Thank you for considering adoption from the Pennsylvania SPCA as you look to add a new member to your family!
Hours and location:
Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday- Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
350 E. Erie Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Click here for directions and an interactive map.
Why should I adopt a pet?
When you adopt, you are saving the life of an animal! Each year tens of thousands of animals enter Pennsylvania’s animal shelters. By choosing to adopt you are saving a homeless animal who desperately needs a second chance at a loving home.
As an added benefit, a Pennsylvania SPCA adoptive parent receives a ShelterCare Gift health insurance policy if you provide your email at the time of adoption or call ShelterCare within 24 hours of completing the adoption. The ShelterCare Gift provides accident and illness protection for 30 days starting on the date of your adoption. After the 30 days, you can continue your insurance policy through the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Pet Insurance at http://www.pspcainsurance.com. Your Pennsylvania SPCA insurance policy gives back to the shelter, helping us save even more lives long after your adoption takes place.
- All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, microchip, ID tag, and vaccines (Some animals may require further sets of vaccines at adopter’s expense. Speak with your veterinarian about your pet’s appropriate vaccination schedule).
How do I adopt a pet?
Come to the shelter and meet our wonderful pets! Our staff and volunteer counselors are available to help you find a perfect match for your lifestyle. In order to complete your adoption we require the following:
- Photo Identification
- Proof of Address
- Adoption Application (available online or fill it out at the shelter)
How much does it cost? The Pennsylvania SPCA runs special adoption promotions with reduced pricing on select animals each and every day. The Pennsylvania SPCA regular adoption prices are:
- Dogs and Cats
- Kittens (under 6 months) — $50
- Cats over 6 months – $30
- Dogs over 6 months – $35
- Puppies — $225
- Good Samaritan Dogs – $225
- Good Samaritan Cats — $125
What are Good Samaritans? These are easier placed animals with a higher adoption fee, and this extra fee helps support the other animals in the shelter who take longer to find a permanent home or who are on hold for Humane Law Enforcement. Each animal in our care costs the shelter anywhere from $250-$350 just to provide basic needs. Good Samaritans are typically small dogs and pure breed animals.
- Small Animals
- Rabbits – $40
- Guinea pigs – $10
- Ferriets – $75
- Parakeets – $10
- Cockatiels – $35
- Small parrots – $150
- Large parrots – $300
- Equine and Large/Exotic species
- Prices vary and are at manager’s discretion.
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, checks (with ID) and debit cards.
What if I have a pet I can’t take care of anymore and need to surrender it? The Pennsylvania SPCA offers a Good Home Guarantee program for owner surrendered pets and strays that meet certain criteria as space is available. Click here to learn more about that program.