Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA  17901
570-622-7769

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Important...

If you visit the shelter from out of the area and have not provided previous vet references and/or the animal you wish to adopt is not already spayed/neutered, you may not be able to do a "same day" adoption.  For more information, please contact the shelter at (570) 622-7769 or fill in and submit our convenient on-line "Out-of-Area" Adoption Form

FACT...

There is currently a $30 surrender fee for animals brought to the Hillside SPCA.

 
 

You Are Here > FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. How often do you update the website with pictures of animals available for adoption?
  2. How do I contact the shelter if I see an animal I'm interested in adopting on the website?
  3. How can the shelter have a website but not have their own email access?
  4. What is a "no-kill shelter"?
  5. Do you guarantee that you can place every animal that comes to the Hillside SPCA?
  6. Is there a surrender fee for animals brought to the shelter? 
  7. What are the adoption fees for animals from the Hillside SPCA?
  8. What if I cannot keep a pet that I previously adopted from the Hillside SPCA? 
  9. I'm from outside Schuylkill County.  Do you allow "out-of-area" adoptions and what's required?

Q.  How often do you update the website with pictures of animals available for adoption?
A.  The website is constantly updated. Animals on the site are available for adoption.  Visit or call the shelter 7 days a week to request more info on available animals. (570) 622-7769

Q.  How do I contact the shelter if I see an animal I'm interested in adopting on the website?
A.  The quickest way to find out about animals is to call the shelter 7 days a week between noon and 3:30 at (570) 622-7769.  There is also a form on the website that can be used, but please note that the form gets sent to a volunteer, not directly to the shelter since the Hillside does not have internet access of their own (meaning that they cannot receive/check email).  The volunteer tries to check the mail on a regular basis and will let you know about your request.  Remember - time is sometimes of the essence on a "popular" animal, so your best bet is to get to the shelter as soon as possible if you're really interested!

Q.  How can the shelter have a website but not have their own email access?
A.  The shelter website is designed and maintained by a volunteer web manager (who lives in New Hampshire, by the way).   Hillside SPCA does not have an email account at the shelter itself.  The email contact forms on the website are provided as a courtesy.  One form is directed to the web manager and should be used to report broken links, ask questions about the site, etc.  The other is directed to a volunteer for questions concerning animals available as seen on the site, for being put on a waiting list for a particular animal, etc.  Remember, these emails are watched by volunteers, so sometimes it may take a little while for you to get an answer concerning your mail.  The absolute best way to ask any questions concerning the shelter is to either call them at (570) 622-7769 or visit them 7 days a week.

Q.  What is a "no-kill" shelter?
A.  A "no-kill" shelter is a shelter that does not put a time limit on how long an adoptable animal may remain at the shelter while awaiting adoption.  The Hillside SPCA does not put a time limit on any adoptable animal that comes to us.  The Hillside SPCA faces an issue that other no-kill shelters face and that is the limitations of space available to us to house animals.  We strive to attain a balance that allows us to continue to take in animals by adopting enough out to make room for new residents, and we are very successful at that. Although we have many more animals in residence than many other no-kill shelters, we still have a limit on space.  "No-kill" does not mean "never kill".  Euthanasia is performed under certain circumstances, including when an animal is so aggressive or ill that it can never be placed; in other words, it is "unadoptable".  We also euthanize when we have an animal for whom euthanasia is the most humane alternative due to disease, injury or suffering that can't be alleviated. Euthanasia at the Hillside is done as little as circumstances will allow and is a heart-wrenching decision never taken lightly.

Q. Can you guarantee that you can place every animal that comes to the Hillside SPCA?
A.  No.  We cannot guarantee that every animal that comes to us will be adopted.  Although we pride ourselves on working with animals that other shelters deem "un-adoptable", there are certain circumstances in which animals cannot be adopted like un-correctable aggression and those with certain diseases or illnesses.  In addition, the older an animal is, the smaller their chance at adoption.  Those with continuing un-resolved behavior issues can also be very difficult to place.

Q.  Is there a surrender fee for animals brought to the shelter?
A.  Yes, contacvt the shelter to obtain the current surrender fee.  The shelter incurs many costs in caring for surrendered animals, including food, quality medical care, maintenance costs for the buildings, heating, and more.  The surrender fee helps us to be able to keep our doors open to continue to help the homeless, unwanted animals that need us.  Additional donations of money or supplies are always needed and deeply appreciated.  If you cannot keep your pet due to financial difficulties and cannot afford a surrender fee, please DO NOT just place a "Free Ad" for the animal or abandon it to fend for itself.  We may be able to waive or reduce the surrender fee for a true financial hardship case.

Q. What are the adoption fees for animals from the Hillside SPCA?
A.  See our "Adoption Fees" page for up-to-date information.  ADOPTION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE - NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Q. What if I cannot keep a pet that I previously adopted from the Hillside SPCA?
A. If your pet was adopted from the Hillside SPCA and you find you cannot keep the animal, it MUST be returned to the Hillside SPCA - no exceptions.  Please note that adoption fees are NOT refundable.

Q.  I'm from outside Schuylkill County.  Do you allow "out-of-area" adoptions and what's required?
A.  Yes, we do if the potential adopter meets certain criteria.  The Hillside SPCA's goal is to place the proper animal with the proper adopter.  This normally entails a face-to-face meeting with a potential adopter and follow-up calls and/or visits once the adoption takes place.  This is to insure that the animal is being cared for properly and has been spayed or neutered as required by law if not already altered prior to adoption.  With "out-of-area" adoptions, it is more difficult, if not impossible, to follow up the way we are able with local adoptions.  For this reason, before any "out-of-area" adoptions can take place, we require that potential adopters fill in an application (link below),  provide vet references for us to check and the animal desired be spayed or neutered PRIOR to adoption.  If you see an animal available for adoption and you are not from Schuylkill County, please contact or visit the shelter BEFORE attempting to adopt an animal.  If you visit the shelter from out of the area and have not received approval on your completed application, have not provided adequate vet references along with that application, and/or the animal you wish to adopt is not already spayed/neutered, you WILL NOT be able to do a "same day" adoption.  For more information, please contact the shelter at (570) 622-7769 or fill in and submit our convenient on-line "Out-of-Area" Adoption Form.

 
 
 

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