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Bucks County Since 1912
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The Adoption Option

You have many options when looking for a great pet and we want to thank our supporters for considering adoption. We have a variety of animals big and small for every animal lover. If you have never adopted from The Bucks County SPCA, let us fill you in on the magic that happens.

You know what to expect.

  • All our adoptable animals receive a thorough veterinary exam while in our care.
  • Animals are re-examined as needed so we can give you a more complete medical history.
  • Dogs, cats and rabbits are all spayed/neutered and microchipped.
  • Dogs are tested for heartworm, started on heartworm preventive, flea-treated, wormed, and vaccinated.
  • Cats are tested for FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus) and/or FELV (Feline leukemia virus) as well as being vaccinated, wormed and flea treated.
  • The other animals we have for adoption receive appropriate exams and care for each species—from hoof-trimming to teeth checks!
  • All animals are also evaluated for behavior while in our care. From these evaluations we can recommend if a specific pet would be good with children, other pets, or if they would do best in a certain type of household.

We want you to be informed and feel confident about the pet you bring into your home.

We’ve Got Your Back

All adoptions are “same day” unless you choose an overnight hold to get your household ready for the new pet. No waiting, no home visits, no lengthy applications! We are friendly, supportive, and eager to meet you at either shelter (by appointment at this time) seven days a week. Check out our animals online (our website is refreshed every 10 minutes).

We feel so confident in our adoptable pets and farm animals, that we guarantee them 100%! Our full money-back guarantee extends for the first 60 days of ownership. After that time, you can still return a pet for any reason at all, but there is no refund. Our return rate of adopted pets within 60 days averages only 4%! Check out our online reviews to hear what others are saying about their adoption experience with us.

Adopters (and all Bucks County residents) qualify for free animal behavior advice from our Director of Animal Behavior, Eleasha Gall. She is a certified trainer with more than 25 years of experience . Eleasha will work with pet parents to better understand their pet by giving step-by-step commonsense advice. Private dog training sessions with Eleasha are also available at reasonable cost.

A Win-Win for Pets and People

Your adoption makes room at the shelter for other pets in need. Your donation helps us save as many lives as possible (our live release rate averages 93%, well above the no-kill shelter standard).

We couldn’t do this important work without the support of our community. The Bucks County SPCA does not receive tax dollars or money from other animal organizations. We are not a “branch” of the ASPCA in New York, either. We are Bucks County’s OWN home-grown, independent nonprofit, saving animals around the clock!

Our goal is to help animals and people find their perfect companion. Thank you for choosing the adoption option.

What happens to kittens brought to the BCSPCA?

Kittens in a basketWhat happens to kittens brought to the Bucks County SPCA?

· Intake exam – Each one is examined by our veterinary team when they arrive

· Foster care – Most kittens are quickly sent into foster care where they can get lots of personal attention from their foster parent and ongoing medical care from the SPCA

· Sick kitten recovery – Some kittens are cared for in the kitten recovery rooms at our shelters under the watchful eyes of our veterinary team

· Adoption prep – Once kittens are big enough, we prepare them for adoption, including: remaining vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and microchipping

· Adoption! – Once available for adoption, kittens are listed on our website and moved to our cat adoption rooms at the shelters. Kittens move fast, often finding a new home the same day they go up for adoption!

Bucks County SPCA Learns New Tricks During the Pandemic

We didn’t expect a pandemic. Neither did the animals.

From families struggling to feed themselves and their pets, to people dealing with problem pets at home, to animals left homeless due to unimaginable human hardships… the demand for the life-saving services of the Bucks County SPCA didn’t take a break last year. We had to learn new ways of working and meeting our mission, and we did!

Help for struggling families with pets

We collected and distributed thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies to hard-hit families who needed help providing the basics for their pets. With logistical support from our wonderful volunteers, we continue to make regular donations to several food pantry partners across Bucks County.

Flourishing foster program helping the most vulnerable

We moved foster training online. The change resulted in a record-breaking 128 new foster homes. They gave 588 animals the individual attention and TLC needed to thrive and be placed for adoption.

Free Pet Behavior Helpline launched

We launched our FREE service for Bucks County residents in June and by year’s end had handled 114 calls for help! Call or email today for practical professional guidance from our director of animal behavior: behavior@bcspca.org or 215-795-7425 x113.

