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The SPCA of Tompkins County is a no-kill animal shelter devoted to mitigating overpopulation and animal cruelty. Founded in 1902, their mission is to protect companion animals and ensure they have the best lives possible. The shelter shifted to become entirely no-kill in 2001. As the first no-kill shelter in the United States, they are constantly working to manage overpopulation and reduce the number of homeless animals. All pets that leave the facility are either spayed/neutered or scheduled to be. 

Furthermore, the shelter offers a program for low-income pet owners to spay/neuter their animals for 1/3 of the usual cost. SPCA of Tompkins county uses several outlets to find animals new homes: adopting from their own facilities, an annexe in the mall, at the local PetSmart, and online. They work with, who is partnered with over 1800 animal welfare organizations in the US and Canada, providing the first online pet search with real-time updates of adoptable animals in shelters. The SPCA of Tompkins County works within the community to promote responsible pet stewardship through education, training and counselling, all to strengthen the human-animal bond.

Cayuga Dog Rescue is a nonprofit organization founded in July of 2005 aimed at rescuing stray, abandoned, and neglected dogs in addition to taking in dogs scheduled for euthanasia or who are deteriorating in regional shelters. Rescued dogs are placed in foster care by the organization, where they receive veterinary care as well as emotional, social, and physical rehabilitation before they are adopted into new, loving homes. The Cayuga Dog Rescue is committed to finding every dog they take in a forever home, offering support and consultations for the life of the adopted dog.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Ithaca

  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    #1 Ithaca Dog Fest

    Ithaca Dog Fest is an annual event that happens every Fall. Hosted by Bo's Bones Gourmet Organic Dog Biscuits, the festival is centered around bringing together all of the local canine rescue groups with prospective adopters and dog lovers. Not only will there be tail-waggin' good shopping opportunities for you and your doggo, but also a plethora of human/canine service groups, animal-related services and vendors, and showcases of adoptable dogs. Admission to the festival is free and it is kid-friendly. Come join fellow dog lovers in Cass Park in Ithaca, NY for music, food, shopping, and all things dog!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Year-round

    #2 Tompkins County Dog Park

    Tompkins County Dog Park opened in Ithaca in 2008 by the Tompkins County Dog Owner Group to provide a formal area for local dog owners to exercise their dogs. This nonprofit is dedicated to expanding recreational opportunities for dogs and their owners as well as promoting off-leash dog parks as an alternative to the overuse of sensitive natural areas. The park is on the Festival Lands adjacent to the Allen H Treman State Marine Park at the head of Cayuga Lake, an area already that has been used by locals for dog walking for some time. The park features separate areas for large and small dogs, a beach and swimming area exclusively for dogs, a composting system, solar lights, water spigots, and several seating areas. Additionally, there is access to a path leading to Cayuga Lake you can enjoy with leashed pets.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10 AM-6 PM

    #3 Six Mile Creek Vineyard

    Ithaca is in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, an area known for its excellent grape-growing conditions. Though there are several vineyards to visit, Six Mile Creek Vineyard is a great destination that you can bring along your furry best friend to. Wine tastings here are both delicious and affordable! The vineyard began in 1983 and the winery first opened its doors in 1987. Six Mile Creek is open daily, year-round for tastings of their award-winning wines and spirits. If you bring your dog along, they will surely be showered with love and welcomed with open arms.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Year-round

    #4 East Ithaca Recreation Way

    The East Ithaca Recreation Way features 3.55 miles of paved trails to explore with your doggo! As a part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, this recreation area was formerly a corridor of the Elmira Cortland and Northern Railroad from 1869. The trail is open year-round with winter maintenance, provides access to the picturesque Cornell University campus, and even runs through the Cornell Botanic Gardens and the Pine Tree Wildlife Preserve. Come enjoy the East Ithaca Recreation Way with your dog friends, but be sure to watch for bikes!
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  • Admission $7.00
    Duration Year-round

    #5 Buttermilk Falls State Park

    Buttermilk Falls State Park is a fantastic place to visit with your canine friends in tow. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of cascading waterfalls with your pal along steep, but well-kept trails. The upper park area features a lake along with woodland and gorge hiking trails, picnic areas, and playing fields. The lower park area features the campground, pool, playing fields, and a wetland trail. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park and on the trails, with the exception of swimming areas. There are even some cabins and campsites that welcome pets if you'd like to make a stay out of it! Don't miss this incredibly scenic destination that Ithaca has to offer. 
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