Mission Statement


Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter

By Douglas Ayres, Jr


Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, privately funded public service organization, with educational implications, and dedicated to humane treatment of all animals.

We consider service to animals our top priority.  We offer a haven to stray, unwanted, unidentified, and lost animals brought in by the Dog Control Officers of the towns and municipalities in western Montgomery County with which the Shelter has contracts.  In addition, privately owned animals are accepted from individuals when space is available.

Dogs and cats are kept until suitable homes are found.   We set no time limit on how long we will care for any adoptable animal.  We are very flexible with this regard.

We release animals in our care only to responsible owners.

The animal shelter is not a boarding kennel.

We do not euthanize animals for their owners; this is the responsibility of the owner and his/her veterinarian.

We do not "pick up" dogs and cats.  It is the duty of the Dog Control Officer to answer calls on lost, strayed or unidentified animals.

We are not a branch of the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and therefore do not answer calls on animal abuse, neglect, cruelty, etc directly.  Instead we advise the caller to contact an appropriate law enforcement agency such as the New York State Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the local police department, or the Montgomery County SPCA.

We make every effort to return lost dogs and cats to owners.

We have a lost dog/cat service.  If your animal is missing, notify us immediately, giving the shelter Manager the circumstance, description of the animal, our name and telephone number.  The Manager will have practical suggestions for you to follow, will post the information you have provided on the Shelter bulletin board, and will watch for the appearance of the lost animal as a new entrant at the shelter and notify you if it appears.

We work in close harmony with town and village governments, recommending to the Town particularly the necessity of bringing all Town dog census lists up to date so that all owners are accounted for and so that revenues from dog licensing may be applied to Dog Control Officer salaries; contact charges from the Animal Shelter; and temporary/emergency housing facilities for animals when delivery to the Shelter would be difficult.

We are not government funded.  We depend on the public for financial donations as well as donations of dog and cat food, litter, bedding materials, pet toys, cleaning supplies, etc.  Volunteers are always welcome and needed to groom and walk dogs, assist with normal chores , help with office records and fund raising, and much more.

Our Board of Directors

Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter's board members play an important part of keeping the shelter running as smoothly and with as much care for our animals as it does! Our members are constantly working to improve Ayres even more. Having a working board who truly supports the staff and volunteers is so important in having a good team to save as many animals as possible and provide them with the best quality of life and a loving environment while until they can find their forever homes!

2021 Officers:

Joseph Rosemyer - President

Suzanne Stegich - 1st Vice President

Dale Folmsbee - 2nd Vice President

Elaine Nalli - Recording Secretary

Melanie Shibley - Treasurer

Julie Slaper - Corresponding Secretary


Tara Hogan

Liz Wilson

Esther Frank

Our Staff

Our Staff:

Ayres' day to day is run by an extremely devoted group of people who our animals know as their families and their hope! Our staff goes above and beyond to do everything in their power to provide our animals with commendable mental, physical and emotional support while they are in our care.


Claire Custer


Marissa Christman

Richard Christman

Carol Burns

Our Volunteers

  • Tailored Petography has been so amazing to our animals and to us in the time that they have been volunteering with us! We couldn't be more thankful for profession, fun, beautiful pictures of our furry friends!

  • Kimm, Ken and family at Hummingbird Hills Winery have always been so amazing to us!  They donate to so many of our raffles, hold bi-annual fundraisers for us, and the best yet - have given some of our pets furever homes!

  • Kait & Lizzy at Personal Paws have been nothing short of amazing to the dogs and cats of Ayres! From taking beautiful pictures, to holding fundraisers and everything in between!

  • We are so thankful for the staff at Fort Plain Animal Hospital!  They go above and beyond for the animals in our care & there is no doubt how much they love every animal that comes through their doors.