The Pennsylvania SPCA has begun offering a "guarantee" of a good new adoptive home for dogs and cats that need to be surrendered by their current owners, shelter officials said.

Pets can be surrendered directly to the PSPCA at 350 E. Erie Ave. in North Philadelphia for small fees: $25 for cats, $50 for dogs and $75 for litters of puppies and kittens that are at least seven weeks old. The litter fee includes a $25 deposit that will be returned to the owner when the mother is spayed at no extra charge.

"We guarantee the placement of all adoptable animals, after a medical evaluation and behavioral assessment from our trained staff," said PSPCA chief executive officer Howard Nelson.

Proof of ownership of the pet will be required. Animals can be surrendered between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. The shelter will also pick up animals for an additional $25 fee. For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit

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- Robert Moran