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Animal Control

Tompkins County Animal Control (TCAC) is a division of the SPCA of Tompkins County. Several local municipalities have contracted (hired) TCAC to provide animal control services. In our service areas, TCAC officers will respond to calls regarding stray dogs, injured stray cats  and will work with members of the public to resolve "nuisance" complaints (barking, etc.). Although TCAC has not been contracted to provide animal control services in every municipality in the county, TCAC will respond to reports of abuse, cruelty or neglect of any animal anywhere in Tompkins County. Here is a brief outline of what TCAC does and does not do:

What TCAC does

  • Provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Dog licensure enforcement
  • Pick up stray dogs and provide impoundment services
  • Pick up distressed or injured stray animals
  • Respond to calls concerning:
    • Nuisance dogs
    • Dogs at large
    • Dangerous dogs
  • Respond to calls concerning cruelty, abuse, or negligence visited upon any animal
  • Pick up injured or distressed cats
  • Trap domestic animals under certain circumstances

What TCAC does not do

  • Pick up stray cats (unless injured or distressed)
  • Pick up animals the guardian plans to surrender
  • Trap or transport wildlife for relocation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:16



"Lancelot is doing very well. He loves to play with other dogs and is making a lot of friends. He is such a sweet and happy dog. Thank you very much for all your work."


Did You Know?

The SPCA of Tompkins County shelters nearly 3,000 companion animals every year.

SPCA of Tompkins County

Adoption Center &
Rescue Building

1640 Hanshaw Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850



Adoption Center Hours

Monday 12-5
Tuesday 12-7 Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 12-7
Friday 12-5
Saturday 12-5
Sunday 12-5



SPCA Annex Hours

Monday through Saturday


Rescue Center Hours




Our Mission

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. We are a no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation. We promote responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling and training to nurture and enhance the human-animal bond.

The SPCA of Tompkins County is a registered 501(c)(3). Our tax id number is 15-0624378.