Jefferson County S.P.C.A

25056 WATER STREETWATERTOWN, NY 13601
(315)782-3260
Hours: Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm Saturdays 10am to 1pm

2221 miles away
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The Jefferson County S.P.C.A is a non-profit agency that was founded over 100 years ago. We are the only NO kill facility in this area and the only facility to accept cats in Jefferson County. As a non-profit agency, we exist on the donations that we receive from the general public and from our various fundraising events.
Our Goals
Our goals include reducing the numbers of unwanted companion animals in Jefferson County. It is equally important to our agency to reduce the amount of animal abuse and neglect that is committed in this area. In addition, we are actively involved in public awareness and education at all age levels. We also have a spot on channel 7 news every Monday morning around 6:50am. We are also striving to provide a better quality of life for those animals that are entering a shelter environment and a better quality of pet to those that adopt from our shelter. Our facility, along with all the other animal lovers, are here for the abandoned, abused, and misplaced animals and we all have the best interest of our shelter friends at heart.
We also have many fundraisers through out the year which we wouldn't be able to put together with out the help and support of the local businesses and volunteers. Some of those would be the annual auction at the end of the year, the valentines day dinner dance, a few golf tournaments, a bowling event, a cowpie bingo & chicken barbeque and a few others that are in the works.

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Moontidearts
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Rating: 1

NOT a fan

posted 3 years ago

I am certainly NOT a fan of the Jefferson County SPCA. They were in the top 10 of the last Zootoo contest in 2010, so a committee was coming to inspect the facility. The shelter advertised that they wanted as many people and their pets to come on that day to show support, and since I was in need of a companion for my one cat, since my other had died during the pet food recall, I decided to show my support by adopting on that day. When I saw a cat I thought I liked, I asked to take her out of her cage to hold and play with her a bit. I was told that I could not "because she was being spayed later" that day. In retrospect, that excuse makes no sense at all, but since I adore torti cats, I thought it would be fine to take her even if I didn't get a chance to "try her out". The day I brought her home, after her spay, she was coughing and sneezing. The vet diagnosed her with a feline herpes virus...highly contagious and incurable. My other cat was dead in a week, as his system couldn't handle the virus. I believe they KNEW that their cat room was infected, thus their not allowing people to touch the cats, but with the Zootoo people coming, they didn't want to close their cat room. The responsible thing would have been to close it, which I believe the committee would have found admirable. Next situation...One month ago I adopted a small rat terrier after my 17 year old pug died. I was told no less than five times that if he didn't work out, they would not take him back. I suppose that should have served as a warning to me, but I didn't think to question why they were so adamant about his not being returned. At home I quickly realized that he had kennel cough, but when his cough didn't go away within a week, I took him to the vet, and he was diagnosed with Collapsing Trachea. I've learned that that (expensive) medical problem causes a VERY distinctive cough that sounds nothing like kennel cough, a cough that any vet or kennel worker should easily recognize. I believe they knew he had this condition and just wanted him gone. I now have an athletic breed that is unable to run. He can't have play dates with my families' other dogs, since playing with other dogs gets him excited and causes his cough, a cough that can easily turn dangerous. I have been given medication for him at a cost of $90 a month. In the future, he'll likely require an expensive operation, but in the meantime I have a dog I adore that can't be allowed to actually be a proper dog...no running, no playing...just lounging around, sleeping from the medication, and when the winter comes, he'll not be allowed to go out at all, as the cold air will constrict his trachea even further. There's been a change in those who run this shelter since I adopted my sick cat, and the new people are very quick to talk about how bad the others were, but I see no difference, as this still seems to be a shelter that is more in the business of getting the animals adopted whether sick or not. I get the chance to meet many new people every day, and since my dog comes to work with me, pet discussions often come up, and nearly every week I hear another story of how someone adopted a sick pet from this shelter. I will never adopt from the Jefferson County SPCA again, and I will be making no further donations of my merchandise for their auctions, something that I've loyally done for years. I will find another animal charity, one with integrity, to offer my charitable donations.

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[updated on 2011-10-19 18:44:23]:
Here's an update on the dog I adopted with the collapsing trachea...Just one month past his second birthday, only six months after adopting him, he's dead. On top of the collapsing trachea and eye problems, it turned out that he also had heart disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The vet informed me that he was in extreme pain, uncontrollable by medication due to the heart condition, and so I was advised to have him put to sleep...destroyed...the finest dog I've ever known had to be put down. Thank you very much, Jefferson County SPCA, for inflicting this grief (and very high expense) on me through your inattention to the health of the animals you're adopting out.

Pros: clean

Cons: Sickly animals

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Jgillette
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Rating: 5

What a great place.

posted 4 years ago

My husband and I adopted our newest addition to the family, a shephard mix named Maddie. What a joy. Everyone was so helpful and friendly.

Pros: very friendly atmosphere

Cons: no bones about it

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