Providence Animal Center

Media, Pennsylvania

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About Providence Animal Center

Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania was established in 1911 to provide watering troughs for workhorses in Delaware County. In the 1930s, the current facility was opened to serve all animals in the community, not just horses.

Providence Animal Center (formerly the Delaware County SPCA) offers life-affirming rescue, medical care, treatment, protection, and placement of companion animals that forever upholds the critical importance of the human-animal bond.

In 2016, the shelter’s name was changed to Providence Animal Center to better portray the vital lifesaving work that happens every day:

  • Caring for pets rescued from overcrowded shelters or relinquished by their owners
  • Rescuing and rehabilitating animals who have been victims of cruelty and neglect
  • Adopting animals into loving homes
  • Preventing future pet overpopulation through community programs, including low-cost public veterinary and behavioral services
  • Enforcing animal-related laws within the community
  • Providing humane education services
  • Offering a pet food pantry to lower-income households

Providence Animal Shelter isn't a breed-specific shelter but has a special loyalty to “bully” breeds. They're a non-profit, charitable organization and aren't affiliated with any local, state, or federal agencies and don't receive funding from any other animal welfare organizations. Their work is supported entirely by private donations.

If you’re interested in adopting a pet from Providence Animal Shelter, keep reading below for information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

555 Sandy Bank Rd
(610) 566-1370

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thu: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Adopting a forever friend from Providence Animal Center is a straightforward process:

  1. Complete an adoption application online or at the shelter.
  2. Once your application has been screened, it’s time for the match-making process. Trained counselors will review your application. In some cases, they may determine your chosen pet isn’t the best match for your home and lifestyle. In that case, they’ll do their best to guide you through the inventory of available pets that would be a better fit.
  3. Once you’ve settled on a pet, all members of the household need to meet and approve of the new furry family member.
  4. If you're planning to adopt a dog and already have one, you must bring them inf or a meet-and-greet at the Adoption Center.
  5. Everything looking good? Great! All that's left is to review the pet’s medical information, complete the required paperwork, and pay the adoption fee.

If you're interested in submitted an adoption application, you'll be asked to provide a few key pieces of documentation:

  • A driver’s license or a state-issued ID with your current address showing you're 18+ years old.
  • If you own your home, a copy of your deed, a mortgage payment, or a tax bill. If you rent, a copy of your lease stating you’re allowed to have pets.
  • Veterinary records for any current or previous pets.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Providence Animal Center are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 5 months): $375-$499
  • Adults (6+ months): $225


  • Kittens (up to 5 months): $125
  • Adults (6+ months): $25


  • Save a Paw, Get a Paw: A second adult/kitten aged 6+ months is free

Your adoption fees help the shelter continue to save the lives of countless animals in need.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Providence Animal Center
directly using the contact info above.

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