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Mon. - Sat. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for dogs, 3:30 pm for cats ~ Sunday 11:30 am to 2:00 pm for dogs, 3:00 pm for cats

Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA  17901

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Due to severely over-crowded conditions
NO OUT of COUNTY ANIMALS are being accepted for intake
at the Hillside SPCA at this time.

All OUT-OF-COUNTY ADOPTIONS require submittal of an application WITH vet references, our APPROVAL of the application, and mandatory spaying or neutering of the animal PRIOR to adoption.  See our FAQ page for more info.


Many animals are brought to shelters because of "behavior problems" their owners mistakenly believe to be permanent.  Nationwide, nearly 70% of these animals end up being "put to sleep" making death from behavior problems the leading cause of pet mortality. Many times, it is our OWN inappropriate reaction to natural instincts in animals that is the REAL problem.

ZERO - Number of animals "put to sleep" at the Hillside SPCA "because they were here too long"

Puppy Mills - why you should NEVER buy a dog from a pet shop.

United Animal Nations - "Lifeline" program may provide help for those unable to afford vet care for their pet



We are a truly unique animal shelter.

We are a very busy shelter with many animals in residence; our population can, and does, vary with the seasons, often increasing during spring and summer due to an explosion in unwanted animals caused by the failure of owners to spay and neuter and owners surrendering their pets because they are going on vacation or "busy". In addition to cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens, we often also provide shelter for rabbits, guinea pigs and more.

Many shelters put a strict time limit on how long they will allow an animal to be in the shelter before euthanizing them.  The Hillside SPCA does not. We have some residents here at the shelter who have been with us for years, even their entire lives. No animal at the Hillside SPCA is ever put to death for being here "too long".

The animals here are NEVER sentenced to life in a kennel as in some shelters.  Dogs can run and play in a large fenced-in area and cats have large "condos" and enclosed extended rooms so that they can socialize and safely enjoy "the outdoors".

Our outstanding adoption rate allows us to take in unwanted animals without putting a time limit on them, but the current unrelenting stream of unwanted, abused, and homeless animals arriving to take the place of those adopted stretches our resources.  

The Hillside SPCA is able to keep our doors open for the animals who need us only through donations from our supporters. The shelter does not receive government funds, nor is it affiliated with any national organization.  Monetary, pet food, and supply donations are always welcome and deeply appreciated!

If you would like to volunteer, we encourage you to donate your time to help make the day brighter for a homeless animal.

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Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Joseph Parnell should send contributions to: Joseph Parnell Emergency and Spay/Neuter Fund Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901
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Make a very special wish come true...


Make A Wish Come True!

I am writing this with tears in my eyes and a broken heart. One of our best volunteers, Leona – 58 years old, vibrant, and beautiful -- has received the devestating diagnosis of ovarian cancer which has spread.

Leona (along with her husband Keith and son Chris) has volunteered at our shelter for over two years, traveling all the way from Jonestown, PA to Pottsville at least four times a week to walk our many “special needs” dogs.

3 year old, housetrained, spayed, pit bull mix, Ava whoo has been with us at the Hillside for over 2 years is one of those “special needs” dogs that has found a special place in Leona's heart. Ava needs a home without other dogs or young children. But Ava loves people, and she especially adores Leona and her family.

Devoted and affectionate Ava returns the love she receives two-fold. Ava loves car rides and Leona takes her for hamburgers. Since Leona came into her life, Ava has been the happiest I've ever seen her. Ava knows when Leona is even approaching our parking lot and howls with excitement to be with her. Ava has the capacity to love someone unconditionally – if just given the chance.

Leona's devotion to the animals here in our shelter is tremendous, and especially to Ava. It is a beautiful moment seeing them together and witnessing the happiness they find in each other. Leona is now fighting a tremendous battle and is going to undergo chemotherapy and major surgery – without any promise of the outcome. But she is courageous and wants to continue on for her family, Ava, and all her buddies here at Hillside.

Not only concerned and worried for what she will personally face and what her family will have to endure, Leona is afraid she may no longer be physically able to come see her beloved Ava.

Leona has a very special wish – it is not to visit Disney World, or take a cruise, or go sky-diving. Leona just wants to see Ava get a good, loving home – to know Ava is cared for and loved – before Leona's personal nightmares begin. Leona is even going to cover Ava's adoption fees for her new “parent(s)”!

And so, I'm begging, not simply asking, for someone to make Leona’s dream come true NOW, so no matter what happens, Leona will know and be able to see that Ava got her second chance at life. Leona has given so much of herself for animals, I will do everything in my power to see that her wish for Ava to find a forever home before something happens to Leona is granted.

There is no way for me to explain to Ava that her “mommy” is sick and might not be here to love her. I will just have to watch her face as she patiently waits for Leona to come, and that is unbearable for me and our staff. I cannot imagine looking at Ava's face waiting to be loved like Leona loves her, and I can't imagine not seeing Leona have her dream come true. They both so deserve it. Please, if you have room in your heart and home for Ava, won't you make Leona's wish come true and make a miraculous and glorious moment happen now for both Leona and Ava to cherish together?

If you are interested in adopting Ava but are not in our immediate area, we do offer out-of-area adoptions to qualified households. Simply visit to complete and submit the required pre-screen form.

We are open 7 days a week. Door to door driving directions are available on our website at

Please, come and visit Ava or phone us today at 570-622-7769 if you can make a very special wish come true.

~ Barbara Umlauf, Manager



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