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History in Ithaca 

The natural lands surrounding Ithaca make it a hotspot for both wild and domesticated animals. Deer, wild turkeys, birds of all kinds, raccoons, and many more wild creatures can be seen in the woodlands of Ithaca. Tompkins County is lucky enough to have a history of animal care facilities, both wild and domestic. Domestic animal care organizations include the Tompkins County SPCA and the Cayuga Dog Rescue, while wildlife care organizations such as Wildlife Wishing Well, the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Care Center, and the Wild Things Sanctuary specialize in rehabilitating orphaned, ill, or debilitated wild animals. Each of these organizations work to ensure the welfare and protection of all living things in the Ithaca area.

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Current Status

There are a variety of Animal care entities and volunteer opportunities in Ithaca for both wildlife as well as domestic animals. Wildlife Wishing Well Rescue and the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Care Center are currently the two wild animal based welfare centers in Ithaca. They aim to rehabilitate and help any wild animals brought to their centers or that they receive calls about. The remaining two animal welfare entities are the Tompkins County SPCA and the Cayuga Dog Rescue. The following centers also deal in the issue of animal care:


Animal Welfare Volunteer Opportunities

Community Organizations

Student Organizations