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A Change for Lancaster County With the closing of the Lancaster County SPCA, the Pennsylvania SPCA stepped up to help our community’s animals. Learn more about the organization and what to expect. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
Letter From the Editor The Lancaster County SPCA
Tips Quick facts about animals, including hurricane information and pet relief areas at airports
Coexisting with Cats
Events Local events from October-December, 2017
Discover how you can help local outdoor cats and your neighborhood through rescue, spay and neuter, and regular colony maintenance.
The Good Stuﬀ Our favorite products from around Lancaster
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Pet Lover Meet Lauren and her ferrets
Community Interview with Woodcrest Villa
Meet the Breed An uncommon breed, the Spinone Italiano
Seasonal Fall tips and facts
Rescue Highlight First State Greyhound Rescue
Fun Focus Lancaster Kennel Club
Nutrition Picky eaters
Training and Behavior Separation anxiety
Health Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic
Expert Insights Humane Law Enforcement with Jennifer Nields
16 Stray Cats
Special Children and pet loss
Pet Services Information on various local businesses
Around Lancaster Fall pet photos provided by LCP readers
Information Pet Resources and contact information
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THE LANCASTER COUNTY SPCA WHEN NEWS SPREAD OF THE LANCASTER COUNTY SPCA CLOSING, MY heart sank. I am sure everyone who volunteered there or had a close, personal connection with the LCSPCA felt the same way I did. The LCSPCA was not perfect. However, they were a needed open admission facility and a place I considered a second home. I started volunteering the day they opened their doors, taking photographs to help animals get adopted. While the LCSPCA went through a change in location, staff and volunteers over the years, the one constant thread was that they gave animals hope. AMARETTO
I watched countless lives transform at the shelter, and I wish everyone in the community could share in the everyday miracles I witnessed there. Although I cannot share every success story, there are some that stand out that can give everyone a glimpse into the work the shelter did over the last few years. First, there’s Max, who was one of the last dogs I had the pleasure of working with. Despite separation anxiety, he found his perfect forever home with patience and, as I recall, his anxiety lessened dramatically in his new home. Then there were the tornado dogs, rescued from the South when they had nowhere else to go. So many lives were given a second chance from that tragedy - 23, to be exact. This was the ﬁrst time I was able to see animals saved from a natural disaster, and with the recent hurricanes, I can say for certain I praise every organization that has stepped up to help with those situations. Let’s not forget Amaretto, the name of a senior pit bull any long time LCSPCA volunteer would remember. She was the dog who had the entire team of staff and volunteers rooting for her to ﬁnally ﬁnd her forever home after years in the shelter network. Last but not least to me is, of course, my own adopted pet, Koi the rabbit, who I am thankful found his way to my home through the LCSPCA. I want to take a moment to thank everyone who was part of the life-saving work that happened at the Lancaster County SPCA. I sincerely thank the volunteers, staff, and people who opened their homes and their hearts by adopting. All of you changed lives. Our main feature this edition is on the Pennsylvania SPCA taking control of the Mary K. Dano facility. I am hopeful for this organization’s future in our county and am looking forward to them ﬁlling the space the LCSPCA left behind. In advance, I want to thank our community moving forward. I know that, together, we will continue to make Lancaster a better place for pets.
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Throughout our magazine you’ll ﬁnd informative bubbles. BLACK CATS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO HAVE LOWER ODDS OF ADOPTION IN AMERICAN SHELTERS.
Quick Facts About Pets This hurricane season has been overwhelming. Please use these donation links to help pets aﬀected by the storms.
TipS to Tails RABIES IS A SERIOUS ZOONOTIC DISEASE, MEANING THAT IT CAN BE SPREAD FROM ANIMAL TO HUMAN, AND FROM HUMAN TO ANIMAL. RABIES IS TRANSFERRED THROUGH SALIVA FROM A BITE OR SCRATCH WOUND. THE INCUBATION TIME FROM EXPOSURE TO THE APPEARANCE OF SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE USUALLY VARIES FROM THREE TO EIGHT WEEKS.
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (ASPCA): aspca.org BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY: bestfriends.org HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES: humanesociety.org WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION: worldanimalprotection.us.org
Switch It Up Although a procession of catnip-ﬁlled play mice are lined up on your family room carpet, for the past few weeks, your cat has shown no interest in them, unlike six months ago when you unpackaged the little cloth mice and she made an immediate move to claim them. Keep her engaged and stimulated by switching up her toys. Dig deep in that toy basket—she remembers what’s in there and will appreciate the fresh change of playthings. A rotation of toys also prevents felines from taking out their boredom or frustration on furniture and other pets in the home. (thedailycat.com)
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PET RELIEF AREAS AT AIRPORTS Airports are places for people—and pets—on the go. Airports around the country are recognizing the need for pet and service animal relief areas in their terminals and are installing these amenities. Many designated spots feature fake grass, a ﬁre hydrant, trash receptacles, waste bags and sinks for travelers and their dogs. Visit petfriendlytravel.com/airports. to check the list of accommodating airports. (usatoday.com)
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LANCASTER COUNTY Welcoming the Pennsylvania SPCA as Lancasterâ€™s primary shelter written by Samantha St.Clair | photographed by Samantha St.Clair
n July 25, 2017, the startling news that the Lancaster County SPCA was closing spread across social media. Started in February of 2013, the Lancaster County SPCA helped thousands of local and out of state dogs ﬁnd loving homes. From displaced natural disaster survivors in the South to those who escaped a life of neglect locally, the shelter was paramount in so many animals’ journeys. Upon the unfortunate closing of the Lancaster SPCA, someone needed to step up and continue operations with as little downtime as possible. As of August 28th, the Pennsylvania SPCA took control of the Mary K. Dano building, and is, as the community hopes, a breath of fresh air for local animal welfare.
The Pennsylvania SPCA has been an advocate for animals for 150 years, beginning with protecting horses from cruelty and neglect in 1867. Over the years, the organization expanded to include all animals, with a rescue early this year consisting of dogs, donkeys, chickens, and even goldﬁsh. With a “mission to protect animals, prevent cruelty, and improve the health and quality of life for animals throughout Pennsylvania,” the PSPCA does what it can to leave no animal behind. In 2012, they enhanced their rescue efforts by adopting a no-kill philosophy. The PSPCA never euthanizes an animal due to space or time and has a 97% live release rate. In 2016, their efforts resulted in 4,885 animals placed in forever homes. They have one of the nation’s largest Humane Law Enforcement divisions with ten officers serving 23 counties. Additionally, they are home to one of the country’s most innovative forensic programs and have a 95% conviction rate. Several other features strengthen their rescue and adoption efforts. An advocate for affordable veterinary care, the PSPCA operates one of the East Coast’s largest in-house shelter hospitals, which provided 9,478 wellness visits, 7,096 spay and neuter procedures, and over 12,000 core vaccines in 2016. They accomplish all of this without government funding.
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“We will run Lancaster as an open admission to all stray dogs in compliance with city contracts. We will also take owner surrenders of adoptable animals.”
When it comes to adopting from the PSPCA, you can expect an easier process than many rescues. “We are an open adoption facility. We feel that when animals are dying in other shelters, it is not fair to the animals for us to be picky about adoptions when we could be saving more. We take adoptions seriously, but are not so strict that we prevent pets from getting homes.” Because the PSPCA has four shelter locations, they will consider moving animals between shelters to ﬁt the demands of the area. The Philadelphia shelter, for example, has a larger demand for cats, which means cats from Lancaster County can be transported to that location to ﬁnd homes faster and relieve Lancaster of its large volume of adoptable felines.
When so many local groups were in the running for becoming Lancaster County's main shelter, many residents may question why the county reached out to a statewide organization. Aside from the PSPCA’s already listed accomplishments, there are some ties to Lancaster that made them a strong candidate for the position. “We were thrilled and honored when we were contacted,” Julie Klim, Chief Executive Officer of the PSPCA said. “We thought about it and decided that a Lancaster location made sense for us. We have been taking animals out of Lancaster for years through our Humane Law Enforcement efforts. Since we have been in Lancaster for nearly a decade ﬁghting animal cruelty, it only made sense to agree to have a satellite shelter in place.”
While they will not take every owner surrender or transfer multiple animals from southern shelters as the LCSPCA had, there are several beneﬁcial changes in order. Implementing a foster system, providing access to their in-house Philadelphia veterinary services for sick and injured animals, enacting training protocols to rehabilitate animals with behavioral problems, organizing TNR programs for feral cats, and facilitating educational outreach programs are just a few of the positive additions the PSPCA plans to bring to Lancaster. “We are looking forward to connecting with the community here, and hope Lancaster County residents realize we have been here all along,” Julie said. “We won’t succeed if we don’t have the community’s support.” So far the PSPCA has successfully hired staff members for the facility, including some familiar faces from the LCSPCA. They are openly looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks, and once settled, want to connect with local rescues. “We want to work with local rescue groups because we know there is a common goal between all of us. We want what is best for the animals of Lancaster County, and together, we can make positive changes.”
From January 2014 through July 2017, the PSPCA had 1,026 cruelty investigations with 355 animals seized from Lancaster County. “We think we can make a signiﬁcant impact here,” Julie said. “We have access to our shelter hospital in Philadelphia that treats the toughest victims of cruelty and neglect, which is something we know Lancaster County would beneﬁt from.” With the county pleading for stricter laws and justice for animals, it is likely the PSPCA’s strict anti-cruelty approach was a strong deciding factor behind appointing them with control over the Mary K. Dano facility.
The remaining concerns are what options there are for other homeless animals and what other ways the PSPCA plans to improve the community. “Our Lancaster location will be run a little differently from our Philadelphia location. In Lancaster, there is not another shelter to take in animals, so we will be taking on that responsibility,” Julie said. “We will run Lancaster as an open admission to all stray dogs in compliance with city contracts. We will also take owner surrenders of adoptable animals.” For animals that are too aggressive or ill for the PSPCA to rehabilitate and adopt out, they will provide resources for owners to take responsibility for their pets.
MORE INFORMATION M The PSPCA plans to open in stages throughout the
fall and winter and has already initiated housing stray dogs. Visit them online at pspca.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/PSPCALancaster for continued updates.
Helping Your Pet Live Long Into Their “Golden Years” Beginning at around age 7, your pet enters his or her senior years. Pets can develop common diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer. These diseases can go unnoticed therefore, preventive health care is very important. Early detection can help in disease prevention and can minimize suffering. If left undetected, many diseases can put your pet’s health at risk. We can help you understand the common medical conditions that your senior pet faces, and discuss a bloodwork proﬁle that would be best for them. Schedule your pets wellness exam today!
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2 FROMM CAT FOOD HASEN DUCKENPFEFFER A German-inspired, grain-free entrée prepared with delectable rabbit and duck meat, potatoes, carrots, and celery • $19.59 Drake's Pet Place 1874 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster 717.290.1131 • facebook.com/Drakes-Pet-Place
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A GROUP OF FERRETS IS KNOWN AS A “BUSINESS OF FERRETS”
A Business of Ferrets Meet Lauren and her frolicking ferrets ERRETS ARE WELL-KNOWN FOR their playful, mischievous antics, and according to a local ferret owner, Lauren, it is not a myth that they are naughty pets. They are thieves, trouble makers, and, at times, pests if they aren’t getting the attention they believe you owe them. However, while they do carry the many traits that make them rowdy companions, they have lesser known attributes that Lauren has come to love with her 14 ferrets.
“When I got my ﬁrst ferret, I was honestly afraid of her,” Lauren said with a laugh. “My husband and I knew nothing about ferrets which is not the way to start oﬀ.” Over the ten years of owning ferrets, however, Lauren became obsessed with the mischievous little pets. Her love for ferrets even resulted in her dedicating her bedroom to creating a dream ferret playroom, equipped with beds, toys, and even a ferret-friendly swing hanging from the ceiling.
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“Their energy never stops,” Lauren said, noting that ferrets need a good four hours of playtime a day. Social interactions with their people are also important, especially if there is only one ferret. Of course, with multiple ferrets running around her home, Lauren gets to enjoy watching the interactions among them. “It’s recommended you get at least a pair, though having three is even better. Once you get one, you end up wanting more.” “What I love most about them is their personalities. They are all so diﬀerent from each other. I have Teddy, who will cuddle with me all day. Then I have Daryl, one of my younger ones, who will play and tear a room apart in minutes.” Her other ferrets are Maggie, Sasha, Scarlett, Reona, Princess, CJ, Kurokuma, Toshi, Priscilla, Britney, Cody, and Isabelle. Most of them are rescues, and some came from pretty rough backgrounds. “Scarlett was found injured, blind, and deaf in a section of forest in New Jersey. It was a miracle
“What I love most about them is their personalities. They are all so diﬀerent from each other.” she was even surviving,” Lauren said. “It took several weeks to rehabilitate her, but now she is one of my calmest and most loving ferrets.” Lauren continues to help rescue ferrets through her rescue, Ferrets Dookin in the USA. “Yes, they can be a lot of trouble,” Lauren said, “but I can’t imagine life without my ferrets now. They are like a mix between the loyalty of a dog, and the independent playfulness of a cat.” They certainly aren’t for everyone, but for people who are willing to put in the research and work, ferrets can be fantastic pets as Lauren discovered with her rambunctious, adorable, and sweet bunch of ferrets.
