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.
Humane League of Lancaster County Offers Innovative 30-Day Adoption Health GuaranteeMarch 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.humaneleague.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 3rdMarch 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 SeminarFebruary 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 todayFebruary 14, 2014
The Humane League will be open for regular adoption hours today, February 14, 2014. Come meet your new furry Valentine!
HLLC Closed - 2/13/2014February 12, 2014
Due to the impending snowstorm, the Humane League of Lancaster will be closed tomorrow, 2/13/2014!
HLLC CLOSED - 2/5/2014February 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 PhoenixvilleFebruary 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
You are Invited to Leo’s Birthday and Art ShowJanuary 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.
Don & Mary Senft
Gramaco Granite and Marble
% of sales goes to support the HLLC: credit, cash, check accepted
Questions: email Joe Hess at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 1/21/14January 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 equationJanuary 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
[Animal Discovery]http://animal.discovery.com/pets/how-to-introduce-a-new-cat-to-an-old-cat.htm [Pet Finder]http://www.petfinder.com/cats/bringing-a-cat-home/cat-to-cat-introductions/ [ASPCA]http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/introducing-your-cat-new-cat
Winter Shelter Bins for Community Cats FAQs from ASPCA ProfessionalJanuary 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.
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 PASARTJanuary 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!
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
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 1stDecember 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 26thDecember 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 EarlyDecember 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 HolidaysDecember 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 10December 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 10December 10, 2013
The Wellness Clinic is closed today, December 10. It will re-open next Tuesday at the regular time.
HLLC Closing EarlyDecember 8, 2013
The Humane League of Lancaster County is closing early today, December 8th. Please drive safely.
Holiday Safety Tips for Pet OwnersDecember 3, 2013
Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners From the ASPCA
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.
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.
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 seasonDecember 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 supportersNovember 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.
Closed November 28th for ThanksgivingNovember 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 & IncentivesNovember 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 HLLCNovember 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.