Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Committed to providing services that solve the problems of animal suffering due to cruelty, neglect, ignorance, and overpopulation, we approach these problems not just through animal control, but also (and more importantly) through proactive programs aimed at the causes of animal problems.
An award-winning shelter, the CCSPCA is one of the finest, cleanest, most carefully run shelters in the country. This year we will take in over 5,000 homeless, unwanted, or abused animals from Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania.
Each animal we rescue is lovingly cared for. Thousands receive shelter, food, vaccinations and a physical exam, and every attempt is made to find responsible, permanent homes for them.
A current driver’s license (If your license doesn't show your current address, please bring the Change of Address supplement for your license or another proof of your current address.)
Proof of current rabies vaccination for any cat(s) and/or dog(s) currently in your home (state law requirement)
If you rent, proof of landlord approval for the pet you are considering (A copy of your lease is best to be sure you’re matched with an animal appropriate for the terms of your rental.)
If you're adopting a dog:
All people living in the home need to meet the dog to be sure he/she will be a good fit for everyone.
Any dogs already in your home need to meet the potential new family member to see if they’re likely to get along. (It may be easiest to first visit the shelter to select a dog and then go home to pick up any existing dogs. We’ll be happy to put a dog on hold for you for a few hours so you can pick up your dog(s).)
Please note that we only require that you offer suitable exercise; we don't require a fenced-in yard nor do we require home visits.
Appropriate handling items for the animal you are adopting: a carrier for a cat or other small animal (or one can be purchased for a small fee), a leash if you are adopting a dog
Necessary fees for adoption (Our adoption fees are available on this page: Adoption Fees.)
Please note that you do NOT need to be a resident of Chester County to adopt from us.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.