The shelter is located on Route 9G also known as Violet Avenue. From Route 9 (either the North or South), turn on to St. Andrews Road (also known as County Route 40A). Follow the road to end at the intersection of 9G. Turn right and make an immediate left into the shelter. The Adoption & Education Center is on the right. Turn left and travel to the end of the parking lot for the Medical Clinic and Intake Center. From the North, follow 9G south, we are ½ mile past Eleanor Roosevelt’s Valkill Estate on the left. From the South, follow 9G north, we are ½ mile from St. Peter’s Church on the right.

Hours of Operation
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 12 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 12 – 5 pm
Thursday: 12 – 7 pm
Friday: 12 – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 5 pm


Charlie is adorable and for the most part is a sweet, loving dog who likes other dogs and cats. Ideally, he would live with an adult or mature couple who have experience with dogs with resource guarding behaviors. Charlie lived in a home with children and a large dog. Both the children and the other dog would take all of Charlie’s toys and food, which taught Charlie to try and fiercely guard his possessions. Dogs guarding their possessions is a normal behavior, but because Charlie was being bullied, he took it to the next level.

His adoptive family will know not to leave items lying around, but if they accidentally do, they will know not to try and take them away from Charlie if he has claimed them. They will have to wait until he abandons them and then they can pick them up.  This will set Charlie and his new family up for success. Charlie’s adopters will consult with our dog behaviorist to learn how best to help him. His behavior isn’t something that can be loved out of him or forced out of him, but if managed properly, he will be the perfect canine companion.

If you are interested in adopting Charlie, or any of our other available pets, please visit the adopt page at To meet one of our pets, you must have an approved adoption application on file. Those with approved applications can visit the shelter Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Check the website to make sure the pet you want to meet is in the shelter and not in foster. To meet a pet in foster care, you must have an approved application and make an appointment. We are currently following CDC and New York State COVID guidelines.
Founded in 1871, Dutchess County SPCA is celebrating 150 years of helping the animals of our region.