Goshen Humane Society
We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to companion animals and to spay/neuter education. Our shelter is low-kill and provides a temporary home for our animals. We are committed to finding adoptive homes for the rescued animals that are brought to us because of abandonment, illness or neglect. We do not support euthanasia as a means of resolving the companion animal overpopulation crisis at our shelter. We work to educate the public regarding responsible pet ownership, including neutering of all family pets.
The Goshen Humane Society is a small shelter and is set up to care for dogs and cats. We are not equipped to take in “wild” or “exotic” animals. It is very important to understand that it is against the law to “trap” any animal that may be considered wild in NYS. It is also against the law to feed most wild animals. This means any animal that it’s origin is not fully known. Please do not try to make a determination yourself as to whether an animal who is living outside is wild or not, as you can cause severe injury to yourself and/or to the animal in question. If you come upon any animal that may fall into this category, the following information is very useful!
It is never recommended that an individual ever attempt to catch an animal that “may” be wild or that is found outside. There are appropriate places to call in these instances. If you are in possession of an injured animal or spot one that may be considered “wild,” meaning NOT a dog or cat, you should call your local Wildlife D.E.C. office. The local DEC office for Orange and surrounding areas is located in New Paltz, NY – the tel# is 845-256-3090. Please call this number for a list of “Nuisance Officers,” Licensed local wildlife rehabilitators, and for any questions that you may have. A Veterinarian is allowed to take in a wild animal for treatment only, however if your Vet is NOT a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with the State of New York, the animal is not allowed to be released back into the environment. The animal either must be turned over to a Veterinarian who is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, OR to an individual who is licensed to do the same. There is considerable training and licensing involved in order to know how to trap, treat and care for an animal that isn’t known to be domesticated, and has come from the outdoors. ANYONE who is not licensed nor trained for this is not only risking injury to themselves, but also to the animal.
If you come upon a stray dog or cat, then please call your local shelter, local Dog Control and/or Animal Control, as this is where most strays eventually end up.