Humane Society of Schuyler County

About Us

CATS/DOGS and Spay/Neuter Clinic: - 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865
HSSC Phone: (607) 594-2255 -  Fax: 845-501-3211 Email:
US Mail: PO Box 427 Montour Falls, New York 14865
Wags to Riches Store: 607.210.4263

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Founded in 1987, The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County. Our mission is to eliminate pet overpopulation, prevent cruelty to animals, provide quality care for homeless animals, promote responsible pet ownership, and help the community to develop humane principles toward all animals.To address this mission we offer a low-cost spay/neuter service for the dogs and cats of eligible area residents.

County residents meeting income requirements and residents with feral cat populations are provided the opportunity to bring dogs and cats to the low cost spay/neuter clinics offered twice monthly. We firmly believe that spay/neuter is the most effective means of reducing the problem of pet over population.

Prior to August 1st, 2009 our efforts were focused on caring for and placing cats since there is no other organization in Schuyler County addressing this need.  We also provide spay/neuter services and emergency medical funds for dogs.

On August 1st,2009 The Humane Society of Schuyler County assumed the management and operation of the Schuyler County Animal Shelter. The Schuyler County Legislature authorized a contract between the two entities in an effort to further promote collaboration between public, private, and not for profit organizations to provide a higher level of constituent services at a lower cost.

On November 24, 2014 all adoptable dogs were moved to their new home at our Montour Falls facility at 124 Marina Drive.

All inquiries regarding the adoption of dogs or cats should be directed to The Humane Society at 594-2255.  Cats available for adoption and Dogs available for adoption can also be seen on this website or by visiting 

Great Video on the need to spay and neuter

We also provide pet food and shelter for animals in need, maintain a small medical emergency loan fund and provide annual free rabies clinics.

Meet our kitty of the week

The Humane Society operates a foster network to care for homeless cats and kittens as space allows. Adoptable cats and kittens can be seen at our Cat Shelter in Montour Falls, at PetSmart in Ithaca, by calling us at 594-2255 to schedule an appointment or by looking through our listing of adoptable cats and kittens.  

Dogs can be viewed online and you can also see our available dogs and cats on Monday, Wed and Friday mornings between 9 and noon, Thursday nights from 5 - 7 p.m. during the summer, Saturday mornings from 10-1 and Sundays from 3 - 5 p.m. at the shelter in Montour Falls.  If those times aren't convenient, please call us to schedule an appointment.

We are funded primarily through donations, gifts, grants and fundraising efforts. We receive no county, state or government funding for our on- going operation. Nor do we receive funds from national animal welfare organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation please call us at 594-2255. We’ll put your skills or your donations to good use! We hope you enjoy your visit with us. And, do check back often to see what we’re up to and how you can become a part of it!

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a United Way Agency.

Thank you.

Become a Member

Would you like to become a member of the Humane Society of Schuyler County and help us reach our goal of improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County and building a new shelter? 

If so, please either click on the PayPal links below to join, or send us a check, payable to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, along with all of your contact information. All donations are tax deductible.

Membership Levels are as follows:
$20 Single Membership ($5 for each additional Family Member
$50 Friend  - $100 Sponsor

Single Memberships

$50 - Friend

$100 - Sponsor


Georgie Taylor - President

Georgie has been actively involved in the Humane Society since 2002 as a Board member, Vice President and as President since 2004.

Georgie holds an MBA from the State University of New York with a concentration in marketing and graduated cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in education.  She has held numerous managerial positions in sales, marketing and communications for Corning Incorporated, Digital Equipment Corporation and NCR Corporation.  A resident of the Town of Montour for over 30 years, Georgie is also Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and has served as a Literacy Volunteer.  In 2010 Georgie was recognized by the Watkins Montour Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow

Georgie is a 2015 recipient of The Jefferson Award for Community Service

Susan Hunter Herbert, Vice-President

Susan Herbert and her husband, John, have been members of the Humane Society for many years.  She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the HSSC.  An Army “brat,” she grew up in Illinois, Texas, Germany, and, for most of her formative years, Washington, DC.  She attended Eckard College in Florida and Lynchburg College in Virginia. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia for four years before moving to New York State.  She  worked for Cornell University for 30+ years and retired fully in 2011.  She and John live in the village of Valois in the Town of Hector with their three cats and one dog.

Chelsey Eberhardt - Secretary

She has been volunteering with HSSC for over 2 years, doing kitty care,  helping at adoption events at Petsmart. 

Chelsey was born and raised in Schuyler County and attended Odessa Montour Central School. She received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Keuka College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University.  She is currently practicing social work as a psychiatric social worker.

Chelsey is a life-long animal lover and currently has two dogs: Aspen who is a Westie and Bullet who is a German Shepherd.

Jessica Ryan, Treasurer

I was born and raised in Western New York, but I started my banking career 10 years ago in Harrisburg, PA. I fell in love with the FLX 2 short years ago while visiting a friend.

I am now settled in to the Watkins Glen branch of Chemung Canal Trust Company. After years in corporate banking, I find community banking a welcomed and refreshing change. It allows me to better serve my community.

I have always been an animal lover, having multiple members of my family being the furry 4 legged kind. I currently have a 6.5yr male old Bernese mountain dog named Corban, a 3.5yr female old German short-haired pointer named Heidi and a 6 month old male, partially blind, Great Dane named Magnus. Presently we are working on settling in to our new homestead on 50 rolling acres in Burdett.

