Animal control and cruelty laws are enforced by the officers of the Office of Animal Welfare Delaware Animal Services (DAS). Stray, homeless or abused animals that are picked up or rescued by animal welfare officers are then entrusted to the care of our shelter partner. The state contracts with the Brandywine Valley SPCA, a non-profit animal welfare organization, to provide this service statewide.
Stray animals are held within the county in which they are found so that pet owners can more easily find lost pets. Stray animals are held for a minimum of three days. Animals that are not recovered, or animals that are the victims of animal cruelty, will be placed into the rehabilitation or adoption programs, or transferred to one of their Delaware-based shelter or rescue partners for foster or adoption, serving as a statewide network for animals.
Brandywine Valley SPCA Lost & Found Pet Hotlines:
New Castle and Kent Counties – 302-516-1001
Sussex County – 302-856-6361
Adoption Center Locations:
New Castle Shelter
600 South Street, New Castle, DE 19720
22918 Dupont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947
PetSmart Dover Everyday Adoption Center
1390 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
About the Brandywine Valley SPCA:
Founded in 1929 as the Chester County SPCA, the organization was the first open admission shelter in Pennsylvania to achieve No Kill status. The Brandywine Valley SPCA is the only open admission shelter in Chester and Delaware Counties and provides animals services for the entire state of Delaware. Its mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and advocate on their behalf.
The Brandywine Valley SPCA is named for the valley created by the Brandywine Creek which starts in western Chester County- PA, runs through Delaware County-PA, then enters the state of Delaware in Wilmington where it joins the Christina River.