Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA to Merge

From: Patrick J. Carroll, Executive Director
Subject line: An important announcement from Delaware Humane Association

Dear Friends and Family of Delaware Humane Association,

I am thrilled to share with you that Delaware Humane Association (DHA) and Delaware SPCA have made the decision to merge our two organizations.

Our capacity to do good work together is enormous! We are both long-standing leaders in the community; by coming together as partners and offering complementary services to pets and people, we will be able to multiply our collective impact. Delaware SPCA and DHA have been collaborating for many years on animal transports, pet food pantry events, and sharing resources. This long history of collaboration positions us to do so much more together.

Delaware Humane Association, which has served the community for 64 years, will continue to offer adoption, low-cost veterinary services, affordable spay/neuter and more at our facilities in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach. The merged organization will also include Delaware SPCA’s Stanton Christiana location. By combining, we will be able to grow our programs and services, saving even more animals.

We expect the merger to be complete in spring 2022. I will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the new organization, and Anne Cavanaugh of Delaware SPCA will serve as Chief Operating Officer. The name of the merged entity has not yet been decided.

Updates will be shared over the next several months. In the meantime, please continue to visit our website for more information, become more familiar with Delaware SPCA, follow both organizations’ social media accounts (here and here), and consider supporting our lifesaving work with a gift.

This is an exciting time for animal welfare in Delaware! Thank you for your support as we commit to making an even more positive impact for pets and people in our community.





Patrick J. Carroll
Executive Director

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are our organizations merging?

By combining our organizations, we will be able to better serve the community, provide more access to programs and services, have a greater impact, and save more animals.

How will this merger change our day-to-day operations?

All the same day-to-day services will be continued, with the possibility of extended programs and services. This has been and will continue to be a thoughtful transition, and we will carefully assess the best way to coordinate the delivery of services and maximize the strengths of each organization. We believe any changes implemented will be seamless and result in a better experience for the animals and people we serve.

What will our new name be?

A decision on the combined entity’s name and branding has not yet occurred. Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA will each keep their name for now, and when there is a new name for the merged organization, that will be communicated publicly.

Who is going to lead the new organization?

Delaware Humane Association’s Executive Director, Patrick Carroll, will serve as Chief Executive Officer.  Delaware SPCA’s Executive Director, Anne Cavanaugh, will serve as Chief Operating Officer.

What will our mission be?

Both organizations have had a long-standing shared mission to support animals and people in Delaware and the greater region. Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA have been collaborating for many years on animal transports, pet food pantry events, and sharing medical findings and resources. We believe a merger will help us fulfill our missions even better than we already are!

What is the timeline?

While we are working on developing a timeline for the full transition, the target date is spring 2022 for the merger to be complete. As the transition plan progresses, we will share updates with our stakeholders and the broader community.

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