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Delaware County Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals

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555 Sandy Bank Rd, Media, PA 19063

(610) 566-1370

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Delaware County SPCA is dedicated to intervention and prevention policies that protect and improve the health and welfare of companion animals and support the people who care for them. As we enter our one-hundredth year of service, we are re-dedicating ourselves to that mission with three significant policy changes. staff SPCA Management Staff Nancy Bostic, Customer Care Manager - x213 - nbostic@delcospca.org Frances R. Franchi, Director of Development - x117 - ffranchi@delcospca.org Tara Todd, Assistant to the Executive Director - x219 - ttodd@delcospca.org We are currently looking to increase our animal care team. If you are interested in working in the kennels or at the front desk, please stop in to Adoption Center at 555 Sandy Bank Road in Media today to fill out an application. If you have experience teaching or speaking publicly and have weekday availability, this could be your calling! Delaware County SPCA is looking for volunteer candidates to go out to schools, juvenile detention centers, pre-schools, Girl Scouts meetings, camps, living facilities, etc. in Delaware County to educate children and adults on issues surrounding animal welfare, animal safety and our mission. We are looking for people who have a dynamic personality who will engage listeners on lesson plans and lectures and serve as a positive supporter of Delaware County SPCA. You must be able to provide your own transportation and be comfortable around animals. You will be interviewed for this position. Interested parties should e-mail Jamie Neborak, Director of Training & Education, at JNeborak@delcospca.org. Delaware County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was established in 1911 originally for the purpose of providing watering troughs for work horses throughout the county. But as the needs of the county grew for housing and caring for homeless animals, Delaware County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) evolved to serve the ever changing needs of the growing community. Today Delaware County SPCA is an "Open Admission" facility, which means we take in all animals, and are not breed specific. We serve all 49 municipalities in the county. Over 8, 000 animals pass through each year. The dedicated staff, volunteers, and board members are committed to the health and welfare of these animals. Delaware County SPCA is a 501c3 non-profit, charitable organization registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State. We are not affiliated with any local, state or federal agency or any other SPCA or humane group. Our work is supported almost entirely by private donations. We work hard to place all adoptable animals. In many cases this means providing extra medical care, grooming, rehabilitation and socialization to give the dogs and cats every chance of being adopted. In addition to caring for animals at the SPCA, we provide other services in our community such as animal rescue service, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We also work constantly to promote responsible pet ownership and combat animal overpopulation through low cost spay/neuter programs, community programs, disseminating printed information, publicity and special events like Spay Day USA.
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Primary Phone: (610) 565-1176

Primary Phone: (484) 444-2439

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Delaware County SPCA

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nutz1225

03/06/2010

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Animal Nazis

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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