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Category Archives: Adoptions

Pro Bono team expedites legal victory and adoptions for animals rescued from Bristol hoarding case

On November 16, 2017, the Bucks County SPCA’s Chief Humane Officer, Nikki Thompson, obtained a search warrant in response to a report of animal hoarding and neglect. After finding 31 cats and 5 parrots in unsafe and unsanitary conditions in a two-bedroom apartment in Bristol Township, Officer Thompson removed the animals and transported them to the BCSPCA’s shelter for medical evaluation. A number of the animals were ill, and two cats required emergency surgery for serious medical conditions. Criminal charges were filed against the owners, who refused to surrender the animals.

Kittens born while in the care of the Bucks County SPCA brought the total number of animals to 42 that were held in protective custody pending the criminal trial, currently scheduled for August 2018. This put a tremendous strain on the BCSPCA, both in terms of space and resources, and kept the animals, who were not eligible for adoption, in limbo seven months.

Freya before.
Freya after.

On May 22, 2018, Joann Lytle and Ashley Turner of McCarter & English filed a Petition in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County under Pennsylvania’s recently-enacted Costs of Care of Seized Animals Act. Just 15 days after filing the petition, the Honorable Robert J. Mellon entered judgment in favor of the BCSPCA in the amount of $53,031.50, representing a portion of the BCSPCA’s out-of-pocket costs to house and provide medical care to the animals. When the owners failed to pay that amount as required by the Costs of Care Act, ownership of the seized animals automatically transferred to the BCSPCA.

After seven months in the care of the BCSPCA, these animals can now be neutered/spayed and adopted into loving homes. “We are grateful for the excellent legal representation that expedited this victory for the animals. And we’re eager to see these animals adopted into good homes as quickly as possible,” said Linda Reider, BCSPCA Executive Director. “BCSPCA has been investigating animal cruelty in Bucks County for 112 years. Our deep roots here make this kind of investigation, rescue and recovery possible. Please call 215-794-7425 if you suspect animal cruelty anywhere in Bucks County.”

Adopters can see the animals by visiting BCSPCA shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown and online here. Cats will be available for same-day adoptions. People interested in adopting one of the birds can request an application by calling 267-347-4674. Donations made this fiscal year will help defray the significant cost of caring for these animals for the past seven months. You can give securely online or send your gift to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Thank you!

August is Catapalooza Month

Adopt a cat today!Our shelters are full of cool cats and kittens in need of new homes! Join us for Catapalooza and name your own adoption fee during the month of August – that means FREE or for any donation amount that fits your budget.

Last August we placed 126 happy cats in new homes. Help us beat that record and send home even more animals this month. Catapalooza is the hottest ticket in town. Visit the cool cats at Quakertown or Lahaska today!

New Hours Begin December 14

Open Weekdays- Noon to 6pmWeekends- Noon to 3 pmIt just got even easier to adopt a new best friend from the Bucks County SPCA. Beginning on Monday, December 14th both animal care centers, in Lahaska and Quakertown, will be open to the public weekdays noon to 6 pm and weekends noon to 3 pm.

Animals adopted from the Bucks County SPCA are spayed/neutered, microchipped, given appropriate vaccines and evaluated for health and behavior. Adoptions will now also include the BCSPCA 60-day Money-Back Guarantee. If for ANY reason the new pet does not work out in the new home, the pet can be returned to either BCSPCA location  for a full refund of the adoption fee within 60 days of the date of adoption.With so many wonderful animals looking for homes, we want to make it as easy as possible for their new families to find them. By standardizing the hours at our two centers, staying open every weeknight until 6, and having both locations open Saturdays and Sundays, we’re giving our animals the best chance for a short shelter stay and quick transition into a happy home.

With our No Time Limit policy, new adopter-friendly hours, and our money-back guarantee the BCSPCA is your best bet for finding your next pet. Come visit us today.

 

 

 

 

All the Love…Half the Price

Thanks to a special friend of Bucks County SPCA, our amazing adult cats are only $25 for a limited time. Our friend knows that adult cats make wonderful pets. They are past the ankle biting stage, you won’t have to worry about your curtains and they are ready to fill your life with head bumps, sweet purrs and night-time cuddles. Don’t miss your chance to get all the love at half the price!

