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Just reading these reviews and wanted to comment on Alex W.'s remarks asking how honest this shelter is. I don't know this shelter at all. But I know kittens. At 7 months old, most kittens are what Alex might deem 'destructive'. Kittens are fun and crazy for quite some time. I look at 2 years at the ideal adoption time: young enough to be fun (but not crazy like a kitten), and old enough to take instruction and training.

I think with any pet being adopted, you need to do your homework before you adopt. Talk to other people who already own the type of pet you're considering adding your home for the next 15-20 years (or maybe longer). Then spend a while at the shelter with your prospective adoptee - preferably on a day when it's not busy. Try to get a feel for that particular animal, in addition to whatever the staff tells you is on the paperwork. Even visit the shelter many times looking for the right pet that fits your lifestyle, family and home.

It took me about 2 months of looking before I found the right dog for me (at my local SPCA). Many visits to many local shelters just didn't have a dog that fit my lifestyle. When I found my Buck, I had no doubt, because I had done my homework. 11 years later, he has proved over and over, to be an outstanding dog exactly suited to our home.

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Just reading these reviews and wanted to comment on Alex W.'s remarks asking how honest this shelter is. I don't know this shelter at all. But I know kittens. At 7 months old, most kittens are what Alex might deem 'destructive'. Kittens are fun and crazy for quite some time. I look at 2 years at the ideal adoption time: young enough to be fun (but not crazy like a kitten), and old enough to take instruction and training.

I think with any pet being adopted, you need to do your homework before you adopt. Talk to other people who already own the type of pet you're considering adding your home for the next 15-20 years (or maybe longer). Then spend a while at the shelter with your prospective adoptee - preferably on a day when it's not busy. Try to get a feel for that particular animal, in addition to whatever the staff tells you is on the paperwork. Even visit the shelter many times looking for the right pet that fits your lifestyle, family and home.

It took me about 2 months of looking before I found the right dog for me (at my local SPCA). Many visits to many local shelters just didn't have a dog that fit my lifestyle. When I found my Buck, I had no doubt, because I had done my homework. 11 years later, he has proved over and over, to be an outstanding dog exactly suited to our home.

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This is a HORRIBLE shelter!! On 7/4/10 we called their ACO SIX times to inform them that our neighbors left 2 pit bulls in tow chains outside in 95 degree weather with no food or water. They never responded. We took care of the dogs ourselves but it was THEIR job to come out to investigate. And they want to go NO KILL?? They'll fail at that just like they do everything else. Adopt through rescue or Chester County SPCA, PSPCA...anywhere but there. I give it a one star because there's nothing lower.

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This is a HORRIBLE shelter!! On 7/4/10 we called their ACO SIX times to inform them that our neighbors left 2 pit bulls in tow chains outside in 95 degree weather with no food or water. They never responded. We took care of the dogs ourselves but it was THEIR job to come out to investigate. And they want to go NO KILL?? They'll fail at that just like they do everything else. Adopt through rescue or Chester County SPCA, PSPCA...anywhere but there. I give it a one star because there's nothing lower.

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7/22/2010: This is an excellent SPCA. As another review indicated, every SPCA is independently run/operated. They do not receive funds from the national organization, and so rely on donations and fee-for-service (adoption fees etc.) in order to keep the shelter operating. I know that a few years ago they had issues, but the management responsible was given the heave-ho and new management has improved this shelter immensely. Recently (7/2010) they announced their goal to become a no-kill shelter, which is admirable. Hopefully the townships in the county will step up and build a kennel to provide extra capacity for the strays in the county. As far as the woman complaining that the cat she met in foster-car not behaving the same when in the shelter, us humans need to realize that the shelter is a very stressful environment for the animals. Of course the cat will behave differently! The shelter does not lie about adoptable animals; they take what information they are given. We have had people giving up animals lie, hoping that they are giving the pet they are giving up a better chance of being adopted, which is a bad idea folks. The shelter wants SUCCESSFUL adoptions, not to have a pet revolving from house to house.

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7/22/2010: This is an excellent SPCA. As another review indicated, every SPCA is independently run/operated. They do not receive funds from the national organization, and so rely on donations and fee-for-service (adoption fees etc.) in order to keep the shelter operating. I know that a few years ago they had issues, but the management responsible was given the heave-ho and new management has improved this shelter immensely. Recently (7/2010) they announced their goal to become a no-kill shelter, which is admirable. Hopefully the townships in the county will step up and build a kennel to provide extra capacity for the strays in the county. As far as the woman complaining that the cat she met in foster-car not behaving the same when in the shelter, us humans need to realize that the shelter is a very stressful environment for the animals. Of course the cat will behave differently! The shelter does not lie about adoptable animals; they take what information they are given. We have had people giving up animals lie, hoping that they are giving the pet they are giving up a better chance of being adopted, which is a bad idea folks. The shelter wants SUCCESSFUL adoptions, not to have a pet revolving from house to house.

