Help Control the Animal Population

As with any good cause, help from the community is what makes a difference in the lives of everyone – humans, animals and all living things. There are so many ways – large and small – that contribute to an overall effort to improve the lives affected. Are you an animal lover and want to help? Here’s how you can be part of the solution . . .

Spay or neuter your pet

Preventing the births of unwanted animals by spay and neutering is the simple, humane and cost-effective solution to overpopulation. Altering your animals so they can’t reproduce insures their good health. In addition, it guarantees that they won’t contribute to the millions of unwanted dogs and cats killed each year in the United States.

See our Spay / Neuter page for more information

Educate family and friends of the need for spaying and neutering

Just pass the word. Advice from people that you know is often taken more seriously than that from strangers. Help those around you that do not yet understand the importance of this vital cause. Ask them to check out our website and maybe, they too, will become part of the solution!

Encourage your veterinarian to offer low-cost spay/neuter fees 

Our efforts rely very heavily on the support of the local veterinarians. Ask your doctor if he or she provides low-cost spaying or neutering – either directly to the public or as assistance to the Schenectady County SPCA. Let them know that it is a matter that concerns you and it’s importance to the community.


The Schenectady County SPCA is an all-volunteer organization. Our efforts are dependent on the good will and talents of our volunteers. There are many ways that you can contribute to our endeavors, whether by participating at local events, offering assistance with special projects… whatever your time allows and your talents permit!¬†Please take a moment to fill our Online Volunteer Application.


There is always a cost associated with helping to solve a social problem. Our organization’s sole source of income is donations. Whether or not a cause is the benefactor of grants or public funds, it is rarely enough to do all of the work that needs to be done. Medical help, promotional materials, office supplies, transportation, utilities, communications and many other costly needs must be met in order to provide the proper level of support in order to make a difference. Donations to Schenectady County SPCA are greatly appreciated. Your support is vital to our efforts. Your entire donation will go directly toward the cost of our programs. If you wish to help, mail your donation to Schenectady County SPCA, Post Office Box 9516, Niskayuna, NY 12309.

Make your pet a Pet PAL (Pets Preventing-A-Litter)

You and your pet can make a lifesaving difference by becoming Pet PALs. By sponsoring the spay or neuter of one or more pets for families who can’t afford the surgery, you will save lives in the future. You can choose from any of the following suggestions or donate any amount you wish:

Cat – $35 each Dog – $50 each Feral Cats $25

Important: Check with your Human Resources representative to see if your company provides matching funds for donations made to non-profit organizations. You may be surprised how easy it is to make a sizable donation. Perhaps you can take up a collection among fellow employees and double the amount through the matching funds program.

  • Underwrite Operational Costs
  • Underwrite the costs of educational materials
  • Sponsor the bus for a month or more
  • Underwrite surgery care equipment
  • Donate professional services

Contact us if you are interested in helping out in this way. If you have any suggestions about other ways that people can contribute to this cause, we would love to hear from you

Write to your Local Officials

Call or write your City or Village Mayor, Town Supervisor, State Assemblyman, State Senator, or County Legislature to urge them to support local spay/neuter programs. To obtain your local official name and phone number, call the Schenectady County SPCA at 518-755-9517.

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