Lancaster SPCA opened today (Feb. 4)

Lancaster County SPCA opened today at its temporary location, 599 Chesapeake St., Lancaster, PA.

Founder Susan Martin had planned to open a shelter in a few years, but decided to fast-forward her plans after learning that the Humane League of Lancaster County was switching to a no-kill shelter and would no longer be taking in strays or owner-surrendered animals.

The Lancaster County SPCA will rely on donations. That Fish Place dropped off about two months’ worth of dog and cat food and cat litter to get the shelter started. The city of Lancaster is providing the building and gave Martin a $60,000 interest-free loan to get the shelter up and running.

For now, the shelter staff consists of four employees.

According to the shelter’s website, the shelter will provide humane care and adoptions of stray and unwanted animals and animals who come to shelter as the result of owner surrender and cruelty investigations. The website also states “As a nonprofit organization (501(c)(3) pending) the shelter is not a branch of any national or local Humane Society or SPCA.”

For details, visit, call 717-917-6979 or email

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