Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about donating to the SPCA

1.  I would prefer to mail my donation to the SPCA rather than make a gift online.  What is the address?

Donations can be mailed to: SPCA, 205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150.  Donations can also be made by phone by calling 716-629-3523.

2. Can my gift be made in memory/honor of someone?

Yes, of course!  Any gift made to the SPCA can be in memory or in honor of a person or pet.  Just use our easy online Tribute Gift Donation Form.  If you would prefer to mail in your donation, please include a note indicating who the donation is in memory/in honor of (please tell us whether the honoree is a person or pet) and also include the name and address of anyone you would like notified of your donation.  We will send an acknowledgement card within 3-5 days of receipt of your gift.

3. I have adopted an animal from the SPCA. My adoption fee provides the SPCA enough of a donation. Why do you need additional funds from me?

An adoption fee only pays a portion of the expenses for the care that we give our animals, including the one that you have adopted. It is a value for value transaction, not a donation. The price of adoptions covers approximately 14% of the funds needed to maintain the SPCA.

4. The Western NY community has many more pressing needs to respond to such as the homeless, single-parent families, healthcare for the elderly, etc. We need to take care of these problems first.
Yes, there are critical problems in this region, and the humane treatment of humans and animals alike are one of these problems. At the SPCA, we are committed to addressing violence, neglect and apathy...problems that impact not only the animals, but human populations of all ages, races and income groups. Our first priority as a humane society is to teach lessons of kindness and caring at every opportunity. Through humane education curricula in the local schools, we partner with teachers to remind children that human beings should have respect for all life. Our Teaching Love and Compassion program pairs "at risk" teenagers with shelter dogs who have behavioral problems that might prevent them from getting homes. By working together, the dogs become "good canine citizens" and the children learn valuable lessons of kindness and patience. Indeed, promoting a more humane society is why the SPCA was founded, and it's been our work since 1867.

5. Why am I asked to increase my contribution every year?
The SPCA's costs for emergency relief services, therapeutic and outreach programs, humane education, public information, and training and prevention programs continue to rise each year and we must depend on contributions like yours to help offset these differences. Your support helps keep income in harmony with expenses.

6. Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes, according to the guidelines established by the IRS. Certain donor benefits are considered by the IRS to have non-deductible value. If you choose to accept these benefits, you must subtract their value from your total donation. The SPCA will provide you with the benefit's non-deductible value. Keep all gift acknowledgements.

7. What is the overall goal for the annual Campaign for Kindness?
For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the Campaign for Kindness goal is $3,141,627, or approximately 53 percent of the SPCA's total budget.

8.  What is the SPCA's donor privacy policy?

Please know that the SPCA respects the privacy of its supporters.  Therefore, it is SPCA policy not to share, sell or in any way disclose information about our donors to any other individual or organization.

A copy of the SPCA's latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the SPCA, 205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150 or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

Latest Audited Financials
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