We're Building a Forever Future

Here at Providence Animal Center, we are pleased to be in the final phases of our Building a Forever Future construction project. If you have been to our Center in the past 3 years, you have most likely seen all the rearranging and construction happening on our vast grounds. This is all part of making our future bigger and better for all the homeless animals who need rescuing – as well as all of the other services we provide to the community.

Our Building a Forever Future capital campaign is addressing our aging building and conducting renovations to update our out-of-date facilities to better support our lifesaving work.

Original building from the 1930s when the Delco SPCA was a ‘dog pound.'

Providence Animal Center was established in 1911 with the original purpose of providing watering troughs for work horses around Delaware County. In the 1930s, our existing facility, in Media, Pennsylvania, opened to serve all animals in the community.

Previous laundry room located in an uninsulated garage.

We had a small wash room located in a tiny garage with a deteriorating shed next to it. This is where our volunteers did the Center's wash and sorted donations. Our dedicated volunteers would be outside in all weather – rain, sleet, snow and ice, doing anything that needed to be done for our animals.

Rick Matelsky in the previous cramped executive office – where the floors were peeling and the ceiling was leaking.

Rick, our former Executive Director, had a vision of making Providence Animal Center the best high-volume adoption and animal welfare center possible. Rick came to us in 2009 with many years of experience and knowledge from North Shore Animal League. After leading us to become a lifesaving organization, where no animal was put down for a lack of space, Rick's next venture was to help us update our dilapidated facilities.

So what we have accomplished in our building project so far?

The first venture included construction of the Services Support Building, part of which provided a swing space during the other phases of the project. This was the first phase of making our Center better. This building permanently houses a break room, (an insulated) laundry room, a recreational room we call the ‘Real Life Room' and a temporary administrative suit, which will soon be moved to another building – with all administrative functions of Providence Animal Center including accounting, finance, fundraising, community relations, volunteer management and general operations. The final administrative space provides an environment in which our dedicated team of staff members and more than 200 volunteers conduct their support work in surroundings that reflect their commitment to our lifesaving mission.

Pictured is one of the ways we use the ‘Real Life Room.' We hosted a Yoga with Cats session, where people can actually do yoga with our adoptable cats roaming around the room!

The second phase of making a better future for our organization included a new Medical Building, which increased access to innovative, leading-edge medical and surgical care. Our medical team provides superior veterinary care at an affordable cost. Formerly, we were presented with the opportunity to do more and save more lives on a daily basis, but were constrained by the size of our surgical area, so the surgery suite was restructured and enlarged three times the previous size to respond to the growing demand for our high-quality, low-cost services. Thanks to generous donors, we upgraded and purchased new equipment including surgery tables, anesthetic equipment, diagnostic tools and improved lighting to perform our lifesaving work more effectively and efficiently. In addition, the Medical Building also includes proper admitting space and isolation areas to contain highly contagious infectious diseases, such as parvovirus and ringworm, as well as a nursery for mom animals and their babies, who are often the first to be euthanized in overcrowded shelters.

Old surgical suite.
New and improved surgical suite.

Our felines are currently enjoying a brand-new Cattery. A second floor is currently being added above the Cattery where an office is being placed for our operations team and business staff. The current phase of the building project is our Adoption Wing. The renovations currently underway will refurbish and expand the lobby to streamline the process for adoptions and include a private space for meet-and-greets of adopters and their potential forever pets.

New and improved Cattery.

But we’re not done yet! Help us complete the next phase of our facility improvements, which have transformed an outdated, time-worn building into a campus that our community can be proud of. For information about making a gift, including ways in which you can pay tribute to your family, a friend or companion animal with a naming opportunity, contact Tara Summers at 610-566-1370 x219.

In 2016 alone, we saved 3,822 lives – all while construction was happening. Imagine how many more lives we could save once all of the renovations are complete. Learn more about the improvements and see what the future looks like here. Please considering giving a gift to help us reach our $2.75 million goal in order to give animals both near and far the future they deserve.  

A special thanks to the following generous donors who have helped to make our dreams a reality:

Auten Family Charitable Fund
Bank Of America Charitable Foundation
Marynell and John Benson
Frederick and Rosemary Browne
Jeffry Cadorette
Lisa Roberts Cadorette
Joseph & Holly Connolly
Rosemary Davis
Robert & Kitty DeMento
DeTrampe Home For Dogs Foundation
David P. DiGirolamo
eBay Foundation King of Prussia Give Team
Ed Ruggero & Marcia Noa
Estate Of James P. Kilgallen
Estate Of Margaret M Dolan
Estate Of Rosalind Schwebel
Bradford & Monica Gallagher
Edward Glembocki
Susan Haindl
Hamilton Family Foundation
The Harrington Family
Martin & Jane Hoban
Jaime L. Howard
Nora Johnson
Alka N. Joshi
Daniel & Mary Lou Kolowitz
Larry Keinath and Rosemary Spingler
Joan Lock
Susan Manning
John & Nima Marsh
Michael J. and Patricia Levitt Family Charitable Foundation Inc.
Doug and Diane Moore
George & Ann Morris
Wendy and Ted Parris
PETCO Foundation
PREIT Charitable Fund
Ellen Rinaldi
Susan Roth
Anthony & Gay Sabatelli
Linda Walters, Sage Realty
Joseph & Rebecca Scalio
Ken Sommer
Bill & Judy Strine
Suzanne Swann
The Allerton Foundation
The Arcadia Foundation
The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation
The Haverford Trust Company
The McLean Contributionship
The Taylor Family Foundation
The Vanguard Group Inc.
Stephanie Tuttle
United Health Group
Jo-Ann Zoll

Our phone lines are temporarily down for incoming and outgoing calls. Please text 610-566-4575 to reach the Adoption Center, or 610-566-1370 to reach Vet Services. We apologize for the inconvenience.