About Us


Donations and volunteers are greatly appreciated!  We are always happy to have gently used toys, blankets, towels, and of course food (canned and dry for dogs and cats)!

Our volunteers are the greatest! The animals so enjoy having new faces to walk with, play with, and snuggle with!  Experience with animals is preferred but not entirely necessary. Sorry, but all volunteers must be 18 years or older, please. All volunteers must be approved by the Shelter and are obligated to sign a liability waiver. Please inquire for more details. 

Adopting A Friend

To adopt a pet you must fill out an adoption application to be approved by staff.  There is a 24-48 hour hold on all adoptions to give us a chance to review your application and give you a chance to think about the commitment of owning a pet. Adopted pets may not be given as gifts, out side of the household.The adoption fees vary dependent upon licensing fees and spay/neuter refunds.


Who We Are

We are a small shelter with a small, dedicated staff. Our facility is a quick holding place, not meant for long term living. Animals are not in a home environment, but cages day in and day out. All of our animals deserve better lives than we can give in a shelter situation.

We are a municipal Shelter and Animal Control office.  We serve the City of Oswego and contract sheltering for surrounding townships.  We work aggressively to place as many adoptable animals as possible in good, caring, and permanent homes.  

We are often times mistaken for other animals groups, but we are not affiliated with the Oswego County Humane Society, or the Animal Welfare League. We are law enforcement for the City of Oswego.

Come Visit Us

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 7am-3pm for phone calls and in-city animal/nuisance complaints. Pet adoptions and animal visiting hours are from 11am-3pm Monday - Friday.
Dogs are brought out to view individually, only staff is allowed in the kennel for your safety and the safety of our animals. Cats may be viewed guided by a staff member. We are closed on weekends and holidays. After hour appointments may be made with an APPROVED application only.  Any interest in adopting from persons outside the local area or out of state, please contact the office by e-mail at tailwags46@gmail.com or by calling (315) 343-1803.
We are located in the Port City of Oswego, on the shore of Lake Ontario.  We are 45 minutes north of Syracuse. The shelter is one block north of State Route 104 on the east end of town.  On State route 104, in Oswego heading east towards Mexico, turn left at the intersection of Rte. 104 and George Street. Coming east into Oswego from Mexico - take a right at the intersection.
Continue north on George Street to the next stoplight (intersection of George St. & Seneca St. we are on the north/east corner of that intersection.


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