Thanks to your support, we helped more animals than ever in 2018. We continued our commitment to open admission no-kill sheltering by taking in 14,642 animals in 2018 while maintaining a 95% live release rate. Many were lost or abandoned pets in our local community with nowhere to go if it weren’t for the BVSPCA. Some came from high intake shelters where they had little chance of finding a family. Others depended on us during times of crisis, such as cruelty cases and natural disasters.
Meanwhile, our clinic services helped family pets with 11,324 wellness appointments; that’s 39% more than last year. Mid-year we introduced our Wellness Wagon preventive care services to reach even more pet families. We also performed a record number of spay/neuter surgeries to further reduce pet homelessness.
While doing that important day-to-day work, we laid the building blocks to help even more animals in 2019. Our Animal Rescue Center (ARC) in Georgetown (aka the Rescue & Rehab Center) just officially opened, but it already bridged more than 500 animals in need in 2018 – disaster victims, homeless pets from overcrowded shelters, and dogs rescued from Korean dog meat farms. And we’re looking forward to opening our Dover Campus in the Spring, completing our work to establish a brick-and-mortar location in each county in Delaware.
Our donors, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff all played a key role in our 2018 achievements and the many lives touched. But because we at the BVSPCA never rest on our accomplishments, we look forward to working together to impact even more lives in 2019.
About the Brandywine Valley SPCA
Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open admission no-kill shelter in Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2018, the BVSPCA cared for more than 14,000 stray, owner-surrendered, wayward owned, and abused and neglected animals while achieving a 95% live release rate. The BVSPCA provides animal protective services for Chester County and much of Delaware County in Pennsylvania, and it holds a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide state-wide animal services for dogs. Animals are placed through three adoption centers: the West Chester Campus, the New Castle Campus, the Georgetown Campus. In addition, the BVSPCA provides families with safety net and low-cost veterinary services at its three clinic locations: the Malvern Animal Health Center, the New Castle Animal Health Center, and the Georgetown Animal Health Center. The BVSPCA also operates the Animal Rescue Center (ARC), a facility dedicated to helping animals with additional needs prior to being ready for adoption, such as cruelty cases, disaster victims, and infants. www.bvspca.org.