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Hudson Valley Animal Adoption Centers to Support During the Pandemic


No animal gets left behind during this global pandemic despite the nation’s social distancing orders.

Animal Adoption Centers in the Hudson Valley are working around the clock to accommodate pet owners, volunteers, and staff workers, and our furry friends. Although there have been specific policy changes, animals can use a friendly companion and new place to call home.

Dutchess County

Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & Sanctuary
HVARS is still operating while practicing safe social distancing. With only two people allowed at a time, future pet owners are welcome to make an adoption appointment. Pet owners can call the center to pick up a prescription if needed. Information about spraying/neutering is posted outside.

Dutchess County SCPA
Hyde Park
Appointment-only visits to Dutchess County SCPA are still up and running. Future pet owners can also meet with an adoption counselor for adoption purposes. There is fortunately no hold on emergency foster applications. This shelter also provides resources for pet owners affected by the pandemic including information about pet food pantries, open low-cost veterinarians, and links to Facebooks pages/groups to re-home pets.


Orange County

Humane Society – Middletown Inc
The Humane Society in Middletown shelter is closing to the public but continues to take customers in by appointment only. To closely interact with the four-legged friends, “meet and greet” showings are located in the outdoor, fenced-in area. Adoption applications will still be on-line and placed outside the shelter. If you’re not looking to adopt but still want to help out, you can make a donation and include your information to have a mailed receipt at your door. Check out the “Best Friends Resource Page” on their website to know more about how pets are being affected by the crisis.


Pets Alive
Pets Alive online applications are available to future pet owners. The steps are simple: get cozy, fill out the application on the website, and sit tight to hear back from one of the volunteers before coming into the in-person shelter. handling adoptions are by appt only. Volunteer hours are limited.


Columbia County

Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SCPA
Although the lobby is closed to visitors, select services will be offered to a limited capacity. For pet owners who are quarantined and need pet food, Columbia-Greene can deliver pet food to owners from the food bank. Looking to adopt? Fill out an online application and have it reviewed. Surrender services and daycare and boarding services are by appointment only. If you’re not looking to adopt but still want to help, Columbia-Greene is accepting donations. Helpers can leave their donations and supplies at the front door and call the President/CEO, Ron Perez, for a receipt.


Animal Kind
Animal Kind is also keeping with the theme of social distancing by spacing out appointments to avoid crowding. Only two people are allowed in the office. Workers are will be happy to escort visitors directly into exam room in the clinic.

Rensselaer County

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Mohawk Hudson is currently accepting online donations with a creative approach. To help raise funds for the shelter, submit a picture of your pet along with the donation amouns, and have a volunteer draw a picture draw a picture of your pet. Volunteers will then post the drawings on the Facebook page. For those in self-isolation, volunteers can drop off food from the food pantry.


Rockland County

Hudson Valley Humane Society
The Hudson Valley Humane Society continues to promote adoptions by appointment. As a precautionary measure, pre-screening measures take place by phone. For those who prefer texting, the HVHS will respond to individuals who are interested in adopting via text. Although the center is closed to visitors and tours, the center’s friendly animals still need a home.


Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Inc.
Hi-Tor is yet another animal shelter that is open for animal adoption by appointment-only. Those who are looking to surrender an animal can also call the shelter and come in for a scheduled visit. Hi-Tor recommends that those who are experiencing a fever or cough, not visit, even by appointment to protect the safety of the public. Hi-Tor kindly recommends for individuals to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap or hand sanitizer after interacting with an animal at the shelter.


Albany County

** animal shelters in this county are not open to the public. They are not processing any applications at this time**

Greene County

Every Dog’s Dream Rescue
Every Dog’s Dream Rescue fulfills every animal lovers’ dream of owning a cute and cuddly pet. Future pet owners don’t have to socially distance themselves from all of the animals who need a home. Although the shelter is closed to the public, individuals are welcome to visit by appointment with an approved application that’s available online. Approved applicants will be notified by phone or email. Fill out an application today!


Ulster County

Ulster County SPCA
Ulster County SPCA is temporarily closed to the public but staff members are still on-site to provide basic services. The process for adopting is simple: fill out the application online and wait for someone to reach out to come to the shelter and interact with the animal. Those looking to make a donation can either make a payment online or drop off supplies/resources in the shelter bins outside. Information about emergency fostering and surrendering an animal is available online.


Wayward Ranch Animal Sanctuary
Wayward Ranch has an array of animals to choose from to adopt and is accepting online applications. To accommodate those who are in self-quarantine, Wayward has created fundraising opportunities through social media along with virtual tours and craft tutorials. Fostering an animal is always a good idea for those who want to rescue.