Jefferson County SPCA closed for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 exposure

News release

WATERTOWN, NY – The Jefferson County SPCA’s main shelter on Water Street in the city of Watertown is closing for two weeks after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The remaining staff and volunteers exposed are entering quarantine at home.

We are following all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and the public.

The shelter will be deep cleaned and new volunteers will be brought in to care for the animals.

Due to lack of essential staff, all adoptions through the main shelter are on hold for two weeks and all surgeries will be rescheduled.

As always, the well-being of our animals has always been our top priority. Many of our cats and small animals have been transported to our Petco location in Watertown, which will remain open.

We are currently seeking emergency foster parents for several dogs. To become a foster please email: or call 603-252-8576.

The SPCA of Jefferson County is a non-profit animal shelter dedicated to finding permanent and loving homes for homeless pets, providing shelter, healthcare, and behavioral evaluation before adoption; reducing the number of homeless animals by spaying and neutering; promoting the return of lost animals to their homes by microchipping before adoption and community outreach with lost pet alerts; and
promoting humane treatment and responsible pet ownership through community education and awareness.

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