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Shelter Programs

Here you will find information on the special programs that the shelter is involved in, including humane education for local schools and low-cost spay/neuter clinics with our partner organizations. If you have any additional questions or if you have a special program that you would like our shelter to be involved in, please call (607) 732-1827. 

SNAP logoS.N.A.P. - Providing Affordable Spay/Neuter Clinics for Dogs and Cats

The Spay/Neuter Assistance Program of the Southern Tier, Inc. has partnered with Shelter Outreach Services (S.O.S.) to provide affordable spay/neuter and vaccination services for the companion animals in our community.

By surgically removing a pets reproductive organs, we can end the terrible problem of pet overpopulation. You show your concern for your pet and for all animals by having your dog or cat altered.

Thanks to the generosity of local donors, volunteers, and the efforts of our three community shelters Chemung County SPCA, Elmira Animal Shelter and Horseheads Animal Shelter, S.N.A.P. and S.O.S. offer low-cost spay and neutering services to pets of qualified low-income applicants. Each animal receives a physical examination, spay or neuter surgery under anesthetic, and, if needed, rabies and/or distemper vaccinations.

Pet overpopulation and animal homelessness is a community responsibility. Please help by spaying and neutering your pet!

To apply for the S.N.A.P./S.O.S. clinic,
please follow these steps:

- Download the SNAP Application - Fill out completely
- Attach proof of income or assistance
- Return application to: 
SNAP
P.O. Box 543
Horseheads, NY 14845

 

You must include the required supporting documents (of your pets vaccinations and your income). Missing information will delay the approval process.


PGAH logoParadise Garden Animal Haven - Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program for Cats and Dogs

Paradise Garden Animal Haven (PGAH) works in concert with a number of agencies, including the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, SPAY USA and the Shelter Outreach Services (S.O.S.) of Ithaca, to provide high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to area residents. 

Clinics are held four times every month (2 Sundays and 2 Thursdays) at the Chemung County SPCA in Big Flats. Each clinic accommodates about 24 cats and 8 dogs. All surgeries also include a physical exam and a nail trim. Rabies and distemper shots are also available for an additional small fee, as well as ear mite and/or flea treatment.

For more information on pricing and the application process, please call (607) 458-5785, e-mail paradisegardenah@yahoo.com or visit the link above.  

kid with kittenChemung SPCA Humane Education Program - Learning, Living and Teaching for a Better World

Humane education continues to be an essential part of a child's instruction. Teaching young people kindness toward animals is an integral step in teaching compassion and respect for one another - studies have shown that children who learn these lessons mature into caring, empathetic adults. 

Book a program for your classroom

The Chemung County SPCA has been providing our community's schools with humane education programs for over 20 years. Our program can cater to children in PreK through eighth grade and focuses on three primary objectives: 

  •  Understanding the needs of companion animals and the associated responsibilities in reference to their care
  • Encouraging students to use critical thinking skills 
  • Educating children on identifying and reporting animal abuse 
Each of our objectives are flexible and can be tailored to fit the specific age group involved. Our program can also be implemented in an assembly setting or at an after-school program. There are also specific benefits for the schools that host our humane education program:
  • No program fee - kids learn valuable life lessons about compassion, responsibility and kindness at no cost to your institution
  • No travel required - we bring the field trip directly to the classroom, eliminating transportation planning and costs 
  • Meets learning standards - our humane education program is specifically tailored to supplement NYS classroom standards
  • Makes learning fun - children of all ages love animals and will enjoy the hands-on experience that our program provides 
To schedule the SPCA Humane Education Program in your classroom, please contact Kelly Keefer directly by phone at (607) 732-1827, Ext. 210 or by e-mail at volunteer@chemungspca.org with three possible dates for the visit. Kelly will contact you to confirm the date and time for the program. Programs for PreK to second grade run approximately 30 minutes; programs for third grade and above run approximately 45 minutes. The program is offered year-round but is very popular during the cooler months, so be sure book your visit soon! We look forward to visiting with your students!