Our Mission

The Animal Protective Foundation promotes and protects the human-animal bond by providing resources to our community and humane care to companion animals.

Our Vision

Our vision is a community where all companion animals are loved, respected and receive exceptional care.

What We Do

The Animal Protective Foundation is a humane society providing services to Schenectady County and the greater Capital Region. Since 1931, the APF has held true to the mission of its founders. We have an open admission policy which ensures that animals are not turned away based on their breed, age, condition, or circumstance.

We accept owner relinquished cats, dogs and small animals and stray cats from Schenectady County and greater Capital Region residents. We request a minimum donation of $25 per animal at the time of intake or surrender. The APF cares for upwards of 5,000 animals each year.

Our Commitment to the Animals

Upon arrival, animals receive an incoming exam and are vaccinated against distemper, rabies, and other diseases. They are also treated for fleas, worms and other parasites as needed. They are then given time to settle into their new surroundings and provided with comforting amenities, such as blankets, beds and toys.

Prior to spay/neuter surgery, cats over 6 months old are tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency (FIV), and cats under 6 months old are tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) only. Dogs are tested for heartworm, Lyme disease, ehrlichia and anaplasma (both tick-borne illnesses). The average cost of care we provide for each dog and cat is $250.

We get to know our pets through behavioral assessments so that we can place them with adopters whose lifestyles best match their needs. Staff members and volunteers provide daily exercise, enrichment, and socialization for the animals.

Finding Forever Homes

Our greatest hope for every pet is a loving, lifelong home. Our adoption process includes a simple questionnaire which helps to identify what characteristics adopters are looking for in a pet. After completion of the questionnaire, potential adopters can spend time with the animals. Once a pet goes home, we encourage adopters to contact us with any questions or issues that may arise. Should the adoption ultimately not work out, we will always take the animal back. In addition to pets adopted through the shelter, we work with rescue groups to place pets with special needs.


Although many assume that their tax dollars support the shelter, the APF receives no government support and is not affiliated with any national humane organization. The APF is funded by donations and fees for the services it provides. The Animal Protective Foundation is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. We rely heavily on private donations to keep our doors open. The APF generates income by providing animal control services, adoption fees, and crematory services.
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