53 Maple Ave. Scotia, NY 12302    |    (518) 374-3944       HOURS: TUES, FRI, SAT 12-4:30PM,   WED, THURS 12-6PM,   CLOSED SUN-MON
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Lost Pets


Tips for finding lost pets
What to do if you find a stray

Finding Your Lost Pet
If you have lost a pet, call the shelter immediately at 374-3944, ext. 101 to file a lost report.

The APF houses stray dogs brought to us by animal control officers from several Schenectady County communities, including Duanesburg, Rotterdam, and Niskayuna. We can provide a contact list of other shelters and animal control officers that you also should contact. We make every attempt to find the original owner of a lost pet.

PLEASE put collars and ID tags on ALL of your cats and dogs. It is the simplest thing you can do to help ensure the return of your lost pet.  Each year millions of owned, lost animals end up in shelters, never to be reunited with their owners because they are unidentified. We also encourage microchipping and scan every incoming animal for a chip.

If you find a stray pet, please contact us to file a found report and for more information on what to do.If you have found a dog, please contact animal control through your local police non-emergency number.

Does Your Pet Need an ID Tag?
Simply Tags offers quality engraved ID tags for just $5 each, including shipping. Plus they will donate $1 per order to the APF. Make sure you use the code APFNY at check out.


Low-Cost Spay / Neuter


APF Community Spay/Neuter Clinic

53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY
Located next to the APF Shelter
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Fax: (518) 982-5246




(518) 374-3944, ext. 121 & 125

Please note that due to high demand our phone lines may be busy.
Please leave a message. We will return your call on the same day if it is received by 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. If not, it will be
returned on the clinic's next business day.



Why Spay And Neuter?
Pet overpopulation results in the death of millions of unwanted companion animals every year. Only by preventing the births can we begin to prevent these deaths.

The Community Spay/Neuter Clinic is the APF’s answer to our community’s pet overpopulation crisis. Our beautiful, new state-of the-art surgical center will enable us to further our commitment to high-quality, low-cost surgery with the singular goal of reducing the number of homeless and unwanted animals in our communities.

We provide compassionate care by skilled veterinary professionals using the same quality instruments, supplies, and equipment you would find in a private veterinary hospital.

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Our beautiful, new
surgical center
offers a welcoming
environment for
clients and a quiet,
comfortable setting
for our animal patients.

Who is eligible to use the clinic?
This program is intended for those who cannot otherwise afford to have their pets altered. It also supports the work of shelters and rescue organizations and enables Good Samaritans caring for feral cats to manage them humanely and affordably. It is not a wellness clinic. The focus is on spaying and neutering and the limited additional services we offer are only available in conjunction with surgery.

We offer two fee structures: one for the general public and one for those receiving some type of public support. Please note that the number of surgeries we can provide at this lower cost is dependent upon available funding and donations, which will vary.  Please call for information on availability of income-qualified appointments.

Contributions to the Community Spay/Neuter Fund and donations of supplies are greatly appreciated and enable us to help more animals.

Make a Donation

View Our Clinic Wish List

All appointments scheduled as of 4/3/14 will be charged according to the pricing listed below.

Services and Fees

All surgeries include examination by our veterinarian, flea treatment, nail trimming and ear cleaning as needed, and a tattoo for surgical identification. Limited additional services are available at time of surgery. (see below) 

Standard Fees 


Income-Qualified Fees 


Female cats
Male cats
Female dogs under 50 lbs.
Female dogs over 50 lbs.
Male dogs under 50 lbs.
Male dogs over 50 lbs.                


Female cats
Male cats
Male dogs under 50 lbs.
Male dogs over 50 lbs.
Female dogs under 50 lbs.
Female dogs over 50 lbs.



Those receiving public assistance are
eligible with the following:
 •  NYS Benefit ID Card for Medicaid or
     Food Stamps
 •  Drivers license or photo ID

HEAP recipients are also eligible with
the following:
  • HEAP verification letter or proof of HEAP
  • Drivers license or photo ID



Services Provided with Surgery
All surgeries include examination by our veterinarian, nail trim and ear clean as needed,
and flea treatment. The following optional services are available by request and
given only at time of surgery.
Optional Services - NOTE: These services are available ONLY in conjunction with spay/neuter surgery. We are not a wellness clinic or a full-service veterinary hospital

Exam (if already spayed or neutered)
This refers to an exam prior to surgery during which we
discover that a pet has already been altered.
We do not offer wellness exams.

