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Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & Sanctuary (HVARS) is a 501(c)(3) charity organization, located in New York State.  We rescue domestic animals, farm animals and rehabilitate wildlife.  We also run a low cost spay/neuter program for cats and small dogs.

All donations to HVARS are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Please take a second to read and Vote!…

Please click the link below to vote for HVARS, we have a chance to win a contest with a prize of $3,000. This will help us in so many ways. You can vote once a day until the the 5th of March. Remember every vote counts.


Please scroll down for some exciting news!


We have begun renovations on the new facility. This building will soon become our adoption center and low cost veterinary hospital.  We are hoping to be open in Mid spring of 2015. Check back for updates on our progress.


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HVARS is proud to announce that we have purchased a 37 ft mobile veterinary unit that was custom-built to meet our needs.  Our new spay/neuter truck has been delivered and we are now hosting low cost spay/neuter and low cost vaccine clinics throughout Dutchess County.  Please see or “calendar tab” for information on registering for our low cost services.

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The administrators of HVARS are Celie Wiltse and Karen LeCain.

Meet Celie

I’m a NY State licensed wildlife rehabilitator, have had a love for animals my whole life and have dedicated my life to helping animals in need.  I live on a small farm in  Poughkeepsie,  NY, my two daughters also possess NY Wildlife Rehabilitation licenses)  and many animals.  I’m  a graduate of  Ulster community college with a degree as a Veterinary technician.  My hopes and dreams are to open a low cost clinic to provide health care along with low cost spays and neuters to families who can’t afford the high cost of necessary medical needs for their pets. My goal is to be an advocate for wildlife by teaching  younger generations the importance of  respecting every animal that shares our environment, as well as helping the animals who need help.

Meet Karen

I have been a lover of animals for as long as I can remember. As a child, I constantly brought home “pets” of every kind, including local strays. My love for animals has only grown over the years and I am now dedicated to our non-profit organization. I am a licensed NYS wildlife rehabber who has lived in Dutchess County for 15 years. I live on a small farm in Wappingers Falls with my boyfriend, nephew and brother.  I couldn’t do what I do for the animals without their dedication and support.  My HVARS partner Celie & I have literally raised and released hundreds of orphaned wildlife babies over the years.  In addition, we have saved countless injured animals from certain death.  We recently became partners with the Petco Foundation and we have been running adoption events at the Poughkeepsie location on weekends.  I hope to continue my mission for years to come through our newly formed organization.


As you know, one of HVARS goals is to provide high-quality, low-cost spaying and neutering services for the four-legged members of our community. And to encourage the humans who love and care for these pets, we are committed to keeping our spay/neuter clinics affordable, convenient and staffed by skilled and compassionate veterinary professionals.

The enthusiastic welcome we have received in just our first few months of service convinces us that you and your neighbors share HVARS dedication to loving responsibility for our pets. We have already spayed/neutered and rehomed hundreds of animals.


Please Download the free app WoofTrax so you can walk for our rescue! Everytime you turn this app on and walk your dog, the app donates money to us with no cost to you!

Our zip code is 12603. (NY)

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