Ms. Stoia has appealed her guilty plea and we are awaiting a new court date. Therefore, the adoption application process is on hold until further notice. Our thanks to everyone who has expressed concern for the welfare of these animals.
If you would like to contribute to the ongoing cost of caring for these cats, please designate your gift for “Persian Cats.” Any funds raised in excess of their care will be used toward other BCSPCA animals and services. Donate here.
Doreen Stoia of Elite Purrs cattery in Doylestown has surrendered 11 Persian cats to the Bucks County SPCA as part of a plea deal in District Court on May 1, 2017. The cats were rescued from the breeder’s home by Bucks County SPCA humane officers in March following a tip from the community. The cats were found to be living in extremely unsanitary conditions and suffering from flea infestations and matted coats.
Ms. Stoia pled guilty to one count of animal cruelty and as part of the plea deal, all 11 cats were surrendered to the BCSPCA. A prohibition of animal ownership was ordered, as well as a fine of $300.00 plus court costs.
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BCSPCA humane officer Nikki Thompson remarked, “This is a victory for these cats. We are happy to have played a part in helping them recover and will make sure they are adopted by responsible owners who will give them the proper care they deserve. We look forward to seeing these animals begin new lives in loving homes.”
Now that the BCSPCA has ownership of the animals, they can be spayed or neutered by our shelter veterinarian and readied for adoption soon. Anyone interested in adopting one of the eleven Persian cats from this case must submit an application. Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on May 15, 2017.
If you suspect animal cruelty in Bucks County, call the BCSPCA’s cruelty hotline at 215-794-7425 x107. One call can make a difference.
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!
The $1,000 reward offered by the Bucks County SPCA for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for injuring an orange tiger-striped cat found in Doylestown Township has been tripled by gifts and pledges from the community.
The reward is being offered in the case of a cat that appeared to have been shot four times with a nail gun. “Once people heard about how this cat suffered, residents all over Bucks County reached out to us offering to contribute to the reward,” says Linda Reider, Executive Director of the Bucks County SPCA. “With their support, we are able to triple the original award and offer $3,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Every gift, no matter what size, sends the clear message that Bucks County cares deeply about animals and will not stand idly by when they are abused.”
The Bucks County SPCA continues to investigate and asks that anyone with information contact BCSPCA Chief Cruelty Investigator Nikki Thompson at 215.794.7425, with relevant information. For more information see www.bcspca.org.
The Bucks County SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for injuring an orange tiger-striped cat found in Doylestown Township.
The cat, an unneutered adult male, appears to have been shot by a nail gun. The large, framing-style nails were found in the top of the cat’s head, just over his right eye, in one cheek, and just over the right hip. A community member found the cat in an open chest outside their home on Sunday January 3, 2016 and called the Bucks County SPCA. BCSPCA Emergency Response picked up the cat and took him to the Lahaska Animal Care Center where he was stabilized and examined by a veterinarian. The extent of his injuries was so great that the cat was humanely euthanized on the veterinarian’s advice.
“The amount of suffering this cat endured at the hands of a human is completely unacceptable, and clearly against PA anti-cruelty laws” says Linda Reider, Executive Director of the Bucks County SPCA. “We are asking members of the public to contact us immediately with any information about this situation. With help from the community we can make sure the person or people responsible are held accountable. Please contact Chief Cruelty Investigator Nikki Thompson at the Bucks County SPCA, 215.794.7425, with any relevant information.”
Thanks to a special friend of Bucks County SPCA, our amazing adult cats are only $25 for a limited time. Our friend knows that adult cats make wonderful pets. They are past the ankle biting stage, you won’t have to worry about your curtains and they are ready to fill your life with head bumps, sweet purrs and night-time cuddles. Don’t miss your chance to get all the love at half the price!
If you would like to donate to this promotion and help even more adult cats simply add “All the love half the price” to the Special Message field when making an online donation, or mail a check with the promotion’s name in the memo line to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Questions? Call Alison Levine at 215.79407425.
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.
Every year kitten season starts in the spring and brings hundreds of baby cats to our doors. Kittens under 10 weeks or so are placed in foster care, where they can learn all about living with a family and their immune systems have a chance to develop before coming to the shelter to find their forever homes. By fostering these little ones you are giving them the best chance at a long, happy and healthy life.
What is Involved with Fostering?
You provide a calm nurturing environment where the kittens can flourish and become well socialized. We’ll set you up with the cat supplies you need, and cover the cost of food and other necessities. Cats and kittens need to come to the Bucks County SPCA at scheduled intervals for routine vaccines and worming. Whenever possible, cats and kittens will be tested for feline leukemia before being fostered.
Best of all you’ll get weeks of cute buzz-y purrs, soft kneading paws and heart-melting gazes from your foster kittens.
How do I become a Foster Parent?
Come to one of our Kitten Foster Orientations
Please note new date Tuesday, April 7 at 6 pm at our Lahaska shelter, 1665 Street Road (Please register so we know how many people to expect).
Thursday, April 2 at 6 pm at our Upper Bucks shelter, 60 Reservoir Road, Quakertown (Please register so we know how many people to expect)
Can’t attend? No problem, simply call your closest shelter. 215.794.7425 for the Lahaska shelter or 267.347.4674 for Upper Bucks and ask about fostering kittens.
Can I Help if I can’t Foster?
Absolutely! Please consider donating an item from our Kitten Season Wish List: