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COVID-19 Operations


COVID-19 Operational Update

To ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers while providing the same level of quality care to our animals, temporary modifications have been made to our operations until further notice. The shelter is open to the public by appointment only for adoption, emergency intake, and community services. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 717-764-6109. Please continue reading for specific details on each program.


Adopters are asked to please complete an adoption application and submit online. If you are unable to complete the form online, please call 717-764-6109 so a time can be scheduled for you to complete the application at the shelter. Once we approve your application, we will contact you to schedule an adoption appointment. Go to our Available Dogs, Available Cats, and Other Available Animals to view all our adoptable animals. In your application, please specify the name and registration number of which animal you are interesting in adopting.

Surrenders and Strays

Individuals and families seeking resources to prevent surrender are asked to call 717-764-6109. The York County SPCA is currently asking residents of York County to schedule an appointment if they wish to surrender a pet. Stray dogs are accepted during our open hours, from 8am-4pm. Stray cats showing signs of ownership (collar, tags, spayed or neutered without an ear tip, etc.), or that appear ill or injured can be surrendered as well. If you are bringing a stray animal in, please call the front desk at 717-764-6109 so that they may prepare for intake.

Community Services

The human services for community pets offered by the York County SPCA will continue. This includes the CARMA program, which provides low-cost medical care to community pets in need; Safe Pet, a program that offers temporary shelter for pets of domestic violence or natural disaster victims; the Pet Food Pantry, which provides pet food to individuals with a low or fixed income; and community animal welfare checks.

Spay/Neuter Clinic and Community Cats

The York County SPCA is delighted to announce that the spay/neuter clinic has reopened with modified safety protocols. This decision was made after careful consideration by the leadership team at the YCSPCA, and by consulting recommendations from the CDC, the AVMA, and shelter medicine experts. In order to safely resume our services, several modifications to our scheduling, intake, and discharge procedures have been made.


All fundraising and community engagement events will be postponed, cancelled, or made virtual until further notice. This includes Tales for Tails, Solving and Preventing Dog Problems, Cat Yoga, Rabies and Microchipping Clinics, and Wags to Riches. Wags to Riches, the YCSPCA benefit gala, has been rescheduled for May 15th, 2021. Follow our Facebook page to learn about upcoming virtual events.


In-kind donations, such as pet food, can be dropped off in the donation bin located outside the shelter (3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17406). We will not be accepting blankets and towels at this time. Please consider assisting our shelter through a preferred online monetary donation or gifts through our Amazon Wish List


COVID-19 Preparedness: Checklist for Pet Owners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have confirmed there is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19. Though, we encourage pet owners to include your pets in your emergency preparedness plan. That includes designating a friend or family member to care for your pets, researching temporary housing options for them, compiling all vet records, ensuring they are up-to-date on vaccines as well as listing all contact information and setting aside extra food and supplies for your pets. The CDC recommends keeping the following items on hand in case of an emergency.


  • Rabies certificate and vaccination records
  • Medical summary
  • Prescriptions for medications
  • Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name and number of the microchip company)
  • Your contact information and an emergency contact’s information


  • 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
  • 2-week supply of water for each animal
  • Non-spill food and water dishes
  • Feeding instructions for each animal
  • 2-week supply of any medications with instructions (if applicable)
  • One-month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative (for dogs)


  • Collar with ID
  • Leash and harness
  • Toys
  • Litterbox and litter (cats)
  • Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel