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Posted over 2 years ago | Updated 1 month ago

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American Pit Bull Terrier
(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
(Current) 70 lb
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Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered

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A species rarely seen in the wild is the House Hippo....this is one the locals call Dutchess.

Hailing from the America's, the House Hippo is best known for her devotion to her people and her gentle snores. This young female can be seen sniffing around the grass patches foraging for treats. You can hear her little snorts as she deciphers between her favorite snacks like chicken nuggets, and her least favorite snacks like broccoli. Not many blame the House Hippo for her lack of love for broccoli, it is common amongst the juvenile of the species to not eat their fruits and vegetables. (All parents, of any species, can relate)

Living off of a diet of dry kibble and chicken flavored treats the young female rarely turns away the chance to snack on something yummy. In fact, the only thing she will love more than food is her chosen family. Hippos like Dutchess are devoted, loving and trusting of their people. On walks this specific House Hippo will lean closely to her handler and look to them for when to walk, when to sit, and when to stay as she explores the world around her. Pair this with her short legs and species like Dutchess prefer to stay close to home instead of venturing out into the rest of the world.

If you think this rare and loving species would be a fit in your home please email her best friend at!


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Maddie Bernstein
350 E. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134

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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 7 months) — $150
Cats over 7 months – $85
Dogs over 7 months – $300
Puppies under 7 months - $450

Prices vary and are at manager’s discretion.
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, checks (with ID) and debit cards.

Thank you for considering adoption from the Pennsylvania SPCA as you looks to add a new member to your family!
Hours and location:
Monday – Friday, 12:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday- Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm


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Our Philadelphia Adoption Hours are: Monday - Friday, 12 P.M. until 6 P.M. and Saturday - Sunday, 12 P.M. until 5 P.M.

350 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19134

More about this shelter

In 1867, Colonel M. Richards Mucklé, a Philadelphia businessman, was disheartened by the violence he witnessed against animals. Horses pulling over-laden carts and streetcars were often beaten unmercifully or worked to death. Many, if not most of the city’s work horses were lame, sore and weak from carrying heavy cargo and passenger loads across cobbled streets during icy winters and sweltering summers.

Outraged at the abuse animals endured on a daily basis, and frustrated that the authorities were not enforcing the few anti-cruelty laws that existed at the time, Mucklé decided to follow in the footsteps of Henry Bergh, the father of the humane movement in the United States, and take action. On April 27, 1866, he inserted a notice in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin announcing his intention to form a government-sanctioned humane law-enforcement society like the one Henry Bergh had founded that very same month in New York City. After more than a year of campaigning, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was organized on June 21, 1867 and officially chartered on April 4, 1868. The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) was officially the first humane society in the state and only the second in the country after Henry Bergh’s American SPCA (ASPCA – note: The PSPCA is not associated with the ASPCA).

Support began trickling in, led by early donations from S. Morris Waln, J.B. Lippincott, George H. Earle, William Porter and others. Their generosity made it possible for the new Society to launch an offensive against animal cruelty, specifically aimed at the city’s horse population. Reforms for the horses took place gradually. The Society brought about corrective actions such as the availability of watering troughs for work horses, frequent rest periods, curtailment of whips and blanketing in the winter.

Although these changes may seem simple, consideration of animals’ needs was not a universal trait in those days. Gradually, protective measures became part of the culture. More and more, people felt that treating horses properly was only common sense.

As the Society gained successes in helping horses it was able to further expand its attention to other areas. Working with the Pennsylvania railroad, the Society helped design a new and humane livestock car that made travel easier for cattle, sheep, swine and poultry. Securing the humane treatment of agricultural and pet animals became a natural part of the Pennsylvania SPCA and was enforceable under its legal jurisdiction.

The Pennsylvania SPCA's first motorized horse ambulance.

With the reduction of the use of horses in daily life, the society continued to shift its focus. Investigations and prosecutions of the abusers of dogs and cats curtailed the violence in the lives of these innocent animals. Shelters were erected to house, feed and care for homeless or unwanted animals. Over the years, the Society launched programs focusing on humane care such low-cost veterinary care for companion animals, adoption of homeless animals from shelters and spay & neuter to prevent unwanted births; programs that exist to this very day.

Humane issues concerning animals have continued to shift throughout the history of the organization. The demand for our work is as overwhelming today as it was when Colonel Mucklé founded the Society. We must constantly struggle to replace ignorance and callousness with knowledge and kindness. With your help, the Pennsylvania SPCA will continue to make a difference in our world through education, compassion and consideration.