Merger Announcement

Delaware SPCA and Delaware Humane Association
to Merge

From: Anne Cavanaugh, Executive Director
Subject line: An important announcement from Delaware SPCA

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to share with you that Delaware SPCA and Delaware Humane Association (DHA) are working together 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 a long history of collaboration, which positions us well for a smooth merger implementation process.

Delaware SPCA, which has served the Delaware community for 147 years, will continue to offer adoption, low-cost veterinary services, and spay/neuter at our facility on Stanton Christiana Road. The merged organization will also include DHA’s current sites in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach. By combining, we will be able to grow our programs and services, saving even more animals.

We expect the merger to be complete in fall 2021. When finalized, DHA’s Executive Director, Patrick Carroll, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the new organization, and I will serve as Chief Operating Officer. More details about our partnership will be communicated as we work through the implementation plan. 

Updates on our progress 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 Humane Association, 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, and I am very proud of the accomplishments of Delaware SPCA’s staff, volunteers, and board members! Thank you for your support as we commit to making an even greater impact for pets and people in our community.


Anne Cavanaugh
Executive Director

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we 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 affect our day-to-day operations?

All our 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. We will carefully assess the best way to coordinate the delivery of services and maximize the strengths of each organization. Any changes implemented will be seamless and result in a better experience for the animals and people we serve.

What will our name be?

A decision on the combined entity’s name and branding has not yet occurred. Delaware SPCA and DHA will each keep their name for now, and if/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 SPCA and Delaware Humane Association 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 fall for the merger to be complete. As the transition plan progresses, we will share updates with our stakeholders and the broader community.