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Helpful Tips for Pet Owners during Covid-19 Pandemic

The PA Department of Agriculture has sourced the following guidelines to help pet owners protect both themselves and their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Firstly, pet owners are encouraged to buy pet food and supplies as they normally would, without stockpiling, so that all pet owners can continue to have reliable access. 

Pet owners are encouraged to do the following:

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill. 
  • Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets. Practice social distancing when walking or exercising pets.
  • Check in on neighbors (while practicing social distancing) who may need help caring for their pets. 
  • If your pets have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is recommended to give them a bath and limit their contact with anyone under quarantine. 
  • Pet owners are reminded to wash hands frequently throughout the day with hot water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. 
  • Be sure all vaccines are up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary. 
  • Ensure medications are documented with dosages and administration directions, including the prescription and the contact information for your veterinarian. 
  • Pets should have identification: collar with dog license and rabies tag or any other vanity style tag with owner information. Information can also be placed on the pet’s cage depending on the type of pet.
  • Place a list of pets in the home on your front door for emergency responders. Include a description of each animal, location in home, or on the property. 

Our pets are a great source of comfort and joy. Taking a few precautionary steps will help ensure their safety and your peace of mind in the midst of any crisis. 

Learn more at the PA Department of Agriculture website: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19.aspx 

COVID-19 Updates

Out of concern for the health of our staff, volunteers, animals and the community at large – and upon the recommendation of public health officials – the Bucks County SPCA will discontinue public hours beginning on Sunday, March 15. We will, however, continue to offer limited public services which will be available by appointment only.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers will continue to provide essential animal care 7-days-a-week. We will be available to answer phone calls daily between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to schedule appointments for limited public services as listed below.

Lahaska Shelter: 215-794-7425
Quakertown Shelter: 267-347-4674

Appointments must be made for the following services:

  • Adoptions
  • End of life services (euthanasia and cremation)
  • Lost and found pet services (call to schedule a time to reclaim a lost pet; to report lost or found pets, call either shelter or file a report via our website)
  • 24-hour emergency rescue of injured stray pets in Bucks County (24-hour hotline 215-794-7425)
  • Intakes of unweaned kittens

At this time, our shelters will not be able accept:

  • Walk-in intake of animals from the public – If you need to relinquish your pet, please call the shelter so that we can take your information and let you know if and when we will be able to help you and your pet.
  • Walk-in adoption requests
  • Walk-in donations of supplies (financial donations may be made online or by mail)

As always, you can report concerns of animal cruelty or neglect by calling 215-794-7425 or email reportcruelty@bcspca.org.

The Bucks County SPCA is monitoring this situation closely and taking preventive action to ensure a safe environment for the hundreds of animals at our two shelters and the people who care for them. In accordance with the CDC’s recommendations, our staff and volunteers are practicing social distancing while they conduct their work. Additionally, we are regularly disinfecting common areas and frequently touched surfaces. We ask anyone experiencing coughing, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms to stay home.

We will update our website and social media as changes are made in the days and weeks ahead. We sincerely appreciate the understanding and support of our community during these difficult times.

Last updated: March 14, 2020

Animal Cruelty Investigation gets a lift from Smith Foundation

New vehicle for animal cruelty investigation

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Josephine and Evelyn S. Smith Foundation, the Bucks County SPCA’s team of humane police officers has a reliable new vehicle for responding to more than 500 calls for help each year.

The foundation’s investment allowed the BCSPCA the opportunity to buy a new Toyota RAV4, replacing a 9-year-old vehicle with extensive repair needs. Humane police officers are on the road 7 days a week covering hundreds of miles crisscrossing the county responding to calls. For animals in Bucks County, the new vehicle means help is at the ready 365 days a year.

“In 2019 we saw a huge spike in cruelty complaints, court cases, and animals needing to be rescued from cruelty or neglect,” reported Linda Reider, executive director of the Bucks County SPCA. “Our team rescued 545 animals last year, nearly triple the number rescued in 2018. From very large hoarding cases, to a single animal cruelly treated, response time can make all the difference. It’s critical that our humane police officers have a reliable vehicle so that each complaint is investigated as quickly as possible.”

The BCSPCA investigates cases of abuse and neglect for domestic and farm animals anywhere in Bucks County. Our specially trained team of humane police officers respond to every complaint received, enforcing the state’s animal cruelty laws.

One call can save a life.

If you suspect an animal is being neglected or treated cruelly, please call our 24-hour tip line 215-794-7425 or email reportcruelty@bcspca.org. All tips are confidential.

The BCSPCA has served the animals and people of Bucks County since its incorporation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912. Our organization was founded by a small but determined group of citizens who patrolled the county, initially investigating cruelty to farm animals. Unchanged since 1912 is our commitment to make Bucks County the most humane community possible, knowing well that it benefits not only animals, but people too.

BCSPCA rescues 24 starved cats living in an unheated car

BREAKING NEWS: Late in the evening yesterday, Bucks County SPCA’s Chief Humane Police Officer, Nikki Thompson rescued 24 sick cats found living in an unheated car in Morrisville. She had been searching for the vehicle for two days. An online tip from a concerned citizen enabled her to pinpoint its location.

