This page will be regularly updated with the most current developments at the SPCA Serving Erie County. Please see current information concerning COVID-19 and companion animals below the list of cancellations, and check back frequently. Thank you.

Updated April 5, 2020,  11:13 a.m.

On March 20, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo named “Animal Shelters” to the list of essential businesses in NYS. More information is available here on WBEN.radio.com; see the list as of March 20 here.

However, due to rapidly-growing health concerns related to Coronavirus spread, the SPCA Serving Erie County, in an effort to protect community members, patrons, volunteers, and staff members, is modifying its services in the following manner. Please check back frequently as this information is rapidly changing:

ANIMAL ADOPTIONS:
-Adoptions will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday through Saturday. 
Adoptions are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and appointments will be made until approximately 3 p.m. 
-If you are interested in adopting an animal at the SPCA Serving Erie County, please call 716-875-7360, ext. 207 to schedule an appointment to visit the animals.
-At this time, the only people who will be allowed in SPCA adoption areas are those people with appointments. Please note that we are offering a limited number of appointments each day to reduce the number of people in our building at one time, in accordance with Erie County occupancy guidelines. Thank you for your understanding.

ANIMAL ADMISSIONS:
-The SPCA will be admitting sick or injured animals ONLY at this time.
-Sick or injured animals will be admitted to the SPCA BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
-If you are calling Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., please call 716-875-7360, press 0, and ask for the Admissions Department. If you are calling Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., please call 716-449-0363.
-At this time we are unable to assist after 8 p.m., however, there are emergency animal clinics in Erie County with systems in place to assist you after 8 p.m.

ANIMAL EMERGENCIES, ANIMAL RESCUE, & ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS
-If you are experiencing an emergency with your animal or find that an animal is in an emergency situation, please call the SPCA Monday through Friday at 716-875-7360, ext. 214, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. During the hours of 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m.-8 p.m., please call 716-449-0363.
-When you call, please advise the dispatcher if you or any members of your household are experiencing flu-like symptoms. This information will ensure first responders can prepare to prevent the spread of any illnesses.
-At this time we are unable to assist after 8 p.m., however, there are emergency animal clinics in Erie County with systems in place to assist you after 8 p.m.

DONATIONS:
-Those wishing to make financial donations are encouraged to do so online, by phone at 716-875-7360 ext. 227, or through the mail at SPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224.
-Those wishing to donate to our kitten & bunny foster care program, please visit THIS WISH LIST. Those wishing to contribute to our general wish list can do so HERE. And thanks to all of you for continuing to donate to our animals during this trying period.
-The SPCA will absolutely need donations of towels, sheets, blankets, newspapers, etc. at a later time. If you have items to be donated, we cannot accept them at this time  but we’d love it if you could  please hold them for our animals! Details >>
-Due to staffing restrictions at this time, most donation receipting is on hold.  We ask for your patience as receipts may be delayed by a few weeks.

EDUCATIONAL FARM:
Closed to the general public.
-If you have a sick or injured farm animal you are surrendering to the SPCA Serving Erie County, please follow the Animal Admissions guidelines above. Only sick or injured animals can be admitted at this time.
-If you are ill and have a sick or injured farm animal to surrender, please follow the Animal Admissions guidelines above to schedule an appointment for possible pick-up.
-Adoptions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
-Those interested in adopting farm animals or fowl should call 716-875-7360 ext. 212 or 215 to make an appointment to meet the animals.

END-OF-LIFE SERVICES:
-If you have made that difficult decision for your pet, the SPCA is still able to help with euthanasia services at this time BY APPOINTMENT.
-If you are calling Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., please call 716-875-7360, press 0, and ask for the Admissions Department to make your appointment. If you are in an emergency euthanasia situation and are calling Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., please call 716-449-0363.
-Information on pet euthanasia  is available here >>  

FIELD TRIPS, TOURS, OTHER GROUP VISITS:
Currently-scheduled visits have been cancelled.

HUMANE POSTER & CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST:
Extended. New deadline for submissions: August 31, 2020. Children’s pieces can now be submitted digitally. For all revisions to this contest, please visit http://YourSPCA.org/RevisedContest .

LIPSEY CLINIC
CLOSED
– no new appointments will be made at this time.

PETIQUE
Closed to the general public.

SUMMER CAMP
No new registrations at this time.
Summer Camp is not cancelled at this time. Any status changes will be announced.

TRANSPORTS
At this time, the SPCA Serving Erie County will not be receiving animal transports from out-of-town to limit potential risk of disease spread.

VOLUNTEERS
There will be no new volunteer orientations at this time. All youth volunteer attendance is postponed. There will be no new Paws for Love volunteer evaluations or orientations until later this year. If you are a current volunteer, please check with your team’s coordinator for further instructions…and thank you for everything you’re doing to stay informed while you’re continuing to help our animals.