Adoptions-by-Appointment makes your shelter visit a great experience

COVID forced our shelters to move all services, including adoptions, to an appointment basis. Adopters love it! You get plenty of 1-on-1 time with animals and our helpful staff. View our available animals and learn about scheduling an appointment.

Animals rescued from cruelty and neglect

Pandemic or not, out humane police officers were on the road all year responding to 437 complaints of suspected animal cruelty or neglect. For the 272 animals rescued through their investigations, the call to our hotline likely saved their lives. Report suspected cruelty by calling 215-794-7425.

Addressing cat overpopulation in Bucks County

We provided subsidized spay/neuter surgery for 519 community-owned cats, despite the temporary pause in surgeries mandated by the government. Several large trap-neuter-return efforts continue through the winter. Act now to avoid unwanted litters of kittens this spring! Contact our clinic to learn more: 215-622-0003.

You can help animals in need: adopt, volunteer, or donate. If you or someone you know is unable to care for your pet, please contact the SPCA for help.

How to use Feliway for Fickle Cats

Is your cat acting different? It could be stress

Feliway is a pheromone spray, collar, or diffuser that is a wonderful tool for stressed cats. It comes in 2 types, classic and multi-cat. Here are some tips on how to use it to help the cat(s) in your home and share how it has been a relief for cats in our shelter and foster program.

Classic to help your cat feel calm

Classic Feliway diffusers are perfect to have in places where you want your cat to be comfortable. For example, the room where they have their bed, litterbox, or toys. This is a place where you want your cat to spend time and feel safe. Feliway does not contain any scent, as cats do not enjoy smells in items such as scented litter or air fresheners. You should not notice any smell from the diffuser, and it will cover 800 square feet of an enclosed space. Feliway classic spray can be sprayed directly on items such as beds or blankets to entice cats to spend time there and relax. Collars can be used for both indoor and working cats to help them adjust to new surroundings. The collars should fit tighter than a regular collar because the pheromone is activated by your cat’s body heat.

Multi-cat for conflict resolution in and outside the home

Feliway Multi-cat is used for conflict resolution among cats. This can be in a multi-cat household or if you have outdoor cats that frequent your property. Cats have an amazing sense of smell and outdoor cats can cause stress to your indoor cats even if they never encounter one another. This is also a good option for adopters looking to introduce another cat into their home. Feliway Classic and Multi-cat can be used together to help address stressors inside and outside the home.

At the shelter and in foster care, cats come into an unfamiliar situation chalk full of new smells and sounds. This would be stressful for anyone. The Classic Feliway lets these cats know that this is a safe space and they should feel comfortable eating, drinking, napping, and using their litterbox. Multi-cat is great for cats going into foster homes with other cats, or at the shelter where they may be exposed to multiple cats in their surroundings.

Consider donating some Classic Feliway or Multi-Cat to our shelter to help our cats feel comfortable and content until they find their forever homes. Send items directly to the Bucks County SPCA by using our Amazon Wish List.

We are at cat-pacity and need your help!

As of today, the Bucks County SPCA is feeding, sheltering and providing medical and other lifesaving care for 343 animals between our two shelters and foster program. That’s a lot of kibble, litter and medicine, not to mention the staffing, utilities and other essentials.

The vast majority of these animals are not yet ready for adoption, including:

  • 101 cats, dogs and farm animals held in protective custody. These animals have been rescued through our animal cruelty investigations, including the 80 animals rescued from a so-called “sanctuary” in July. Due to COVID-related court closures this summer, we’ve had to hold more animals longer until their cases are settled, adding to the backlog behind the scenes at the shelters.
  • Many animals in foster care, mostly tiny kittens but also adult cats, dogs, rabbits and farm animals with medical or other needs.
  • Dozens of animals requiring prolonged medical treatment before they can go home. This summer brought us many senior, sick or injured animals requiring special care by our vet team. And we’ve been busy dipping dozens of kittens in medicated baths to cure them of contagious skin diseases.

