Our Mission & Purpose

Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association is a Compassionate Care facility.

WRHA is the sole open admissions dog and cat shelter in Madison County which is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and compassion for the animals entrusted to us, striving to enhance adoptability, and re-homing adoptable animals at the highest rate possible, while educating and leading our community in creating a more humane society.

Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association is an open-admission shelter in Canastota, NY, that serves more than 1,000 cats and dogs each year. Wanderers’ Rest accepts unwanted or stray dogs and cats from Madison County, but is open to all Central New Yorkers who wish to adopt a dog or cat.

Through its public education programs, the shelter promotes responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals everywhere.

Wanderers’ Rest is a non-profit, 501c3 organization that welcomes contributions and volunteers.


Humane Education

Wanderers’ Rest provides Humane Education programs for Madison County, NY.

Dog Control in Madison County

Find out the Dog Control Officer in your City, Town, or Village

Feline Behavior Hotline

Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association offers a free Feline Behavior Hotline for adopters and individuals who are experiencing feline behavior issues.

Pet Surrender

At this time, we are only able to accept surrenders/strays from Madison County. You can still call us and we can help to provide you other options if you are from out of county.

Spay and Neuter Voucher Program

Please click the link above for the fillable form to fill out for our Spay and Neuter Voucher Program made possible by a grant from the ASPCA. Proof of benefits or income based on tax documents are required.

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Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible!