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.
Since the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Dutchess County SPCA adoption process has changed. The DCSPCA is currently open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Daphne, Bella, Miles and Sarge
Currently the Dutchess County SPCA has many sweet senior pets who are often overlooked because of their age.
Pictured above from bottom left to bottom right are Daphne, Bella, Miles and Sarge
There are many reasons why a senior dog can end up at a shelter. Most times, it is through no fault of their own. Many of them were once owned and cherished, and they would love nothing more than to experience that feeling again. Senior dogs are often passed over by potential adopters for puppies or younger dogs. Here are some reasons why a senior dog would make just as great a companion as a younger dog:
1. Most are very loyal and appreciative. They know when they have been saved, and they will be eternally grateful that you gave them a chance.
2. Senior dogs are usually very mellow and laid-back. If you are a couch potato and are looking for a cuddle buddy, they would be very happy to oblige!
3. Most senior dogs already have basic training and are already potty-trained. This takes away the stress of having to go through several hours of training and housebreaking. However, an old dog can still learn new tricks!
4. On average, dogs can live for 10 to 15 years. Don’t pass up on a dog just because they are a little older, as you may still have many years of unconditional love still ahead!
5. Lastly, senior dogs have already completely developed their personalities and are fully grown. Therefore, you know exactly what you are getting into!
If you have room in your heart for an sweet, older soul, please visit dcspca.org/adopt/