The mission of the Delaware SPCA is to prevent cruelty to animals. We bring our mission to life through programs that provide shelter and adoption for unwanted and homeless pets, reduce pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter, and enable pet retention by providing low-cost veterinary services.
Step 1 – View our adoptable animals
We have many wonderful dogs & cats awaiting their new home, and they’re all on our website. See if anyone catches your eye—but be sure to read their bio, which has important information on their likes and dislikes! If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, we’d be happy to make suggestions!
Step 2 – Fill out an adoption questionnaire
We highly recommend filling out an online adoption questionnaire ahead of time to expedite your visit! Our goal is to find the best match for you, as well as for the animals in our care—so we may suggest other animals that we think are a better fit.
If you are unable to fill out a questionnaire online, we have paper copies available in person.
Step 3 – Visit us during adoption hours
When you arrive at our Christiana location (455 Stanton Christiana Rd), our front entrance will be OPEN! From there, one of our staff members will greet you and ask if you have submitted your online questionnaire already. If you have, you will be paired up with an adoption counselor and escorted to our meet and greet areas to spend time with possible matches. If you have not, we will ask you to do so before being able to meet possible adoption candidates.
- We require the primary caregiver to meet the animal before adoption
- We highly recommend children under 10 years-old to meet the dog, and may require it for some dogs
- For some dogs, such as dogs with special medical or behavior needs, we may require all members of the household to be present
- If you have other dogs in your home, we highly recommend you bring them in for a meet-and-greet, supervised by one of our animal care specialists. You must show proof that your current dog is up-to-date on their Rabies vaccine before they can meet our dog.
- We require the primary caregiver to meet the cat prior to adoption
- We highly recommend any children under 10-years-old to meet the animal, and may require it for some cats
- We do not allow meet-and-greets between our adoptable cats and your resident pets, but can instead counsel you on how to introduce your pets safely at home