoption Center on Hanshaw Road is not open on Wednesdays. However, this year it will be open every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and will be devoted exclusively to adoption of kittens. Kittens will be waiting for their “fur-ever” homes in the front lobby for a $25 adoption fee.

“We are hoping the community can respond as soon as possible and help get these animals into the homes we know they deserve.” Jim adds.

The Dorothy and Roy Park Adoption Center at the SCPA of Tompkins County is open Friday-Monday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm-7:00pm, and Wednesday 4:00pm-7:00pm

Adoptions Desk: 607-257-1822 or


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