The Humane Society of the Capital Region was incorporated in late 2009 with the mission to advance the humane treatment of animals in New York State's Capital region. The primary goal of our organization is to promote the cause of animal welfare with a regional approach. We believe that is takes a community working together in proactive ways to enact real change and coordinate the efforts of all.
Humane Society of the Capital Region releases Report on Animal Welfare in the Capital Region
Our first initiative, the Report on Animal Welfare in the Capital Region, educated and informed the public, municipal governments and the animal service community, and advocated for changes to address the unmet needs. Our report included information on the following New York counties:
Albany, Columbia, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington.
The report reveals serious gaps in services that address animal homelessness, overpopulation, neglect, cruelty and unnecessary euthanasia in the region.
The Capital Region is euthanizing animals at a greater rate per capita than other areas of the state. This fact alone indicates the importance of animal welfare organizations and stakeholders coming together to find solutions to address the gaps in services, share information, coordinate resources and efforts and eliminate excessive duplication of services.
We are currently in the process of updating this report with 2013 and 2014 information.
We are an advocacy organization only
The Humane Society of the Capital Region does not have a physical location, nor do we handle animals. If you have any issue with a lost animal, a sick or injured animal, or an animal cruelty complaint, PLEASE contact your local animal shelter and/or police department.
For a list of shelters and services in the region see the Shetlers & Services page.
Why create another animal
The organization was founded to act as a central resource for all who are responsible for and who have concerns for the animals in this community. There are over 100 local animal welfare organizations (that we are aware of), and yet no one central resource collects information about how many animals are being helped, what services are being provided, and what are the unmet needs and services for animals in this community. National animal welfare organizations have identified that each community needs to create a coalition in order to make sure needs are being met and financial resources are being used effectively.