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Pennsylvania SPCA Headquarters


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Our Mission

The PSPCA rescues animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitates them medically and behaviorally, and places them with new, loving families. We bring our mission to life through the lifesaving efforts of our Humane Law Enforcement division, in-house Shelter Hospital, low-cost veterinary services, behavior and enrichment program, humane education, and placement of abandoned animals in loving forever homes.

The PSPCA has the distinction of being the states oldest, largest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization, and the nations second oldest. We were founded in 1867 by a Philadelphia businessman determined to end the pervasive abuse of the citys working horses through the creation of state laws protecting animals and their subsequent enforcement. Now, 150 years after our founding, the PSPCA is the states leading animal welfare organization. Headquartered in North Philadelphia, we have two regional locations, the Central PA Center at Danville (Montour County) and the Lancaster Center.

The PSPCAs extraordinary work benefits animals in need, pet parents, and residents throughout Pennsylvania, crossing all social and economic boundaries and age ranges. We help communities address animal cruelty issues through our uniquely powerful operations, including:

One of the nations largest HLE divisions, with 10 sworn officers serving 18 counties throughout the Commonwealth, rescuing animals and litigating cases of cruelty to punish animal abusers to the fullest extent of the law.

One of the countrys most innovative forensic programs

One of the East Coasts largest in-house shelter hospitals

The regions only large-scale rescue organization, offering countless abused animals their only opportunity to escape a horrific life of cruelty

Philadelphias only full-time humane education program, helping prevent animal cruelty before it starts and helping our citys youth become the next generation of animal advocates

Innovative research projects such as our Outpatient Parvo Clinic. The groundbreaking results, which indicate that infected puppies can recover without ICU-level care, have already begun to change how shelters and animal welfare organizations across the country treat puppies with parvo.

These programs embody our no-kill philosophy. We do not euthanize for time or space, and we are proud to have achieved a 97 percent live-release rate.

This comprehensive mission remains possible through the generosity of our donors — individuals, organizations and foundations who help us continue our lifesaving work and provide vital yet affordable pet services to the community. We do not receive any federal, state or local government funding.


Address:
350 E Erie Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Call Us: 215-426-6300

Email Us: [email protected]

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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