The York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a charitable organization dedicated to providing long-term human and animal services to residents of York County through programs that find permanent, loving homes for displaced and stray animals, help control animal population growth, investigate and prosecute cruelty offenders and educate the general public about animal wellness and safety.
The York County SPCA was founded in 1926. The York County SPCA is an independent humane organization with no affiliation with other organizations including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
In the early years, the YCSPCA operated from downtown York and had very little in the way of facilities to house animals. After WWII, the YCSPCA relocated to Lincoln Highway (Rte. 30) west of York City and occupied a residential building with a few exterior kennels. Early meeting minutes of the organization are located in the archives of the York Historical Society.
The YCSPCA purchased 10 acres in Thomasville on the northern boundary of the Thomasville Airport. The YCSPCA broke ground on a snowy day in 1968 to build our first facility that was actually designed to care for animals. Over the next 30 years, we simply outgrew the capacity of this facility.
In September 2005, the YCSPCA began construction of the Brougher Companion Animal Shelter. The architect for this facility was TranSystems and the general contractor was Kinsley Construction. Tom Norris, who was the Board Chairman for the YCSPCA, is shown hosting the groundbreaking ceremony.
In June of 2006, The York County SPCA realized a long time goal of opening a new facility. The new 17,000 square ft. shelter is conveniently located at 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17406.
The new building allows us to house and care for a significantly larger amount of animals than at our previous facility. A new veterinary wing was also added to treat sick and injured animals and to provide spay/neuter services for our shelter pets and for the public. In 2009, we added a second surgery area to alleviate the pressure created by the 5,000 spay neuter procedures completed that year.
Until the breeding of feral cats, puppy mills and pit bulls can be controlled, adoption simply can’t keep up and we cannot succeed in finding a home for every animal in York County. To address the pet overpopulation problem in York County, the YCSPCA teamed up with the Humane Alliance to open our own high-speed, high-quality, low-cost Spay & Neuter Clinic. The dream was realized in August 2013, when the Clinic first opened its doors.
Membership and Governance
The York County SPCA is a not-for-profit organization that provides a continuum of services for the homeless animals of York County. The YCSPCA is governed by an independent Board of Directors and derives its financial support from individuals, organizations, event fundraisers, fees paid, investments, as well as federal, state and private grants. We are 90% donor funded!