Any animal that is admitted to the Niagara SPCA will be vaccinated upon intake. When strays are brought into our building, the shelter has no way of knowing the animal is current on vaccinations. Vaccination upon intake is the shelter's insurance policy. It insures that our shelter population has immunity against contagious diseases such as feline panleukopenia and canine parvovirus. Allowing an unvaccinated animal into our building puts every animal in the building at risk.
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 Niagara SPCA requires 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.
The Niagara SPCA is not responsible for any medical care resulting from any shelter-borne illness that strayed animals are exposed to while in our care. We adhere to strict cleaning procedures, but cannot control airborne contagions or illnesses picked up from other animals.