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Welcome to Goshen Humane Society of New York

We are a Small No-Kill Dog and Cat Animal Shelter located in Orange County, Goshen New York.

NYS Registration RR210 – expires 04/26/2021

Our Primary goal is to temporarily house cats & dogs until permanent loving homes are found.

During the time they are with us, we take care of their medical needs, socialize, love and care for them.

NO animal is ever put to sleep to create space for another animal.

As Goshen Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization , GHS struggles with the issues of very low funding. In comparison to other municipalities, we receive approximately 1/4th of the funding of most shelters.

In addition we DO NOT and NEVER have received any funding or help when it comes to cats, and sadly Goshen does have a cat problem. Our annual Veterinary bills average $40,000 and 90% of this is cat related. So this is why we charge surrender fees and ask for donations when people show up with cats and kittens.

This also means that our survival depends on adoption fees, additional donations and the generosity of the public along with fundraising. It is a constant struggle.

We ALWAYS need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help in the shelter, but even more important is that we need volunteers willing to help with fundraising and/or to chair a fundraising event. 

Interested in Helping?
We always have needs: Volunteers for Animal Needs, Fundraising, Grants . . .

We currently have a FaceBook Fundraiser in progress!

Click the Button to see more.

GHS believes in “Paying it forward.”

There isn’t a day that I don’t send out a thank you to someone who donated their time or things needed for the shelter.

I am eternally grateful to ALL that help the shelter in some way.

I admire anyone who truly wants to keep their pet, but may just be having a tough time feeding them. If we can help in some small way, GHS wants to help!

All I ask in return is that you “pay it forward” down the road to someone else that needs help.

Either visit the shelter or call us at 845-294-3984 and ask for our help.

Community FYI

In regards to DOG CONTROL – Dog owners are required by law to have an up to date Rabies and Dog License for their dogs.

If your dog ends up at the shelter you can incur fines. If your dog ends up at the shelter a 2nd time (or multiple times) unfortunately there will be increased fines.

In addition, if the Dog Control Officer comes out to pick up a dog that is lose, we are allowed to charge you a fine.

If your dog is NOT up to date with rabies, unfortunately they can’t leave the shelter, so it is very important that you make sure they are up to date.

Licensing is $7, so please make sure this is done. 

Looking to Surrender?

At the present time we are taking in dogs & cats on a case by case basis.

If you are looking to surrender a cat or dog, please Email Us!

You will get a response within 48 hours. When you email, please provide pictures, your situation, where you live, age of pet, health, if spayed or neutered and what vaccines and tests they have have and when.

Please understand that there ARE fees involved.

PLEASE DO NOT put your animals on CRAIGSLIST!

Need Help?

T.A.R.A. (The Animal Rights Alliance)

T.A.R.A. (The Animal Rights Alliance) is located in Middletown and can be contacted at 845-343-1000 or their website http://www.tara-spayneuter.org/ 

The services that TARA provides make it easily affordable to get what your pet needs. There is also a surrender fee.

GHS is a small shelter and 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 County 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.