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Coexisting with Cats How to improve the lives of local cats and the neighborhoods they call home written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
CHANCES ARE, YOUâ€™VE SEEN STRAY and feral cats around your home. For some, the instinct is to help them. For others, those cats may be a cause for concern. No matter your thoughts on felines sharing your surroundings, there are plenty of ways to improve their living situations while also improving yours. Feline Solutions, Inc. dedicates resources to helping feral and stray cats through various programs and rescue efforts. Carol Molina-Garcia founded the organization and offers plenty of advice on how to peacefully coexist with cats.
REDUCE THE POPULATION The key to improving the relationship between people and feral or stray cats is to remove cats from nature. Rescue and spay/neuter programs are the key to reducing numbers. “My rescue is based on the premise that cats did not put themselves outside. They need our help. There is no hope for house cats abandoned to the elements,” Carol said. “I think a lot of people do not realize how difficult it is for them to survive in the wild.” When people drop their cats off in the wilderness, they subject them to a plethora of dangers including tomcats who will ﬁght them, traffic, a lack of food, and weather extremes. Around 40% of kittens born outdoors don’t make it to eight weeks old due to parasites, predators, inbreeding, and disease.
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The only way to fully help a stray cat is to rescue it. “When we ﬁnd strays, we look for an owner ﬁrst. We know not all strays end up outside on purpose. If we can reunite a cat with their owner, it is a great accomplishment.” Cats who have no known owner are given medical care and placed up for adoption. Feral cats lack vital human socialization, so it is nearly impossible for them to adjust to home life, making rescue efforts unmanageable. Spay/neuter protocols are the only way to manage their numbers. “I advise that you do not feed or provide shelter to feral cats that are not sterilized. If you are planning to take care of their food and shelter needs, it is your responsibility to make sure they are not reproducing,” Carol said. “There are plenty of low-cost spay and neuter programs.”
HELP YOUR COLONY Once you have ensured your local colony is spayed and neutered, you may proceed with supporting them. When cats are desexed, they will receive shots and wormers. If you are planning to feed a colony, it is up to you to continue efforts to keep their vaccines and parasite prevention current. You can administer dewormers in their food, though you must be careful that they are receiving appropriate doses. Following health, the weather is one of the biggest challenges feral cats face. You can build shelter structures by cutting
holes on both ends of a large plastic container and stuffing it with straw for insulation and warmth. It is important that the cats have an entrance and exit, or they will not utilize the shelter. Whether trying to save a cat or capture it to get it altered, safety is always paramount. Exercise extreme caution and use a humane trap to catch cats. No matter how friendly, do not pick them up. Leave all handling to experts to protect you and the cat.
BE KIND TO YOUR NEIGHBORS The problem with feral and stray cats started with people and continues because of people. The simplest solution to feral-free living is for people to rehome their cats responsibly. If one intact female cat survives outside, she and her kittens can produce an incredible 400,000 cats in around seven years. One can see how this quickly creates a problem.
If cats already populate your neighborhood and you are concerned about their presence, proper management practices are the best way to reduce numbers over time. “Trapping to relocate them is not a solution to the problem,” Carol said. “There is a big misconception that barns want people’s cats, but they already have enough cats.” When you relocate stray or feral cats, you not only impose the problem on someone else, but you jeopardize that cat’s life. “If you are having a problem with a feral cat, please contact us,” Carol said. “We will help you ﬁnd a solution.” “These cats are my entire life, so if I can make my little corner of the world free of feral and stray cats, then I’ve left my footprint. I encourage everyone to have the same goals. It is up to animal lovers to ﬁx the problems caused by irresponsibility. I know we can achieve great strides if we work together.”
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GRACE AND PARKER!
LCP: Why do you allow pets in your community? WV: Pets bring happiness to people. When people move, their pets are a vital part of their decision on where to live. Pets make acclimating to a new home much easier because they provide their families with a sense of comfort and familiarity. They also help people bond with each other because many of them have had animals in their lives at some point. When I drive home at the end of the day, I see a lot of people outside walking their dogs and talking to each other. It is amazing what animals do for the people around them. LCP: What made you choose Woodcrest Villa, Shirl? WVR: When my husband and I were looking for a place to live, we wrote pros and cons. The most important feature was being able to bring both of our beagles with us. A lot of places either don’t allow dogs or only allow one. I wasn’t moving without them. Woodcrest was the only location I found that would allow both Grace and Parker to come with me.
