Spca in Tonawanda, NY with Reviews - YP.com

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By: citizenthoughts
SPCA Serving Erie County
While much good is done at the EC SPCA, it's not near what it could be. For all of the voluneers that are there, very few actually work with the dogs. It seems there are problems with qualified volunteer recruitment and retainment. The behavior team refuses to use any 'averse' training techniques (coin cans, spray bottles etc) and will only use Sensation Harnesses. This makes it difficult to train dogs that have behaviorial issues so as a result too many do not make it out on the adoption floor or are subsequently taken off the floor. Despite assistance being offered by other trainers and national experts on balanced training, the EC SPCA refuses to budge from a Pure Positive approach. It is a tightly controlled atmosphere with job protection at the top of the list. I wish I could give it 5 stars. But it's not different than a large corporation that protects it's own (and by that I mean the people) and eliminates people with different viewpoints. I wish I could say they had a top notch behavior team but one of the trainers is known to recommend euthanasia to problematic dogs that were brought to her when she had her own training business. There are a lot of things that COULD change at the EC SPCA to make it better but there is such a hierarchy to work through, it's near impossible. It is it's own kingdom.
By: Lois C.
SPCA Serving Erie County
I recently had my first experience adopting a dog from the Erie County SPCA. I don't know where to begin with praise! The intake process was efficient and thorough. From my initial interview to when I walked out the door with my new friend, I felt well-guided through the process. I also got the sense that the staff knew the pet I was adopting well enough to advise if he'd be a good fit for me. This is a really well-run facility, with top-notch staff and volunteers. Well done!
By: debby.f.williams.5
SPCA Serving Erie County
I have adopted 9 cats and 6 dogs throughout many years. I did fostering for them as many cats and kittens come in sick and need a place to get better- this facility needs more space- every animal I adopted have been positive experiences. I would reccomend this shelter - the adoption staff, the foster staff and medical staff are caring and knowledgable . The place is clean and they provide enrichment now for bunnies, cats and dogs due to wonderful groups of volunteers!
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By: Pam G.
Salvation Army
They just paved the lot, thank goodness. Inexpensive clothing - have special 1/2 off tag price days - best to call and confirm. It used to be Wednesdays, but that may have changed. Mostly pleasant experience
Tips & Advices
Most city and county shelters offer affordable spay/neuter services. SPCA and Humane Society shelters also are known for their low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Shelters typically offer spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and some essential medical treatment (deworming, mange treatment) to animals being adopted from the shelter. For other veterinary services, you will need to find a vet.
No-kill and low-kill shelters will state it in their online profile and other official materials. They will usually explain what their process/policy is for looking after the animals in their care. These are also known as “limited admission” shelters because they are usually at full capacity most or all of the time. Also, they often work with rescue organizations or county Animal Services authorities to accommodate animals living in inhumane conditions, abandoned or injured animals.
Anyone can bring a lost animal to a county or municipal shelter. However, private shelters affiliated with rescues often will not accept animals, whether lost or surrendered by owners. Shelters with low-kill policies often have a limited admission capability.
Adopting an adult dog from a county or city shelter usually costs $75-$100. Young adult purebreds and puppies often have a higher adoption fee.  The fee to adopt a cat is usually about $50– sometimes with discounts if one new owner adopts two cats. The adoption fee usually covers the cost of spay/neuter surgery and essential vaccinations.

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