The Ontario County Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of community and business members. As a non-profit organization, most programs are free to the community. Our Mission is to reach out to our community to make our surroundings a better place for people and animals to live together. Focusing on dog and cat safety, care and education, we hope to improve our community for all.

There are many ways to get involved with your Humane Society — the first step is to become a member. Fill out the Membership Form, select your level of involvement, save it to your computer and then print and mail to the address above or e-mail it to: .

If you are looking to do more, there are many ways to help and contribute:


Join the Board

Assist a Committee

Volunteer for the Shelter

Benefits of becoming a member

As a membership driven, not-for-profit organization, the majority of our programs and services rely on members like you, supporting our initiatives as your Humane Society. Without memberships, and member involvement, many of our educational programs and expanded community services would not be available for Ontario County. Your Humane Society provides the only key link between animals, people and your community.

When you become a member of the Ontario County Humane Society, you’ll receive up-to-date information, and most importantly, you’ll make our community a safer place for people and animals to co-exist. There are also personal benefits to becoming a member of the Humane Society, which are listed below:

  1. Quarterly Newsletters
  2. 20% off Pet Adoptions
  3. 10% off Happy Tails Merchandise (Tee Shirts, Sweat Shirts, Totes, etc.)
  4. 10% off cremations (1per household per year)

When you send in your membership/donation form, please specify which program(s) you wish to support, or choose to support the General Fund. Your support, at any level, is important to our community.

We are often asked, “What is the benefit of joining the Ontario County Humane Society, Happy Tails Animal Shelter?”

  • Dog Control, which is regulated by the New York State Agricultural and Markets Law, are funded by local dog licensing and supported by Ontario County. We contract with Ontario County to provide this service to the Cities of Canandaigua and Geneva, and the Towns of Bristol, Canadice, Canandaigua, East Bloomfield, Farmington, Geneva, Gorham, Hopewell, Manchester, Naples, Phelps, Richmond, Seneca, South Bristol, Victor, and West Bloomfield
  • Our other programs, Cruelty Fund (care for abused animals), Education, Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program, Low Cost Senior Pet Adoptions, are funded by memberships, our fund raising efforts and by generous donations.

There are a variety of membership levels for your consideration. A form is included here . Becoming a member also gives you a number of membership benefits.

We look forward to your membership support.

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Join the Board

We’re always looking for quality volunteers to help steer our organization. Submit your request to sit on the board, and when a position opens, we’ll contact you for an interview.

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Assist A Committee

Volunteer Committees Include:

Public Relations
Shelter Improvement

Volunteer for the Shelter

First fill out the following Volunteer Application and then stop into the shelter or send it to . With such a large variety of programming and services available to the community, there is always a way to help.

Activities Include:
Marching in local parades for the Ontario County Humane Society
Decorating the shelter for seasons and holidays
Gardening and outside decorating
Hosting a Fund Raiser
Helping with our Fund Raisers
Grant Writing
Assist in bulk mailing for shelter needs
Distribute information on events and notices, by driving through out the county to distribute these flyers and posters, to vet offices, animal related businesses, etc.

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