Brandywine Valley SPCA opens Kent County shelter

DOVER, Del. – After years of planning, the new Brandywine Valley SPCA campus in Dover has finally opened its doors to the community in an effort to rescue more animals across the First State.

On Saturday, people came together to celebrate the opening of this animal shelter the first of its kind in Kent County.

The new space includes an animal health center, play yards, free-roaming rooms for cats and doors for dogs to go outside on their own, all of which will help these animals get the help they desperately need.

“Animals come to us from all different circumstances, but all of them are going through a big change that can be pretty stressful for them, so we want to help them be as comfortable as they can here so that they can look their best for adopters and can find a home quickly,” said Linda Torelli, marketing director at the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

People say this new shelter was long overdue for Kent County residents.

“We’ve seen a couple of needs in Kent County and one is for low-cost veterinary care,” said Torelli.

“People who really love their pets, but the prices of private practices may be a little bit steep and then they can come and get the same high-quality care, but at lower costs,” said Torelli.

“We’ve gotten a lot of calls from Kent County residents about needing help with a lot of stray cats in the area,” said Chris Farrall, senior operations manager at the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

It is a new space community members tell us will be put to good use after it housed a previous animal shelter left abandoned for years. Now the space is revamped to better serve the community and people tell us they are ready to lend a helping hand.

“It’s giving back, so we can come here and be a part of their services they provide,” said Amy Gootee-Ash, faculty at Delaware State University.

Categories: Delaware