Rabies vaccine (if not up-to-date)
DA2PP Canine distemper/parvo vaccine
FVRCP Feline distemper/upper respiratory vaccine
FeLV/FIV test
Heartworm test
Cardboard carrier
Early drop-off (night before surgery)



   $10/$5 for income qualified

Special Pricing

Shelter Groups and Rescue Organizations
We welcome other animal welfare organizations to use our program. Participants must be 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations with an established spay/neuter policy, vaccination protocol, and a minimum of one year of experience in the animal welfare, rescue, or adoption field. Prior to making an appointment, a Partner Participation Application (provided below) must be submitted. Call 374-3944, ext. 121 & 125 for further information.

Partner Participation Application

Feral or "Community" Cats
Community caregivers are eligible for a reduced fee of $40 for either male or female feral cats. Included in this fee is spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, flea treatment and mandatory ear tip. No income qualification is required, but the caregiver must commit to providing an ongoing source of food, water, and shelter for the cat, as well as follow our guidelines for intake and release.

Community Cat Before-Surgery Instructions

Community After-Surgery Instructions

Important Information on Vaccinations

New York State Law requires a rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring your rabies certificate with you. (Your rabies tag is NOT valid proof of vaccination.) If your pet is not vaccinated, we will administer a vaccination for an additional fee of $10. This applies to cats and dogs at least 3 months of age.

For your pet's protection, our veterinarians require that your Dog be vaccinated for distemper (DA2PP) at least two weeks prior to surgery. Your animal will be around many other animals and might be exposed to something (just like when you send your kids to school). It takes two weeks for a vaccination to become fully effective. We can vaccinate your pet two to three weeks prior to your appointment for $10.

Preparing your pet for his appointment

Your pet must be in good health and have food withheld the night before surgery as instructed.

Pet drop-off is at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will need to be rescheduled.

Payment is due at time of drop-off. We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard and debit cards. We do not accept checks.

You will complete necessary paperwork upon arrival. It cannot be faxed or mailed ahead of time. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR UNTIL PAPERWORK IS COMPLETED.

All pets must be safely restrained in individual carriers or on leashes.

All feral cats must arrive in a covered humane (Havahart) trap.

Before-Surgery Care Instructions

Picking up your pet and caring for him after surgery

Pick up is at 4:00 pm on the same day as surgery. We close promptly at 4:30 pm. We do not board animals overnight. If the clinic has closed, you will need to come back the next morning and you will be charged a $30 boarding fee.

You will receive detailed instructions on taking care of your pet after surgery when you pick him up. You will be told what to expect over the next few days as your pet recovers. These instructions are also provided in the link below.

You will be told of any conditions or medical issues the veterinarian may have found during examination which may require follow up at a full service veterinary clinic.

After-Surgery Care Instructions

Spay/Neuter Facts


Dog Training Classes

Our Program Features Great Trainers & Small Classes

The APF's Dog Training Program is designed to train owners to develop well-mannered family pets and good canine citizens. Our courses offer socialization with other people and dogs, as well as training for skills, including how to walk calmly on a loose leash, come when called, sit, down, stand and stay. Our approach to training is a motivational one, always using positive reinforcement to achieve success. Plus, training with the APF helps homeless pets, as 50% of your registration fee benefits the shelter. Minimum age for handling is 16 Years old if accompanied by an adult.

Read more: Dog Training Classes

Euthanasia & Cremation


September 3, 2013

Please Note: Due to limited staff availability, euthanasia services for the public are temporarily not being offered. Cremation services are still available.

Making the decision to euthanize a beloved pet can be very difficult. The APF offers the services of its certified staff to carry out this procedure with compassion. All services are by appointment and scheduled Tuesday through Friday between 12 and 4 pm. Please call (518) 374-3944, ext. 101 for further information.

Read more: Euthanasia & Cremation