This is a Community Announcement from the SPCA of Tompkins County about Hot Dog Day. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at

SPCA staff and volunteers will be at “Hot Dog Day” to share in the fun as Lou Cassaniti grills the hot dogs and the Not Dogs (vegan) entirely to raise funds for shelter animals at the SPCA of Tompkins County. Cassaniti’s event typically raises more than $3,000 each year and is SPCA’s longest running local fundraiser.  

Hot Dog Day will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the west end of the Ithaca Commons near Hot Dog Day Sponsor William Jane Dispensary with proceeds going to helping local animals and programs at the SPCA of Tompkins County.

“Hot dogs, sausages, and veggie dogs on Lou’s grill are a sign that summer is indeed upon us,” says Bouderau.

To add to the funds raised at the event, the SPCA of Tompkins County has a current fundraising challenge taking place. SPCA “Matchmakers” have offered to match every dollar raised by May 31, up to $50,000. Money raised at Hot Dog Day will count toward the challenge.

“I’m thrilled that once again, the perennial favorite, SPCA Hot Dog Day coincides with our ‘matchmaker’s’ $50,000 challenge!” says Jim Bouderau, SPCA of Tompkins County executive director. “Lou Cassaniti has been a loyal SPCA supporter for many years and we are quite grateful for his generosity in hosting another Hot Dog Day to benefit the SPCA.”

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals.  We are a no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation.  We promote responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling and training to nurture and enhance the human-animal bond.

The Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center is open for adoptions every day except Wednesday

from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.