WILDLIFE
-The Wildlife Department will be responding to animal emergencies.
-Anyone with a wild animal emergency should CALL BEFORE TOUCHING THE ANIMAL(s) OR BRINGING THE ANIMAL(s) IN!
8 a.m.-6 p.m. please call 716-449-0727.
6 p.m.-8 p.m. please call 716-449-0363.
8 p.m.-8 a.m. we are closed.

At this time, other departments will operate as usual. Again, this information is rapidly changing.

The SPCA has cancelled most events through April 30, 2020. Some of these events will be rescheduled. Cancelled events include but are not limited to:

March 21:            Wildlife Baby Shower (virtual event at https://YourSPCA.org/WildlifeBabyShower/)
For more information, contact SPCA Events Coordinator
Caitlin Fager: 716-875-7360, ext. 230.

March 23:            “Understanding Your Cat” seminar
For more information, contact SPCA Humane Education Director
Christine Davis: 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

March 24:            Wildlife Dep’t. information session
For more information, contact SPCA Wildlife Director
Barbara Haney: 716-875-7360, ext. 220.

March 28:            ELVIS FOREVER Fundraiser for the SPCA
For more information, contact the WNY Elvis Appreciation Society:
WNYEAS@yahoo.com.

April 8:                 Wake Up With Wildlife “Wildlife Rescue” seminar
For more information, contact SPCA Wildlife Director
Barbara Haney: 716-875-7360, ext. 220.

April 13-17:          School Break Camp
For more information, contact SPCA Humane Education Director
Christine Davis: 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

April 20:                “CBD and Pets” seminar
For more information, contact SPCA Humane Education Director
Christine Davis: 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

April 26:                 Paws at the Pub
For more information, contact Buffalo Brewpub: 716-632-0552.


March & April:   “Furry Tales Preschool Story and Adventure Time” sessions

For more information, contact SPCA Humane Education Director
Christine Davis: 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

March & April:   “Tale for Two” reading sessions
For more information, contact SPCA Humane Education Director
Christine Davis: 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

March & April:   Scout workshops
For more information, contact SPCA Humane Education Director
Christine Davis: 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

March & April:   New volunteer orientations
For more information, contact SPCA Volunteer Services Director Kelly Deschamps: 716-875-7360, ext. 232.

March & April:   Youth volunteer attendance and programs
For more information, contact SPCA Volunteer Services Assistant
Desirea Mojica: 716-875-7360, ext. 252.

If an SPCA Serving Erie County program or event on your calendar is not on this changeable list, please contact the SPCA at 716-875-7360 prior to attending for confirmation.

This is NOT a static list. As officials at the SPCA work to address the ever-changing health needs in our community, any new information will be released as soon as possible.

–Gina Lattuca, SPCA Chief Communications Officer

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Updated March 31, 2020, 10:45 a.m.
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has kept current a second advisory document from March 20 (in addition to the document linked below) that no evidence exists that COVID-19 can be contracted from pets.

Updated March 20, 2020, 2:54 p.m.
Today, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) released an updated advisory document concerning COVID-19 and companion animals. Please find that document here >> .


Updated March 17, 2020, 11:57 a.m
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Yesterday, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) released an updated advisory document concerning COVID-19 and companion animals. Please find that document here >> .

March 12, 2020
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases in New York State and worldwide, the SPCA Serving Erie County is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of people and animals on its premises. Please see the information above on changes to SPCA-related events and programs in response to COVID-19.

On February 29, 2020, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) released an advisory document entitled The New Coronavirus and Companion Animals, stating, “You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people,” recommending that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

The WSAVA also released an update to the document on March 7, 2020. In this document, WSAVA states, “Currently, there is no evidence suggesting a specific animal host as a virus reservoir, and further investigations are ongoing,” and, “Currently, there is limited evidence that companion animals can be infected with SARS-COV-2 and no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection to other animals or to humans. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.”

Read the entire WSAVA Advisory Document dated March 7, 2020 at  https://bit.ly/2IB7p5O, and please regularly check for updates as more information becomes available. The March 7 document provides links to the most up-to-date information and advice on human infection along with the most up-to-date information related to animal health, and a list of frequently asked questions.

Pertaining to pets in homes, Animalsheltering.org recommends pet owners take the following simple steps to ensure preparedness in case of illness:

– Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill;
– Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets should it become necessary;
– All animal vaccines should be up-to-date in the event boarding becomes necessary;
– Ensure all medications are documented with dosages, administering directions, and if possible, your veterinarian’s prescription;
– Ensure pets are wearing identification (collar & ID tag) or are microchipped.

For more information on your pets and COVID-19, please speak with your veterinarian. Find a list of recommendations for a  PET DISASTER PREPAREDNESS KIT here.

–Gina Lattuca, SPCA Chief Communications Officer

This page will be regularly updated with the most current developments at the SPCA Serving Erie County. Please check back frequently.