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About PK

Peaceable Kingdom is a no-kill shelter. We do not euthanize animals except in cases of unacceptable aggression or incurable illness. Our mission is:

  • To provide care, protection, and assistance to animals who are mistreated, injured, abandoned, or otherwise in need.

  • To offer low-cost veterinary services providing all pet owners a place to get care for their pets

  • To minimize animal overpopulation through low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

  • To create community awareness and gain support of animal needs through educational efforts.

  • Continue to expand our facility for cats and dogs. In order to do this, we must make some structural changes and repairs.



History of PK

Peaceable Kingdom was founded in 1998, initially operating through the efforts of dedicated volunteers who offered their personal residences to shelter and care for homeless/abandoned cats. In 2002, a small building was leased, and the cats were then kept at the “shelter”. 

In 2004, a larger building at 1049 Macarthur Rd, Whitehall, was leased from the owners Becky Krisko and her mother Mary Hilbert. With added space, we could offer shelter to homeless/abandoned dogs as well. We also opened a low cost spay/neuter clinic, offering services at that time mostly to trappers, for TNR services (trap,neuter,return) , to help curb the feral cat population.

In 2012 the building owners Becky Krisko and her mother Mary Hilbert listed the property (which also included the adjacent pizza shop) for sale. While it would have been far simpler and less costly to sell the entire property, Becky and Mary had always been staunch supporters of Peaceable Kingdom, and they kindly agreed to pay the costs involved to subdivide the property and to finance most of Peaceable Kingdom's purchase price with a balloon mortgage. Peaceable Kingdom will be forever grateful to Becky and Mary for helping us remain at our forever home in Whitehall.  We have expanded our capacity to house dogs and cats, and accept animals “as our rescources allow”. We have made numerous required/needed repairs/improvements to the building but we have a long way to go.

We offer many services at our veterinary clinic. We have on site adoptions at the shelter, as well as at local Petsmart Stores and we attend many other events to promote our adoptable animals and our shelter. Each year we spay/neuter over 2000 community pets and feral cats,  and we adopt out between 800-1000 homeless dogs/cats and kittens, into their forever homes

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