Additional WOODCREST VILLA facts... M SIZE: Woodcrest Villa Retirement Community consists of over 570 residents.
Q&A An interview with Woodcrest Villa (WV) and a Woodcrest Villa Resident (WVR), Shirl When looking for a peaceful senior living community, the ability to have your furry friend welcomed with you is important. The good news is, more and more senior communities are realizing the beneﬁts pets bring to people’s lives. WOODCREST VILLA is at the forefront of the pet movement with a pet-focused community group and plenty of pet-friendly amenities.
LCP: What makes Woodcrest diﬀerent from other senior living communities? WV: I like to think when people choose us, it’s because they see our outstanding environment with friendly staﬀ and residents. We are innovative and fresh, and we are constantly making upgrades. One of our most recent renovations was building a dog park.
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LCP: What do your pets love about living here? WVR: My dogs love it here because I am more motivated to go for walks here than I ever was before. We have a lot more personal time together now. When we go for our daily outings, they are always looking for people to pet them. Having the dogs around really helps pull the community together.
M LOCATION: Woodcrest is ideally located near Park City Center, but far enough away for a quiet living environment. M AMENITIES: Woodcrest provides an array of amenities including a ﬁtness center, salon, bank, various resident interest groups, and a theater. M PET ORIENTED: Various pet related beneﬁts are provided as well, including a dog park, pet interest and support group, and plenty of walking paths throughout the campus.
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Spinone Italiano A fun-loving, gentle, and uncommon breed written by Samantha St.Clair
HE SPINONE ITALIANO IS ONE OF THE oldest gun dog breeds, yet it is quite likely you are reading this and wondering just what a Spinone is, how to pronounce its name, and why you haven’t seen one of these gorgeous dogs before. While the Spinone is an ancient breed hailing from northern Italy, it is still an uncommon sight in the United States. Only around half a dozen of them are known to be in Lancaster County, one of which is Monti, owned by Jolene and Randy Newcomer.
Monti carries the attributes that drew Jolene and Randy to the breed when they got their ﬁrst Spinone, Gio. He is calm, eager to please, gentle, and fun. Because of the breed’s endearing attributes and love for people, Jolene decided to make her Spinoni therapy dogs, which is a perfect job for them. When Monti enters a room, people smile and ﬁnd an instant connection with his soft eyes, and he loves the ear rubs he gets in return for his work. Aside from therapy work, Monti loves running agility. Spinoni make great sporting dogs due to their ﬂexibility and ease of training. Additionally, they are versatile hunters, able to point, retrieve and track. Because of their scarcity, they are less prone to genetic problems that come with popularity and over breeding. They are also very intelligent. Owners of the breed are certain that Spinoni relate to them on a much deeper level than most dogs because they are just that smart and intuitive. Sometimes, however, they are too smart. It is important when you have this breed that you have a good sense of humor, because chances are they will get into trouble, but they will do so in ways that make it impossible not to laugh at them. Spinoni owners are the type of people that take photographs of their dogs misbehaving before correcting their bad behaviors. While a fun breed, there are care requirements to keep in mind. Socializing is important early on, as is knowing how to deal with their stubborn streaks. Depending on the hair of your Spinone, which can vary from long to relatively short, grooming needs are something to keep in mind. Because they are a bearded breed, they can be messy eaters and drinkers, so don’t plan to have a spotless house. As a sporting breed, while they enjoy couch cuddling time, they do need a good amount of exercise. This can make them diﬃcult to own in an apartment unless you plan to walk them daily. Gorgeous, playful, fun, and loyal, this breed makes an excellent pet for a lot of families. However, keep in mind that they are larger dogs that can weigh over 80 pounds, need a good amount of exercise, and require patience. If you are ready to laugh a lot, have a couch hog, and ﬁnd a friend that will bring unlimited joy to your life, look further into the breed and decide if they are truly the right match for you. 20 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
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FALL REST & RELAXATION You have prepared months for showing, spending long hours in the arena doing your ﬂat and lateral work, ground poles, jumps, course work and cavalettis. Nothing has been left to chance. The day of the big show has arrived, and you show up with your trailer three hours before your scheduled jumper class just to make sure you can prepare some more! Three hours turns into six, but your turn ﬁnally comes, and you and your trainer are conﬁdent in the outcome! Your name is called and out into the arena you go, only to ﬁnish with a fault over the 12th jump, which is not what you or your trainer had envisioned. When this happens, consider if you have trained too much. You must remember your equine partner is an athlete and athletes require the utmost attention to the principles of sports preparation, which includes rest and recuperation. You must develop a unique balance between practice and rest for your horse to perform well. While you may be tempted to train hard for the upcoming show season, take the cooler months to allow your horse to enjoy being a horse. Practice lightly, and when the show season is approaching, take care in how you up your game.
