Pennsylvania SPCA

This week PetravelR™ is spotlighting the Pennsylvania SPCA on Adopt a Friend.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is the second humane organization founded in the United States and is the largest and most comprehensive in Pennsylvania. Their mission is to protect animals, prevent animal cruelty and improve the health and quality of life for animals in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania SPCA is 100% donor funded and does not receive outside support from the local, state. or federal government.

P SPCA logo

With the help of its supporters, the Pennsylvania SPCA is able to provide many important programs and services to the community, including:

  • An animal shelter to house rescued animals;
  • Adoptions centers with counselors dedicated to placing pets in forever homes;
  • A foster program to arrange temporary in-home care for pets that are too young for adoption or are healing from a medical condition;
  • A Shelter Hospital to treat shelter pets with critical injuries and illnesses;
  • Humane education classes and presentations for community members of all ages;
  • A humane law enforcement department that responds to situations of animal cruelty and neglect;
  • Low-cost wellness, vaccine, and spay/neuter clinics providing veterinary services to clients in the Philadelphia region; and
  • Behavior and training support for pet owners.

PSPCA kittens


The Pennsylvania SPCA operates two adoption centers, one at their Philadelphia headquarters, and a second in Danville.  The PSPCA also holds monthly off-site adoption events.  If you are thinking about a new pet, you can view many of the PSPCA’s adoptable animals online, or visit one of their adoption centers to meet your next family member in person!

PSPCA ferret

The PSPCA also has some wonderful resources for pet parents.  They offer a variety of dog training classes, from Puppy Kindergarten to a Pet Therapy Certification course.  You can also find a number of helpful articles on their website that answer many common questions about pet dogs and cats.  You can even submit a question online to the experts at their Virtual Help Desk!

PSPCA DogClass

The Pennsylvania SPCA provides humane education programs to many different organizations in and around the Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, including schools, community centers, libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs and scout troops, summer camps, and senior citizen groups.  Off-site presentations last between 30-45 minutes and can be tailored to your group’s needs. Visits to the shelter include a tour, presentation and activity and last up to 2 hours.

Happy grateful havanese dog is recovering and wearing a funnel c


And whether you’ve had family dogs for years or just adopted your first kitten, the PSPCA offers an array of veterinary services to help you maintain your pet’s health throughout his or her lifetime. They are proud of their excellent facilities, skilled veterinarians and support staff, and most up-to-date diagnostic equipment.


The Pennsylvania SPCA has a long history of protecting animals from abuse. Their sworn Humane Society Police Officers investigate complaints of direct physical abuse, animal hoarding, animal fighting, and situations of neglect, including failure to provide pets with food, water, shelter and veterinary care. In 2014, their team investigated 8,910 reports of cruelty or neglect and achieved 60 convictions against abusive and neglectful pet-owners.

PSPCA horse ambulancePSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Phoenix




The Pennsylvania SPCA relies on donations from people like you to fulfill their mission of preventing cruelty to animals.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support their important work.  You can make a one-time donation, enroll in the monthly giving program, donate in tribute or memory of a special person or pet, make a bequest, or provide for the animals in many other ways. Your gift goes directly towards easing the suffering of homeless pets in and around Philadelphia.

PSPCA 100 donorfunded

Of course, if you live in the area, the PSPCA can always use volunteers and foster families.  They also have a summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students.

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member! 


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