All love half price FB 2015

 

If you would like to donate to this promotion and help even more adult cats simply add “All the love half the price” to the Special Message field when making an online donation, or mail a check with the promotion’s name in the memo line to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Questions? Call Alison Levine at 215.79407425.

 

 

Helping 43 Chihuahuas and Their Family

ChihuahuapuppieskissOn April 23, 2015 the Bucks County SPCA, with the help of the Bensalem Police removed 32 Chihuahuas from a Bensalem residence. The dogs are safe and being well cared for at our shelters. We are also caring for 11 Chihuahuas previously removed from the residence. Clearly the circumstances leading to the ownership of so many dogs, and the removal of the dogs, were stressful for the family and the dogs alike.

The situation was brought to our attention by Bensalem animal control, and an investigation is ongoing. We’re now working cooperatively with the family of the dog owner to come to a resolution that will be good for dogs and people alike, and to return a manageable number of dogs. The family is happy for us to spay or neuter all of the dogs. As we work through this the dogs will be in our care and we will update you as they become ready for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, email info@bcspca.org for more information and an application. 

Remember, we are here to help. If you someone who has too many animals call us at 215.794.7425 and we can help. If you are looking for a local, low cost spay and neuter program you can contact No Nonsense Neutering, who have clinics in multiple locations, including our Upper Bucks shelter,  or Animal Alliance in Lambertville, NJ.

Watch the story on Fox 29 News and read about it in the Bucks County Courier Times.

 

 

Volunteer Viewpoints: Adoptions

Think you know how adoption decisions are made? Take a peek behind the scenes with this edition of Volunteer Viewpoints, written by Justin Palatsky who volunteers in the Upper Bucks shelter Cat Adoption Room.

I was helping a family decide on the right cats.  They wanted to adopt two at once, which is always awesome when potential adopters say they’re looking to adopt two.  I know all the volunteers/workers in ear-shot perk up when we hear that.  Anyway, I showed them a black and white (cow-patterned) cat named Buddy who was on the adoption floor for I think just a few hours.  I interacted with Buddy a few minutes before the family came and realized he would not last long with such a friendly personality as his.

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Shy Candy Cane got a new home when fellow feline Buddy chose her to be his friend

Well, once in the visiting room he makes his rounds and headbutts everyone as expected.  He soon settles down in the mother’s lap and Buddy thinks he’s adopted already.

So, onto the cat #2.  We try a couple of others that the father liked but there wasn’t that instant spark like with Buddy.  So I tell them about a shy cat named Candy Cane (a small brown tabby).  You could hold her forever.  I bring Candy Cane into the visiting room and put her in the middle of the floor while keeping my hands on her to provide a little safety net.  Buddy runs right over to her and licks her forehead.  He didn’t do that to the other cats I brought in.

The family is unanimously and instantly sold.  Buddy and Candy Cane go home together and I can only assume they rule the house side-by-side now.

Pet Welfare and Wellness Series

ScrappySILKYXbluetancuteThe Bucks County SPCA is partnering with Holiday House Pet Resort and Doylestown Veterinary Hospital to help you and your pets have the best possible life together. The Pet Welfare & Wellness Series will help you and your pets get the most of your relationship from day one through grey muzzles.

This free, four-part series covers Adopting a Shelter Pet, Pet First Aid, Pet Socialization & Training and Caring for Senior Pets. Attendees are invited to sign up for one or all four events. Children are welcome and each presentation will have information specifically tailored for them.

It is our hope that the Pet Welfare and Wellness Series will help head off some of the problems that all to often lead to pets being surrendered to shelters and will strengthen the bond between pets and their people.

The Pet Welfare and Wellness Series:

Adopting a Shelter Pet
March 19th, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bucks County SPCA, Upper Bucks Shelter
60 Reservoir Road, Quakertown PA
Sign Up

Pet First Aid
April 20, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Health & Wellness Center
847 Easton Road, Warrington, PA
Sign Up

Pet Socialization and Training
May 21, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Holiday House Pet Resort
380 North Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA
Sign Up

Caring for Senior Pets
June 16, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bucks County SPCA Lahaska Shelter
1665 Street Road, Lahaska, PA
Sign Up
All presentations are free, but seating is limited. Please use the links above to reserve your spot.