On 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.