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Programs & Services

Human Service Programs for Pet Owners

We know you want to give your pets the best life they deserve, and we're here to help you do that. The York County SPCA offers pet owners resources that help families care for their pets. Whether you are experiencing financial hardship, met with an unexpected crisis, or simply need assistance, we invite you to explore our programs. 

Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry provides free pet food to community members who are unable to afford it, such as fixed- or low-income individuals and those enduring financial hardship. With the surplus of pet food donations we receive, we give back to the community through this program. To receive assistance through the Pet Food Pantry, please call the York County SPCA at 717-764-6109 and, when you request pet food, specify the type, size, and age of the animal. One of our staff members will then prepare your one-month supply of pet food, which can be picked up at the YCSPCA. 

The Pet Food Pantry runs on a first-come-first-served basis.

Safe Pet 

The York County SPCA’s SafePet program provides temporary in-shelter boarding for pets whose owners have fled a domestic violence situation, plan to leave a domestic violence situation, have been displaced from their home due to a natural disaster, or are homeless. Priority pet housing is given to individuals referred to our SafePet program by a United Way Partner Agency or YCSPCA agreed partner. This includes Safe Home YWCA, YWCA York, Bell Family Shelter, YMCA Men’s Emergency Shelter, LifePath, and the American Red Cross. 

To inquire about the Safe Pet program, please email


The York County SPCA encourages pet owners to have their pets microchipped. This provides a permanent form of identification for your pet in the event that they become lost and lose their collar or tags. A microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is implanted under the skin below the back of your pet’s neck. The implantation is painless and performed in just seconds. A scanner is then used to scan the animal and pick up the microchip that traces back to the owner. 

Microchipping is now recognized in Pennsylvania as a valid identification for a lifetime license, which means microchipped dogs can be registered for a lifetime license, eliminating the need for an annual county license. We offer microchip clinics at the shelter four times yearly. Check our event calendar for dates! 

Lost and Found

If you have lost or found a pet, please submit a Lost or Found Report. We cross reference all incoming animals with these reports and a partnering database that uses facial recognition technology to help identify owned animals. While filling out the form, please be sure to upload a photo of the animal and provide as many details as possible. 

Cat Colony Aid

The Cat Colony Aid program aims to help individuals care for community cats by relieving some of the financial burden involved in colony management. Cat Colony Aid is stocked by donated bags of previously opened cat food and coupons for cat food. If you are caring for one or more cat colonies, you can call the York County SPCA and request aid. Since this program runs on a first-come-first-served basis, that individual may receive cat food, coupons, or both to be picked up at the YCSPCA.

Pet Food Distribution

The York County SPCA delivers pet food to senior centers and the York County Food Bank to help community members who are unable to afford pet food and lack mobility or do not have transportation access to the shelter, such as senior citizens. The Pet Food Distribution program is stocked by a surplus of donated pet food that we are able to give back to the community. Volunteers deliver pet food to senior centers and the York County Food Bank once a month.