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It must be stated that none of the SPCAs are connected--solely by the name. Each is run by different management and is funded separately, all by private donors. ALSO, the Delaware County SPCA is NOT the Delaware SPCA, nor is it affiliated in ANY way, same with the PSPCA or Chester County SPCA or the ASPCA. The Delaware County SPCA, located on Sandy Bank Road, in Media, is one of the cleanest, friendliest facilities with extremely well-trained staff on animal behavior issues, especially the behavior of their own animals. They strive for the person-animal or family-animal connection. The staff and management have turned over in the last year and it truly shows. Their funds are going to tangible items, such as the newly built cat condo and new fencing and lighting in the dog kennels. It's heartwarming to go in to this facility and see each animal getting the care it deserves and did not receive from its previous owners if it was a stray or homeless pet. Kudos to this SPCA who is setting an example for other shelters and rescues.

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It must be stated that none of the SPCAs are connected--solely by the name. Each is run by different management and is funded separately, all by private donors. ALSO, the Delaware County SPCA is NOT the Delaware SPCA, nor is it affiliated in ANY way, same with the PSPCA or Chester County SPCA or the ASPCA. The Delaware County SPCA, located on Sandy Bank Road, in Media, is one of the cleanest, friendliest facilities with extremely well-trained staff on animal behavior issues, especially the behavior of their own animals. They strive for the person-animal or family-animal connection. The staff and management have turned over in the last year and it truly shows. Their funds are going to tangible items, such as the newly built cat condo and new fencing and lighting in the dog kennels. It's heartwarming to go in to this facility and see each animal getting the care it deserves and did not receive from its previous owners if it was a stray or homeless pet. Kudos to this SPCA who is setting an example for other shelters and rescues.

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This SPCA is very clean, the staff members are very knowledgeable and caring and the policies are adoption-friendly for good homes. Every animal organization that does adoptions must have rules, like having all members of the family meet the pet prior to approval. That seems more than appropriate! Also, I highly doubt that a staff member threw your application in the trash! Seems grossly inaccurate for any organization or business. This SPCA has a nice selection of animals- don't shop, adopt, and certainly don't blame them when you do the immoral thing and buy from a petstore or support backyard breeding by buying a pet from the paper. And Pamela, how unprofessional to write negative comments about a place that has helped you when you had to rehome your animals...if they are so bad, why would you ask for their help? Shame on you...

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This SPCA is very clean, the staff members are very knowledgeable and caring and the policies are adoption-friendly for good homes. Every animal organization that does adoptions must have rules, like having all members of the family meet the pet prior to approval. That seems more than appropriate! Also, I highly doubt that a staff member threw your application in the trash! Seems grossly inaccurate for any organization or business. This SPCA has a nice selection of animals- don't shop, adopt, and certainly don't blame them when you do the immoral thing and buy from a petstore or support backyard breeding by buying a pet from the paper. And Pamela, how unprofessional to write negative comments about a place that has helped you when you had to rehome your animals...if they are so bad, why would you ask for their help? Shame on you...

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When we adopted a 7 month old female cat from this shelter, we were impressed with its cleanliness and the volunteers. The staff was inefficient and the paper work took forever. We paid the fees and added in a contribution. No thank you was ever forthcoming. We had chosen the cat carefully, and she seemed to fit our needs. Unfortunately our choice turned out to be a disaster! Either the previous owner had not divulged all information about the cat, or the shelter did not bother to pass it on to us. The cat was extremely destructive and did not respond to any attempts at training- rewards, playing with her, sticky tape on counter edges, empty cans with coins shaken, you name it- we tried it. The only thing the cat did correctly was to use the litter box. When we surrendered the cat to the shelter, we came at a time when I knew it would not be busy. It was a different story this time with the staff. I was ignored when I walked in although 3 staffers were doing nothing. The young woman I dealt with was sullen and barely responsive. I was prepared to give the shelter a very generous contribution, but cut it in half and it was still a nice amount. I had to supply a photo ID with he contribution and she didn't even say thank you. I also donated a cat carrier and a generous supply of food and litter. The young men who helped me with that were pleasant and smiling, but they were volunteers. Staff needs training in customer relations. We will probably try another cat at some point, but will not deal with this shelter.

