About Us

Stray Haven is a small, not-for-profit shelter organization serving all of Tioga County, NY and our neighboring counties. We receive no guaranteed operational funding from the state or county level and rely totally on adoptions and our very generous donors and other charitable agencies to keep our doors open. Stray Haven was founded 50 years ago by a woman named Elaine Forkan, who wanted to provide a shelter for lost and unwanted animals to be taken care of until they found new homes. Our facility began with a donated building in 1967 and with generous donations, we now have an office, small animal clinic and the original kennels which have undergone substantial updates. Recent donations have allowed us to install a fence around much of the property giving our shelter animals a safe place to exercise. We continue to raise funds to keep our buildings safe and secure for years to come. Today we offer many services, including pet adoptions, spay/neuter programs, dog obedience classes, pet therapy, volunteering opportunities, cruelty investigations and humane education. Stray Haven Humane Society & SPCA is a no-kill animal shelter. We continue to accept new animals as our current shelter animals are adopted into new homes or placed in Foster Care.

We need your help! There are so many ways you can get involved and help Stray Haven Humane Society.

  • Volunteer with Shelter Animals: We need Dog Walkers & Cat Cuddlers to help our shelter animals get the exercise and socialization that they need. Volunteers must by 18 years old or accompanied by an adult. Help us keep Stray Haven clean & purr-ing along!
  • Donate: Contribute toward a specific animals’ adoption fee, donate money to be used to pay our bills keeping the lights on and kibble in the bowls, or donate items from our Wish List. Gift cards are also great!
  • ADOPT: Looking for a new furry friend? Adopt, don’t shop. We have lots of cats and dogs of all ages, sizes and colors ready and waiting to meet you! While you may have a particular age or breed in mind, we encourage you to keep checking back as we often have new arrivals. Puppies and kittens become adult dogs and cats, and adopting a full-grown animal has many benefits.
  • Start a Project: We LOVE community projects! From Pet Food Drives to organizing Raffle Drawings or building cat condos, we appreciate all of your hard work and donations!
  • Volunteer for Facility & Grounds: Our building and yard takes a lot of work to maintain. The fences that allow our shelter dogs to get free run were graciously donated. We often need replacement washers & dryers or lawn mowers. Our next big projects include Roof Repair and Driveway Resurfacing. Professional services are always greatly appreciated (plumbing, electrical, photography). Do you have a snowblower and like to work outside? When the snow arrives, we will need help keeping the sidewalk clear and making walking paths for the shelter dogs in the yard.
  • Participate in Pet Therapy: Have you ever wondered what Pet Therapy is? Bringing shelter animals to local nursing homes and education events helps to bring a smile to the face of those facing difficult times. Shelter animals are ready to give their love, and you will be surprised at how much both animals and people shine from even a short visit.
  • Volunteer your Time, Treasure and Talent on the Board of Directors: Joining the Board of Directors requires a 2-year commitment and asks each member to attend regular meetings, participate in and plan fundraising events and contribute to the governance of Stray Haven Humane Society & S.P.C.A. To learn more or submit a letter of interest with your resume, contact us at admin@strayhavenspca.com.
  • Join our Team! While there are a limited number of paid positions at Stray Haven, we value our staff as they are a critical component to our success. If you are dedicated, hard-working and interested in working with people and animals, please view our job postings from Indeed on the link at the right. Employment Application Stray Haven

Come to Stray Haven and experience how giving gives back!

Spay/Neuter Program

The Alteration Clinic program focuses on helping low income pet owners and families under financial hardship have their pets spayed or neutered and assisting with Stray Cat needs. Payment must accompany the Alteration Clinic appointment form to reserve your spay/neuter appointment. Contact our office for more information. 607.565.2859.  Click here to download the appointment request form for your pet!

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