We Have a New Name – Now officially the Susquehanna Animal Shelter!


The Susquehanna Animal Shelter (formerly Susquehanna SPCA) is committed to bringing about a time when there are no more homeless animals and every companion animal will be guaranteed a loving home. We work to accomplish this goal through our spay/neuter, adoption and education programs.

Check our website pages for our latest adoption specials, upcoming events, support opportunities and more!

Come Visit Us!
We are located on New York State Route 28, just four miles south of Cooperstown.
Our address is 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Hours of Operation:
We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and by appointment.


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Entrance to the Louis Busch Hager Animal Shelter

Our History

When the Otsego County SPCA was founded by Mrs. William T. Hyde and other prominent area citizens in 1917, it had no shelter building. The founders arranged for strays to stay with area veterinarians. In 1970 the organization's Board of Directors voted to build the first dedicated shelter. Located in Pierstown, the building was completed in 1972. At that time the shelter was maintained entirely by volunteers who answered the telephones, fed and cared for the animals, and cleaned their cages.

In the early 1980s, the SSPCA opened the Better Exchange Thrift Shop. It accepts gently used clothing and household items which are sold to generate revenue for the maintenance of the shelter and its animals.

In 1981, the Board renamed the organization the Susquehanna SPCA, and the organization rapidly outgrew the Pierstown shelter. Thanks to the generosity of Louis Busch Hager, the SSPCA acquired the property on State Route 28, south of Cooperstown, where it is located today. An old motorcycle repair shop on the grounds was remodeled to become the new shelter. In 1995 and 2008, the SSPCA expanded the building to accommodate an increasing number of strays and abandoned animals. Named for its benefactor, it is know as the Louis Busch Hager Animal Shelter.

In the mid 1990s, the SSPCA became a "no kill" shelter. Animals are not euthanized due to age or amount of time spent at the shelter. Animals are only euthanized in cases of non-treatable illness or extreme behavior problems that threaten the safety of other animals and people.

In November 2014, the SSPCA changed it's public name to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter to better reflect upon our operations and mission.

Today, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter accepts homeless or abandoned animals from across Otsego County. They are treated for illness or malnutrition, vaccinated and spayed or neutered before adopted to a loving new home.

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