The SPCA Serving Erie County opened its doors in February of 1867, 142 years ago! It’s the second-oldest humane society in the country.
The SPCA cares for approximately 20,000 animals each year through programs that include adoptions; admissions; animal rescues; animal emergency transports; stray lost and found services; animal cruelty investigations and seizures; care for wildlife, reptiles, exotics, and farm animals; and much more.
The SPCA cares for approximately 2,000 City of Buffalo stray animals per year, with no remuneration from the city. Additionally, the SPCA transfers more than 500 animals per year from the City Shelter to our shelter for adoption. In context, these city animals represent over 10% of the animals cared for by the SPCA, and we do it WITHOUT ANY CITY TAXPAYER DOLLARS. These numbers have increased over the last year.
The SPCA Serving Erie County is one of few humane societies in the country with an on-site surgical suite for animal sterilization, surgery, and overall care. The SPCA also voluntarily opens the surgical suite for community-wide, low-cost and/or feral cat animal neutering programs, in an effort to reduce overpopulation.