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When we adopted a 7 month old female cat from this shelter, we were impressed with its cleanliness and the volunteers. The staff was inefficient and the paper work took forever. We paid the fees and added in a contribution. No thank you was ever forthcoming. We had chosen the cat carefully, and she seemed to fit our needs. Unfortunately our choice turned out to be a disaster! Either the previous owner had not divulged all information about the cat, or the shelter did not bother to pass it on to us. The cat was extremely destructive and did not respond to any attempts at training- rewards, playing with her, sticky tape on counter edges, empty cans with coins shaken, you name it- we tried it. The only thing the cat did correctly was to use the litter box. When we surrendered the cat to the shelter, we came at a time when I knew it would not be busy. It was a different story this time with the staff. I was ignored when I walked in although 3 staffers were doing nothing. The young woman I dealt with was sullen and barely responsive. I was prepared to give the shelter a very generous contribution, but cut it in half and it was still a nice amount. I had to supply a photo ID with he contribution and she didn't even say thank you. I also donated a cat carrier and a generous supply of food and litter. The young men who helped me with that were pleasant and smiling, but they were volunteers. Staff needs training in customer relations. We will probably try another cat at some point, but will not deal with this shelter.

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Me and my boyfriend recently went to the ASPCA. I was getting him a cat for his birthday and told him i would rather we save a cat then buy one. We went up the first day with his mother and picked out a young calico female who was mewing loudly and just begging for a home. They told us to fill out the application and come back the next day. So we did as we were told.

When we returned the next day they inquired about my boyfriend's father. Saying we couldnt have the cat until they met him. Well he works hours that just dont allow him to make trips up to the ASPCA on his free time.So they pretty much said if we dont meet him you cant have her.

Why would his mother come if the father wouldnt allow the cat? Why do they have to meet every adult in the house and at nineteen years old its not like we are children sneaking a cat in. She was going to come to a loving home but now because of not being able to meet one adult in the house when three already came we cant save her.

It broke my heart really thinking about her in there. They make it impossable to adopt a cat. I think they are better off in homes then possably gettting gassed but i cant help but feel that the ASPCA doesnt feel the same way. So good luck little Virginia and i hope you make it out of that hell hole. Instead now we are taking a kitten from a friend that would have been ok without us. I wish we could have helped you.

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Me and my boyfriend recently went to the ASPCA. I was getting him a cat for his birthday and told him i would rather we save a cat then buy one. We went up the first day with his mother and picked out a young calico female who was mewing loudly and just begging for a home. They told us to fill out the application and come back the next day. So we did as we were told.

When we returned the next day they inquired about my boyfriend's father. Saying we couldnt have the cat until they met him. Well he works hours that just dont allow him to make trips up to the ASPCA on his free time.So they pretty much said if we dont meet him you cant have her.

Why would his mother come if the father wouldnt allow the cat? Why do they have to meet every adult in the house and at nineteen years old its not like we are children sneaking a cat in. She was going to come to a loving home but now because of not being able to meet one adult in the house when three already came we cant save her.

It broke my heart really thinking about her in there. They make it impossable to adopt a cat. I think they are better off in homes then possably gettting gassed but i cant help but feel that the ASPCA doesnt feel the same way. So good luck little Virginia and i hope you make it out of that hell hole. Instead now we are taking a kitten from a friend that would have been ok without us. I wish we could have helped you.

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I just want the lady who tried to get the cat for the 22 acres to be a insider outside cat.Ifeel your pain i use to work at the spca i quit because of some of these reasons.please email me if you dont have acat i can now help.

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I just want the lady who tried to get the cat for the 22 acres to be a insider outside cat.Ifeel your pain i use to work at the spca i quit because of some of these reasons.please email me if you dont have acat i can now help.

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I went to the Delaware SPCA's website and found a cat I wanted to adopt after recently losing a cat (she was hit). After e-mailing and speaking to the rep at the SPCA, meeting with the animal at her foster home, then e-mailing my application to the rep, I went to pick the cat up and hand in the application in person.
The lobby, as described by many, was busy, crowded, and smelly, but it was a Saturday, right after they opened. The person I had been corresponding to found me pretty quickly and I was taken to see the cat. The poor thing was curled up in a ball in a tiny steel cage, barely resembling the animal I met at the foster home. I assured the cat I was taking her home and she would soon be out of the cage.
I had all my paperwork ready and gave it to the female, after a moment she said "this cat is going to be indoor/outdoor?" I affirmed what I had written on my application (which had been e-mailed to them the week before) and explained to her my strategy of having the cat indoors only for at least 6 months before allowing it outdoors supervised for a month, then teaching it to use the cat door I provided for my cats. I also explained I left a window opened so the cats had access to a porch roof during the summer to sun themselves. She looked at me and said "our policy is for cats to be indoors only." My jaw dropped; I explained I lived on a 22 acre farm and if I suspected the cat was going near the road, I wouldn't be allowing her out, but I also didn't force my cats out, they had access to come and go as they please . She went to consult the manager, but came back after a minute and said "our policy is indoors only." I told her if she wanted me to lie on the application that was fine, but would they rather leave the cat (a black one, notoriously hard to adopt out) in a cage for an indefinite period then give it to someone who would love and pamper it. She threw my application in the trash and said thank you for your time. Nothing I said was in an angry tone; I had tears streaming down my face, thinking about leaving the poor cat there.
I found and tried appealing to the person I had been e-mailing and talking to on the phone, but she also said it is our policy.
So why didn't anybody tell me about this policy before I drove out there? Why isn't this policy on their website?
And more importantly, they would rather keep in a tiny steel cage, or potentially kill, a cat rather then give it to someone who would give it love and give it free reign over a house and 22 acres? Can someone tell me the sense in that?

