Niagara County SPCA

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Niagara County SPCA

          A No-Kill Animal Shelter in Niagara Falls, NY

Emergency Veterinary Services/Euthanasia

Making the decision to euthanize a beloved companion is never an easy one. When the time comes, we suggest contacting your veterinarian during regular business hours. The SPCA does provide humane euthanasia on an emergency basis if you cannot afford euthanasia at your veterinarian or if your pet does not have a veterinarian. We will not provide euthanasia services if your pet is old, your pet is housesoiling, you no longer want your pet or if your pet is displaying aggression. If it is not apparent from a physical examination and you do not have veterinary records indicating your animal is terminal or has no quality of life without possibility of recovery, a euthanasia will be denied. You will be given the option of taking the animal to a veterinarian or surrendering him or her to the shelter for possible treatment.

Our team of veterinary professionals is comprised of 3 part time veterinary technicians and 2 full time veterinary technicians. We have a part time volunteer veterinarian to assist us. It is not legal for veterinary technicians in the State of New York to diagnose or give a prognosis. For this reason, we ask that each animal receive an examination by a veterinarian and/or diagnostic testing by a licensed veterinarian. In the absence of an examination or diagnostic testing, our technicians will refuse a euthanasia unless it is apparent that the animal is suffering.

We cannot provide veterinary care for owned animals. If you need help for an animal that is not suffering or terminal, please call your veterinarian.  If you cannot afford veterinary care from a private practice veterinarian, you may surrender your animal to the SPCA for medical treatment with the understanding that we cannot give the animal back to you.

If you have an emergency and your veterinarian is closed, you may call one of the emergency clinics below. 

Greater Buffalo Emergency Clinic                                              Grand Island Small Animal Hospital
4821 Genesee St                                                                          2323 Whitehaven Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225                                                            Grand Island, NY 14072
716-839-4043                                                                               716-773-7645

Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center                                    Northtowns Veterinary Emergency Services
3930 North Buffalo St                                                                 2060 Niagara Falls Blvd
Orchard Park NY 14127                                                              Tonawanda, NY 14150
716-662-6660                                                                               716-213-0283

Found a stray or sick/injured animal?

Please note that the Niagara County SPCA only accepts cats from our waiting list unless the animal is sick or injured- this includes owner surrendered animals and strays. To be placed on the waiting list for a healthy stray cat or if you have a cat that you need to surrender to the shelter please call us during regular business hours at 716-731-4368 and ask to be placed on our waiting list. Our business hours are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 10:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday & Sunday: Closed

If you have found a sick or injured stray cat or a stray dog during regular business hours, please call the shelter at 716-731-4368 for instructions. If you have found a sick or injured stray cat or dog after our normal business hours, please call your local police department; they will then contact the on-call driver for the Niagara County SPCA and relay the information. Please note that police dispatch does not dispatch calls for the Niagara County SPCA, but will pass your information on to the driver. You should then receive a call from an SPCA representative. Please note that you must leave your name and contact number in order for a shelter representative to contact you and for a driver to be dispatched. If you have not received a call back within half an hour of your original call, please call your local police again as the message may not have been passed onto a shelter representative. 

If you found a healthy stray dog after our normal business hours, please contact your local police department for instructions. Depending on your municipality and whether or not the situation is considered an emergency, they may contact your local Dog Control Officer, may pass your information along to the on-call shelter driver, may ask that you meet a representative at the shelter or instruct you to hold onto the animal until normal business hours. 

Community Cat Sterilization

What is TNVR?

​TNVR stands for Trap Neuter Vaccinate Release and it is the only proven method of population control for community (stray and feral) cats. Shelters would once admit community cats and euthanize them as a means of population control, but that has since proven an ineffective means of controlling the number of free roaming cats. When removed from the area and euthanzied other cats come into the area and fill the void starting the cycle all over again. Today, many shelters practice the TNVR or also commonly known as TNR model and have seen marked reductions in the number of felines. The Niagara County SPCA is committed to assisting community cat caregivers in low cost spay/neuter.

We provide onsite sterilization, vaccination and eartipping of community cats at a reduced price of $25 per cat. We lend traps and provide caretakers with instruction on how to set traps to effectively trap cats to bring them to the shelter for sterilization.

We have a waiting list for community cat spay/neuter. If you would like to be placed on the list to sterilize a colony of cats you are caring for, please contact the shelter at 716-731-4368. Please note that we will not accept community cats for admission into the shelter and adoption nor will we euthanize a healthy community cat and we do not relocate community cats from your property to another location. This program is only for community cats. It is not for owned animals and all animals must be eartipped while under anaesthesia; this is the universal sign that this animal has been sterilized.

For more information on providing care for community cats or solving community cat issues like spraying and eliminating in gardens, etc, you will find a wealth of information on the following websites:

Cremation Services

The Niagara County SPCA offers private and semi-private cremations to the public. When the time comes to say goodbye to your beloved pet we offer euthanasia, cremation and also placement in our pet cemetery. Read more about cremation services including pricing and options here.

Low Cost Spay/neuter

The Niagara SPCA is providing low cost sterilization made possible by a generous grant from the ASPCA. This grant enables the shelter to provide sterilizations to income qualifying individuals or those on public assistance. For a co-pay of just $10, we provide sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations, dewormer, and flea control. Must be a Niagara County resident and provide proof of income or assistance and residency. To make an appointment, please call us at 716-731-4368.