Adopt - Brandywine Valley SPCA


Easy Adoption Processes. Friendly, Compassionate Staff Members & Volunteers. Thousands of Homeless Animals Waiting for You.

Over 16,000 animals enter our shelters in hopes of finding a home to call their own. Is your new family member waiting for you?

The Adoption Process - Step by Step

  • Select a location from our menu above and search our available adoptables
  • Stop into the shelter and meet the animals you’re interested in*
  • Complete an Adoption Application
  • Meet with one of our Adoption Counselors
  • Head home with your new furry friend

*We strongly encourage all members of a family to come and meet with any pet being considered, being that the addition of a new pet is, in our eyes, the equivalent of adding a new family member.  We also recommend that potential adopters be mindful of lifestyle, level of activity, work situations, and living situations when deciding which dog or cat is right for them.

What to Bring

  • A current driver’s license (you must be over 18 years of age to adopt)
  • Necessary fees for adoption (credit card payment only, no cash or checks)
  • Appropriate handling items for the animal that you are adopting: a carrier for a cat or other small item (available to be purchased at our shelter) or a collar and leash if you are adopting a dog (also available to be purchased at our shelter)

Adoption Fees

At the Brandywine Valley SPCA, we value every animal equally and consider them all to be priceless. Our adoption fees vary and are dependent on many factors, including: age, size, breed, behavior, medical condition, and public demand. The higher adoption fees for easier to place animals gives us additional resources to provide extra help to other animals in our shelter – such as those that may require additional surgery, medical treatment, or behavior training; those who are on hold due to pending animal cruelty investigations; or those who simply have a more difficult time finding the right family and take a little longer to find their forever home.

  • Small Dogs (over 6 months old, under 40 lbs.) – $350
  • Large Dogs (over 6 months old, over 40 lbs.) – $225 or $350 (depending on factors like age & size)
  • Puppies (up to 6 months old) – $500
  • Cats (over 6 months old)- $75
  • Kittens (up to 6 months old) – $150
  • Rabbits – $30
  • Guinea Pigs – $20
  • Ferrets – $60
  • Mice, Gerbils, Rats, Hamsters – $10


Adoption fees for dogs and cats include:

  • Spaying/neutering
  • Current vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Heartworm test (for dogs)
  • Flea/tick treatment(s)
  • Microchipping
  • A free “starter” bag of Science Diet dry food
  • Access to our 24-hour emergency line for post-adoption health or behavior concerns
  • Free access to our behavior team for follow-up behavioral training and counseling
  • A free follow-up exam at our clinic or a VCA hospital within 2 weeks of adoption, plus $250 in post-adoption services as needed


Please note that payment is by major credit card only (no cash or checks). Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I see adoptable animals?
In the gold bar at the top of this page, choose our location closest to you to see the adoptable animals at that location.
Do you require appointments?
Adoptions are on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed to make adopting as convenient as possible for our community. You will find several protocols in place for safety, such as temperature checks, limits on the number of people in the building at a time, and distancing.
Is there an application to fill out in advance?
Our goal is to make the adoption process as enjoyable as possible, so we focus paperwork on helping you find a great match for your household. All adoption paperwork is completed on-site.
How often is the website updated?
The website adoptables listing is connected to our shelter management software, so the listing is updated in real-time as animals are made available and adopted. Following large intakes, the updates can happen across the course of a day or a few days as animals are intaked, as they have spay/neuter surgery, etc.
Do you have puppies or small dogs?
We help puppies and small dogs on a regular basis. They tend to get adopted quickly, so checking the website regularly or stopping by the shelter regularly will help you find a match.
Are there photos available of a specific pet?
Our website includes all available photos. Particularly after a large intake, it may take the team time to catch up on photos since the animal care is the first priority. In addition, puppies, kittens and small dogs are often adopted before a photo can be taken.
Do you have a specific breed?
We never know for sure the breed mix of our dogs since they are rescues. We do often receive dogs that appear to be a specific breed, and they will be listed in our website adoptables listing. These are typically the more commonly found breeds like Shepherds, Huskies, hounds, beagles, and Chihuahuas. For less common breeds, you may be best to check with a rescue specializing in the breed, such as Golden Retrievers, Doodles, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Irish Setters, Poodles, Bichons, and Schnauzers.
Do you have hypoallergenic dogs?
We never know a breed mix for sure, and which dog will impact allergies is often different from person to person. We can’t guarantee that any of our dogs are hypoallergenic. Your best bet is to stop by and assess whether a dog could be a match for your family.
Do you have any pets that get along with kids/cats/dogs?
We do our best to put everything we know in the website description for each pet, but for new intakes, we’re sometimes still getting to know them and sometimes it takes time after intake to update the description. Please stop by the shelter, and our team will help match you with a pet to fit your family.
Is fostering an option or need?
Our primary goal is to place animals in forever homes. Fostering plays a critical role in helping animals that need a bridge to adoption, and we identify fostering opportunities based on a specific animal’s needs. To help in that very important lifesaving way, please start with a foster application.