In response to recent developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania SPCA is working hard to both fulfill our mission to the community and to the animals in our care while also taking important precautionary measures to protect our staff, volunteers and the public. We are providing the following updates to our services:
- Our Philadelphia Veterinary Clinic at Erie Avenue will remain open to assist families in need but will operate BY APPOINTMENT ONLY with curb-side drop off to treat sick, urgent and emergent cases. Pet owners that show up without an appointment will be asked to remain in their car until their allotted appointment time. Families in need of veterinary services are encouraged to call our Erie Avenue headquarters to schedule an appointment, (215) 426-6300 and select #3 for the clinic. We request that all non-urgent, wellness visits be delayed until further notice.
- Public surgeries, including spay and neuter, will be on temporary hold beginning on Monday, March 23 across all of our sites (Philadelphia, Lancaster and Danville). The Veterinary Medical Association across Pennsylvania has made the request to discontinue non-emergency surgeries statewide to conserve supplies, including oxygen and other equipment, should it be needed for human patients.
- Vaccine clinics across all sites will be cancelled until further notice since these clinics typically draw large groups of people. If your pet urgently needs vaccines, please schedule an appointment at our clinic.
Humane Law Enforcement
- The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team will continue answering calls to rescue animals from cruelty and neglect. Should you witness animal abuse in these, or any other times, please contact our cruelty department at 866-601-SPCA or email@example.com.
- Beginning Monday, March 16, all Pennsylvania SPCA locations including our Erie Avenue Headquarters, Lancaster and Danville Centers, as well as our Affiliate, Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR), will be closed to the public for open adoptions for two weeks. On any given day, each of our sites have high numbers of people visiting at any time. While we are eager to place as many animals in homes as we can, we feel this is the most responsible step to protect the safety of both the public and our staff.
In the meantime, each of our locations and MLAR are working toward establishing special adoption and foster services that are unique to that location, particularly if this situation lasts beyond two weeks. Please continue to follow each location’s social media accounts (Pennsylvania SPCA, PSPCA Danville Center, PSPCA Lancaster Center, Main Line Animal Rescue) for the most up to date information.
Foster and Volunteer
- Many of our volunteers and foster families have stepped up to take adoptable animals into their homes as we navigate this difficult time. If you are an approved volunteer or foster, you can participate in this special foster opportunity.
Additionally, we are currently on-boarding fosters for both dogs & cats.
- Foster parents MUST be approved and undergo a short orientation process prior to taking home an animal.
-Interested fosters should complete an application via our website, which can be found here.
- Please allow at least 48 hours for a response after submitting an application
- We are asking fosters to take animals for 4+ weeks
- All supplies must be provided by the foster parent
The Pennsylvania SPCA is so proud to be a part of so many diverse communities throughout Pennsylvania. It is our main goal to continue to serve each of these communities and as this situation evolves so will we. Our goal is to provide as many resources as possible to keep pets healthy and in their homes while keeping families equally safe.