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Our Featured Amsterdam, NY Partner:

Montgomery County SPCA

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We serve the City of Amsterdam and all surrounding areas. We take in stray dogs from the City of Amsterdam, Town of Amsterdam, and Town of Glenville (which includes the Villages of Scotia and Rotterdam.)
We have adopted to people from MA, CT, VT, and several other surrounding states.

About Our Shelter:

We are a small 501(c) 3 non-profit animal shelter - we can hold 21 dogs and up to 40 cats comfortably. We have one full time shelter manager, Toni Weil, 4 part time animal caretakers, an unpaid working board of directors and about 20 devoted volunteers. We do not receive any money from the ASPCA, Local or state governments, Montgomery County or the City of Amsterdam. We survive soley on your generous donations and our adoption fees. We exist to provide safe harbor for abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted animals and we do not euthanize animals for space. We promote spaying and neutering of all animals and have a low cost spay/neuter program called PAL (Prevent Another Litter) which is currently for cats only. There is no income or residency requirement to participate in PAL. The cost is $75 per cat. Pre-registration is required for an appoinment. Please visit our website for details on this and many other topics of interest @

Come Meet our Pets:

Our shelter is located on State Route 5S between Pattersonville and Amsterdam. It's Exit 27 from the NYS Thruway - then 5S East about a mile and a quarter. Our shelter hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 noon until 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. We are CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday.
We try to do off-site adoption clinics whenever time and volunteers permit but do not have a regular schedule for these events. Please check our website
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Our Adoption Process:

Potential adopters need to complete an adoption application - this can be printed out from our website if you would like to complete it at home and bring it with you. AS OF JULY 1, 2008 our adoption fees are: $125 for cats and kittens
$150 for dogs and puppies plus NYS dog license fees
Senior animals - 7 years and older are half price.
Renters will need a written statement from their landlord giving permission for them to have a pet and a contact phone number for verification.
When adopting a dog you will need to bring a collar and leash or purchase one from our shelter store. Cats are required to be in a cat carrier to leave the shelter. If you do not have one available to you you can purchase a cardboard carrier from the SPCA store for $5.00.
WE expect a follow up call from the adopter within a week to update us on the status of the newly adopted pet. You are permitted to return ANY pet within 14 days of adoption for a full refund (minus dog license fees) if it is not working out for any reason, but please call first.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.