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Richard Murray Animal Shelter
6363 French's Mill Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Alternate Phone:
Mon - Fri
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sat & Sun
The Guilderland Animal Shelter will be temporarily closed on the weekends. Please call 861- 6855 during business hours.
Richard Savage
Animal Control Officer
Bob Meyers
Animal Control Officer
Kathy Foley
Animal Control Officer
The Guilderland Animal Shelter will be temporarily closed on the weekends. Please call 861- 6855 during business hours.

The Town of Guilderland’s Animal Control Department is responsible for a number of duties Town-wide, including:  

        Insuring that pets are appropriately licensed and that shots are current
        Guarding the public against animals running at large
        Removing injured or dead animals from Town roadways
        Working proactively to reunite lost pets with their owners
        Educating the public about the spaying and neutering of pets
        Enforcing all relevant sections of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law
        Securing well-screened loving homes for orphaned animals
       Maintaining a modern and humane animal shelter facility

        The Animal Control Department conducts its operations from the Richard Murray Animal Shelter at 6363 French’s Mill Road in Guilderland Center. The Animal Shelter was fully renovated and upgraded in 2006, utilizing a combination of Town funds and private-sector donations,  including 400 tiles purchased by area supporters that grace its walls.

        Animal Control Department employees spend much of their time on the road throughout the Town carrying out their duties.

During 2013, they:                                                                      
 -Responded to 1,104 calls
        -Received 426 stray dog calls
        -Received 55 barking complaints                                                         
        -Dealt with 6 animal bite reports                                                       
        -Reunited  27 lost or runaway pets with their owners
        -Placed 8 dogs in permanent adoptive homes
        -Placed 12 cats in permanent adoptive homes
        -Handled 22 home visits to check on animals
        -Conducted 20 tours of the Animal Shelter
        -Received 353 wildlife calls
        -Received 16 farm animal calls

The Richard Murray Animal Shelter is normally open to the public from 10:00 A.M.- 3:30 P.M. on Monday through Friday. Occasionally, emergency calls will require staff to be in other locations during those hours.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, you are encouraged to contact Animal Control Director Rich Savage at the shelter (phone 861-6855) to discuss the steps involved. Our commitment to finding homes for orphaned animals includes both an interview and a home visit to insure placement with qualified and loving families.
Animal Shelter Intake - The Richard Murray Animal Shelter operated by the Town of Guilderland will accept dogs and cats currently owned by Guilderland residents for adoption placement. Animals coming into the shelter for adoption must be: generally healthy domestic dogs and cats at least six months old; spayed or neutered; up-to-date on rabies, feline leukemia, and distemper shots; and people-friendly and socialized. Dogs must be currently licensed in the Town of Guilderland.

The shelter does not accept animals that owners are unwilling to keep due to age or poor health, nor does it take pregnant or stray animals or feral cats. Guilderland Animal Control staff will work with owners to locate rescue groups that can deal with animals that the shelter cannot accept. Due to space limitations, the shelter has a maximum capacity of nine dogs and five cats at any point in time.

Photos and information about cats and dogs that are ready for adoption is posted on the Animal Control page of the Town website, People interested in adopting a pet from the shelter can inquire at 861-6855 or by visiting the shelter during its regular public hours.

$30.00 (Within a 30 day time period)
3rd   CONTACT:
$40.00 (Within a 30 day time period)
$25.00 PER DAY

The pets shown below are currently available for adoption:




Penny, a one and a half year old Beagle mix, loves to play and is great with kids! She is spayed, up to date on shots and available for adoption! 518-861-6867 or


"Winnie and Maggie"

These pretty ladies are Winnie and Maggie. Winnie is a 3yr. old Lab and mother of Maggie. Maggie, a lab mix, will be one in October. They are sweet, gentle, fun loving girls!! Both Winnie and Maggie are spayed, up to date on shots and available for adoption. 518-861-6867 or


This is Oreo. He is a year and a half and still acts like a puppy. He loves to play ball and just snuggle next to you . For more info call us at 861-6855


Gracie is a sweet little girl spayed female up-to-date on her shots.  She was turned in by her owners who moved and could not take her with them. Visit the Guilderland shelter and see her.


Elvis is an older male. He is very affectionate and likes to play. Visit the shelter so you can meet Elvis!

Reeses is 6 months old. She is a silly, sweet, affectionate kitten. She is spayed & up to date on shots. Please stop by to meet her or call us for more information! 518-861-6867


Patches is a 5 year old neutered male . He was turned in by his owner who went into a nursing home. Patches is very sweet and still plays like a kitten.

For more information on these pets, please call the Guilderland Animal Shelter at 861-6855


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