The SPCA’s mission is the prevention of cruelty to animals by providing shelter to house unwanted and homeless pets; an adoption program to place pets into caring, permanent homes; humane education programs to enlighten the public about animal problems; and humane law enforcement and prosecution programs to address animal cruelty.
The Luzerne County SPCA is a private, nonprofit organization in Wilkes-Barre that was founded 50 years ago by concerned citizens who saw the need to protect animals that could not protect themselves.
The SPCA is not tax-dollar supported, and it is not a government agency of any kind. They are funded entirely by contributions from community businesses and individuals. They are open 6 days per week and offer adoption of cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, small rodents, ferrets and reptiles. In addition to adoption, they also provide intake services, end-of-life services for personal pets, humane education programs, public events and cruelty investigations. Additionally, they offer a spay and neuter assistance program for cats to help reduce overpopulation.
The SPCA relies on donations and volunteer services, and there are always plenty of opportunities to get involved. Volunteers assist with daily animal care, special events, fundraising and community outreach programs.