Stray cats will be accepted without appointments between the hours of noon and 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. We also accept small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats and some birds. Appointments are not needed for small animals. We are not equipped to shelter large animals, reptiles, or other exotic pets. For information on where to take these animals, please call us at (518) 374-3944, ext. 101.


The APF houses stray dogs brought to us by animal control officers from Duanesburg, Niskayuna, Princetown and Scotia/Glenville. If you find a stray dog, contact animal control for the municipality in which it was found, and they will bring it to the appropriate facility.

Animal Control Contacts:

Duanesburg – (518) 391-9517
Niskayuna – (518) 374-3159
Princetown – (518) 470-0472
Rotterdam – (518) 630-0911
Schenectady – (518) 382-5200 ext. 5655
Scotia/Glenville – (518) 384-0137

The APF cannot take in wildlife or deceased stray animals. Please click here for additional resources or you may call us at (518) 374-3944, ext. 101 for further information.

We make every attempt to find the original owner of a lost pet. Every pet is scanned for a microchip upon arrival. If you find a stray pet and do not plan to bring it to the shelter, please contact us at 518-374-3944, ext 101 to file a found report and for more information on what to do.