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The Women’s Humane Society’s commitment to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals is demonstrated by our distinguished history as America’s First Animal Shelter. We offer a variety of services for the community, including adoptions, quality medical care for animals, affordable veterinary care for pet owners, education programs and a commitment to control animal overpopulation.

We receive no federal, state or local funds. Our programs are funded entirely by donations from our supporters and fees from services. With your help, we can continue our mission to make a difference in the lives of animals.

Mission Statement

The Women’s Humane Society is dedicated to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals. Our mission to protect the interests of animals began with our founding in 1869 by Philadelphian Caroline Earle White.  She believed that animals have an important place in our society and should be treated with kindness and respect.

Today, we continue to embrace the philosophies and ideals of Mrs. White through our services and programs. WHS rescues and shelters unwanted animals, offers animals for adoption and investigates and prosecutes animal cruelty cases in Bucks and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. WHS also serves communities in the Delaware Valley by providing an animal veterinary hospital, operating a service to rescue stray and injured animals, offering humane education programs and providing dog obedience training classes.


Support Our Animals

WHS & our animals rely on the generous support of our community in order to better improve the lives of those who need it. Donations from the community allow us to provide quality care, housing and comfort to animals in our community. YOU can make a difference.

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