What do you do with that ﬁber/ﬂeece? Alpacas are shorn once a year. I typically shear mine toward the end of May when the weather starts to be consistently warmer. I have a professional shearer who comes to the farm and shears my 22 alpacas in about 6 hours, a very long day! This year I harvested about 125 lbs. of ﬁber… now what?
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Fashionable Pups Lucy formed Lucy’s Dog Dudds after one of her puppy mill rescues, Bud, developed a skin condition that required him to wear clothes. After his passing, Lucy continued designing clothes in his memory. Among her designs are dresses, hats, neck bands, Victorian collars, winter clothing, and booties. Because Lucy’s creations are custom made to ﬁt individual dogs, she will fashion clothing that perfectly ﬁts your pooch. Although custom made, her turn around time for standard orders is only 7-10 days, leaving you plenty of time to order your pup something warm for the fall and winter seasons! “My goal is for every dog to have at least one outﬁt because wearing clothes makes them feel loved and secure,” Lucy explained. There is no better time than winter to see for yourself just how happy your pup is when adorned with a fashionable outﬁt. Protect your dog from the bitter chills of winter by gifting them one of Lucy’s beautifully crafted winter dresses or jackets this holiday season. Remember, dog clothes are not silly, they are warm and comforting!
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Some of the ﬁber I send to a mill that makes rovings (for hand spinning) or yarn for knitting, crocheting, etc. The yarn must be mixed with another ﬁber, such as silk, merino or bamboo in order to provide the yarn with “memory”. Most of the ﬂeece is sent to a ﬁber co-op that I belong to called the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool [NEAFP]. My ﬂeece goes into my “ﬁber bank.” I can then buy back ready made, beautiful products such as socks, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, boot liners, blankets, ponchos, etc. that are as soft as cashmere, warmer than wool and virtually “itchless”! Once you wear alpaca socks, you will be hooked! Courtesy of Patty McKonly Kleen Acres Farm
Greyhounds truly are hounds of royalty, as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I were fond of the breed.
Racing to Royalty How one rescue’s eﬀorts turn retired racing dogs into the Queen’s royal hounds written by Samantha St.Clair | photographed by Samantha St.Clair
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HE GREYHOUND IS ONE BREED OF DOG THAT is easy to picture. Tall, sleek, and built for high speed running, there is no denying the beauty of the breed. Unfortunately, because of their speed, they are trained, raced, and often disposed of when they are either injured or too old to keep up with the intense sport that is greyhound racing. Fortunately, with changes in laws, greyhound racing is currently illegal in 40 states, and only six states still have operating tracks. Although active tracks are diminishing, there is still a dire need for rehoming. Luckily for adopters and the hounds, the average retiring age for a greyhound is two to three years old. Being so young, they have plenty of time to learn what the good life is, which is something First State Greyhound Rescue has accomplished with over 1,200 canines since their inception in 2000.
“I have had greyhounds come straight off the track to my home, where they jump on my bed and crash like they’ve lived with me their whole lives,” Sean Gallagher, a founding member of First State Greyhound Rescue said. “They are highly adaptable dogs, and we are here to help them adjust to home life before placing them into forever homes.” Upon intake, the rescue evaluates and treats medical problems, gets the dog to a foster home, and monitors their personality and quirks. While not every greyhound is for every person, chances are most people can ﬁnd an appropriately matched greyhound. These dogs are known for their speed, but in home life, they are well-known to their adopters as cuddly couch potatoes who simply love being with their people. They are not the high energy dogs people often anticipate. Additional, often unknown perks are numerous. They are low shedders, have little “doggy odor,” rarely bark, and are easily housetrained. When saving a retired greyhound, you are also adopting a dog that is older and past the puppy stage, which makes for a much more relaxed and enjoyable companion.
Cool Facts About Greyhounds... n Greyhounds have been around for over 3,500 years, once walking alongside ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Greeks. n They are faster than a racehorse, reaching speeds of 45mph! n Greyhounds are the only breed speciﬁcally mentioned in the Bible. n The Greyhound Bus Company had a real greyhound as their mascot. Her name was Steverino, but with her rhinestone collar and tiara, she was better known as Lady Greyhound.