People are often surprised to learn that our shelters are full when they may see only a small number of available pets up for adoption. Our cats and dogs fly into homes in under a week (on average) once they are cleared for adoption, so the turnover in our adoption kennels is quick. What is not seen are the hundreds of animals still recovering from illness, waiting for a victory in the courts, or in need of a little more time to grow big and strong.

In short, animals are coming in faster than they are leaving for new homes. And at the same time, thanks in part to COVID, income is down and expenses are up.

We need your help to keep up with the demand for services during this challenging time. Give a resiliency gift today to help give our shelter pets a second chance at happiness.

A gift of $20 provides initial vaccines and testing; $50 covers spay/neuter surgery and microchipping; $100 provides medication for a sick animal.

Please give what you can. Together, we’ll make sure no animal goes without, even in these challenging times.

Sadly, we know many of you are struggling to care for your pets this year. Please reach out if you need help. We can provide re-homing services, pet behavior assistance, or point you to food pantries who offer pet food and supplies to county residents.

Bucks County SPCA rescues 62 animals from Animal “Sanctuary”

Lahaska, PA – After an extensive investigation, the Bucks County SPCA (BCSPCA) rescued 62 animals in urgent need from a rural property in Plumstead Township on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Holly Hoagland, the property’s owner, claimed to be operating an animal sanctuary. Charges of animal cruelty are pending. 

Multiple animals, including 41 ducks and chickens, were found to be living in filthy pens, trapped in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with no access to food or water. Four of the sheep on the property had extremely thick, matted coats and were also without access to food or water. Eight cats and kittens appeared to be ill and were living in unsanitary conditions. 

Officer Thompson and her team served a search warrant, and with assistance from Plumstead Police Department and the Plumstead Fire Department, transported the suffering overheated animals to BCSPCA’s comfortable barn and pastures in Quakertownthe cats and kittens will be cared for in the society’s shelter on Reservoir RoadThe BCSPCA veterinary team is overseeing the medical evaluation and treatment of the 62 animals. 

While we are saddened to witness suffering of this scale, we stand ready at all times to rescue both pets and farm animals from situations like this anywhere in Bucks County. The support we receive from the local community means these animals will get the medical treatment and expert care they so desperately need, and the person responsible will face charges of animal cruelty,” said Linda Reider, executive director of the BCSPCA. “We cannot change these animals’ past, but we can change their future.” 

The community can help by donating to the BCSPCA Animal Relief Fund which will help fund the care of these animals. Donations can be made online or by check sent to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Designate your gift for “Animal Relief Fund.” 

Pet Food Drives to Help Neighbors in Need

May 12 at Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Fresh Connect program. On hand to distribute the food were members of Bucks County SPCA, Bucks County Animal Response Team and Animal Lifeline.

Thousands of pounds of food have been donated to pets in need thanks to our community and these caring organizations. We appreciate all of your support through this difficult time. Thank you to all who helped Bucks County pets thrive in this crisis.

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Many families are struggling to make ends meet during this public health crisis. That includes struggling to feed their pets. You can help by donating dry or wet cat or dog food to collection centers at the local businesses listed below. These pet food donations will be distributed to more than a dozen food pantries across the county to help families feed their pets.

Please do not bring donations directly to Bucks County SPCA shelters.

Martino’s Auto Center
674 N Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Call Dan or Sara at 215-348-1466
Monday – Friday / 8 AM – 5 PM 

Keenan Motors Dealership
3664 North Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902
 215-348-0800
Monday – Friday / 9 AM  PM 

Bucks County SPCA is proud to partner with BCART, Bucks County Emergency Management, Women’s Animal Center, Animal Lifeline, Bridge Clinic and Sam’s Hope – together we’re working to collect and distribute pet food to support local families through the food pantry network. With your help, we’ll make sure no pet goes hungry.

Helpful Tips for Pet Owners during Covid-19 Pandemic

The PA Department of Agriculture has sourced the following guidelines to help pet owners protect both themselves and their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Firstly, pet owners are encouraged to buy pet food and supplies as they normally would, without stockpiling, so that all pet owners can continue to have reliable access. 

