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City of Hornell Renews Contract with Hornell Area Humane Society

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The Common Council approved the contract between the City of Hornell and the Hornell Area Humane Society (HAHS) at their March meeting. The Council approved the contract for HAHS to provide dog and cat control and shelter services for a three-year term beginning April 1, 2023 through March 31, 2026.

The agreement is largely unchanged from previous agreements with both parties agreeable and appreciative of the terms and services provided.

“The Hornell Area Humane Society does a great job with providing the City its dog control services. The Trap, Neuter and Release program for cats is beneficial throughout the City, as a more effective, humane measure regarding stray or feral cats. The Codes and Police Departments work closely with the Hornell Area Humane Society to address and resolve animal related concerns and the relationship has worked well. We are happy to continue to contract with the Humane Society,” stated Mayor John Buckley.

New to this agreement is a mechanism for HAHS to report dogs and cats adopted to City residents to the City Clerk on a monthly basis and provide education to residents on appropriate licensing requirements.

Sandra Rapp, Executive Director for HAHS, states, “The Hornell Area Humane Society is looking forward to contracting with the City of Hornell for dog control for another three years. Also, as part of the contract, we are excited to continue our Spay That Stray program and to help the free roaming community cats in Hornell, be spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and in turn, have the opportunity to live a healthier life.”

If you are interested in adopting a pet from the Hornell Area Humane Society, please go to their website,, find them on Facebook,, or visit the shelter for more information.

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