“When you adopt from us, we are there before and after adoption making sure adoptions are successful. The last thing we want to do is have these dogs get bounced around from home to home. They are tired after their careers and want nothing more than to settle down and have a family to love,” Sean said. While any help to the rescue is appreciated, there is nothing more needed than foster homes. “I cannot stress enough how much we need people to step up and foster dogs,” Sean explained. “We cannot save dogs without foster homes. We have the money to take more in, but simply do not have the homes to shelter them until they ﬁnd their forever families.” All food, vet care, and signiﬁcant responsibilities are taken care of by the rescue, while the foster home gets to provide the love and attention the dog needs. If you’ve been thinking of getting a dog, or perhaps adding a second dog, but are not ﬁnancially prepared, fostering is a great alternative. Just think, it could be because of you that another greyhound gets to go from the racetrack to a comfortable bed for the ﬁrst time in their life.
FIRST STATE GREYHOUND RESCUE participates in the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire every year with their retired racers posing as the Queen’s hounds. These dogs, once only known as a racing statistic, are known by thousands as the docile dogs that will soak up all the attention they can get from visitors. You may stop at their booth every August through October to learn more about the breed, the rescue, and how you can assist. Visit ﬁrstgreys.org to ﬁnd out how you can help more racing dogs live the life of royalty they deserve.
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A KENNEL CLUB IS AN ORGANIZATION FOR CANINE AFFAIRS THAT CONCERNS ITSELF WITH THE BREEDING, SHOWING AND PROMOTION OF MORE THAN ONE BREED OF DOG.
Lancaster Kennel Club Appreciating purebreds since 1945 written by Samantha St.Clair
IFTY LOCALS FORMED THE Lancaster Kennel Club in a time when dog shows were for the elite. The club hosted its ﬁrst show in 1946 with 539 entrants representing 61 dog breeds and varieties. The number grew over the years, with 2,280 entries in 1995 representing 141 breeds and varieties. Today the club continues its success as dog enthusiasts from Lancaster County and beyond participate in one of the oldest all breed dog shows, the Red Rose Classic, every May. Additionally, they host AKC sanctioned agility trials, obedience and rally trials and are part of the ﬁveday Celtic Classic Dog Shows held at the York Fairgrounds in March. While dog shows are important to the club, the Lancaster Kennel Club is more than just a platform for showing oﬀ fancy dogs.
president of the Lancaster Kennel Club said. “Our club encompasses a variety of people who have a love and appreciation for diﬀerent dog breeds and the activities they excel in.”
“While we started as a conformation club, we evolved over the years as the AKC evolved. Today about half of our members are show people, and half are performance people. That’s the fun part. People get exposed to all kinds of sports through the LKC and get interested in participating in them with their dogs,” Ann Byrne,
For those not quite ready to join the LKC, you can still enjoy the many community outreach programs they host, including the Responsible Dog Ownership Day event at the Amos Herr Park Community Fair every September. At the fair, they educate the public about breeds and dog activities to help people gain an interest
in being active with their dogs. On October 22nd they will be hosting a “Meet the Breeds” activity at the It’s a Pet’s Life Festival.
If you’re a dog lover looking to learn more about breeds and dogs in general, becoming a member of the LKC may be of interest. Members get exclusive access to membership meetings packed with seminars, professional speeches, and “Meet My New Breed” features. “Members get exposure to a variety of breeds and get to enjoy socializing with other dog enthusiasts,” Ann explained. To become a member, you need two current club members to sponsor you. “You need to want to learn about dogs and make a contribution to the dog world.”
MORE INFORMATION M Additional events and information can
be obtained by visiting them online: lancasterkennelclub.org. Visit a LKC event and see which breed you fall in love with next!
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Picky Eaters What to do when your pet refuses their food written by Samantha St.Clair
F YOU HAVE HAD A PICKY EATER dog or cat, then you know how worrying and stressful it can be trying to ﬁnd that perfect addition to their diet to make them love food again. If you have not had a picky eater pet, I suggest you save the following information just in case. Picky eating can come on quite suddenly, especially as pets get older.
