UPDATE: January 2010 Please remember that there are many more pets that aren't on petfinder that are at the shelter. If you're looking for something you don't see on the site, call the shelter at 814-362-8850 during hours or stop in!
MAKING A DIFFERENCE - (as seen on Pet Connection Inc.)
A young man, walking down a deserted beach just before dawn, saw a frail old man pick up a starfish from the sand and throw it out into the waves. Then he picked up another and threw it into the sea, and then another, and then another. The young man asked, 'Why do you spend so much energy in such a vain endeavor?' The old man explained that starfish left in the heat of the sun would die. But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish. How can your effort make any difference?' The old man looked down at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety, said, 'It makes a difference to this one.'
The McKean County S.P.C.A. is an organization committed to loving and caring for homeless, abused or neglected animals.
Our organization is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. We investigate acts of animal cruelty and neglect in all of McKean County, and operate an animal shelter that is located at 80 Glenwood Avenue in Bradford. We provide food, water and shelter to stray, unwanted or neglected animals. In addition, our shelter staff offers our animals the greatest gift of all - love - and the chance to find a loving home.
Remember, we are open seven (7) days a week, Our office hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon until 4:30 p.m. Animals may be visited Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Aside from running the shelter, we also hold many fund-raising functions during the year to help with the cost of operation. We hold rabies clinics throughout McKean County, adopt-a-pet programs and publish a quarterly newsletter.
Pet owners who are no longer able to care for their animals may bring them to the shelter. We don't refuse any cat or dog, but we do ask for a donation for private turnovers, and only ask for what the owner can afford to pay. We also require that appointments be made for private turnovers.
Stray animals may be brought to the shelter or will be picked up by our full-time cruelty officer if they are confined in some way. Stray animals are held for a minimum of five (5) days to give owners the opportunity to claim them. After that, they are put up for adoption.
We take pride in the cleanliness of our shelter. Our staff, which consists of 2 full-time and 5 part-time employees, cleans and disinfects every section of the shelter first thing every morning.
We do more than provide food, water and shelter for animals. We make every attempt to ensure that the animal you adopt is healthy, and provide them with the best veterinary care if needed. However, we cannot guarantee the health or disposition of any animal.
We have 32 dog kennels and 41 cat kennels. Most of the time the animals must be doubled up in the kennels, which allows refuge for about 150 to 175 animals at any given time.
We do not practice euthanasia needlessly. We hold animals as long as we can and they are not "put to sleep" just because they haven't been adopted within a certain period of time. In fact, some animals are housed at the shelter for many months before they are adopted.
We feel an exceptional sense of satisfaction and gratitude when we find suitable homes for our animals. We have a formal adoption contract and a sterilization contract which new owners must sign. By law, all animals leaving the shelter must be spayed or neutered (if they aren't already) within a given period of time.
In return for the adoption fees ($45.00 for dogs and $40.00 for cats), we provide the following:
The McKean County S.P.C.A. is always looking for volunteers to help in many aspects of shelter life. If you have time to play with, talk to or walk a dog, or to socialize with a cat by holding, petting and playing with it, then we'd love to have you come by regularly! Unfortunately, our employees are so busy with the day-to-day business of keeping the shelter clean and the animals fed and watered that they have little to no time to just enjoy them.
Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
We are always in need of monetary donations, of course, and every nickel and dime that is contributed is appreciated greatly.
There are also other items that are needed on a day-to-day basis, including:
The McKean County S.P.C.A. is located at 80 Glenwood Avenue in Bradford, PA. Take Route 219 to the Kendall Avenue exit. If you are northbound, turn right onto Kendall Avenue and then a very quick left onto Holley Avenue. Follows the signs for "SPCA" up Holley Avenue, turn right on Willis Avenue and then left on Glenwood Avenue.
If you are southbound, turn left onto Kendall Avenue from the exit, go under the overpass and take the first left turn onto Holley Avenue. Take Holley Avenue to Willis Avenue, following the signs for "SPCA", and then left on Glenwood Avenue.
80 Glenwood Avenue
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone (814) 362-8850