Pet owners are encouraged to do the following:

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill. 
  • Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets. Practice social distancing when walking or exercising pets.
  • Check in on neighbors (while practicing social distancing) who may need help caring for their pets. 
  • If your pets have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is recommended to give them a bath and limit their contact with anyone under quarantine. 
  • Pet owners are reminded to wash hands frequently throughout the day with hot water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. 
  • Be sure all vaccines are up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary. 
  • Ensure medications are documented with dosages and administration directions, including the prescription and the contact information for your veterinarian. 
  • Pets should have identification: collar with dog license and rabies tag or any other vanity style tag with owner information. Information can also be placed on the pet’s cage depending on the type of pet.
  • Place a list of pets in the home on your front door for emergency responders. Include a description of each animal, location in home, or on the property. 

Our pets are a great source of comfort and joy. Taking a few precautionary steps will help ensure their safety and your peace of mind in the midst of any crisis. 

Learn more at the PA Department of Agriculture website: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19.aspx 

Animal Cruelty Investigation gets a lift from Smith Foundation

New vehicle for animal cruelty investigation

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Josephine and Evelyn S. Smith Foundation, the Bucks County SPCA’s team of humane police officers has a reliable new vehicle for responding to more than 500 calls for help each year.

The foundation’s investment allowed the BCSPCA the opportunity to buy a new Toyota RAV4, replacing a 9-year-old vehicle with extensive repair needs. Humane police officers are on the road 7 days a week covering hundreds of miles crisscrossing the county responding to calls. For animals in Bucks County, the new vehicle means help is at the ready 365 days a year.

“In 2019 we saw a huge spike in cruelty complaints, court cases, and animals needing to be rescued from cruelty or neglect,” reported Linda Reider, executive director of the Bucks County SPCA. “Our team rescued 545 animals last year, nearly triple the number rescued in 2018. From very large hoarding cases, to a single animal cruelly treated, response time can make all the difference. It’s critical that our humane police officers have a reliable vehicle so that each complaint is investigated as quickly as possible.”

The BCSPCA investigates cases of abuse and neglect for domestic and farm animals anywhere in Bucks County. Our specially trained team of humane police officers respond to every complaint received, enforcing the state’s animal cruelty laws.

One call can save a life.

If you suspect an animal is being neglected or treated cruelly, please call our 24-hour tip line 215-794-7425 or email reportcruelty@bcspca.org. All tips are confidential.

The BCSPCA has served the animals and people of Bucks County since its incorporation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912. Our organization was founded by a small but determined group of citizens who patrolled the county, initially investigating cruelty to farm animals. Unchanged since 1912 is our commitment to make Bucks County the most humane community possible, knowing well that it benefits not only animals, but people too.

BCSPCA rescues 24 starved cats living in an unheated car

BREAKING NEWS: Late in the evening yesterday, Bucks County SPCA’s Chief Humane Police Officer, Nikki Thompson rescued 24 sick cats found living in an unheated car in Morrisville. She had been searching for the vehicle for two days. An online tip from a concerned citizen enabled her to pinpoint its location.

What she found was disturbing. The cats were cold, thirsty, underweight and in poor condition. They were immediately transported to the warmth and safety of the BCSPCA’s shelter in Lahaska where they gratefully emptied multiple water and food bowls. All the animals will be examined by the organization’s veterinary team and begin specific treatments to help them recover.

The cats’ owner reportedly collected the animals from the property of an apartment building. Our organization negotiated the surrender of all 24 cats, which means once they return to health, they can be placed for adoption without further legal action. We will continue to work with the individual to prevent a repeat of this kind of hoarding situation.

BCSPCA’s Executive Director Linda Reider expressed gratitude for the quick work of the community to help put a stop to the suffering of these poor cats. “We are grateful for people who speak up on behalf of those who have no voice. Thanks to a tip received by Officer Thompson, two dozen sick and hungry cats were spared another night of exposure to below-freezing temperatures. They are now safe and warm, and getting much-needed medical care from our team. In 2019, we rescued a record-breaking 600 animals from cruelty and neglect. Our hope is that far fewer animals require our lifesaving services in 2020, but, as always, we are ready 24 hours a day to respond to calls for help anywhere in Bucks County.”

You can help today by donating to our Animal Relief Fund which provides food, medical treatment and ongoing care for animals rescued through animal cruelty investigations. Donations can be made online at https://www.bcspca.org/support/donate-online/
by phone at 215-794-7425, or by visiting our shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown.