Cat Friendzy Adoption Special!

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CatFriendzy_proof_new (1)-page-001Our latest adoptions promotion takes place in both Philadelphia and Danville, PA. We are just certain that one of our awesome cats is your new best friend, so we are gearing up for a week of Cat Friendzy!


  • Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27
  • Fee-waived adoptions for all kittens and cats*
  • Monday, July 28 – Saturday, August 2
  • All kittens and cats are $1 to adopt*


  • Monday, July 28 – Saturday, August 2
  • All kittens and cats are $1 to adopt*

*  Good samaritan cats excluded (exotics and pure breeds).

PSPCA searching for information on choking Pit Bull found at Awbury Park

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The Pennsylvania SPCA is searching for the owner of an adult, female, brown and white Pit Bull type dog that Humane Law Enforcement officers rescued from choking to death in North Philadelphia Tuesday.


Responding to a tip Tuesday morning, PSPCA officers arrived at Awbury Park in the northwest section of the city, where they observed a dog tied to the chain link enclosure of the park’s tennis court with a cable and electrical tape.  The cable was short and the dog was exhibiting signs of choking. According to the tip, the animal had been tied there since 8pm Monday evening.


“The dog was tied so shortly to the fence that she couldn’t support herself and had been choking,” said George Bengal, Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “Abandoning a pet is a crime and, in this case, it could have resulted in a slow and painful death.”


The PSPCA is seeking tips from the community to locate the offender and urges anyone with information to call its cruelty hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.


Now called Venus, the dog is being treated in the PSPCA’s Shelter Hospital and is expected to recover.

A Joyful Reunion for Missing Dog “Maya”

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Laionna with Maya

Laionna with Maya

On Wednesday morning, Robbie, a teacher from the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, looked out her window and noticed an adult Pit Bull Terrier mix sitting in her yard, alone.  She opened her door and the dog raced up to her, as friendly as could be, and ran into the house.  “She looked so sweet and I was sure she must have just slipped off a leash somewhere.”

Robbie posted flyers on the telephone poles along her street and kept the dog for two days, hoping the owners would call.  “Little Bit,” as Robbie called the dog, was very well behaved with Robbie’s senior Labrador Retriever, “Lorelei,” who was adopted from the PSPCA ten years ago.  As adorable as Little Bit is, Robbie’s attention was consumed by Lorelei and she knew it would be difficult to care for both animals.  By Friday afternoon, Robbie worried that Little Bit would never be reunited with her family.  She brought the dog to the PSPCA to see if anyone had reported her missing; she hadn’t been, and there was no microchip to trace, either.

Little Bit was a hit with PSPCA staff who came out to meet her.  She was friendly and gentle and would be a great candidate for adoption; however, she was lactating, so PSPCA staff explained to Robbie that spay surgery and placement for adoption would have to be postponed until Little Bit stopped producing milk.  Robbie agreed to foster Little Bit for a couple of weeks until she stopped lactating.  She would then bring the dog back to the PSPCA for surgery and placement for adoption.  “My Lorelei whom I adopted from here ten years ago had just had a litter and ended up homeless,” said Robbie . “I don’t want the same to happen to Little Bit.  Maybe the PSPCA can find her a good home when she’s ready for adoption and she will be just a spoiled as Lorelei is.”  The PSPCA provided vaccines and a nail trim, and told Little Bit they would see her soon.

Just as Robbie was walking out with Little Bit, Sharita and her daughter Laionna were walking into the PSPCA, hoping to find their dog Maya, who had escaped from their yard Wednesday morning.  Little Bit began pulling towards them and crying for them and it was clear to everyone she was Maya! Little Laionna was thrilled to find her dog and hugged her while Maya licked her face.  Sharita said her boyfriend Edward would also be ecstatic to hear the news. “He’s had Maya since she was a puppy and she’s now ten,” Sharita explained.  “We’ve been searching for her and were getting desperate.  What are the chances? But this happened.”

As it turns out, Sharita and Robbie live in the same neighborhood.  Half joking, Robbie offered “if Maya ever goes missing again, you now have my address!” Sharita hugged Robbie and thanked her for her compassion which made this happy reunion possible.

Sharita plans to bring Maya back to the PSPCA for spay surgery and microchipping next month.

Sharita (left), Robbie (right) and Laionna and Maya (front)

Sharita (left), Robbie (right) and Laionna and Maya (front)


Join us at the Dornsife Center opening Thursday, July 17th!


dornsifeThe PSPCA will be participating in the Dornsife Center Launch Celebration on Thursday, July 17th from 4-8 PM.  The Dornsife Center is an “urban extension center”  established by Drexel University to foster community engagement in the Mantua and Powelton Village sections of the city.  Among the Center’s many programs is “pet health,” providing a partnership opportunity for the PSPCA.

We invite you to join us at tomorrow’s event to meet a few of our adoptable animals and our lead spay/neuter surgeon, Dr. Adam Corbett.

