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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!

Bucks County SPCA Learns New Tricks During the Pandemic

We didn’t expect a pandemic. Neither did the animals.

From families struggling to feed themselves and their pets, to people dealing with problem pets at home, to animals left homeless due to unimaginable human hardships… the demand for the life-saving services of the Bucks County SPCA didn’t take a break last year. We had to learn new ways of working and meeting our mission, and we did!

Help for struggling families with pets

We collected and distributed thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies to hard-hit families who needed help providing the basics for their pets. With logistical support from our wonderful volunteers, we continue to make regular donations to several food pantry partners across Bucks County.

Flourishing foster program helping the most vulnerable

We moved foster training online. The change resulted in a record-breaking 128 new foster homes. They gave 588 animals the individual attention and TLC needed to thrive and be placed for adoption.

Free Pet Behavior Helpline launched

We launched our FREE service for Bucks County residents in June and by year’s end had handled 114 calls for help! Call or email today for practical professional guidance from our director of animal behavior: behavior@bcspca.org or 215-795-7425 x113.

Adoptions-by-Appointment makes your shelter visit a great experience

COVID forced our shelters to move all services, including adoptions, to an appointment basis. Adopters love it! You get plenty of 1-on-1 time with animals and our helpful staff. View our available animals and learn about scheduling an appointment.

Animals rescued from cruelty and neglect

Pandemic or not, out humane police officers were on the road all year responding to 437 complaints of suspected animal cruelty or neglect. For the 272 animals rescued through their investigations, the call to our hotline likely saved their lives. Report suspected cruelty by calling 215-794-7425.

Addressing cat overpopulation in Bucks County

We provided subsidized spay/neuter surgery for 519 community-owned cats, despite the temporary pause in surgeries mandated by the government. Several large trap-neuter-return efforts continue through the winter. Act now to avoid unwanted litters of kittens this spring! Contact our clinic to learn more: 215-622-0003.

You can help animals in need: adopt, volunteer, or donate. If you or someone you know is unable to care for your pet, please contact the SPCA for help.

How to use Feliway for Fickle Cats

Is your cat acting different? It could be stress

Feliway is a pheromone spray, collar, or diffuser that is a wonderful tool for stressed cats. It comes in 2 types, classic and multi-cat. Here are some tips on how to use it to help the cat(s) in your home and share how it has been a relief for cats in our shelter and foster program.

Classic to help your cat feel calm

Classic Feliway diffusers are perfect to have in places where you want your cat to be comfortable. For example, the room where they have their bed, litterbox, or toys. This is a place where you want your cat to spend time and feel safe. Feliway does not contain any scent, as cats do not enjoy smells in items such as scented litter or air fresheners. You should not notice any smell from the diffuser, and it will cover 800 square feet of an enclosed space. Feliway classic spray can be sprayed directly on items such as beds or blankets to entice cats to spend time there and relax. Collars can be used for both indoor and working cats to help them adjust to new surroundings. The collars should fit tighter than a regular collar because the pheromone is activated by your cat’s body heat.

Multi-cat for conflict resolution in and outside the home

Feliway Multi-cat is used for conflict resolution among cats. This can be in a multi-cat household or if you have outdoor cats that frequent your property. Cats have an amazing sense of smell and outdoor cats can cause stress to your indoor cats even if they never encounter one another. This is also a good option for adopters looking to introduce another cat into their home. Feliway Classic and Multi-cat can be used together to help address stressors inside and outside the home.

At the shelter and in foster care, cats come into an unfamiliar situation chalk full of new smells and sounds. This would be stressful for anyone. The Classic Feliway lets these cats know that this is a safe space and they should feel comfortable eating, drinking, napping, and using their litterbox. Multi-cat is great for cats going into foster homes with other cats, or at the shelter where they may be exposed to multiple cats in their surroundings.

Consider donating some Classic Feliway or Multi-Cat to our shelter to help our cats feel comfortable and content until they find their forever homes. Send items directly to the Bucks County SPCA by using our Amazon Wish List.

Bucks County SPCA rescues 62 animals from Animal “Sanctuary”

Lahaska, PA – After an extensive investigation, the Bucks County SPCA (BCSPCA) rescued 62 animals in urgent need from a rural property in Plumstead Township on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Holly Hoagland, the property’s owner, claimed to be operating an animal sanctuary. Charges of animal cruelty are pending. 

Multiple animals, including 41 ducks and chickens, were found to be living in filthy pens, trapped in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with no access to food or water. Four of the sheep on the property had extremely thick, matted coats and were also without access to food or water. Eight cats and kittens appeared to be ill and were living in unsanitary conditions. 

Officer Thompson and her team served a search warrant, and with assistance from Plumstead Police Department and the Plumstead Fire Department, transported the suffering overheated animals to BCSPCA’s comfortable barn and pastures in Quakertownthe cats and kittens will be cared for in the society’s shelter on Reservoir RoadThe BCSPCA veterinary team is overseeing the medical evaluation and treatment of the 62 animals. 

While we are saddened to witness suffering of this scale, we stand ready at all times to rescue both pets and farm animals from situations like this anywhere in Bucks County. The support we receive from the local community means these animals will get the medical treatment and expert care they so desperately need, and the person responsible will face charges of animal cruelty,” said Linda Reider, executive director of the BCSPCA. “We cannot change these animals’ past, but we can change their future.” 

The community can help by donating to the BCSPCA Animal Relief Fund which will help fund the care of these animals. Donations can be made online or by check sent to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Designate your gift for “Animal Relief Fund.” 

Pet Food Drives to Help Neighbors in Need

May 12 at Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Fresh Connect program. On hand to distribute the food were members of Bucks County SPCA, Bucks County Animal Response Team and Animal Lifeline.

Thousands of pounds of food have been donated to pets in need thanks to our community and these caring organizations. We appreciate all of your support through this difficult time. Thank you to all who helped Bucks County pets thrive in this crisis.

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Many families are struggling to make ends meet during this public health crisis. That includes struggling to feed their pets. You can help by donating dry or wet cat or dog food to collection centers at the local businesses listed below. These pet food donations will be distributed to more than a dozen food pantries across the county to help families feed their pets.

Please do not bring donations directly to Bucks County SPCA shelters.

Martino’s Auto Center
674 N Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Call Dan or Sara at 215-348-1466
Monday – Friday / 8 AM – 5 PM 

Keenan Motors Dealership
3664 North Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902
 215-348-0800
Monday – Friday / 9 AM  PM 

Bucks County SPCA is proud to partner with BCART, Bucks County Emergency Management, Women’s Animal Center, Animal Lifeline, Bridge Clinic and Sam’s Hope – together we’re working to collect and distribute pet food to support local families through the food pantry network. With your help, we’ll make sure no pet goes hungry.

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!

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.

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.