Help Furry Friends at Hudson Valley Animal Sanctuaries
Local centers offer educational spaces for the community to volunteer and adopt animals.
Photo provided by Catskill Animal Sanctuary
316 Old Stage Rd, Saugerties
The 148-acre area, opened in 2001 by founders Kathy Stevens and Jesse Moore, provides animals with a safe space. People can get involved by volunteering, becoming a member, sponsoring or adopting an animal, donating, and more. Visitors can schedule a trip to stay at the Homestead to enjoy a vegan breakfast and spend more time with the rescued animals.
During tours, which last around 90 minutes, people can see where the animals live, explore and learn about the sanctuary, and enjoy lunch. There is also strong programming for veganism and improving one’s health at Catskill Animal Sanctuary's culinary program.
Photo courtesy Catskill Animal Sanctuary
P.O. Box 4, Wappingers Falls
This no-kill, non-profit animal adoption agency opened in 2016 with the help of founders Karen LeCain, Thomas Behnke, and Robert Schmidt. The agency helps make sure cats, dogs, and other pets are safely cared for by providing shelter, finding humane homes, and delivering compassionate care. Interested adopters can reach out to the center for more information regarding the application process.
Community members can donate supplies including pet food, blankets, and toys. CARE of DC relies on help from foster homes and its volunteers.
9 Barnes Drive, Poughkeepsie
This rescue sanctuary is a charity organization dedicated to helping animals find the right home, rescuing domestic and farm animals, and rehabilitating wildlife. The facility is open every day from 12- 4 p.m. and by appointment. Low-cost clinical and veterinary services are offered starting at $35 per exam. Monetary donations benefit homeless and sick animals, while goods like recycled clean paper, newspapers, blankets, and towels for kennels keep the facility running.
Photo courtesy Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
3 Oakland Avenue, Menands
Compassion, advocacy, and respect of animals are encouraged at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Spraying and neutering, dog training, community education, humane education, disaster preparedness, and more are offered at the center. The STAR Partnership, an in-house program offered at the society, teams up with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department to help dogs who have not yet been adopted to foster meaningful bonds with inmates.
363 Derby Road, Middletown
Pets Alive has been in existence for over 26 years with a mission to promote adoption and end the killing of animals. Volunteers are welcome to spend time at the no-kill rescue, and people can attend events and fundraisers this spring at Pets Alive’s Humane Education Class, Bowl-a-Thon for the Animals, Annual Kitten Shower, Paint Your Pet, and more.
Photo courtesy Pets Alive Middletown
68 Old Route 6, Carmel
What began as a small barn space in 1957 has flourished into The Putnam Humane Society to help the community of animals in the county. Any animals adopted from the society receive a rabies vaccine, stool check, spraying or neutering, and microchipping. The Putnam Humane Society focuses on finding a “forever home.”
542 Gardner Hollow Rd, Poughquag
Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary founders William and Ellen Crain describe their mission as one that aims to raise awareness about veganism, spread compassion to animals and humans, and give animals a safe home. For a suggested donation price, Safe Haven offers tours designed to give visitors a chance to interact and unwind with the animals. The sanctuary practices compassionate living and educates visitors on introductions to vegan living. People can sponsor an animal or donate to fund shelters inside the space.
At Wayward Ranch, local animals in need are the highest priority. With a focus on caring for animals in the Hudson Valley that have nowhere else to go, Wayward treats each individual animal with the care it needs to live comfortably. The sanctuary has many adoptable animals, as well as "permanent residents" that live on the premises. This permanent program is for animals that would otherwise not be adopted due to health or behavioral risk. The sanctuary takes in a wide variety of house and farm animals.
2 Rescue Road, High Falls
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary believes rescued farm animals should be treated with respect. The sanctuary was founded in 2004 with a few rescued animals and a friendly couple. Anyone interested in helping at the farm sanctuary can volunteer to clean out barns, coops, and pastures. The sanctuary also has internship programs for communication and marketing, animal caregiving, development and administrative, and special events.
To visit the animals, interested individuals can visit and interact with the animals on the weekend. In April 2019, people can book an overnight stay and enjoy a vegan breakfast and a site tour at the opening of The Gray Barn, the shelter's new onsite inn.
Photo courtesy Woodstock Farm Sanctuary