For more information on the Dornsife Center, please click here.


PSPCA plans to charge Kensington mother and daughter with animal cruelty for keeping 15 cats in unsanitary home

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HLE vehicleThe Pennsylvania SPCA today announced it intends to charge two Kensington women with animal cruelty for confining at least fifteen cats to unsanitary conditions inside their home on the 1800 block of E. Letterly Street.

The Philadelphia Police Department was on scene Tuesday afternoon to evict the women, a mother and daughter, based on a court order obtained by their landlord, and observed the unsanitary conditions. They contacted the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia who called the PSPCA. “We need to remove these cats and evaluate their medical conditions,” said Director of Humane Law Enforcement George Bengal.  “The home is covered in feces and is not a healthy environment for them.”

Peace & Love Block Party Places 152 Animals in Forever Homes


The Pennsylvania SPCA is happy to announce that in just two days, 152 shelter animals found news homes as a result of the 3rd annual Peace & Love Block Party! Fees were waived for kittens, adult cats and dogs, and mixed breed animals while puppies and pure breed animals were available to adopt for $100. Nearly 200 pets are healthier today after visiting our 50% off Vaccine Clinic Saturday for core vaccines to protect against various preventable diseases.   Music, face painting, kids’ activities and a barbecue added to the festivities.

With every adoption, space opened up for another animal we can rescue and guide into a happy and healthy life.  We thank our adopters for visiting us this weekend to give forever homes to deserving pets.  They are all heroes.

Please enjoy this gallery of selected photos from our lifesaving event:

80 shelter animals find new homes and 200 pets get healthier!


First Day of Block Party a Success!

The Pennsylvania SPCA is pleased to report that 80 animals found forever homes on the first day of our annual adoptions Peace & Love Block Party.  We are well on track to reach our goal of 150 adoptions this weekend!

Our veterinary team also provided core vaccinations to 200 pets today! Our low-cost Vaccine Clinic is held every Wednesday and Saturday and, for our Block Party, the cost was reduced by 50% to make the vaccines available for just $15.

A Cool off Zone with misters provided a great respite for pets and people outside, but our lines moved quickly into our air-conditioned shelter.  A DJ, face painters, and Kids’ Zone volunteers offered entertainment for the whole family!

The special continues Sunday, July 13th from 10am to 6pm at 350 E. Erie Avenue.  Kittens, adult cats and dogs, and mixed breeds are available for adoption without a fee during this celebration.  Puppies and pure breed animals are $100, discounted from $300. All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccines.

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Phillies Pet Calendar Now Available, Benefits the PSPCA

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phils calendarIt’s here and it’s FABULOUS! The 18-month Phillies Pet Calendar featuring players with PSPCA shelter animals as well as their own pets is now available for purchase for $15. Proceeds from these calendars go directly to support animals at the PSPCA so each calendar purchased helps save more lives in Pennsylvania. Click here to order yours TODAY! Calendars will also be sold at Phillies home games.
The PSPCA thanks PSPCA Board Member Jen Utley, Chase Utley, and the Phillies for their continued friendship and support.

Face of the Movement: PSPCA’s Surgeon on Trap-Neuter-Return



Dr. Adam Corbett leads the PSPCA’s high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgery clinic at our East Erie Avenue shelter.  He was recently interviewed by Alley Cat Allies on the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return to manage feral and free-roaming cat populations.  The interview is featured in Alley Cat Allies’ newsletter, “Alley Cat Action.”   We invite you to read the interview by clicking on the link below:

Face of the Movement: Adam Corbett, DVM.

PSPCA and Pawdicures in the Poconos

PSPCA Officer Elizabeth Anderson with pup Mio, a Country Clips client.  Officer Anderson is a Humane Society Police Officer responsible for the PSPCA's Humane Law Enforcement work in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
PSPCA Officer Elizabeth Anderson with pup Mio, a Country Clips client. Officer Anderson is a Humane Society Police Officer responsible for the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement work in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

PSPCA Officer Elizabeth Anderson with pup Mio, a Country Clips client. Officer Anderson is a Humane Society Police Officer responsible for the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement work in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

Our friends at Rachel Ann’s Country Clips Grooming in the Poconos hosted a benefit – A Hairy Day for the PSPCA – Saturday and the event was a huge success!  Animal lovers from around the Pocono Mountains Region gathered at the Delaware Water Gap Volunteer Fire Company for a full day of pancakes, pet pawdicures, pet grooming demonstrations, pet bling appointments, discounted flea and tick products and fun raffles.  A special appearance by a K-9 Officer named Niko made everyone’s day! All proceeds from the event will go directly to support animals in need at the PSPCA. We thank our friends at Rachel Ann’s and the Delaware Water Gap community for hosting and organizing this terrific event which will help provide for the hundreds of animals in our care.