] Adams County SPCA

Adams County SPCA

Our Adoptable Pet List

Who We Are

The Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is an IRC 501c-3 non-profit organization that will provide shelter and care for lost, abandoned and abused animals, investigate and prosecute cruelty offenders, and help control animal overpopulation.

Serving Adams County since April 30,1976, the Adams County SPCA provides vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable animals, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, and rescuing animals in emergency situations.

A private nonprofit organization that receives no federal government funding, the Adams County SPCA is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, and some fees for service.

Adopting a friend

We thank you for your interest in our adoptable pets. When you adopt a pet from the ACSPCA, you are giving an animal a second chance at life and we hope you will encourage other people to consider adopting from their local animal shelter. Please take a look at some of the wonderful animals we have for adoption. More come in every day, so please stop by and visit.

What to bring with you when you Adopt
If you rent your current home, a document signed by your landlord giving approval for you to keep a pet in your home. You may provide either a lease or a signed letter from your landlord. Please include the landlord's business address and phone number.

If you are coming from outside Adams County to adopt one of our pets, please plan to bring the name and phone number of the humane society that serves the area where you live.

All animals in your household must be current on vaccinations and be spayed or neutered. If you have a copy of your animals shot records please bring them along. If you already have a dog and are interested in adopting another canine companion, we highly recommend having the two dogs meet at the Animal Shelter, on neutral territory. If you have any questions or concerns about making this introduction, please call the Animal Shelter before you visit: 717-334-8876.

Please note: The Adams County SPCA reserves the right to do follow-up visits and to pre-adoption and post-adoption home checks by our humane officer. The Adams County SPCA reserves the right to deny any adoption application.

Your responsibilities as a New Guardian:

You must take your new pet to a veterinarian for a health check within 15 days of adoption.

You must have an adult animal spayed or neutered within 30 days of adoption.

We seek PERMANENT, lifetime homes for the animals in our care. If at any time it becomes impossible for you to keep an animal you have adopted from our Shelter, you must return the animal to us. Please note that an appointment must be made in advance to return an adopted pet or to surrender any other pet to our Shelter.


Older pets are often overlooked when people come to adopt, but older cats and dogs have many qualities that make them great pets. With todays busy schedules, there arenít enough hours in the day. Our schedules can be overwhelming and very stressful. Adopting a senior pet can be a wonderful way to relax in your life. Imagine a pet that loves sharing quiet moments, a pet that is already trained and doesnít chew or scratch everything in sight. There are loving, healthy senior pets looking for that one special home to cherish for the rest of their life. And they donít ask for much, just a warm place to sleep, good meals and plenty of love. Puppies and kittens are cute, without a doubt. Who can resist a playful, wiggling ball of fluff? They are always the first to be adopted, yet, there are wonderful senior pets no less deserving of a happy home. They look hopefully through the wire of their kennels watching people just walk right by them, wishing for a family to welcome them into their home. Senior pets can and do bond very strongly with adopters. Many seem to understand that they have been given another chance at a happy life and are grateful for the opportunity to love someone and be loved in return. Consider giving a senior a second chance. Instead of passing by older pets, stop and spend some time with them and you may find the most wonderful companion possible !!!!

One by One

One by one, they pass my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way. It seems I am not wanted anymore.

I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed. Now my muzzle is grey,
and my eyes slowly fail.Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.

Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I
finally had hope. You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond the cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed.
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low, You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger..

And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To You, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears..

And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear..

- Author Unknown

Come Visit Us!


Monday 12:00 - 6:00
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 12:00 - 5:00
Thursday 12:00 - 5:00
Friday 12:00 - 6:00
Saturday 11:00 - 4:00

Adams County SPCA
11 Goldenville Rd
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-8876

Email: contactus@adamscountyspca.net

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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