What she found was disturbing. The cats were cold, thirsty, underweight and in poor condition. They were immediately transported to the warmth and safety of the BCSPCA’s shelter in Lahaska where they gratefully emptied multiple water and food bowls. All the animals will be examined by the organization’s veterinary team and begin specific treatments to help them recover.

The cats’ owner reportedly collected the animals from the property of an apartment building. Our organization negotiated the surrender of all 24 cats, which means once they return to health, they can be placed for adoption without further legal action. We will continue to work with the individual to prevent a repeat of this kind of hoarding situation.

BCSPCA’s Executive Director Linda Reider expressed gratitude for the quick work of the community to help put a stop to the suffering of these poor cats. “We are grateful for people who speak up on behalf of those who have no voice. Thanks to a tip received by Officer Thompson, two dozen sick and hungry cats were spared another night of exposure to below-freezing temperatures. They are now safe and warm, and getting much-needed medical care from our team. In 2019, we rescued a record-breaking 600 animals from cruelty and neglect. Our hope is that far fewer animals require our lifesaving services in 2020, but, as always, we are ready 24 hours a day to respond to calls for help anywhere in Bucks County.”

You can help today by donating to our Animal Relief Fund which provides food, medical treatment and ongoing care for animals rescued through animal cruelty investigations. Donations can be made online at https://www.bcspca.org/support/donate-online/
by phone at 215-794-7425, or by visiting our shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown.

Barney’s Best Life by Alison Baker

I recently lost my “old man dog,” Barney. I knew his time would be short. He was 13 years old with a distinguished gray muzzle and a couple of tumors when we brought him home from the shelter. I’m heartbroken now that he’s gone, but this is not a story about death – it’s about a life well lived.

Like many animal lovers, I routinely check the BCSPCA’s website for hard luck cases.  We call our two acres the “Island of the Misfit Toys.” All are welcome here, regardless of their special needs. I saw Barney’s picture a few times online, but I wasn’t sure we could handle a fourth dog.

Barney had been waiting at the shelter for about three months when July rolled around. That’s my birthday and our anniversary month, and we agreed that it seemed better to spend the money taking care of Barney, for whatever time he had left, than buying gifts or taking a vacation.  So off we went to meet the old man!

He was sleeping when we first saw him, amidst the ruckus of the dog room. He seemed friendly but guarded. When we took Barney out for a walk, he wasn’t sure he wanted to leave the building. He tried his hardest to ignore us: standing at the end of the leash, facing away from us, pretending we weren’t there. But we saw something in him and decided to bring him home.

A staff member at the shelter asked to take a photo of Barney’s long-awaited adoption.  Just as the picture was being snapped, he turned his head and gave me a lick on the face – like he knew he had finally been chosen and was going home.

Barney met the rest of the dog crew at our house and immediately found a bed to lounge on. You could see the relief in his face—here was a quiet place to finally get some rest.

Early on we learned that Barney was his own man, with his own habits. In the mornings, before work, I put my shoes on while hiding in the closet, because for Barney, shoes meant walks. My family soon started calling Barney my personal trainer, insisting on his daily walks and goading me into it until I relented. He hung his head out the car window on the ride to the park, an expression of pure joy on his face.

With Barney’s exercise program, we were soon walking 10 to 12 miles per week. He often went for a swim in the creek.  Other dogs would run, leap, and chase sticks in the water, but Barney wanted none of that.  He was content to stand in the water and just look around.  With enough water in the creek, he was happy to demonstrate what a powerful, confident swimmer he was. People often stopped to watch him, and they’d smile at his happy face. He turned strangers into friends everywhere he went.

That was the thing about Barney and why he is so missed. He was a character with a huge heart to match. He lived each day to the fullest, with no regard for what his old life had been like. He was living #barneysbestlife, the tag I used to document our adventures on social media.

His time with us was short, only a few precious months. The loss hit me hard. Who knew an old dog, lost and overlooked by others, could become so precious to us! He spent the last months of his life surrounded by people who loved him and living his best life. Love isn’t marked by years. I know we’ll find another old dog to welcome home one day.

[Written by BCSPCA staff] Alison’s wait to find another old dog was not a long one. JoJo is a 12-year-old chihuahua that had been returned to our shelter and had a lengthy medical history. This small senior is full of spunk and pep, he brought a lot of joy to our staff and we would take him out to play whenever we could. Alison happened to see a video of our play sessions on social media and knew he was the one. On November 24, 2019, he was adopted. We are so happy it could be her. He is currently playing with every single dog toy he can on the “Island of Misfit Toys” and we are all extremely grateful he can bring a smile to Alison’s face once more.

Giving Tuesday is approaching!

