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: 16,000
Spay/neuter Goal: 28,500
Live Release Rate Goal: 93%

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


Spirit is a very sweet senior who is looking for a soft spot to land so she can shine in her golden years. She should do well in almost any home. She enjoys exploring the play yards. She is easy to l…

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Sausage is a super cute dog. This young adult guy is ready for a forever family who will give him the love he deserves. Sausage has recently enjoyed a few Shelter Skip Days. Based on the notes, he sh…

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We help 17,000+ 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 17,000+ 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

Aggressive Response to Canine Respiratory Disease Community Outbreak

The State of Delaware Department of Agriculture, on Friday, put in place restrictions regarding the movement of shelter and rescue dogs due to a canine respiratory disease outbreak. As of now, the ne…
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2024 Forget-Me-Not Gala

The “Forget-Me-Not” Celebration is the Brandywine Valley SPCA’s premier charitable event of the year.
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Mega® Adoption Event

Mega® is back! Join the largest adoption event in the country, this time at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware!
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Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

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