Some Alternative to Surrendering
If you must place your pet with a new home, make sure that you are allowing your pet to go with a responsible person and we suggest that you follow up with that person after the exchange. If you are moving, the York County SPCA has a list of housing alternatives that will allow pets. If you have a family member who has developed allergies to your pet, you may be able to medically manage the situation. If you are having a temporary financial difficulty, the York County SPCA’s Pet Food Pantry can help by providing free food for your pet until you get back on your feet and the CARMA Program may be able to address medical concerns.
Again, if you find yourself in a true emergency, please contact the York County SPCA. We will help both you and your pet to the best of our ability.
If you are a pet owner and find yourself in a situation where you cannot keep your animal, the York County SPCA is here to help. The goal of the York County SPCA is to find a home for every adoptable animal. Please fill out the forms provided below. We will call you to set up the best time to bring your pet into our shelter. We understand this is a difficult decision and are here to help you and your pet.
The York County SPCA will allow owners to surrender their cats by appointment. If you must surrender your cat, please fill out and submit this form. We will call you upon receiving the form to set up the best time to bring your pet in.The suggested fee to surrender your cat is $35. This goes toward alleviating costs of caring for the pet.
If you must surrender your dog, please fill out this form. We will call you upon receiving the form to set up the best time to bring your pet in. The suggested fee to surrender a dog is $50. This goes toward alleviating costs of caring for the pet. We are unable to adopt dogs out that have serious aggressive behavior or medical conditions that are not treatable. We recommend speaking to your vet to explore options.
Pet Food Pantry
The York County SPCA is extremely fortunate to receive large donations of pet food from area suppliers. We extend our good fortune to those less fortunate who may need our help to provide food for their pets. This program has helped senior citizens on a fixed income as well as people who are temporarily unemployed or have fallen on hard times. If there is a true need, please contact the shelter at 717-764-6109 ext 144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The York County SPCA understand the importance of pets to their families, especially during hard times. We partner with the YWCA Hanover, YWCA York, and the Red Cross to provide temporary shelter (30 days) for pets of domestic violence and natural disaster victims. The York County SPCA relieves this burden for victims so they do not have to worry about leaving their pets behind or risking harm to themselves by returning to feed or check on their pet. Please contact the YWCA Hanover, YWCA York, or Red Cross for a referral into our SafePet program.
Lost & Found
If you have lost or found a pet, please fill out this online form so that we can cross reference any incoming animal with these reports.While filling out the form you will have the ability to upload a photo of the animal. You also have the option to send a photo to us via Facebook message-just search for us ‘York County SPCA’.
The York County SPCA encourages pet owners to have their pets microchipped. This provides a permanent form of identification for your pet in the event that they become lost and lose their collar or tags. A microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is implanted under the skin below the back of your pet’s neck. The implantation is painless and performed in just seconds. A scanner is then used to scan the animal and pick up the microchip that traces back to the owner. Microchipping is now recognized in Pennsylvania as a valid identification for a lifetime license so owners who have their dogs microchipped can register their dogs for a lifetime license which eliminates the need for an annual county license. We offer microchip clinics at the shelter four times yearly. Check our event calendar for dates! The York County SPCA highly recommends dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs receive microchips.
Humane Education Programs
The York County SPCA provides programs on the importance of humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership for youths and adults. Educating York County about kindness towards animals is the first step in creating a compassionate community. Contact the York County SPCA for program availability.
The York County SPCA encourages dog owners to provide basic obedience training and behavioral modification for their pets to help reduce the number of animals surrendered to shelters. Often, pets are relinquished due to problems that could be easily corrected through professional training by reputable, knowledge pet trainers. The York County SPCA currently partners with the following professional trainer: Deb Sangrey . Deb and her team offer complimentary, monthly sessions to the public for pet related problems. These sessions are held at the York County SPCA on the first Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 pm. In addition, they also donate their valuable time to working with our shelter pets for certification as Canine Good Citizens. For more information on CGC training, please contact:
Bella Vista Training and Care Center
717-432-0750 or 717-515-5146 (cell)
Paillonia Dog Training Academy, 717-812-9894
The York County SPCA does not endorse any one program, recommend one over another, or assume any responsibility for the results of any program.
Pet Housing Referral Program
The most common reason pets are surrendered to shelters by their owners is because they are moving into a dwelling that does not allow pets. The York County SPCA assists pet owners in finding appropriate pet housing by providing them with a listing of local rental properties that allow pets. This service helps to reduce the number of pets surrendered to our shelter because the owner could not find pet-friendly housing. Click here for pet housing referrals.
Other pet friendly housing resource:
The Ultimate Apartment Guide to Apartment Living with a Pet: