This Valentine’s Day, share your life with a new puppy. Several Philadelphia area adoption agencies specialize in placing the perfect puppy in the proper home. Don’t miss your opportunity to save a life and share your love with a furry friend.

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Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. – 7p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: $110 for puppies under one year

This non-profit is the city’s largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter. Through its efforts, thousands of animals are placed in loving homes. It even has a Mobile Adoption Unit that travels across Philadelphia, and it offers a number of adoption, fund-raising, and community building events every month.

Hours: Mon to Tues – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wed – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: $35 – $75

This nonprofit has been in operation since 1874 and was founded by Elizabeth Morris, a pioneer in animal welfare. It serves the Philadelphia area, including portions of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. In its long history, the refuge has never turned away any animal and has various puppies and dogs ready for adoption.

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Hours: Mon to Fri – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: $50 – $300

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This is the second humane organization ever established in the United States. It was officially chartered back in 1868, thanks to the efforts of Colonel M. Richards Muckle, a Philadelphia businessman who was distressed by the mistreatment of animals. The SPCA is dedicated to improving the lives of area animals through its humane law enforcement department, shelter and low-cost veterinary clinic.

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Sun- 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: $50

The SPCA enjoys three convenient locations: Conshohocken, Perkiomenville, and Abington. It finds new homes for the many dogs it rescues. All have been wormed and inoculated against distemper and rabies. Its mobile adoption unit takes adoptable animals to public places and events, as well. The SPCA will conveniently match you with the prefect happy pup.

Hours: By appointment only
Price: No adoption fee; through donations only

This is considered by many to be the finest animal shelter in the U.S., with more than a thousand companion animals adopted every year. It is also a recognized leader in the campaign against puppy mills. Snuggle up with a puppy from this rescue the next time you are looking to expand your canine family.

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