Brandywine Valley SPCA successful bidder for former Safe Haven shelter


The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) was the successful bidder in the public auction of a vacant 11,500 square foot facility on 13 acres off Shingle Point Road in Georgetown.

The organizationintends to renovate the facility, formerly known as Safe Haven, to provide additional services for the region’s most vulnerable dogs and cats, such as cruelty survivors, disaster victims, newborns and infants, animals at risk in other shelters, and those requiring time and training to increase their chances of being adopted, a release stated.

Safe Haven closed after experiencing financial problems.

“Today was a big step forward in saving the lives of animals on the fringe of adoption,” said Adam Lamb, CEO. “But it’s just the first step. We’re under contract and need the community’s continued support to raise the additional funds needed to close in 45 days and complete the fit-out.”

The BVSPCA secured the property with a winning bid of $880,000. The group estimates the property will require $500,000 in fit-out work. The estimate includes $250,000 in repairs and renovations to the building and property, which have been vacant since 2013, and $250,000 in equipment and furniture.

Also, the BVSPCA needs $200,000 to close the gap between fundraising to date and the purchase price. It adds up to $700,000 in needed funding to open the facility.

Donations can be made at or by mail toBrandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open admission no-kill shelter in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The BVSPCA provides animal protective services for Chester County and much of Delaware County in Pennsylvania and holds a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide state-wide animal services for dogs.

Animals are placed through four adoption centers in West Chester, New Castle, Georgetown and a PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center in Dover.

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