You can help reduce the number of homeless kittens in Bucks County! Help us, Help Them! This Giving Tuesday, BCSPCA is raising critically needed funds to spay and neuter Bucks County cats. Just one $40 donation will pay for spay/neuter surgery and vaccines for one deserving cat.
This service is in high demand. So far this year we’ve performed more than 700 subsidized cat sterilizations. Cats can have up to 3 litters each year. That adds up to a lot of homeless kittens!
Give December 3 to help reduce the overwhelming numbers of homeless kittens in Bucks County. Giving will be available through our website and Facebook page starting early 12/3.
The Bucks County SPCA is a donor-supported independent nonprofit (we are not part of the ASPCA or PSPCA). We could’t help thousands of pets each year without the support of people like you.
Thank you for being a champion for the animals!

Dog Owners Beware of new Fraudulent Dog Licensing Website

A warning for all dog owners in Pennsylvania – a fraudulent dog license website is scamming people out of their money. This website: www.padoglicense.online is fraudulent and is not associated with the state.

The real dog licensing website is: www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov. Please make sure this is the website you use to buy or renew your dog license.

The Bucks County SPCA also sells yearly dog licences at our two shelters and we have the paperwork needed to send in for a lifetime license (dog must be present and micro-chipped).

We recommend all owners get their dogs licensed. Fines for unlicensed dogs can be up to $300.  If you have used the fraudulent website and need assistance, please contact the PA Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.

BCSPCA Wins Custody of Cats Rescued from Massive Doylestown Hoarding Case

In a major win for the animals, the Bucks County SPCA has been awarded ownership of the cats and kittens rescued on May 7, 2019 from a Doylestown property rented by Lori Romanisko. At the time of their removal from the overcrowded filthy conditions in the townhome, 59 cats were found deceased, and 141 living cats were all in need of immediate medical attention. Some even required emergency surgery by the BCSPCA veterinary team.

Bootsie was held in protective custody since May 7 until he was finally able to be adopted on October 3!

While the BCSPCA was initially able to negotiate surrender of some cats, the owner then refused to relinquish nearly half of the animals. The organization filed a civil action against Romanisko under Pennsylvania’s Costs of Care Act to expedite adoption of the cats still held in protective custody. Unreimbursed costs to the organization had mounted to $57,543 by the time of the ruling on August 26. Romanisko failed to pay the ordered costs; therefore, ownership of the cats was automatically transferred to the BCSPCA.

“The importance of this ruling cannot be overstated,” said Executive Director Linda Reider. “While we may never see a dollar of this judgement, we are thrilled that these resilient cats who languished so long in horrendous conditions can now live free of pain and suffering in homes of their own. We ask our community to step forward now and adopt these deserving cats.”

Reider and her team are deeply grateful to pro bono counselors Joann Lytle, Ashley Turner and Allison Morrissey of McCarter & English, LLP, who filed the civil action. Lytle, lead counsel for the BCSPCA, said “our firm is privileged to represent the Bucks County SPCA in animal cruelty cases like this one, and we admire the hard work and dedication of the Bucks County SPCA staff, who rescue animals from unspeakable conditions and give them an opportunity for a better life.”

This is the third time the BCSPCA has used the Costs of Care Act to expedite the adoption of animals rescued from animal cruelty cases. The District Attorney’s office filed criminal animal cruelty charges against Romanisko, which remain pending.

54 Cats Still Need Homes

As of October 7, 90 cats and kittens from the case have been adopted with another 54 (including kittens born in care) available now or in the near future from the organization’s shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown. About 20 of the remaining cats will be adopted out as working cats, meaning they are better suited for active lifestyles in a barn, greenhouse or similar setting in need of natural rodent control.

Working Cat Adoption Event – October 12 & 13

Adopters are encouraged to act now and adopt one or more working cats this month to help the animals settle into place before the onset of cold weather. Adoption donations for working cats are waived through October 31 and a Working Cat Adoption Event is scheduled for noon-3:00 on October 12 and 13 at both BCSPCA locations.

Barn Bash raises almost $100,00 for animals in need

Thank you to everyone who attended our sold out Barn Bash event on September 8! The Bucks County SPCA raised almost $100,000 for our animals! Many thanks to our generous sponsors, staff, volunteers, our animal adopter spotlights, our incredible host: Durham Hill Farm, and all those who contributed their time and talents to help make this event such a great success. Our special adopter guests included: Emily and her rescue duck, Baby Hobbs, and Tina with her rescue pup, Snow. Banh Mi, the goat is from a recent rescue case in Pipersville and enjoyed the attention from his many fans. A wonderful time was had by all and we even had one of our adoptable kittens find their new forever home. Thank you again for making this an unforgettable event filled with love and support for the animals. ❤️

Unlikely friends: Waffles and Hemingway

Bucks County SPCA’s most famous best buddies are melting hearts around the globe.

 

Waffles the mini-horse and Hemingway the goose were rescued by our humane officers in July. The pair let us know right from the start that they are bonded friends not to be separated. While recovering in our comfortable barn in Quakertown, they were featured in a playful video about their unique inter-species friendship. The story has gone viral online (170,000+ views) and on television.

 

From Good Morning America to NPR to Canadian national television, Waffles and Hemingway have brought smiles to countless faces and shone a spotlight on the important work of animal rescue and sheltering. Shelters like the Bucks County SPCA are not just about saving cats and dogs, but a broad variety of animals in need.