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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!


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.



BCSPCA saves 22 dogs from filthy conditions

Just days after taking in 140+ cats from a hoarding situation in Doylestown, the Bucks County SPCA cruelty investigation team today removed 22 small dogs from the home of a Bucks County breeder. The animals were being kept in filthy conditions. The dogs have been transported to our shelter in Quakertown and are now safe in our care. The next steps are examination of each animal by our veterinary team and following up with cruelty charges against the dog breeder. The breeder has surrendered the dogs to the Bucks County SPCA which means that we will be able to place them for adoption after they are evaluated, healthy, and neutered.

Our two shelters are now running at maximum capacity behind the scenes. Staff and volunteers are working long hours to provide excellent care for all of the animals from both cases. The community can help these animals recover by making a financial donation to the BCSPCA Animal Relief Fund. We will provide updates on social media as the court cases proceed and these animals become available for adoption. As always, watch our online listing on our website to view pets currently available for adoption. We appreciate the strong support of our community in response to large cases like these.



Bucks County SPCA Humane Police Officers rescue nearly 100 sick cats in Doylestown

BREAKING NEWS: Bucks County SPCA Humane Police Officers are today removing nearly 100 sick cats and kittens from a townhome in Doylestown. The animals have been living in terrible conditions and many are in need of immediate medical treatment. They are being transported to our shelter in Lahaska where our veterinary team is waiting to examine them and begin addressing the most critical medical needs. Stay tuned for details. Donate now to the Bucks County SPCA’s Animal Relief Fund to help us provide care for these suffering animals. https://www.bcspca.org/donate-online/



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!