Rescue Program: CCSPCA Placement for Life

The Chester County SPCA is an open admission shelter, which means we don’t limit which animals have access to our services.  The 4500 animals we care for annually include stray animals from two counties (Chester County and Delaware County), owner surrenders, and animals removed from humane investigations.

Many of these homeless animals find families by being reunited with their owners if lost or through adoption from our shelter.  What many people don’t realize is between 20 and 25% of animals in our care finds a forever home through one of our rescue partners in the CCSPCA Placement for Life program.

About CCSPCA Placement for Life

We work with more than 50 local and regional rescue groups on an ongoing basis to help place animals, such as those with special needs, particular breeds, or when we have a particularly high number of incoming animals. These organizations range from small groups using a network of foster homes to those with their own facilities.  We screen each organization against rigorous requirements to ensure the animals they take will get the best possible care and an opportunity for a wonderful family placement.

Examples of the other shelters and rescue groups with whom we collaborate most often include:

  • Delaware County SPCA
  • Humane League of Lancaster County
  • Stray Cat Blues
  • CatWorks
  • All 4 Paws Rescue
  • Plus many breed-specific rescues

Working with Rescue Groups

If you’re with a rescue group interested in becoming part of the CCSPCA Placement for Life program, we’re always interested in adding new rescue partners. Our new program features a highly flexible and collaborative approach to working with our partners. For example:

  • We provide free initial medical treatment for all animals, including initial health evaluation, initial vaccinations including rabies, deworming, flea treatment, and feline snap testing for leukemia and FIV.
  • We provide spaying/neutering to animals pulled by rescues.
  • We support our rescue partners with donated pet food if needed and available within our pet food pantry.
  • We’ll meet with you just about any time you’re available to visit our animals.

To discuss working together, please contact our CCSPCA Placement for Life coordinator at 610-692-6113 x227 or  If you’re ready to get started working together, please complete our rescue application. You can email your completed application and supporting documents to, fax them to 610-436-4630, or drop them off at our shelter.




1 in 5 of the animals in our care finds a forever family through a network of more than 50 rescue partners in our CCSPCA Placement for Life program.


Rescues: Click here for our rescue application.

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