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I went to the Delaware SPCA's website and found a cat I wanted to adopt after recently losing a cat (she was hit). After e-mailing and speaking to the rep at the SPCA, meeting with the animal at her foster home, then e-mailing my application to the rep, I went to pick the cat up and hand in the application in person.
The lobby, as described by many, was busy, crowded, and smelly, but it was a Saturday, right after they opened. The person I had been corresponding to found me pretty quickly and I was taken to see the cat. The poor thing was curled up in a ball in a tiny steel cage, barely resembling the animal I met at the foster home. I assured the cat I was taking her home and she would soon be out of the cage.
I had all my paperwork ready and gave it to the female, after a moment she said "this cat is going to be indoor/outdoor?" I affirmed what I had written on my application (which had been e-mailed to them the week before) and explained to her my strategy of having the cat indoors only for at least 6 months before allowing it outdoors supervised for a month, then teaching it to use the cat door I provided for my cats. I also explained I left a window opened so the cats had access to a porch roof during the summer to sun themselves. She looked at me and said "our policy is for cats to be indoors only." My jaw dropped; I explained I lived on a 22 acre farm and if I suspected the cat was going near the road, I wouldn't be allowing her out, but I also didn't force my cats out, they had access to come and go as they please . She went to consult the manager, but came back after a minute and said "our policy is indoors only." I told her if she wanted me to lie on the application that was fine, but would they rather leave the cat (a black one, notoriously hard to adopt out) in a cage for an indefinite period then give it to someone who would love and pamper it. She threw my application in the trash and said thank you for your time. Nothing I said was in an angry tone; I had tears streaming down my face, thinking about leaving the poor cat there.
I found and tried appealing to the person I had been e-mailing and talking to on the phone, but she also said it is our policy.
So why didn't anybody tell me about this policy before I drove out there? Why isn't this policy on their website?
And more importantly, they would rather keep in a tiny steel cage, or potentially kill, a cat rather then give it to someone who would give it love and give it free reign over a house and 22 acres? Can someone tell me the sense in that?

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I have adopted 2 dogs from this SPCA. My wonderful Samantha (Mongrel) who was born at this SPCA and passed away last Christmas at the age of 16 and adorable Nosey Parker (Cairn/Westie) adopted in February 2007. It's true that this facililty is filled with Pitt bulls and Rottweilers that people don't want, but they have many other dogs, some are in foster homes. This SPCA has it's share of problems but that's why I go there, the kill rate is high and these dogs are in need. Samantha and Nosey are two of the smartest, most loyal and loving dogs I've ever known.

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I have adopted 2 dogs from this SPCA. My wonderful Samantha (Mongrel) who was born at this SPCA and passed away last Christmas at the age of 16 and adorable Nosey Parker (Cairn/Westie) adopted in February 2007. It's true that this facililty is filled with Pitt bulls and Rottweilers that people don't want, but they have many other dogs, some are in foster homes. This SPCA has it's share of problems but that's why I go there, the kill rate is high and these dogs are in need. Samantha and Nosey are two of the smartest, most loyal and loving dogs I've ever known.

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I have adopted two dogs from this SPCA over the years and had good experiences though my Beagle had Kennel Cough which responded to a short course of oral antibiotics. I recently revisited the SPCA for adoption of another dog and to my dismay, the majority of the dogs were Pitt Bulls and Rottweilers. You are going to have to go to this place a lot if you are looking for another breed.

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I have adopted two dogs from this SPCA over the years and had good experiences though my Beagle had Kennel Cough which responded to a short course of oral antibiotics. I recently revisited the SPCA for adoption of another dog and to my dismay, the majority of the dogs were Pitt Bulls and Rottweilers. You are going to have to go to this place a lot if you are looking for another breed.

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This is a nice spca. They have a good selection of pets and they try there best to care for them and find a home for them . They are nice and curtous and for a donation can have a very nice pet. I have gotten several pets there, over the years and I like there friendly care and it is on a beauitiful piece of ground. Good choice.

PROS: good choice for your pet
CONS: Hard to find, on a back road,

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★★★★★

This is a nice spca. They have a good selection of pets and they try there best to care for them and find a home for them . They are nice and curtous and for a donation can have a very nice pet. I have gotten several pets there, over the years and I like there friendly care and it is on a beauitiful piece of ground. Good choice.

PROS: good choice for your pet
CONS: Hard to find, on a back road,

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