COVID-19 Updates

To ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers while providing the same level of quality care to our animals, temporary modifications have been made to our operations until further notice. The shelter is open to the public by appointment only for adoption, emergency intake, and community services. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 717-764-6109. Please continue reading for specific details on each program.


Adopters are asked to please fill out an adoption application and submit online. If you are unable to complete the form online, please call 717-764-6109 so a time can be scheduled for you to complete the application at the shelter. Once we approve your application, we will contact you to schedule an adoption appointment. To view our available animals, visit our Petfinder page or follow the YCSPCA on Facebook and check out the adoptable animals photo albums. In your application, please specify the name and registration number of which animal you are interesting in adopting.

Surrenders and Strays

Individuals and families seeking resources to prevent surrender are asked to call 717-764-6109. The York County SPCA is currently asking residents of York County to schedule an appointment if they wish to surrender a pet. Stray dogs are accepted during our open hours, from 8am-4pm. Stray cats showing signs of ownership (collar, tags, spayed or neutered without an ear tip, etc.), or that appear ill or injured can be surrendered as well. If you are bringing a stray animal in, please call the front desk at 717-764-6109 so that they may prepare for intake.

Spay/Neuter Clinic and Community Cats

The York County SPCA is delighted to announce that the spay/neuter clinic will be reopening with modified safety protocols on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. This decision has been made after careful consideration by the leadership team at the SPCA, and by consulting recommendations from the CDC, the AVMA, and shelter medicine experts. In order to safely resume our services, several modifications to our scheduling, intake, and discharge procedures have been made.

A key tenet of our organization’s mission is to help control animal population growth. One of the biggest negative impacts COVID-19 has had on the York County SPCA is the increase in kittens born because caretakers were unable to have free-roaming cats spayed or neutered at our facility. For this reason, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services will be given scheduling priority, to prevent pregnancy and new litters in our community cat population. We are so appreciative of the dedicated members of our community who have been patiently waiting to resume their important TNR work. We will also give scheduling priority to those clients with a pet who may be pregnant.

For more details on the reopening of the spay/neuter clinic, please visit the Spay/Neuter Surgical Center section of our website.

Community Services 

The human services for community pets offered by the York County SPCA will continue. This includes the CARMA program, which provides low-cost medical care to community pets in need; Safe Pets, a program that offers temporary shelter for pets of domestic violence or natural disaster victims; the Pet Food Pantry, which provides pet food to individuals with a low or fixed income; and community animal welfare checks.

Dog Walking Classes

The Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday sessions of our Dog Walking Classes, scheduled from March to June, will be postponed. As of now, all other sessions for 2020 Dog Walking Classes will go on as scheduled. Openings remain for the Monday and Saturday sessions, scheduled for September and October. If interested in applying to be a YCSPCA Dog Walker volunteer, submit an online volunteer application. Please email with questions and concerns.


All fundraising and community engagement events will be postponed, cancelled, or made virtual until further notice. This includes Tales for Tails, Obedience Training Seminars, Cat Yoga, the April Rabies and Microchipping Clinic, and Wags to Riches. Wags to Riches, the YCSPCA benefit gala, has been rescheduled for May 15th, 2021. Find more information on the gala here: Follow our Facebook page to learn about upcoming virtual events.


In-kind donations, such as small animal bedding, cat litter, and pet food, can be dropped off in the donation bin located outside of the shelter (3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York PA, 17406). We will not be accepting blankets and towels at this time. Please consider assisting our shelter through a preferred online monetary donation or gifts through our Amazon Wish List. 


COVID-19 Preparedness: Checklist for Pet Owners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have confirmed there is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19. Though, we encourage pet owners to include your pets in your emergency preparedness plan. That includes designating a friend or family member to care for your pets, researching temporary housing options for them, compiling all vet records, ensuring they are up-to-date on vaccines as well as listing all contact information and setting aside extra food and supplies for your pets. The CDC recommends keeping the following items on hand in case of an emergency.


  • Rabies certificate and vaccination records
  • Medical summary
  • Prescriptions for medications
  • Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name and number of the microchip company)
  • Your contact information and an emergency contact’s information


  • 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
  • 2-week supply of water for each animal
  • Non-spill food and water dishes
  • Feeding instructions for each animal
  • 2-week supply of any medications with instructions (if applicable)
  • One-month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative (for dogs)


  • Collar with ID
  • Leash and harness
  • Toys
  • Litterbox and litter (cats)
  • Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel

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