The Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) was established in the 1940s, though accounts exist from the Ottoman Period about organized activity on behalf of animal welfare. The JSPCA was legally registered as a non-profit organization in the 1980s, and remains so to this day.
The mission of the JSPCA, which operates in Jerusalem and its environs, is to assist animals in general and domestic animals in particular. To this end, the JSPCA is engaged in the following projects:
- Operation of a shelter that houses approximately 350 animals at any given time
- Operation of a clinic for treating abandoned and injured animals, as well as pets owned by members of the general public, at reduced rates
- Spaying and neutering surgeries at three clinics for subsidized rates
- Public-relations stalls, run on a seasonal basis, where volunteers tell the public about the JSPCA’s work and offer tips on the proper treatment of animals
- Providing assistance in rescuing abandoned or injured animals
- Community involvement: The JSPCA encourages volunteering by members of special-needs populations who can benefit from working with animals
The JSPCA has all required permits, and donations to it are tax-deductible under Section 46 of the Income Tax Ordinance.
The JSPCA’s executive board is responsible for determining its direction and setting its policy. Its members, who share a strong love for animals, are elected each year at the JSPCA’s general assembly. The board members are:
Varda Linnet, chairperson
Rabbi Adam Frank, co-chair
Chaya Bailey, shelter manager
Trudy Greener, secretary of the executive board
Tamar Feuerstein, treasurer
Adi Lahav, CEO
All of the JSPCA’s financial reports may be viewed on the Guidestar website (in Hebrew).
The JSPCA clinic, which is located in the Talpiot Industrial Zone, provides treatment to abandoned or injured animals, such as stray dogs who have become ill and have no one to care for them and cats who have been injured by passing cars. The clinic has a great deal of veterinary equipment, and when necessary, specialist veterinarians come to the clinic to diagnose and treat animals with complex problems.
Since the JSPCA believes that it is necessary to spay and neuter as many animals as possible, the clinic offers these procedures at subsidized rates.
The JSPCA shelter, which is located in the Atarot Industrial Zone, is home to approximately 350 animals – about 150 dogs and 200 cats. All the animals living at the shelter are waiting for adoption by loving homes.
Our kennel is home to abandoned dogs that have been found in all sorts of places, such as the Judean Desert, the outskirts of Jerusalem, or chained to a tree in the Jerusalem forest; dogs that have been hit by cars, puppies born on army bases outside the city, or dogs that have been abandoned by their owners. On arriving at the shelter, the dogs are examined by a veterinarian, are spayed or neutered, and receive all immunizations. After a period of acclimation, they are placed in one of 16 yards, where they are with other dogs. All the yards are spacious enough for the dogs to run, play, and enjoy as much freedom as possible. Twice a week, volunteers take the dogs for walks on leashes in order to get them used to walking on leashes once they have been adopted. Veterinarians are on duty at the shelter most days of the week to treat the animals who live there.
Adoptions take place at the shelter on an ongoing basis, by prior appointment.
About 200 cats live in the shelter’s cat area. Most of them came to us as kittens. Older cats have difficulty adapting to life in the cat area. All the kittens are spayed or neutered, and after a period of domestication, they are released into the cat area where they live in freedom. The cat area contains rooms where sick cats can be isolated and their health monitored by a veterinarian.
Thousands of cats and dogs have found loving homes thanks to the work of the JSPCA.
Volunteering at the JSPCA
The JSPCA relies on volunteers for almost all its activities. Its executive board is comprised entirely of volunteers. The JCPCA’s treasurer, shelter manager, and fundraiser – who also serves as its chairman – work on a volunteer basis.
Volunteers work at our shelter seven days a week, assisting the staff on the weekdays and running the shelter independently on the weekends. On days when public transport to the area is limited, some volunteers even sleep at the shelter to make sure that the animals receive uninterrupted care.
Some volunteers connect more with cats and others with dogs, but all of them share a great love for animals and a sense of commitment to those who have no family of their own.
Work in the kennel includes walking the dogs who are in quarantine, cleaning their living areas, and helping to feed the dogs who are in the yard. Work in the cat area includes giving out food and water, filtering litter boxes, and cleaning the rooms and veterinary cages.
On adoption days, the volunteers help to transport the dogs and keep a watchful eye on them.
On Fridays, the JSPCA also runs public-relations stalls in Jerusalem that are staffed by volunteers.
The JSPCA’s volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Teenagers over this age who wish to volunteer must meet with us, accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Volunteers must arrive at the shelter wearing work clothes (that can get dirty) and high, closed footwear. They should bring along a bottle for drinking (which can be filled with water from the fountain) and a hat in summer. We also recommend bringing a light meal.
The volunteering hours at the shelter are from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Half-day slots are available, but only in the mornings (8:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.).
Public transport to and from the shelter runs in the morning and afternoon hours only. There is no public transport there at midday. The map and schedule of the bus route, Egged’s Line 41, may be seen here.
For those arriving by car, the address to enter into Waze is 3 Pri Amal Street.
Both current volunteers and those who wish to begin volunteering at the JSPCA must coordinate in advance by calling Adi at 052-263-5838 on Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Those who wish to volunteer on Fridays and Saturdays are asked to call Katie at 050-422-6063.