Putting the human back in humane

We strive to end animal suffering and empower communities to find the heart in humanity.

Putting the human back in humane

We strive to end animal suffering and empower communities to find the heart in humanity.

Every contribution helps make a difference. With your help, we can reach our goals!

Placements Goal: 16,500
Spay/neuter Goal: 24,000
Live release rate Goal: 95%

You can make a difference by getting involved today


More than 50 animals per day enter our shelters looking for a place to call home. Is your new family member waiting for you?

Complete your family


Every single life touched by a volunteer is a life made better that day. Join us in this important work.

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You can be a lifesaving bridge to get a pet to adoption, whether that's an infant kitten or puppy, an adult recovering from a medical need, or a shelter pet needing a break.

Learn more about fostering

Get kids involved

Volunteering at a young age is a life-changing experience. Kids 8-12 can volunteer with a chaperone, and starting at 13 they can volunteer independently.

View our Kids’ Programs

Featured pets


Meet Bronnie! Bronnie is described as dog friendly and loves to play with the other dogs in playgroups. After a nice day in the play yard, he is very happy to go back to rest. Please bring your famil…

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Mia is a beautiful girl with two differently-colored eyes. She loves when visitors give her treats. She can usually be found lying around with the other cats. Because she is a Golden Girl, Mia's …

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Captain Brown

Captain Brown is one of more than 70 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens who were available in local shelters before Hurricane Idalia. We've welcomed the hurricane rescues to assist that shelter rec…

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We help 18,000+ animals a year

As the largest animal welfare organization in the region and one of the only remaining open access shelters, we give safety, love, and hope to lost pets, abandoned dogs and cats, cruelty victims, pets in need of rehoming, and homeless pets at risk of euthanasia in other shelters.

For your pets

Wellness Clinic

Low-cost, high quality veterinary care for your pets

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Spay & neuter

Low-cost spay and neutering services

Spay & neuter

Daycare & boarding

Luxury boarding & daycare for pampered pets

Daycare & boarding

Need help?

Supporting our community by providing the resources needed to improve the lives and well-being of animals is what we do.

Lost & found pets

Losing your furry friend or finding another’s beloved animal can be a harrowing and emotional process.

Reporting animal cruelty

"See something, say something." Most cases of cruelty or neglect come to light when someone close to that animal makes a report.

Pet food assistance

No one should have to part with their pet for financial reasons. Our pet food programs help pets stay with the families who love them.

Behavior resources

Through our behavior team, we're able to offer free support to our adopters, foster families and pet owners seeking behavior assistance.

The power of our work

Neighbors couldn’t take hearing this sweet pup being beaten in one of the other apartments and contacted our Animal Protective Services (APS) team. Our officers executed a search warrant, seized her, and charged the owner with animal cruelty. She weighed almost half her ideal weight, her skin was in poor condition, but even worse were the wounds inside. She winced, cowered and urinated from a life of being treated as a “bad dog.” Our APS team fought for her freedom for 241 days. During that time, two of our volunteers fostered her. They named her JoJo and worked hard to heal her heart and build her confidence. Along the way, they fell in love and made it official once our officers won her freedom.

Great or small, all donations are appreciated

Save a Life

Every dollar you donate will go to the programs and services that help save the lives of thousands of homeless animals each year.

Circle of Life

Your generous monthly donation helps provide shelter, food, and medical care to thousands of animals who enter our shelters each year.

Wish List

Our Amazon Wish Lists make it easy to find and donate items we need most critically. All donations, big and small, mean a great deal to us and to our animals!

We care for 18,000+ animals a year

That may seem like a big number, but every dog and cat in our care enjoys individual enrichment until adoption, such as our daily dog playgroups.

Support our lifesaving work and look good doing it

Get your paws on our original and limited edition merchandise. Your purchases go towards the care of the 18,000+ animals we take in each year.

What’s happening at BVSPCA

35 Small Dogs Saved from Deplorable Conditions

35 small dogs, seized from deplorable conditions are now in the care of the Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) after they were rescued from a home in Lewes, Delaware.
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2,626 Local Family Pets Get Free Vaccines

We had an incredible, RECORD BREAKING weekend, serving 2,626 family pets over two days and two separate locations. Pet families braved the heat and lines to utilize our free service, ensuring their p…
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1,469 Mega-Mazing Adoptions in Two Days

The results are in! We had an incredible, RECORD BREAKING weekend at our 11th Mega Adoption Event. We matched 1,469 dogs & cats with forever families setting a new benchmark for the Bra…
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