Founded in 1907, the Winchester SPCA has been advocating for animals for over 100 years. The SPCA was founded by a small group of concerned citizens wanting to make a change for animals and their community.
In 1951, the first shelter was built. Located on Highland Avenue in the back yard of the animal control officer, Mr. Ervin S. Cleveland. Its function was to house stray dogs.
On June 16th, 1986, the Winchester SPCA entered a contractual agreement with the City of Winchester to provide safe housing for animal victims of abuse, stray, and owner-surrendered animals. This agreement is still in effect and has been expanded by the SPCA to include medical and behavioral rehabilitative support.
In 2005, a 1500-square foot addition was constructed to better meet state requirements for a city shelter.
In 2013, the adjacent property at 111 Featherbed Lane was purchased to create a state of the art adoption center. With the help of a generous donation from the Elizabeth C. Clark Foundation, the Rockaplenty Adoption & Education Center opened on April 12th, 2015 and now houses strictly adoptable, vaccinated and microchipped pets, with the original shelter building at 115 Featherbed Lane becoming an admissions & rehabilitation center.