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What happens to kittens brought to the BCSPCA?

Kittens in a basketWhat happens to kittens brought to the Bucks County SPCA?

· Intake exam – Each one is examined by our veterinary team when they arrive

· Foster care – Most kittens are quickly sent into foster care where they can get lots of personal attention from their foster parent and ongoing medical care from the SPCA

· Sick kitten recovery – Some kittens are cared for in the kitten recovery rooms at our shelters under the watchful eyes of our veterinary team

· Adoption prep – Once kittens are big enough, we prepare them for adoption, including: remaining vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and microchipping

· Adoption! – Once available for adoption, kittens are listed on our website and moved to our cat adoption rooms at the shelters. Kittens move fast, often finding a new home the same day they go up for adoption!

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.

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.

BCSPCA Welcomes Hundreds of Visitors to Open House and has Banner Adoption Day

The Bucks County SPCA welcomed more than 250 visitors to its Quakertown shelter Open House on Saturday, June 22. Old friends and new came to tour the shelter, including a behind-the-scenes look at the clinic where thousands of animals receive lifesaving care each year. A variety of animal alums adopted from the SPCA’s two shelters were also in attendance. Maisy the rescued Golden Retriever served as canine greeter in the lobby. Rusty the Macaw accompanied Vicky from Feathered Sanctuary. He and several other birds, cats and dogs were rescued by BCSPCA in 2017 and several of the birds were placed with Feathered Sanctuary in Lancaster. Even BunBun the rabbit with his new pal Trouble toured the shelter in the comfort and safety of their own stroller.

In addition to children’s activities, raffle baskets and shelter tours – it was an excellent adoption day with 16 deserving pets going home with new families. Tri-girl is a King Charles Spaniel who quickly won the heart of her adopter. She is one of 22 small breed dogs rescued in May by BCPSCA from a local breeder who kept the animals in poor conditions. Nine of the little dogs have already been adopted and 3 were placed with breed-specific rescues. The remaining dogs are in foster care or continuing to receive medical treatment before being made available for adoption. All available kittens from our foster program were adopted on Saturday, as well as one of many available barn cats. The SPCA rescued 140 cats and kittens from a home in Doylestown in May. While some will make excellent companions, many of these animals are better suited for a more independent lifestyle as a working cat in a greenhouse, barn or workshop. There is an urgent need to place these cats because both shelters are running at maximum capacity. Now is a great time to add a working cat to your property with adoption fees for barn cats waived through Labor Day.

The 2019 Open House event raised nearly $12,000 to help homeless pets in Bucks County. BCSPCA appreciates the support of Top Dog event sponsor Penn Community Bank and every sponsor and volunteer who made the day a success for the animals. As a locally-supported, independent nonprofit, the organization relies on the generous support of animal-loving individuals and businesses to keep its doors open 365 days a year. You are always welcome at the shelters in Quakertown and Lahaska. The SPCA is an excellent place to adopt a new pet, get your cat neutered, or give back by volunteering or donating to help the animals.

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.