Niagara County SPCA

          A No-Kill Animal Shelter in Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara County SPCA

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Admission FAQs

Surrender Hours

Monday:  12:00pm - 8:00pm

Tuesday:  Closed

Wednesday:  12:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday:  12:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday:  10:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday:  11:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday:  Closed


Out of County Animals  

The Niagara County SPCA can only accept animals originating from within Niagara County. If you live in a county other than Niagara and have an owned animal to surrender, please call your local SPCA or Humane Society. If you have found an animal in another county, please call the SPCA or Humane Society in the county where you found the animal.


Owned cats and dogs and stray cats

If you have a cat or dog that you need to surrender or if you have found a stray cat, please note that the SPCA can only accept surrenders from our waiting list. Walk in surrenders will not be admitted. If you have or have found a sick or injured cat or dog, please call the shelter at 716-731-4368.


Feral/Community Cats

The Niagara County SPCA does not accept healthy feral cats for adoption or for euthanasia. If you would like advice on effectively and responsibly managing a feral cat colony, need help spaying or neutering outdoor cats or have a sick or injured feral cat, please call the shelter at 716-731-4368.



Surrender Donations

The SPCA of Niagara asks for a surrender donation when an animal is admitted to the shelter.  These donations help to care for the animals while they are in our care.  Surrender donations help to vaccinate, provide food and water, sterilization and provide any necessary medical treatment for the animal.  Any donation above the requested surrender donation is greatly appreciated.  We request the following surrender donations:

Cats

Dogs
Kittens
Puppies
Litter of Kittens
Litter of Puppies    
Other

$15
$20
$10
$15
$15
$20
Based on Species

Surrendering a cat to the SPCA

All healthy cats accepted by the Niagara County SPCA are accepted from our waiting list.  When an owner calls, the reception desk will ask for basic owner contact information and specifics on the cat(s) to be surrendered for adoption.  When space permits we will call owners from our waiting list and schedule an appointment to bring the cat(s) in.  On the day of intake, owners will be asked to fill out a feline surrender profile.  Owners may also print the surrender profile from home Feline Surrender Profile and bring the completed profile with them upon intake or fill out a profile at the shelter.  Please plan to spend at least 30 minutes for the intake process.  All cats will be updated on vaccinations upon intake, if necessary.


When a cat is surrendered, the owner will be given the option to place a $15 RTO (return to owner) deposit on the cat if he or she cannot be placed up for adoption or must be removed from the adoption floor for either health or behavior reasons.  The shelter will place a call into the owner letting them know that their cat cannot be placed up for adoption or that he or she was pulled from adoptions.  The owner will have 24 hours from the time the call was placed to reclaim the cat.  If the cat cannot be placed up for adoption or the cat is pulled from adoptions due to a medical condition the shelter can treat, the cat will be placed into foster care with the owner.  Medication will be provided to the owner or foster home for treatment.  When the animal is examined and deemed healthy, the animal may be brought back to the shelter and placed back up for adoption.  If an RTO hold is not placed on the cat or the owner does not come back to reclaim the cat, the owner leaves knowing that every attempt will be made to place the cat up for adoption, but that humane euthanasia is a possibility.

Once a cat is placed up for adoption he or she will remain up for adoption until he or she is adopted unless a behavior or medical condition prevents such.  The SPCA of Niagara does NOT have a time limit for adoption.

Please note that the shelter will only accept cats if you have a surrender appointment.  Cats will not be accepted without an appointment.  The SPCA of Niagara has made a commitment to the residents and animals of Niagara County.  The shelter commits to placing as many animals up for adoption as possible.  In order to do so we must manage the intake into the shelter.  An appointment based intake system is one way to control intake and make sure that we have the space available to place every adoptable animal.  Appointment-based intake prevents euthanasia due to a surplus of animals.  Thank you for joining with your SPCA of Niagara to save as many lives as possible!


Please note if your cat is sick or injured or you find a sick or injured cat, the waiting list does not apply. Please call the shelter at 716-731-4368 for further instruction.


Dog Surrender

Dogs are accepted when space permits.  upon intake, dogs will be updated on vaccinations if necessary and placed into a stray kennel to acclimate to his or her surroundings.  The owner will be asked to fill out a Canine Surrender Profile.  The owner can print and fill the surrender profile out at home and bring it in upon intake or fill out a profile at the shelter.  Owners should plan to spend at least 30 minutes for the intake process.

When a dog is surrendered the owner will be given the option to place a $20 RTO (return to owner) deposit on the dog if he or she cannot be placed up for adoption or must be removed from the adoption floor for either health or behavior reasons.  The shelter will place a call in to the owner letting them know that their dog cannot be placed up for adoption or that he or she was pull from adoptions.  The owner will have 24 hours from the time the call was placed to reclaim the dog.  If the dog cannot be placed up for adoption or the dog was pull from adoptions due to a medical condition the shelter can treat, the dog will be placed into foster care with the owner.  Medication will be provided to the owner or foster home for treatment.  When the animal is examined and deemed healthy the animal may be brought back to the shelter and placed back up for adoption.  If an RTO hold is not placed on a dog or the owner does not come back to reclaim the dog, the owner leaves the dog knowing that ever attempt will be made to place the dog up for adoption, but that humane euthanasia is a possibility.

Please note for liability reasons a dog that cannot be placed up for adoption because of aggression or is pulled from adoptions due to aggression cannot be reclaimed by a third party individual.  The owner is responsible for reclaiming said dog.  The owner may then rehome the dog on their own if that is their choice.  The shelter will also release the dog to an approved rescue organization only after a representative from the shelter speaks to the rescue and relays the results of any medical or behavioral assessment.

The dog will go through a behavioral evaluation within 72 hours of intake.  If the dog passes his or her evaluation and is found to be healthy, he or she will be placed up for adoption and will remain up for adoption until he or she is adopted unless a behavior or medical condition prevents such.  The SPCA of Niagara does not have a time limit for adoption.


Please note if your dog is sick or injured, the waiting list does not apply. Please call the shelter at 716-731-4368 for further instruction.


Please Note

Any animal that is admitted to the SPCA of Niagara will be vaccinated upon intake.  When strays are admitted to the SPCA of Niagara, the shelter has no way of knowing the animal is current on vaccinations.  Vaccination upon intake is the shelter's insurance policy.  It ensures that our shelter population has immunity against contagious diseases such as feline panleukopenia and canine parvovirus.


If an animal comes in with a rabies vaccine tag, every attempt will be made to contact the administering veterinarian to prove that rabies vaccinations are current.  It is required by New York State that animals older than 16 weeks of age are vaccinated against rabies before they are released from an animal shelter.  The SPCA of Niagara will require that animals receive a vaccination if they are not current unless the owner has a written note from a licensed veterinarian stating the animal should not be vaccinated for rabies.

Please note that the SPCA of Niagara is not responsible for any medical care resulting from any shelter-borne illness that strayed animals may pick up while in our care.  The SPCA of Niagara adheres to strict cleaning procedures, but cannot control airborne contagions or illnesses picked up from other animals.