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SPCA of Westchester (Briarcliff Manor)


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An independent, not-for-profit organization, the SPCA of Westchester not only serves as the sole cruelty prevention and intervention agency for Westchester County, but is also the only organization providing the comprehensive services of a spay/neuter clinic, a shelter (with a capacity for over 100 dogs and 125 cats), adoption and community outreach programs. The SPCA is recognized as a “no-kill” shelter as it never euthanizes an animal except in cases of terminal illness, extreme aggression or the inability to maintain a reasonable quality of life in a shelter environment. Regardless of how long it may take, the SPCA is committed to caring for all adoptable animals until a loving, new home can be found.


Address:
590 North State Rd.
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
Feral Cat TNR Program
5
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
3.7
Rescue Groups
5
Foster Care
5
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
3
Pet Retention
3
Medical and Behavior Programs
5
Public Relations/Community Involvement
3
Volunteers
5
Proactive Redemptions
5
A Compassionate Director
3
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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I was surprised to read the negative review of the SPCA as they adopt out an average of 1,500 animals each year so they clearly are very capable of working with adopters and are very well respected in the community. When you are put on a do not adopt list, most likely there is a good reason. How would the staff know you were a victim of domestic violence and what does that have to do with providing a good home for an animal? I am a volunteer at the SPCA and am positive this review is from the same woman who told the front desk she had an aggressive doberman that she needed to rehome and would the SPCA help her. Why would you bring a kitten into a home with an aggressive dog and shouldn't you worry about rehoming your dog before bringing in a new animal? The Executive Director has been nothing but kind in all my interactions with her!
posted by (empty name), on 2014-03-13 14:52:36
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This is by far the worst shelter I have ever dealt with. Vindictive hard to talk to staff. They are all about receiving the money with zero follow through if there is an issue.
posted by cscarduzio4, on 2013-11-04 12:29:20