Niagara County SPCA

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Niagara County SPCA

          A No-Kill Animal Shelter in Niagara Falls, NY

​Breed Request Program

The Niagara County SPCA's Pet Alert program will assist you in finding the perfect pet for you.  For a $100 fee, will be placed on a list for a specific breed or a specific age of animal.  You will receive a phone call when an animal matching your specifications is made available for adoption.  You will have 24 hours from the time of the call to come in and meet the pet.  If you decide that it isn't love at first sight, the animal will be made available for general adoption and your name will go back on the call list.  If you find your perfect match, $35 of the Pet Alert fee will be applied toward the adoption and you will be removed from our call list.

Placing a hold on an animal

If you find an animal that you think you might want to welcome into your home, but would like him or her to meet another member of your family whether human or canine, you may place a hold on that animal.  A hold requires a $20 cash or credit card deposit and will hold the animal for 24 hours.  A meet and greet will be conducted by one of our onsite behavior counselors if the meet and greet involves another dog or dogs in your home.  The SPCA of Niagara does not conduct cat/cat or cat/dog meet and greets.  If you choose to adopt your new friend, the deposit will be deducted from the adoption fee.  If you choose not to adopt, you will receive a refund or a credit toward a future adoption or a hold.  If you allow the hold to expire without notifying the shelter, the Niagara County SPCA will retain the deposit and consider it a donation.

The Niagara County SPCA, at this time, does not permit holds for any other reason.

When you find the right one

If you see a dog that you would like to spend some time with, please see a counselor at the front desk.  He or she will call an animal attendant or volunteer who will assist you in getting the dog out of his or her kennel so that you may get to know him or her.

A cat room volunteer will assist you in getting a cat out of his or her cage so that you may spend some time with him or her.

The Adoption Process

After you've found the perfect pet for you, a counselor will assist you in the paperwork process.  If your new pet is not already spayed or neutered, he or she will need to be sent for surgery.  Your adoption counselor will let you know when you can pick up the new addition to your family.

Research before adopting

Before going to an animal shelter and picking out your new friend, it is important to consider what type of companion you are looking for.  Are you looking for a high energy breed that will go running or hiking with you?  Are you looking for a good old hound dog that will lay at your feet as you watch late night t.v.?  Doing a little bit of pre adoption research can assure that you and Fido get as much out of your life together as possible.  Secondly, look at your current living situation to determine what breed or age of animal might fit into your lifestyle.  You will want to look at the time spent away from home/how long your new pal will spend by himself.  Also consider the age of the people that live in your home.  Do you have young children that may be easily knocked over if a larger, more rambunctious dog were to jump on them?  These are all things to consider before committing to adoption. 

What's included?

-Your new best friend

-Spay and neuter surgery

-Vaccinations appropriate for the age of the animal

-A general dewormer to eliminate intestinal parasites

-Flea control that provides protection from 30 days of application

-A microchip for cats and dogs

-A certificate for a free veterinary exam at any participating veterinary clinic

-30 days of free Sheltercare Health Insurance with a valid email address

What to bring with you before adopting

The Niagara County SPCA requires photo identification with current address. If the address on your photo ID in not current or the photo does not have an address, another form of proof is required. A piece of mail or a vehicle registration will be accepted. We will take payment at the time of adoption. Acceptable forms of payment include cash and credit.


Please plan on spending time with your new friend prior to adopting him or her. You definitely want to meet your roommate before you allow him or her to move in! Please allow time for the adoption paperwork to be processed as well. Evenings and Saturdays tend to be our busiest time.