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Animal Control / Animal Shelter
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Richard Murray Animal Shelter
6363 French's Mill Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Alternate Phone:
Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Appointments appreciated and can be done by calling 861-6855.
Richard Savage
Animal Control Officer
Bob Meyers
Animal Control Officer
Kathy Foley
Animal Control Officer


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 and Local Laws for the Town of Guilderland.
        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 2014, they:                                                                      
 -Responded to 1,072 calls
        -Received 418 stray dog calls
        -Received 61 barking complaints                                                         
        -Dealt with 13 animal bite reports                                                      
        -Reunited  43 lost or runaway pets with their owners
        -Placed 12 dogs in permanent adoptive homes
        -Placed 23 cats in permanent adoptive homes
        -Handled 22 home visits to check on animals
        -Conducted 32 tours of the Animal Shelter
        -Received 307 wildlife calls
        -Received 30 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 the shelter at 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:




This is Chewy . He is a little scared but warms up quickly. He looks like a big teddy bear. He would be a very welcomed addition to your home.



Any one looking for 2 big dogs with high energy? Meet Bonnie and Clyde . They love to play and are great with people and seem to do well with other dogs. Stop in or give us a call. They would love to meet you.

This is Rubie. She's 9 pounds of sweet and sassy. She loves her walks but definitely is a lap dog and likes to be carried. She's about 1 1/2 years old and looking for a home.


This is Sage she is on the younger side. She is spayed and up to date on shots. She is an affectionate, playful kitty. Good with kids, adults and dogs she would prefer to be the only kitty in the house.
For more information on these pets, please call the Guilderland Animal Shelter at 861-6855


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