The SPCA of Tompkins County plans to close the SPCA Annex at the Shops at Ithaca Mall effective January 1st, 2018, according to executive director Jim Bouderau. The Annex opened in 2009 “in response to overcrowding at the Pet Adoption Center on Hanshaw Road,” Bouderau says.
“The Annex has been a tremendous success for the SPCA,” he adds. The year it opened, the SPCA “saw over 1,600 cats coming into the shelter. By comparison, in 2016, that number of cats entering the shelter was a little over 1,200.”
Bouderau credits “our aggressive spay and neuter program, which has spayed or neutered over 10,000 animals since 2009,” for helping to reduce the steady stream of incoming cats.
“It has been increasingly financially difficult and time consuming to keep the Annex going year-round, and it has become clear that we only really need the Annex during our peak times in our busy summer kitten season,” Bouderau says. The Annex has sometimes had bunnies and other small animals, but has largely focused on cats and kittens over the years. Puppies and adult dogs are at the main pet adoption center.
“We hope to work with the Mall, who have been very supportive of the Annex, to look to a more seasonal approach to our operations,” Bouderau says, “as well as other alternatives to lessen the burden on the adoption center during those peak times.”
“We have many long-term volunteers who enjoy their time at the Annex, staff who have committed to its success, and countless members of the public who love stopping into the Annex to get a daily dose of cute,” he adds. “We hope to see them again in the spring and summer!”
In the meantime, the SPCA of Tompkins County’s Pet Adoption Center at 1640 Hanshaw Road is open 12-5pm Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday, and 12-7pm on Tuesday and Thursday. It’s closed Wednesday.