Cecil County SPCA, Inc.


Rating: 4.3

Average rating from 56 reviews.

(4.3 out of 5, based on 56 reviews)

3280 Augustine-Herman HighwayChesapeake City, MD 21915
(410) 398-9555
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM Wednesday 8:30AM to 7:00PM and Saturday for adoptions only 10:00am-1:00pm

1281 miles away
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We are an adoption guaranteed facility, housing over 70 dogs and 100 cats at any one time. We are a 501c3 not for profit organization and all of our animals are spayed/neutered, HW tested, FELV/FIV tested, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. We have a full time veterinarian on staff and rely on donations to fund our organization.

We are located in a largely rural area, where many people do not have computers and high-speed Internet is just a dream for many people. The Zootoo contest has been a challenge for us but determination and hard work have kept us in the top 20 for a long time. Many thanks to the librarians in our county libraries for helping new computer users sign up for the contest on the library computers. Some of our lucky supporters with wireless high speed Internet access have had "zootoo parties" for people with laptops to come to their houses and write reviews using faster Internet service than the slow dial-up connections that many local residents suffer through.

Our shelter conducted the "great Santa Paws Rescue" of Christmas Day, 2007, when we rescued 78 dogs from a backyard breeder. (Read more about it below on our reviews page) A few weeks before that, we rescued over 30 cats from filthy conditions at an apartment.

The needs are great in our community and the financial resources are limited. Our primary concern is always the welfare of the animals. That's why we are the only shelter on the Maryland Eastern Shore with a full time veterinarian on staff. That's why we spay/neuter all animals before adoption. That's why we have an open, no-cages cat room. That's why we test all dogs for heartworm and are one of the very few shelters that provide the difficult and expensive treatment for heartworm positive dogs. That's why we work with TNR groups for low-cost spay/neuter/ shots for feral cats.

And that is why we are working so hard to win the Zootoo contest. Because the animals come first.

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Reader's Reviews (56)
Rating: 1

They don't have negative numbers... accused of animal abuse

posted 7 years ago

This pretty much says it all-- wjz.com/video/?id=50100@wjz.dayport.com


I don't have much personal experience with the Cecil County SPCA... we once borrowed a trap to try to catch our injured stray cat so we could take him to the vet. When we returned the trap the staff seemed cold and the building itself had an bleak feeling to it.

For years the Cecil County SPCA has been notorious for not handling complaints with animals. It is a well known fact that if you need an animal picked up, you have to say that it tried to bite a human otherwise they'll do nothing.

Pros: NONE

Cons: accused of abusing animals- many allegations by many people

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Rating: 1

Needs improvement

posted 7 years ago

I've been a resident of the county for over 15 years. I've never had a good experience with CCSPCA.

I am leaving a bad review because I feel lied-to and ignored.

The last time I was there to adopt cats I was told the shelter was "no kill", and stupid me I believed the woman. She said the cats live in this fancy new cat-room as long as it takes to find them good, new homes. The only reason I found out is because a major cruelty/abuse investigation is being launched against them, and facts about the shelter are coming out. Now they have to admit they're a big "kill" shelter, but nobody can tell me what that real kill rate is ?

I am upset because it always seemed odd that when a friend had to drop off a stray cat or dog there, they insist on keeping the carrier. Now we know the truth: those animals never made it into a cage for a chance at adoption, not even for a few days. The carrier is taken straight around back and the animal is destroyed & body incinerated. You can pick up your empty carrier the next morning (but don't ask how Fluffy is doing!)

I feel ignored because it's not often I am upset enough to call animal control on someone. And yet over the years EVERY time I have called I've been ignored or put off. They wouldn't let me file a complaint unless I talked to the AC officer, and he's only available for a few minutes in the morning before he goes on his rounds. Except you call in during that time and the phone is either busy or no answer. I've seen animals running loose or clearly abandoned, and no matter how hard I tried to get SPCA's help, they didn't do anything.

They get huge amounts of tax money from the County for animal control. But if you're a good Samaritan who finds a stray dog, they want to charge you $25 to take in the loose dog. If you go there to adopt, be prepared to pay $175 minimum for dogs who have not been socialized or trained.

Sorry, but I do not recommend this place at this time.

Pros: only shelter in the county

Cons: under investigation for cruelty & other allegations

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