Adoption Process

So you’re ready to add a family member to your home!  Well, you’re at the right place! To begin, you can view our animals available for adoption online, but there’s nothing like the real thing.  We welcome you to come to our shelter and spend some time getting to know our animals in person.

To start off, please review the adoption guidelines below to speed up the adoption process:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  • All adoption applications must be filled out completely.
  • An adoption application must be completed before any animal can be taken out for a visit. No animal will be taken out for a visit prior to this time.
  • You will need picture ID, with name and current address, to photocopy onto your application.
  • Any animal on a HOLD cannot be taken out for a visit until its holding time is up and it is available for adoption.
  • All dogs MUST be licensed with your Town prior to leaving the CNYSPCA, ask an adoption counselor for further details.

“Hold” is as follows:

  • Strays: 5 to 10 days legal hold.
  • Cruelty seizures (non-court): 5 to 10 days hold
  • Cruelty cases going to court: Animal may have to stay in our care for an indefinite time until a court decision is rendered. Until then they will not be available for adoption.

Once an animal is available for adoption we will not hold it for any reason. Example: You are unable to make it back to the shelter for a few days, etc. If you own your home, we will verify so, with your town’s assessment. If you rent, we must get permission from whoever owns the property. If you are looking to adopt a dog and already have a dog(s) at home, they must meet before an adoption is finalized. All animals being adopted MUST be confined in a carrier or on a leash. All dog and cats adopted will be spayed/neutered before leaving the shelter.

*At this time we do not have a veterinarian to spay and neuter our bunnies and small animals. Unfortunately, they will NOT be altered by the CNYSPCA at this time.*

Online Adoption Application

Our online application is currently under construction. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please Download our Adoption Application Here 


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You Certify that:

1- the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also acknowledge falsification of the above can result in my being denied adoption of an animal.

2- That you have downloaded and reviewed the attached “What to Consider before adoption” sheet.

Things to Consider Before Adopting