Adopting During COVID-19
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.
We are open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During those hours, the community is welcome to come into the shelter and browse adoptable animals. Learn more about our reopening plan that was enacted in November 2021 on our blog.
We will continue to operate by appointment only for adoptions, surrenders, and lifetime licensing. Adoption applications will continue to be processed online. The best way for the public to adopt is to check out available animals either online or during visiting hours (Tuesday - Thursday 10a.m.-2p.m.), and then submit an adoption application online. Once an adoption application is approved, a YCSPCA staff member will schedule a meet between that pet and the potential adopter. Application approval takes approximately 3-4 business days. 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.
Ready to apply? Browse our available animals and apply directly for an animal from their profile.
Or, submit a general application. If you see an animal you love later, call us at (717) 764-6109 to tell us which animal you're interested in.
Dogs and Cats
The fees for adoption can vary depending on the age and breed of the animal. Included in the fee is the microchip, current vaccinations, relevant testing, and the spay or neuter. If you have questions regarding a specific dog or cat please contact the customer service team at 717-764-6109.
|6 weeks - 12 months||$260|
|12 months - 7 years||$235|
|6 weeks - 12 months||$150|
|12 months - 7 years||$100|
Small and Other Animals
As an open-admission shelter, we accept all animals with the exception of wildlife. This includes rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rodents, birds, reptiles, and more. The prices for these animals may vary.
|Rodent||$5 - $10|
There are numerous horses available for adoption through the York County SPCA. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Canine Adoption Policy
The York County SPCA has established a Canine Adoption Procedure. The purpose of the policy is to promote a fair, manageable, and consistent adoption process. The Canine Adoption Procedure helps adopters understand how the process unfolds. The policy also outlines various and preferred ways to express interest in adopting a specific dog. This policy will only apply to dogs. It does not apply to cats, rabbits, or other adoptable species. To read the entire policy, click here.
The purpose of this policy is to standardize the canine adoption process to ensure fair and equal access to all York County SPCA dogs.
This policy applies to members of the public and volunteers. This policy applies to all dogs. It does not apply to cats, rabbits, or other adoptable species.
To ensure a manageable and consistent adoption process, the following procedure will apply for all canine adoptions.
General Interest in Adoption
Every dog at the York County SPCA is a wonderful pet that deserves a loving, permanent home. If you have made the lifesaving decision to adopt a pet, please complete the York County SPCA’s adoption application. Once a member of our team approves your adoption application, please visit our website to view all dogs that are available for adoption. Visit www.ycspca.org/adopt for more information.
Dog Specific Adoption
In order to adopt a specific animal from the York County SPCA, you must first be approved for adoption. Once your adoption application has been approved, you can select from one of the dogs that are currently available for adoption, or keep checking our website and social media pages until you see an animal that tugs at your heart strings. An approved adoption application will be valid for one year and will need to be renewed every year if your desire to adopt continues.
Approved adopters can indicate their interest in adopting a specific dog through the following channels of communication:
- If you are completing an adoption application online, you can indicate your interest in a specific dog on your adoption application. We will prioritize already approved applicants first.
- Email is our preferred method of contact. Submit an email to the York County SPCA. Be sure to include the specific name of the dog. Visit www.ycspca.org/about/contact.html to send us an email.
- Call and leave us a message. Our phone number is (717) 764-6109. Be sure to include the name of the dog. Due to high call volumes and limited staffing capabilities, we are not always able to answer the phone. We strongly encourage you to send us an email, especially if the dog you are interested in is in high demand.
- Send us a message through Facebook. Be sure to include the name of the dog. Again, we strongly encourage you to send us an email, especially if the dog you are interested in is in high demand. Please note that Facebook comments or posts are not accepted.
- In person notification. Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, the York County SPCA is open by appointment only. In-person notification is not allowed at this time. When we reopen to the public, you can visit the shelter and asked to be placed on a specific dog adoption waiting list.
Dog Adoption Waiting List
Although every dog at the York County SPCA is amazing and deserves a loving permanent home, “highly adoptable” dogs often get multiple adoption inquiries. Highly adoptable dogs are typically younger, non-bully breeds, and smaller dogs. Demand for highly adoptable dogs increases when there is a limited number of available dogs in the shelter. To ensure a manageable and consistent adoption process, the following procedure will apply for all canine adoption inquiries.
Once a York County SPCA employee updates the status of a dog as available for adoption, the status change will appear in real time on the York County SPCA’s website. Staff also place an available sign on the dog’s kennel. Overtime, the available dog will also get posted on Petfinder and on our social media channels. We encourage eager adopters to check our website and social media regularly because new animals are posted frequently.
Newly posted dogs will remain available for a minimum of 24-hours. The York County SPCA WILL NOT hold dogs for any member of the public. We operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
During the first 24 hours of a dog becoming available for adoption, the York County SPCA will manage a list of people who have expressed interest in adopting a particular dog. After the dog has been available for 24 hours, an employee will review and sort the Dog Adoption Waiting List based on the date and time of an applicant’s pre-approval. People with pre-approved adoption applications who express an interest in a particular dog using one of the channels of communication listed above will be organized on the list from earliest pre-approved adoption application to newest.
If the York County SPCA receives multiple requests for a specific dog, after the 24-hour window of availability has lapsed, we will update the status of the dog to Not Available and the dog’s bio will be removed from our website. The York County SPCA will retain that dog’s Adoption Waiting List until the animal’s adoption process has been completed.
If no match is made from the dog’s initial Adoption Waiting List, the dog will be made available again, reposted on our channels of communication, and the first-come, first-approved process will resume.