SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS SPCA

Rating: 3 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 32 Shelter Cir Camden DE 19934 USA

Mission: OUR MISSION IS TO PREVENT CRUELTY AND SUFFERING TO ANIMALS, RESCUE THE TRAPPED OR INJURED, PROVIDE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT AND TEMPORARY HOUSING TO THE HOMELESS ANIMALS, AND TO REDUCE PET OVERPOPULATION THROUGH VARIOUS SPAY/NEUTER AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS. KCSPCA IS COMMITTED TO PLACE UNWANTED PETS INTO HAPPY, HEALTHY HOMES AND TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT RESPONSIBLE PET GUARDIANSHIP.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I adopted Missy 2 years ago from the Kent County SPCA. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. Her name at the shelter at that time was Pixie.

When we put in to adopt her, we were told she had heartworms and that the shelter would treat her for them. We took her home and brought her back a week later for the treatment. When we got there, because she wasn't showing any physical signs of the illness other than the positive test, the shelter's vet took the time to retest her to confirm the diagnosis. Thankfully due to the thorough effort of the staff veterinarian, it was found that Missy didn't have heartworms, so she wasn't subjected to unnecessary treatment. Instead, Missy stayed the night and was spayed the next day, since her spay surgery was supposed to be delayed until the hearworm treatment was completed. We were grateful that the shelter worked her in for the surgery and saved us an additional trip down to the shelter.

We can't thank the shelter enough for taking care of Missy during her time at the shelter. We visited the Kent County SPCA a number of times while we were looking for the right fit for our family. The shelter was always very clean, and the staff was always helpful and pleasant. Thank you for the bringing us Missy, and for all the other great work you do!!!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 1 stars  

In 2011, I adopted three dogs who had been pulled from death row at KCSPCA. Every time I look at my dogs, I am sickened by the knowldege that they would be dead if a rescue group had not pulled them out of KCSPCA.

Baxter, my Boxer/Pit Bull mix, was on the KCSPCA kill list because he was evaluated as being "aggressive" and also as hating men. He is a goofy love dog and he doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He adores all the men in my family.

Pearl, my beagle, was on the KCSPCA kill list for being too "shy," and she is indeed shy and fearful. So what? She loves the other dogs and she loves me. She is still a little afraid of my husband but lately has been sniffing and licking him more often.

Papi, my other beagle, was on the KCSPCA kill list for being too old. And yes, he is a senior, but he is healthy. He loves cuddling and he loves his food and treats. We will love him every day for as much time as he has left.

It is horrible that my three dogs would have been killed at KCSPCA. It is horrible that any dogs and cats are killed for space at KCSPCA. Unless they are in such pain that it is truly a mercy to put them down, these dogs and cats should be allowed to live and love in new families who will cherish them.

Kent County SPCA chooses to kill homeless cats and dogs. The KCSPCA save rate for the 2nd quarter of 2012 was only 67%, with about 1,000 animals who were killed or died at the shelter. http://www.kcspca.org/about-us/shelter-statistics.htm

Kent County SPCA has said in the past that they cannot go No Kill because they have dog control contracts. That is no excuse: other No Kill shelters across America do animal control. In fact, two shelters in Delaware have dog control contracts.

About a year ago, the KCSPCA shelter Director resigned, and the Board of Directors had the opportunity to choose a new Director who would reform the facility and go No Kill. Instead the Board chose a new Director who is perfectly happy to continue the convenience killing that has long been the tradition of KCSPCA.

I am the blogger for No Kill Delaware, so I track on an ongoing basis what is happening at KCSPCA in relation to the literature and news about American animal shelters. I also compare what Kent County SPCA does with the four No Kill shelters in Delaware: Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, Faithful Friends, Delaware Humane, Delaware SPCA.

No Kill shelters are guided by the "No Kill Equation" developed by Nathan Winograd, an important leader in the No Kill movement. The No Kill Equation includes rescue partnerships; foster care; comprehensive adoption program; Trap Neuter Return for community cats; volunteers; community relations; medical/behavior rehabilitation; high-volume, low cost spay/neuter for the community; pet retention programs; and a hard-working compassionate Director.

KCSPCA could implement the No Kill Equation and be a No Kill shelter, but the Board of Directors and the Executive Director refuse to stop the killing.

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