The Shelter needs a few hours of your time!

July 26 through  August 2- Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, Cobleskill fairgrounds.   Volunteers needed to staff the Shelter’s booth, selling logo merchandise and raffle tickets and providing general Shelter information. All shifts are needed : 10:30a- 2:30p, 2:30- 6:30p, and 6:30-10:30pm, all days.  Booth will be set up under the Grandstand.  If you are able to help please call Nancy 518-388-8410.

Thank you for your support!

Support ASSV While You Walk!!

WoofTrax Logo

Now you can do something healthy for yourself AND your local shelter every time you go for a walk, with or without your dog!  Just sign up for the WoofTrax smartphone app, and designate ASSV as your shelter.  Then use the app when you walk, and earn a donation for every mile you log.  For details please check their website (click here) and “Take Your Walk for a Dog!”




Mugsy is a Shelter resident recently found to have a severe grade 4 systolic heart murmur. The veterinary specialist advised us that, left untreated, this will lead to a greatly diminished quality of life and sadly, an early death. He says that with angioplasty he can open up the stenosis and correct the flaps so that blood will flow evenly into Mugsy’s heart. As heart surgeries go, the procedure is not considered major. If he does well he goes home the same day. We will get a 15% discount on the fees as a not-for-profit, and we have to give the clinic three weeks’ lead time to schedule the surgery. There are no guarantees, but the veterinarian is confident that Mugsy is young enough to benefit from this surgical procedure.

Please help this handsome young fellow regain his health so that we may put him up for adoption! Donations in any amount are appreciated, and are tax deductible. You may use the PayPal “donate” button on this page, or call the Shelter at 518-296-8390 with your credit card info. Thanks to all who help give Mugsy this chance!



While we love hearing the “happily ever after” stories of all our Shelter pets, Grover’s is very special.  After having been abandoned by his former owners who left town, this lab mix was  brought to our Shelter a month later.   After being vet-checked, updated on his vaccines, and neutered, he settled in to life at the Shelter awaiting a forever home.   Not only did he get that, but he was also hand-picked to undergo training with the Department of Homeland Security and landed himself a whole new career!  Best of luck, Grover – we are SO proud of you!!

To read all about it in the Cobleskill Times Journal, click here.


On the afternoon of Tuesday February 25 the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley received a call from the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department requesting our assistance.  They had just rescued an elderly man from a snowed-in, unheated home in Summit, and three goats and a dog had been found to be living on the property without adequate shelter or sustenance.  Our Shelter Manager, assisted by her husband and another Shelter employee, and aided by a friend familiar with goats, spent two hours at the scene in below-freezing temperatures and high winds rounding up the frightened animals.  They are now all safe, and being cared for.  

Local station WTEN covered the story that same night.  Click here to view.




“Grover” was recently donated by the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley to New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention & Control – Arson Academy of Fire Science.   Here is his “class portrait” during week #2 of training.  He’s second from right.  He will graduate on April 11 and then go to work in “accelerant detection”.  Good job, Grover!  We are so proud of you!! 

Recycle Your Scrap Metal to Benefit ASSV

Now your scrap metal can help raise funds for the Shelter when you take it to “The Coach Workes of Schoharie County” at 4923 State Rte 30(across from Jack Miller Tractor) in Schoharie. Just tell them before your receipt is written that you wish to donate your proceeds to the Shelter, and they will make out the check to the Shelter and hold it there for us. You will be given a receipt as usual marked “donated to ASSV”, which can be used as a donation receipt for tax purposes. Their hours are 8:30-5 Mon-Fri and 8:30-noon Saturday, closed Sunday.

The Coach Workes buys steel, tin, aluminum, batteries, and cars. They do not accept precious metals (gold, silver, platinum), old campers, or old travel trailers. Metal fuel containers (tanks, cans, barrels, etc.) must be empty and have a hole in the bottom per DEC regulations. Otherwise they’ll take almost any scrap metal – tools, vehicles, large and small appliances, fencing, metal furniture, plumbing fixtures, cookware, metal garbage cans, pipes, and much more – even aluminum foil! Any questions, please call George, Ron, or Ed at 827-5160.