Featured Pet

Theo is a large bundle of orange and white fur. Theo is very affectionate and hungry for attention. Theo is a special needs kitty because he is positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). His adoption fee is $25.

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About BYC

Because You Care, Inc. is an Erie, PA, 501(c)3 animal rescue and pet adoption organization that works through a network of foster homes and our pet adoption center in McKean. We take in abandoned and abused cats and dogs and nurse them back to health, both physically and emotionally, and then find them loving "forever" homes. To learn more about our mission and the history of BYC, click here ».

6041 West Road, McKean, PA 16426. We are immediately off the McKean exit of I-79 (on the west side), just 3 miles south of I-90. 


  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • CLOSED Sunday and Monday 
  • Please come and see our dogs and cats available for adoption.

 SAVE THE DATE: The 23rd Annual Walk in the Park is set for Sunday, Sept. 9 in Liberty Park. Registration starts at noon; the walk starts at 1 p.m. Please plan to join us for this family-friendly event where dogs are welcome but not required. For more information, click here. To preregister, visit Walk preregistration or print a Walk brochure here.  

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 Erie Gives Day is Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please choose to donate to Because You Care, and help us save animals like Louisa and Donut (read their stories here ). To donate, click this link


Would you like an easy way to help? Please consider donating items from our Amazon Wish Lists.

Just go to either the dog list link: or the cat list link: