Introducing: Free To A Great Home Adoption Program!

March 20, 2014

Adop­tion fees will now be waived for older pets and long-term residents!

Pre­vi­ously, only our senior cats have been free to a good home, but we are excited to announce that we are expand­ing the pro­gram to be in line with the nation­ally rec­og­nized Free To A Great Home adop­tion incen­tive pro­gram! This award-winning pro­gram was first intro­duced by sis­ter shel­ter, Humane Soci­ety of Berks County in 2005 and con­tin­ues to be an active pro­gram at their shel­ter today. The HLLC hopes that this expanded pro­gram will help even more pets be quickly adopted into lov­ing homes, mak­ing more resources avail­able to help a greater num­ber pets in our community.

How the pro­gram works:

-   Inter­ested adopters go through the nor­mal adop­tion screen­ing process.
-   If approved for adop­tion, any dog eight years and over and any cat eleven years and over are adopted at no charge.  Also, any cat or dog which has been up for adop­tion for eight weeks or more may be adopted at no charge through the FTAGH pro­gram!
-   Adopters receive all the same ben­e­fits and respon­si­bil­i­ties as reg­u­lar adopters.

We’ve also updated all of our adop­tion and intake fees! 

Humane League of Lancaster County Offers Innovative 30-Day Adoption Health Guarantee

March 4, 2014

The Humane League of Lan­caster County is proud to announce that every cat and dog adopted at the Humane League of Lan­caster County’s adop­tion cen­ter or at any satel­lite adop­tion cen­ter will now receive our exclu­sive 30 Day Adop­tion Health Guar­an­tee.  This inno­v­a­tive pro­gram pro­vides adopted pets with com­plete cov­er­age for a wide vari­ety of com­mon canine and feline illnesses.

“Our goal is to pro­vide adopters and their pets with the best pos­si­ble health care and to avoid adop­tion returns due to uncom­mon but sim­ple and treat­able ill­nesses,” explains Karel Minor, Pres­i­dent of the Humane League of Lan­caster County. “This cut­ting edge ani­mal wel­fare pro­gram makes the choice of adopt­ing a pet eas­ier and more acces­si­ble to area fam­i­lies, so we can help even more home­less pets tran­si­tion from the shel­ter to adop­tive homes.”

This pro­gram, the first of its kind in Lan­caster County, is focused on increas­ing adop­tions and decreas­ing the num­ber of pets who might be returned for treat­able ill­nesses which could eas­ily be treated through this pro­gram. For more infor­ma­tion of the 30 Day Adop­tion Health Guar­an­tee, includ­ing the list of cov­ered ill­nesses, visit www​.humane​league​.com.  As part of this pro­gram within the first 30 days after adop­tion The Humane League of Lan­caster County Ani­mal Hos­pi­tal will pro­vide adopted pets with a com­pli­men­tary Over­all Well­ness Exam on the new pet.

Two Hour Delay on March 3rd

March 2, 2014

Due to the antic­i­pated slip­pery con­di­tions tomor­row morn­ing, the Humane League of Lan­caster will be oper­at­ing on a two hour delay. Adop­tion hours will start at 1PM on Mon­day, March 3rd. Please be safe!


Public Policy for Animals Seminar

February 25, 2014

Please join us at 7 pm on Thurs­day evening at the Humane Soci­ety of Berks County Lindy Scholar Cen­ter in Read­ing for an HSUS sem­i­nar pre­sented by for­mer Penn­syl­va­nia State Sen­a­tor Roy Affler­bach. Atten­dance is free, but please RSVP to ensure ade­quate space and materials.

Open for regular hours today

February 14, 2014

The Humane League will be open for reg­u­lar adop­tion hours today, Feb­ru­ary 14, 2014. Come meet your new furry Valentine!

HLLC Closed - 2/13/2014

February 12, 2014

Due to the impend­ing snow­storm, the Humane League of Lan­caster will be closed tomor­row, 2/13/2014!

HLLC CLOSED - 2/5/2014

February 5, 2014

The Humane League of Lan­caster County is closed today! Please be safe and stay warm!

Join Us For First Friday at Humane Society Phoenixville

February 3, 2014

You are invited to the Feb­ru­ary First Fri­day Art Exhi­bi­tion!

Feb­ru­ary 7th from 5-7 pm at the Humane Soci­ety Phoenixville

This First Fri­day is a great oppor­tu­nity to meet our CEO, Mr. Karel Minor. Please stop by to see the work of our fea­tured artist, visit with some kit­ties, and learn more about our excit­ing new ani­mal wel­fare ini­tia­tives in your community. There will be light food as well as beer and wine pro­vided. We hope to see you there!

Fea­tured artist for Feb­ru­ary is Berks County-based artist Matthew Mazurkiewicz. He is widely-recognized for his mas­tery of cre­at­ing a fleet­ing moment through his artis­tic and abstract flex­i­bil­ity. Hav­ing spent much of his adult life cre­at­ing art in many of its var­i­ous forms, Mazurkiewicz’s recent body of work high­lights both his process and his com­mand of media. Employ­ing every­thing from house­hold paint, char­coal, roof­ing tar, and what­ever else will stick to his can­vas, Mazurkiewicz implores the viewer not only to see what he has seen, but also to imag­ine the touch, taste, and scent of the mate­r­ial and sub­ject as well.


Where: Humane Soci­ety Phoenixville, Art Deska Gallery

12 S Main St, Phoenixville, PA19464

When:  Feb. 7, 2014
What Time: 5pm to 7pm

To learn more about the Humane Soci­ety Phoenixville, visit http://​berk​shu​mane​.org/



You are Invited to Leo’s Birthday and Art Show

January 28, 2014

You are invited to Leo’s Birth­day and Art Show

Come enjoy an awe­some evening of arts and music in honor of our friend, Leo the res­cue dog! Help sup­port a great cause at this fam­ily and dog friendly event! This event is free but atten­dees are encour­aged to bring a dona­tion from the HLLC wish­list or make a finan­cial dona­tion at the door!

There is lots of free park­ing, food catered by Splits and Gig­gles Ice Cream, and Darrenkamp’s Fam­ily Mar­kets. 

Artists: Lisa Madenspacher, Pho­tOle, Paris Wyatt Llanso, Stephen Gam­bone, The Potomac Bead Co., My Best Friend’s Paw­stry LLC., Miesse Can­dies, Ser­gio Riera, Melody Pet Pho­tog­ra­phy, Dana Stacey, and Con­estoga Creek Pot­tery. 

Event Spon­sors: 
Nat­ural Stoneworks
Don & Mary Senft

Car­ole Kirch­ner 

Gra­maco Gran­ite and Mar­ble 

DJ Aquatomix

% of sales goes to sup­port the HLLC: credit, cash, check accepted 

Ques­tions: email Joe Hess at

where: Nat­ural Stoneworks, 455 Ice Ave. Lan­caster Pa 17602

when: March 22, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm

why: help raise funds for the home­less ani­mals at the HLLC!

Save the Date for Wags and Whiskers 2014!

January 23, 2014

Be sure to mark your cal­en­dars, because you do not want to miss this year’s Wags and Whiskers! The Trust Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter will be trans­formed into a gala of glitz and glamor hosted by the renowned, Mr. Gatsby .

You are Invited

I would be hon­ored if you would join me on
April 25th, 2014 for the Humane League
of Lan­caster County’s Wags & Whiskers
event. A for­mal invite is to come! I
sin­cerely look for­ward to see­ing you then.
- Jay Gatsby (and HLLC staff)

When: April 25th, 2014

Where: The Trust Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 37 N. Mar­ket Street, Lan­caster, Pa 17603

What time: 5pm to 9pm

Why: Raise funds for the home­less ani­mals of Lan­caster County and indulge your­self in music, drink, food and dance! Remem­ber glitz, glamor,& fun will be the key words of the evening, but do not even men­tion the word moderation!

Tick­ets: Are not on sale yet, but don’t for­get to mark your cal­en­dars for this event!

More infor­ma­tion: con­tact Joe Hess at or call 717 393-6551 ext. 223

Temperatures are Droppping and so are our doggie outwear prices!

January 23, 2014

You already know that the tem­per­a­ture is drop­ping, but did you know so are the prices of our canine out­er­wear? Help your canine friend stay warm even dur­ing the snowiest and cold­est of days, by buy­ing him/her styl­ish out­er­wear. All dog out­er­wear is now reduced to $10 for any size or style!

Our hours are Sun­day through Sat­ur­day, 11am to 5pm, so why not stop by! Hurry styles and quan­ti­ties are limited!



HLLC Closed: 1/21/14

January 21, 2014

Due to poor weather con­di­tions, the Humane League of Lan­caster County will be closed today, Jan. 21, 2014. Please be safe!

Kitty Cohabitation: Introducing a new kitty to the equation

January 20, 2014

I adopted a stray cat about four months ago. This wouldn’t have been a prob­lem, except that we already had a cat.

Our exist­ing cat, Sun­shine is not a big fan of other cats. When we got her from the Humane League, they told us a story about her pick­ing on the cat in the cage next to her (a cat that was roughly two times her size). One time she actu­ally pulled the col­lar right off of him. We even did a lit­tle trial in a “social­iz­ing room” where we brought dif­fer­ent cats in with her. How­ever, she hissed at each one.

When we made the deci­sion to adopt Sun­shine, we fig­ured that it would prob­a­bly have to be a one cat home. How­ever, a lit­tle over a year later and to our sur­prise, we ended up with another cat, Shadow.

It was a strug­gle at first. But, we fol­lowed the guid­ance of our vet­eri­nar­ian, fam­ily and friends. We also did research online. We worked at fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to ease intro­duc­tions. At first the two cats wanted noth­ing to do with each other. They hissed, growled, smacked and avoided one another; for about a week Sun­shine didn’t even want to be the in the same room as Shadow. She sat in our office and only came out when she absolutely needed to. It was def­i­nitely frus­trat­ing in the begin­ning, but we were con­stantly reminded to be patient and give it time.

It’s been almost four months now and quite hon­estly they aren’t the best of friends, like I’d pre­fer. How­ever, they have made a lot of progress. They tol­er­ate one another, often hang out in the same room, and eat within a foot of one another (some­times with tails touch­ing)… They’ve even once or twice been spot­ted lying near one another. It’s not per­fect, but it works.

I’ve talked to numer­ous peo­ple who’ve intro­duced new pets into their homes. I’ve heard of rare cases where it just works, but more often than not, I’ve heard oth­er­wise. Var­i­ous peo­ple have noted that they encoun­tered prob­lems when intro­duc­ing a new pet into their house­hold. It may have included fight­ing, hiss­ing, growl­ing or even mark­ing. How­ever, a cou­ple of those peo­ple used tac­tics to help ease ten­sions in their house­holds. In fact; in some of the cases, over­time, the cats became best friends: groom­ing, sleep­ing, and play­ing with one another.

There are var­i­ous multi-pet house­holds; they don’t all work the same. How­ever, they usu­ally sur­vive. There are only a few cases I’ve learned about where the owner had to give up one of the pets. Although, keep in mind a vet­eri­nar­ian or behav­ioral spe­cial­ist can help in these worse case sce­nar­ios. There are also sev­eral steps you can take to help ease introductions…

The Dos and Don’ts

Step 1: Put the new­comer in a “safe room.” This allows the new cat to get adjusted to his/her sur­round­ings. Pro­vide the new cat with a lit­ter box, toys, a scratch­ing post, and food and water dishes.

Step 2: Take the new cat to the vet before any intro­duc­tions are made. If it’s a stray cat it may need vac­ci­na­tions and should be given an exam­i­na­tion. The cats should be kept sep­a­rated for about a week to ensure the new­comer doesn’t have any viruses.

Step 3: Do intro­duc­tions slowly. The cats should be able to hear and smell one another. Before you do face to face intro­duc­tions, allow their scents to min­gle. Exchange blan­kets and toys. Comb them with the same brush.

Step 4: Allow them to inter­act under­neath the door; use a toy to play under the door. This can help build pos­i­tive relations.

Step 5: Try and do an intro­duc­tion between a tall baby gate or door screen. If pos­si­ble, have a per­son with each cat. Before allow­ing the new cat to roam freely, it is a good idea to also try some face to face time in a one room of the house.  It is nor­mal to expe­ri­ence hiss­ing, growl­ing or avoid­ance. How­ever, if they behave vio­lently, it is best to pro­vide them with sep­a­ra­tion from one other for a bit. You can con­tinue try­ing until you can trust them alone with one another.

Step 6: Keep an eye on the cats as they begin to inter­act with one another. Allow them to do it at their pace, don’t force it. Try feed­ing them near each other; you can try mov­ing their dishes closer as they get more com­fort­able with one another. If they do fight, you can clap or talk loudly to dis­tract them. Don’t smack them; this behav­ior can cause fur­ther prob­lems, as cats do not react well to this type of discipline.

Step 7: Give it time and be patient. It can take up to a year to deter­mine what the out­come might be. Even if they don’t become best friends, they will most likely learn to tol­er­ate or avoid one another at the least.

These are just seven steps to help ease the ten­sions between a new­comer and a res­i­dent cat. How­ever, there are a vari­ety of other tips which can be ben­e­fi­cial. If you’d like fur­ther infor­ma­tion feel free to ask your local vet­eri­nar­ian or Humane League employee/ vol­un­teer. You can also take a look at the sources below. Intro­duc­ing a new cat to an exist­ing one can take time and patience. Just because they aren’t imme­di­ately best friends doesn’t mean they won’t grow to be.

Writ­ten by Guest Writer:  Ash­ley Horst


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Winter Shelter Bins for Community Cats FAQs from ASPCA Professional

January 16, 2014

Sim­ple foam cooler bins can be re-purposed into easy and inex­pen­sive win­ter shel­ters for the com­mu­nity cats in your neighborhood.

Is it really as sim­ple as it looks? It really is! The foam cooler, with about two inches of thick­ness, is both water­proof and insu­lated, and a door­way can eas­ily be cre­ated with a knife or box cut­ter. Another good option,…, is a Rub­ber­maid bin – these should be double-insulated, and you can place weights in the bot­tom to make them sturdier.

Most Com­monly Asked Questions

Q: How much do they cost and where can I find them?

A: These bins are gen­er­ally used to ship per­ish­able food and med­ical sup­plies. Restau­rants and med­ical offices often end up throw­ing them away, so ask them to save the boxes for you – or just trash-pick them. Some shel­ter, res­cue and TNR groups stock­pile foam boxes to give away to com­mu­nity cat care­tak­ers, so you may want to start doing that at your orga­ni­za­tion. And check out free give­away sites like the Freecy­cle Net­work.

Q: What about the need for keep­ing the cats out of harm’s reach? 

A: Place­ment of shel­ters is impor­tant in keep­ing cats safe from preda­tors. If unleashed dogs are in the area, place your shel­ter behind a fence where the dogs can’t get in, or have the entrance face a wall so only the cats can get in and out, and be sure the shel­ter is weighted down and hard to move. Hav­ing a small cat-sized door­way will also keep larger preda­tors from get­ting in, or make two door­ways to pro­vide an escape route. Two door­ways means less pro­tec­tion from cold, so be sure to put flaps over the door­ways. If snow is deep, it’s pos­si­ble you might need to shovel out the door­way so the cats do not get trapped inside.

Q: Why should the bin be raised off the ground?

A: Rais­ing the shel­ter off the cold ground makes it eas­ier for the cats to warm the inside with their body heat. To keep it even warmer, you can place straw under­neath. Rais­ing the shel­ter and cut­ting the door­way sev­eral inches above the bot­tom also keeps the weather out – rain won’t splash up and in from the ground, and snow is less likely to block the door.

Q: Would this attract other ani­mals such as rats?

A: If the cats are using the shel­ters reg­u­larly, other ani­mals such as rats or opos­sums will be dis­cour­aged from “squat­ting” in them. Also, cut the door as small as pos­si­ble to dis­cour­age larger, bolder ani­mals such as rac­coons from tak­ing over. Cats don’t need a very large open­ing – only about 5-1/2 or 6 inches in diam­e­ter, or the width of their whiskers. A smaller open­ing also has the added advan­tage of keep­ing more heat in.

Q: Would cats try to chew on the foam where the open­ing is cut?

A: If chew­ing is a prob­lem, you can frame the door­way with duct tape. Or, if you decide to camouflage-paint the shel­ter, daub­ing the door­way with paint will make it unat­trac­tive to a chewer.

Q: What’s the best bed­ding material?

A: Blan­kets and tow­els don’t work well because they’re not insu­lat­ing and can retain wet­ness. Straw repels mois­ture, mak­ing it ideal for keep­ing cats and other ani­mals warm and comfy all win­ter long. See this fact page on Alley Cat Allies for more information.

Q: Why is the bin on a slant?

A: Putting the shel­ter on a slant helps to keep rain from pool­ing or snow from pil­ing up on the roof. Also, our shel­ter has a lit­tle hole drilled in the side to allow water to drain out if rain blows in the front door. A slanted roof might also dis­cour­age preda­tors from sit­ting on the roof to stalk.

Q: Wouldn’t cats claw the foam to shreds?

A: To pre­vent the cats from shred­ding the floor as they set­tle into the bed­ding, put a vinyl floor tile, thick con­tact paper or piece of ply­wood under the bed­ding. Com­mu­nity cats are unlikely to use the out­side of the shel­ter as a scratch­ing post; they pre­fer scratch­ing on wooden fences and trees.

Q: Win­ter winds here would blow those things around. What could you use to weigh it down?

A: These light­weight shel­ters def­i­nitely need to be secured against the wind. Here are some ideas:

Put a cou­ple of 5- to 10-pound flat bar­bell weights on the floor of the shel­ter under the bedding

Put heavy, flat rocks or pavers/bricks on the lid (some peo­ple glue the rocks on with Liq­uid Nails)

Place two shel­ters with the door­ways fac­ing each other and put a large board on top of both shel­ters – this weighs the shel­ters down and pro­vides a pro­tected entryway

Q: How about using old dog crates?

A: We don’t rec­om­mend using dog igloos, dog houses or pet car­ri­ers as win­ter cat shel­ters. The doors are too large, they’re hard to insu­late cor­rectly, and espe­cially with igloos and dog houses the ceil­ing is too high. Remem­ber, heat rises. The secret to keep­ing a cat shel­ter warm is a small open­ing and a small, low enough sleep­ing space so the cats’ body heat will stay around them.

Q: What about paint­ing the out­side in brown or cam­ou­flage colors?

A: Paint­ing your cat shel­ters in cam­ou­flage or earth tones is a good idea that will keep unwanted atten­tion away.

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Wellness Clinic Updates!

January 7, 2014

The Humane League of Lan­caster County’s Well­ness Clinic has made a few changes for 2014! Please be sure to read the changes listed below.

Hours of Oper­a­tion: The Well­ness Clinic will be open on Tues­days from 9:00 am and close at 4:00 pm.

Clients: Walk-in clients will be seen on a first come, first served basis as time allows, how­ever, appoint­ments are rec­om­mended. Please call (717) 393-6551 ext. 306 to sched­ule your appointment.

For more infor­ma­tion regard­ing the Well­ness Clinic click here.


Keep Your Canine Safe In Cold Weather: Tips from PASART

January 6, 2014

While it’s easy to think that dogs are immune to cold because of their fur, the fact is that more dogs per­ish in the win­ter than at any other time of the year.Some are bet­ter equipped to han­dle the cold weather than oth­ers. Frost­bite, hypother­mia and antifreeze poi­son­ing present the biggest win­ter threats to pets. By tak­ing a few pre­cau­tions and using com­mon sense, pet own­ers can keep their dogs safe this winter.

Beware of cold tem­per­a­tures. While many pets can be safe in out­side tem­per­a­tures with proper shel­ter (see below), pup­pies, smaller dogs, older dogs and cats should not be left out­doors when the tem­per­a­ture falls below 40 degrees.

 Keep older, arthritic pets inside. These ani­mals should not be left out­side under any cir­cum­stances. Escort the older dog out­side for toi­let­ing and use a leash if the yard has ice or snow. Older dogs can eas­ily fall and seri­ously injure themselves.

Watch for signs of frost­bite and injury. Dogs’ ears, paws and tails are espe­cially sus­cep­ti­ble to frost­bite. If you sus­pect frost­bite, con­tact your vet­eri­nar­ian. If your dog plays on ice or hard, frozen dirt, his paws are sus­cep­ti­ble to cuts as his paws slide across these rough sur­faces. Always wipe your dog’s feet after a walk in the snow to remove ice balls and salt deposits from the road. Salt irri­tates a dog’s paws and can be toxic if ingested. Use only pet-safe ice melt.

Keep an eye out for hypother­mia. If you notice shiv­er­ing, lethargy, low heart rate and unre­spon­sive­ness, bring your pet into a warm area, place a light blan­ket over him, and call your veterinarian.

Elim­i­nate the pos­si­bil­ity of poi­son­ing. Unfor­tu­nately, dogs like the sweet taste of antifreeze, which can cause sick­ness or even death if ingested. Make cer­tain that all antifreeze con­tain­ers are well out of reach of dogs and thor­oughly clean any spills immediately.

Pro­vide a pro­tec­tive shel­ter. If your dog or cat stays out­side much of the time in the win­ter, his shel­ter needs to be raised a cou­ple of inches off the frozen ground or con­crete. The inside needs to have a blan­ket, cedar shav­ings or straw, which should be changed fre­quently to keep him warm and dry. Add a flap to the door, and face the shel­ter away from the weather. The size of the shel­ter should be large enough so your pet can sit and stand, but small enough so his body heat will be retained in the house. Use a plas­tic water bowl to ensure your pet’s tongue does not get stuck to cold metal, and change the water often to keep it from freezing.

Keep your dog on a leash. Dogs rely heav­ily on a strong sense of smell to fig­ure out where they are and can eas­ily get lost dur­ing win­ter storms. Snow cov­er­ing the ground will make their sur­round­ings less famil­iar. Keep­ing your dog on a leash at all times – espe­cially dur­ing win­ter storms – can help stop your dog from becom­ing lost. Also talk to your vet­eri­nar­ian about micro-chipping your dog, just in case.

Don’t leave your dog inside of a parked car. Most peo­ple know this rule for the sum­mer. A parked car can quickly amplify the effects of extreme weather. Dur­ing the win­ter it can act as an ice­box and trap cold air inside.

With the frigid tem­per­a­tures quickly approach­ing, PASART encour­ages all res­i­dents of the Com­mon­wealth to take pre­cau­tions when using space heaters. Accord­ing to the US Fire Admin­is­tra­tion, in 2011, space heaters, whether portable or sta­tion­ary, accounted for one-third of home heat­ing fires and four out of five of home heat­ing fire deaths.

The lead­ing fac­tor con­tribut­ing to home heat­ing fires was fail­ure to prop­erly clean heat­ing equip­ment, pri­mar­ily chim­neys before use. Plac­ing things that can burn too close to heat­ing equip­ment or plac­ing heat­ing equip­ment too close to things that can burn, such as uphol­stered fur­ni­ture, cloth­ing, mat­tress, or bed­ding, were among the lead­ing fac­tors con­tribut­ing to igni­tion in fatal home heat­ing fires and accounted for more than half of home heat­ing fire deaths.

In the event of a fire, your pets need pro­tec­tion as much as the rest of the fam­ily. Here is a list of some things you can do in your home…


·         Be sure you have work­ing smoke detec­tors on every level of your home.

·         Have an emer­gency exit plan that includes your pets, and prac­tice the plan regularly.

·         Make sure pets always wear identification

Research a safe place to take your pets.

·         Assem­ble a dis­as­ter kit.

·         Give a key to a trusted neighbor.

·         Ask your local fire depart­ment if they carry pet oxy­gen masks on their fire trucks.

·         Lis­ten to your dog.

About CARTs: County Ani­mal Response Teams were formed as an ini­tia­tive the PA State Ani­mal Response Team (PASART) a pri­vate non-profit orga­ni­za­tion which receives the major­ity of its fund­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment through the Penn­syl­va­nia Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (PEMA). CARTs con­sists of vol­un­teers from all walks of life - from expe­ri­enced emer­gency respon­ders, vet­eri­nary tech­ni­cians, ani­mal train­ers and han­dlers to other men and women con­cerned with the wel­fare of ani­mals. CARTs are based on the prin­ci­pals of the Inci­dent Com­mand Sys­tem devel­oped by the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA), and involves a coor­di­nated effort of gov­ern­ment, cor­po­rate and ani­mal orga­ni­za­tions. For more infor­ma­tion regard­ing Penn­syl­va­nia CARTS visit www​.pasart​.us

Starting January 2, 2014 New Adoption Hours and Days at the HLLC!

December 27, 2013

We are ring­ing in the New Year with change! The HLLC is happy to announce that our adop­tion hours and days will change begin­ning on Jan­u­ary 2, 2014!

Adop­tion Hours:

Sun­day: 11am to 5pm                              Thurs­day: 11am to 5pm

Mon­day: 11am to 5pm                             Fri­day: 11am to 5pm

Tues­day: 11am to 5pm                            Sat­ur­day: 11am to 5pm

Wednes­day: 11am to 5pm

Owner Sur­ren­ders: By appoint­ment only

(717) 393-6551

or http://​humane​league​.com/​hours/

Adop­tion Hours for the remain­der of 2013:

Fri­day, Dec. 27: 3pm-8pm

Sat­ur­day, Dec. 28: 12pm-7pm

Sun­day, Dec. 29: 11am-5pm

Mon­day, Dec. 30: closed for owner surrenders

Tues­day, Dec. 31: Closed for New Year’s Eve

Wednes­day, Jan 1: Closed for New Year’s Day

HLLC Closed December 31st and January 1st

December 20, 2013

The Humane League of Lan­caster County will be closed on Decem­ber 31st and Jan­u­ary 1st in honor of New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day. Have a happy and safe Holiday!

HLLC will be closed December 25th and 26th

December 20, 2013

In honor of the Christ­mas Hol­i­day, the Humane League of Lan­caster County will be closed on Decem­ber 25th and 26th. Have a happy and safe Holiday!

December 14 HLLC Closing Early

December 14, 2013

The Humane League of Lan­caster County will be clos­ing early on Decem­ber 14 due to bad weather and poor dri­ving con­di­tions. Please be safe!

The Wellness Clinic Will Be Closed In Honor of the Holidays

December 13, 2013

The Well­ness Clinic will be closed on Decem­ber 24 and Decem­ber 31 in honor of the Hol­i­days. From all of the staff at the HLLC, we wish you a happy and safe Hol­i­day Season!

The HLLC is Closed December 10

December 10, 2013

The Humane League of Lan­caster is closed today, Decem­ber 10, due to bad weather and poor dri­ving con­di­tions. Please be safe.

Wellness Clinic is Closed December 10

December 10, 2013

The Well­ness Clinic is closed today, Decem­ber 10. It will re-open next Tues­day at the reg­u­lar time.

HLLC Closing Early

December 8, 2013

The Humane League of Lan­caster County is clos­ing early today, Decem­ber 8th. Please drive safely.

Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners

December 3, 2013

Hol­i­day Safety Tips for Pet Own­ers From the ASPCA

Wrapped Presents
Gifts are a sur­pris­ing source of tox­i­c­i­ties dur­ing the hol­i­days. If you are going to wrap any food (espe­cially choco­late), dog treats, or dog toys, keep the items in a safe place and well out of your pet’s reach until they are ready to be opened. Pets have a keen sense of smell and will often unwrap presents early and eat all of the contents.

Snow Globes
Some snow globes con­tain eth­yl­ene gly­col, a highly toxic sub­stance to all pets. If a snow globe is bro­ken, either by a per­son or a pet, the sweet smell can attract a pet to lick it up, lead­ing to a poten­tially fatal intox­i­ca­tion. Snow globes should be kept out of reach of pets.

Hol­i­day Food
Pets are often not shy about tak­ing food that is left sit­ting out on coun­ters or tables. Pets should be kept away from food prepa­ra­tion areas or places where food will be left out. A few of the more con­cern­ing com­mon food expo­sures dur­ing the hol­i­days are choco­late, bread dough, fruit­cake and alcohol.

There are often a large num­ber of vis­i­tors dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, and pets often get into med­ica­tions that friends or fam­ily have brought with them. These expo­sures can be pre­vented with a lit­tle advance plan­ning. Peo­ple who are not used to hav­ing pets in the house can often be unaware of how curi­ous they can be. Pets will often inves­ti­gate suit­cases and can get into pill vials or weekly pill min­ders. It is safer to have the vis­i­tors put their med­ica­tion in a closed cab­i­net that is not acces­si­ble to pets. Be sure that when they take their med­ica­tions that they do so behind a closed door, such as the bath­room, so that a dropped pill can be found before the pet has a chance to eat it. A prewrit­ten list of the names, mil­ligram strength, and num­ber of pills that vis­i­tors have brought is very use­ful in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion as well.

Ice melt, home­made play dough, and salt-dough orna­ments (even when dry) can all be a tempt­ing salty treat for pets, but can cause life-threatening imbal­ances in the electrolytes.

Pet own­ers should, of course, con­tact their local vet­eri­nary pro­fes­sional if their pets get into any of these substances.

For more infor­ma­tion from the ASPCA  click here

Don’t Forget your furry friends this holiday season

December 3, 2013

Hol­i­day Sav­ings are here at the Humane League.

Dog­gie out­er­wear on sale!

The cold weather is upon us, and we want all our four legged com­pan­ions stay warm and in style.  Right now, all dog­gie out­er­wear is on sale for only $15 at Leo’s Closet -located inside our Dog Adop­tion Cen­ter.  Assorted styles and sizes available.

Hol­i­day Stock­ings now available!

Stop in now for Dog and Cat Christ­mas Stock­ings on sale at Leo’s Closet inside our Dog Adop­tion Cen­ter and the Cat’s Cor­ner located inside our Cat Adop­tion Cen­ter.  Stock­ings can be pur­chased sep­a­rately, or we have stock­ings already filled with some great toys that your furry friend will be sure to love.

Time to stock up and save on Front­line Plus!

Pur­chase a years sup­ply of Front­line Plus (12 doses of a sin­gle size) for only $135 (with man­u­fac­turer coupons avail­able at the Humane League) and receive a dog or cat stock­ing absolutely free.  That’s a total sav­ings of more than $65 off the reg­u­lar retail price!

Hurry, cur­rent coupons for free doses of Front­line Plus are set to expire at the end of this year. Quan­ti­ties of free stock­ings are lim­ited and will be made avail­able while sup­plies last.

And remem­ber, all pro­ceeds help us save lives!

Giving Thanks for our supporters

November 27, 2013

Dear Friend of the Animals,

As a sup­porter of the Humane League of Lan­caster County, I know that you know how vital you are to the work we do for ani­mals and their peo­ple.  That’s why we come to you so many times each year for your sup­port and why you and so many oth­ers are so gen­er­ous with your time and hard earned dona­tions.  It’s also why I try to make sure that occa­sion­ally I reach out with­out ask­ing for any­thing but instead to sim­ply say, thank you.

Thank you for all of your sup­port, vol­un­teer time, dona­tions, kind words, and won­der­ful adop­tion sto­ries on Face­book.  Phrases like, “We couldn’t do it with­out you,” get said so often they can begin to lose their mean­ing.  But I want you to know how much all of us at HLLC truly believe it.  Because of you and hun­dreds of active vol­un­teers and thou­sands of char­i­ta­ble donors and adopters, HLLC has not only sur­vived some tough times over the past few years, we have grown stronger and are now help­ing more ani­mals than ever.

The past few months have been excit­ing for me, as I stepped into the role of Interim President/CEO of HLLC.  After a decade of close part­ner­ship with for­mer Pres­i­dent, Joan Brown, I was hon­ored that she and the HLLC board would ask me to suc­ceed her on her retire­ment and carry on HLLC’s unique mis­sion of No Kill shel­ter­ing and com­mu­nity vet­eri­nary ser­vice.  It has been my plea­sure to meet so many won­der­ful HLLC sup­port­ers recently and I can’t wait to meet even more in the near future to intro­duce myself and learn what is impor­tant to them (and you) about the work HLLC does.

