Dear Friends,

I am writing today, holding great hope that you and yours remain in good health. We care about you and all the members of our community whether you are a pet parent or not. At this challenging time for New York State and our country, our wonderful APF team has been busy doing our part to positively contribute to our collective good health.

First and foremost, we are protecting the health of our staff, volunteers, and direct service clients by following all the CDC recommendations and state mandates. Second, we have contributed medical supplies to our good friends and health care professionals at Ellis Medicine who regularly donate supplies to our veterinary team. We are pleased and proud to return the favor at this critical time, and send our sincere wishes for the safety of each and every one of them.

The APF mission is focused on helping people and their pets. We are a vital part of our community safety net and remain committed—with conviction and great purpose—to help pet-parents who are in need through job loss or illness, with lost, stray, or displaced pets in need of care.

During these challenging times, we continue to provide quality care for all pets in-house and have maintained essential programs including:

  • Pet Food Pantry (pick-up only at this time)
  • Surrender in-takes
  • Stray drop off and reuniting pets with owners
  • End of life services including humane euthanasia and cremation services

These services are currently by appointment. Contact: or (518) 374-3944 ext. 101

The APF is here for you—today, tomorrow, and for the future. Next year, we are looking forward to celebrating our 90th year of serving the community. Our team continues to handle today’s challenges while building for tomorrow’s needs.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come: expanded Pet Food Pantry including deliveries to those in need and lacking transportation; pet wellness clinics for those with limited funds and/or in areas lacking access to a veterinary clinic; and low cost and readily available pet behavior assistance—all with the goal of keeping pets in the homes of the families that love them. In the coming weeks and months, watch for details on the APF website and Facebook page.

Want to help? If the timing works for you, APF has critical needs right now and would appreciate your help.

Cash Donations Needed – to maintain excellent care including funds for pet food and enrichment, veterinary medical care, to provide spay and neuter surgery for adoptable pets, to operate our pet food pantry, and for end of life services. Your support will help fund outreach programs to help people and pets impacted by COVID-19. The most helpful gift is an unrestricted cash or stock donation in any amount.

Every dollar counts and every person can make a difference! To make a donation today, please contact APF at (518) 374-3944 ext. 122,, or visit the donate page on this website.

In-Kind Donations Needed – Shelter pets at the APF benefit from your in-kind donation. Please help keep our costs low by making a purchase through our online gift registry, These items are conveniently shipped to the APF—safe, direct, and appreciated!

The APF remains committed to providing critical community services during this time of great need, and to building a shared future where all companion animals are loved, respected, and receive exceptional care. We know our Greater Capital Region community is made up of resilient New Yorkers and pet lovers.

Thank you for always being there to help our four-legged companions. Together, we will persevere and come out stronger, more united, and more compassionate than ever.

Please be safe and well.

Most sincerely,

Deb Balliet

Executive Director