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Board of Directors

Gita Devi

Originally from Massachusetts, Gita moved to the area 10 years ago to work at Farm Sanctuary.  An animal lover all of her life and a vegetarian/vegan for more than 40 years, she was a volunteer at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats for over 12 years, designed their web site and was Director of Adoptions and Internet Development for The Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (SCFAW).  She also managed SCFAW's small cat shelter.

After moving here, she quickly got involved with the Humane Society, helping at spay/neuter clinics, fostering kittens, helping with events and eventually redesigned the web site, set up their Facebook page and handles Social Media mailings.

Gita runs the Ginger Cat Bed & Breakfast.  She's an avid gardener, accomplished cook, wood worker and crafter.  She shares her home with 5 cats.

Gita received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a major in French and minor in Spanish. She worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 20+ years as a Business Systems Analyst and Web Designer.  She has worked as a carpenter and is also a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher.

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Paul Marcellus

Resident of Schuyler County since 1997. (Watkins Glen) Originally from Middletown NY. Graduated Middletown High School in 1974. Joined HSSC board in 2012. Purring and wagging felines and canines integral to life! Father of five, empty nest setting in. Lucky to have a dynamic local humane society with which to work. One term foray into local politics as a Schuyler County Legislator. Have operated local lodging establishment since 1997. Retired after 27 year of work within the NYS prison system. Hobbies; ceramics, making ice cream, learning banjo and accordion.

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Jared O'Dell

Jared O'Dell is a recent addition the the Humane Society of Schuyler County community. Hailing from Chicago, Jared is thrilled to be participating on the board and hopes to continue into the next term. Having served on several boards throughout college, Jared is comfortable with the protocols of working on a board of directors. In Chicago, Jared worked establish a non-profit theatre company, Honest Theatre, and can easily understand the struggles in the non-profit world. Jared loves to give back to this organization as it works to better the lives of area animals.

Dr. Margaret Coffey

Dr. Margaret Coffey is a native New Yorker currently living on Sugar Hill, outside of Watkins Glen with her husband, Calvin.  Dr. Coffey has been involved in business management for most of her career, having directed and worked in both corporate and small business enterprises nationally and internationally.

Dr. Coffey has held managerial positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Corning Incorporated and has directed several start-up organizations. She served as Director of The Veterinary Hospital at the University of Prince Edward Island and recently retired as Director of The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Louisiana State University. 
She continues to serve as President of The Coffey Corporation, manufacturers of innovative rowing products world-wide.

Educated at Mount Holyoke, Dr. Coffey also holds an MBA from Harvard University and a DVM degree from Cornell.  Dr. Coffey brings her training as an MBA and DVM and vast experience to the Humane Society and is looking forward to contributing to and collaborating with the organization.

Kathy Cole

Kathy Cole is President of West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising LLC which she founded in July of 2002 following a nineteen-year career in fundraising and institutional advancement. Since then Kathy has worked with a wide range of clients in higher education, health, the arts, social services, and animal welfare.

Prior to founding West Wind, Kathy spent a total of 13 years at Cornell University having most recently served as the Director of the Cornell Fund where she led the University’s annual, leadership, and reunion giving programs. While at Cornell, Kathy also served as Director of Public Affairs for the Cornell Plantations, where she managed a five-year $10 million endowment campaign for the University’s botanical gardens and arboretum.

Kathy has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for over twenty years having served as a member of the Board of Directors in both the Finger Lakes and Central New York Chapters. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a frequent lecturer on topics such as capital campaigns and  major gift programs.

Kathy is also a co-founder of the Ithaca Institute which provides unique, intensive training experiences for fundraising and non-profit volunteer leaders and professionals.

Kathy graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York, College at Oswego in 1979. She lives in Hector with her husband, Chris in an 1850s renovated farm house. Kathy has two grown daughters, Jenna and Jillian. In her free time Kathy is an avid organic gardener and enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and walking with her border collie, Sesame.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Wish List

We use a lot of the items on our wish list –– every jar of peanut butter, bottle of bleach or roll of paper towels helps to make a difference in our operating expenses.

Cat/Dog Supplies

  • Canned cat & dog food
  • Dry cat food/kitten food
  • 6 inch paper plates
  • Peanut butter
  • Cat and dog treats
  • Nylabone dog chews
  • Liquid KMR
  • Kitty litter
  • Black Kong Extremes
  • Spray Cheeze Whiz
  • Cat toys
  • Cat beds – washable please
  • Poop bags
  • Litter pans & scoops
  • Scratching posts
  • Newspapers (no glossies please)
  • Towels (washable)
  • Cat carriers
  • Dog crates
  • Wire crates
  • Dog Houses - here's a link to online instructions on how to build one.
  • Havahart Traps
  • Thunder shirts
  • Store gift cards

Cleaning Supplies

  • Bleach
  • Spay Bleach
  • Dish detergent
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags – 13 gal/33 gal
  • Toilet paper
  • Store Gift Cards
  • Scrub brushes
  • Sponges

Office Supplies

  • Copy paper
  • Pens and pencils
  • Ball rollers
  • Red, orange and black Sharpies
  • Business envelopes (#10)
  • Manila Folders
  • Large mailing envelopes
  • Staples Store Coupons 



Financial Donations are Needed For:

  • Medical supplies
  • Veterinary care
  • Lap top purchase
  • Copier purchase
  • General operating funds
  • Fuel oil
  • Electric Bill
  • Telephone Bill
  • General Maintenance
  • Advertising and Promotional Costs
  • Postage
  • Legal fees
  • Insurance

Additional Funds are needed to continue the renovations on our Shelter

We have launched a capital campaign to raise funds to renovate our new buildings.

Please contact one of our volunteers or call us at the number listed above to find out how you can help.

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