PSPCA adoption rates up, vet clinic hours extended

The PSPCA is extending the hours at its low-cost veterinary clinic. Beginning Aug. 17, the clinic, at 350 E. Erie Ave. will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Clinic hours on Monday, Friday and Saturday will remain 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

“Making affordable, high-quality veterinary care accessible to Philadelphia-area pets is just one of the ways in which we are working to prevent cruelty to animals,” said PSPCA Medical Director Aime Berman, VMD. “It’s our hope that by extending the clinic’s hours we will make it more convenient for animal lovers to provide their pets with the medical attention they need and deserve.”

In 2009, more than 20,000 animals received care at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s low-cost veterinary clinic. Services include: vaccinations, new puppy and kitten exams, spay/neuter surgery and annual check-ups in addition to appointments for animals that are sick. The veterinary staff also provides information about flea and tick prevention as well as heartworm disease and general pet health. To make an appointment, call 215.426.6300. Walk-ins are also accepted.

Meanwhile, the PSPCA says its adoption rates are way up , a good thing considering it is the height of "kitten season."

The number of dogs and cats adopted from its six animal shelters and adoption centers jumped by almost 300% in July. More than 1,800 cats and dogs found new homes last month compared to 675 animals that were adopted in July 2009.

“While we are happy with this success, our job is far from finished,” said PSPCA CEO Sue Cosby. “We are committed to giving the hundreds of homeless animals that continue to enter our shelters each month a second chance.”

Cosby credits Cat and Kitten Super Adopt-a-thon, which began on June 25, 2010 and continued through July 31.  Through the month of August, all adult dogs (six months and older) will be available for a $20 adoption fee. All cat and kitten adopters can “Pick their Price” and choose their own adoption fee.

For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call 215.426.6300 or visit
The PSPCA also operates shelters outside of Philadelphia in Wellsboro, Centre Hall,  Danville and Montrose.