The com­ing year at HLLC will be even more excit­ing.  We will, of course, con­tinue with our sig­na­ture TNR, com­mu­nity health, and adop­tion pro­grams.  But we will expand these ser­vices and our ser­vice part­ner­ships to help even more ani­mals and peo­ple.  We will be return­ing to being open seven days a week to pro­vide more access to adop­tions and other life-saving pro­grams.  And we will be seek­ing Amer­i­can Ani­mal Hos­pi­tal Asso­ci­a­tion accred­i­ta­tion for our shelter’s com­mu­nity vet­eri­nary hospital.

But the most excit­ing news is our pend­ing merger with Humane Soci­ety of Berks County (HSBC), a long-time ser­vice part­ner and the region’s largest non-profit com­mu­nity vet­eri­nary ser­vice provider.  With a ten­ta­tive date of Jan­u­ary 1st, this merger of equals will be unique and form one of the largest ani­mal wel­fare orga­ni­za­tions in Penn­syl­va­nia.  It will help us deliver resources and ser­vices to ani­mals through­out the entire region.  You know the prob­lems fac­ing ani­mals don’t stop at some arbi­trary line on a map.  Nei­ther should the solu­tions to those prob­lems. 

By bring­ing together HLLC’s unique, holis­tic approach to our No Kill mis­sion with HSBC’s Sup­port­ive Open Access and com­mu­nity health­care phi­los­o­phy, we will change the black or white, all or noth­ing model which has grid­locked ani­mal wel­fare efforts for decades.  This will be good for ani­mals and peo­ple, and make our new orga­ni­za­tion more effec­tive at using the sup­port you so gen­er­ously give.  That’s impor­tant.  There’s a big dif­fer­ence between want­ing to do good for ani­mals and doing good for ani­mals.  We owe it to you to do more than com­plain, moan, and cry.  For all you do for us, we owe it to you to make a real difference.

That’s why, as we approach the hol­i­day sea­son, I am sim­ply express­ing my deep sense of appre­ci­a­tion for your kind­ness and sup­port.  We’ll be back to ask­ing for that sup­port soon enough.  But over this Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day, please know you have the thanks and best wishes of every­one here at Humane League of Lan­caster County.

Your part­ner in ani­mal welfare,

Karel Minor

Interim President/CEO

Closed November 28th for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013

In honor of the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day, the Humane League of Lan­caster County will be closed for adop­tions on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 28th. We will reopen again on Fri­day, Novem­ber 29th, for our reg­u­lar adop­tion hours: 3pm to 8pm. From all of us at the HLLC have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Help Us Earn Extra! Prizes & Incentives

November 21, 2013

To Give at any­time dur­ing the 24 hour Give (Nov. 22), click here

Early Bird Chal­lenge: Total Available- $10,000

The first 10 orga­ni­za­tions to receive 50 unique gifts of $25 or more will receive a grant prize of $1,000. Only one gift per orga­ni­za­tion per donor will be counted towards the prize.

Grand Prize: Total Available-$5,000

The Grand Prize win­ners will be the orga­ni­za­tions with the great­est num­ber of unique donors through­out the Extra­or­di­nary Give.

$2,500 will go to the orga­ni­za­tion with an oper­at­ing bud­get of more than $1 mil­lion that has the great­est num­ber of  unique donors through­out the Extra Give.

$2,500 will go to the orga­ni­za­tion with an oper­at­ing budge of less than $1 mil­lion that has the great­est num­ber of unique donors through­out the Extra Give.



12am to 3am: High Com­pa­nies Mid­night Madness

5am to 8am: Lamar Adver­tis­ing Rush Hour

9am to 11am: Ful­ton Bank Cof­fee Break

12pm to 2pm: Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sand­wiches Lunch Hour

4pm to 6pm: Clip­per Mag­a­zine & Spencer Adver­tis­ing Happy Hour

7pm to 9pm: Bench­mark Con­struc­tion Com­pany Prime­time Prize

10pm to 12am: Lan­caster County Solid Waste Man­age­ment Extra­or­di­nary Finale

November 22 Go the Extra Mile for the HLLC

November 21, 2013

For 24 hours only, click here to make a dona­tion (min. $25) and every dol­lar you donate will be stretched by $250,000 from the Lan­caster County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions and their pre­sent­ing spon­sor, Rodgers & Asso­ciates. Plus, there’s an addi­tional $50,000 in funds we can win just from your dona­tion! On that day, we’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Extra­or­di­nary Give, Lan­caster County’s Largest Day of Giving.