Brandywine Valley SPCA eyes former Safe Haven facility for rescue/rehab center

Brandywine Valley SPCA plans to secure the former Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary east of Georgetown to serve as a rescue and rehab center.

GEORGETOWN – Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Tuesday announced its intention to purchase the former Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown to serve as a rescue/rehab center.

The center will enable the BVSPCA, which has a 96-percent live release rate, to save even more lives by helping animals otherwise on the fringe of adoption reach.

“Saving as many lives as possible means giving hope to animals who need more help than typical adoption candidates – cruelty survivors, disaster victims, newborns and infants, animals at risk in other shelters, and those requiring time and training to increase their adoptability,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA Chief Executive Officer. “The rescue and rehab center will expand our lifesaving resources to those animals with greater needs while allowing our three regional campuses to focus on finding homes for less complex cases and the rehabilitated graduates from the rescue and rehab center.”

Animals in the BVSPCA’s care average a 13-day stay. Those with greater needs to be ready for successful placement can require up to 10 months of rehabilitation.

“On average, we find it requires six weeks to provide the nutritional, medical and socialization care for animals that we would consider rescue and rehab candidates,” said Mr. Lamb.

Not open to the general public, the rescue/rehab center will also enable BVSPCA to increase its support to its national partners. This would be in response to increasing requests for the organization’s assistance with larger scale transports of at-risk animals, emergency response during natural disasters and complex cruelty cases.

This outdoor dog run is part of the facility Brandywine Valley SPCA plans to secure.

The proposed location for the rescue/rehab center is an 11,500 square-foot facility on 13 acres off Shingle Point Road east of Georgetown. The facility can house 400 dogs and cats a time, and more than 2,000 animals per year.

The property will be sold at auction on June 9, 2018.

The facility has been vacant since Safe Haven closed its doors in December 2013.

The BVSPCA has initiated a public fund drive for pledges for the auction and subsequent repairs at the abandoned facility.

Donations and pledges can be made at or by mail to: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Donors with questions may contact Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO, at 387-0099.

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