When it comes to picky eating, a visit to the vet is the ﬁrst action to take, as it may be a sign that your pet is not feeling their best. If an illness is causing the problem, then it may be resolved with the help of your veterinarian. However, some chronic conditions, such as IBD, will regularly present ﬁnicky eating. If your pet has a chronic condition or is simply too good for his or her food anymore, there are several tricks you can try to spice up their dish. First, try to avoid creating a picky eater. If you are guilty of feeding table scraps, your dog may turn his nose up at his food because he knows there’s better food to come when you sit down for dinner. Wait until you ﬁnish dinner before rewarding your pup with one of his dog treats. He will learn manners, be provided with a healthier snack, and learn that human food is for the humans. One of the main culprits behind picky eating is poor quality food. When your pet is eating cheap food with bad ingredients, it is more likely they won’t want to touch it. If it doesn’t smell good to you, you can’t expect it to smell good to your dog! If your pet is already on a high-quality diet, try switching the main protein. If you are feeding chicken or beef, try something a little more exotic such as venison. Visit your locally owned pet store to discuss with them which brands are healthy and ﬂavorful; they know what pets love!
If your pet is on quality food and still doesn’t want to touch his meal, try adding some warm water to their kibbles as it helps release the yummy, baked in smells. Alternatively, mix something extra special in their bowl. Some canned cat and dog foods look and smell so good that it may cross your mind to try some yourself! There are some easy homemade options, too. Many pets love eggs, cooked chicken, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. You will want to do your research to
ensure you are feeding food that is appropriate for your pet - not all fruits, veggies, and meats are safe. As a last resort, you may speak to your veterinarian about appetite stimulants. MThis article was written in partnership with For the Love of Dog, located in Marietta. For the Love of Dog has several high-end food options available that may be all your pet needs to enjoy eating again. Visit them online at fortheloveofdogpa.com
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Separation Anxiety in our Pets The importance of daycare
SEPARATION ANXIETY TYPICALLY APPEARS WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF DEPARTURE OF THE OWNER.
written by Tina Ovensen
ERVING THE LANCASTER AREA for over 22 years, I have found that some dogs, as well as cats, suﬀer from separation anxiety when their owners go away. Some of the signs in dogs are excessive yawning and salivating, pacing, licking compulsively, and getting into trouble by destroying the owner’s personal belongings, tearing furniture apart, or scratching through doors. I have even seen a dog run right through a closed screen door and a glass window.
It is very stressful for a dog to go through separation anxiety. It is much like when we are very worried or stressed, and our heart rates go up. However, unlike us, they don’t know how to control their anxiety. It is important to help our animals alleviate their anxiety because they can seriously hurt themselves while we are away. Too often, we unknowingly encourage this behavior because we want our pets to be with us all the time when we are home and want them dependent on us. Dogs are also very intuitive and can sense our emotions and stresses, our joys and our sorrows, and pick up on our emotions. Dogs that are really close to their owners often take on their personality traits and energy. Dogs thrive on routines, but a dog that develops separation anxiety will do much
better if you change up your routine. We condition our dogs every day the moment we get up to the time we go to bed. They learn in what order we do things as we start our day and anticipate our every move. By the time we pick up our keys to leave, their anxiety level has escalated, and most owners don’t know a dog’s body language well enough to understand that their dog is very anxious and is about to have a terrible day. Let’s go over some ways to desensitize an anxious dog. Change the order in which you shower, brush your teeth, dry your hair, make coﬀee, and eat breakfast. Instead of picking up your keys at the time you are leaving, keep them with you while you are in the house. Picking them up and putting them down will help your dog learn that the sound of your keys is not a bad thing. If at all possible, exercise your dog before you leave for work. Do not make a big deal out of leaving. Buy treat balls, Kongs, or other forms of entertainment for them. Fill them with kibble or peanut butter, yogurt or highvalue treats and freeze overnight. Only give these special goodies when you leave. By the time they have ﬁnished their special treat, they will be tired and not focused on you. In some complicated cases, medications may be needed and you will need to consult with your veterinarian. Holistic veterinarians may
recommend Bach Rescue Remedy, a ﬂower essence used to calm emotional issues. You can also use essence of oils or massage therapy as a means to calm your pet. Consulting a trainer for extreme behavior issues may be needed. Our relationships with our pets help to make us better people. They are our constant companions and it is important for us to be able to help them when they are in distress. Watch for anxious body language and the calmer you are, the calmer your dog will be. Cats are emotional creatures and when stressed they void in inappropriate places, lick compulsively or hide. Using Bach Rescue Remedies can be very beneﬁcial not only at home but before taking them to the veterinarian. Changes in season, family gatherings, rearranging furniture, or a new baby all cause a cat to have anxiety. Cats do not exhibit body language the same way a dog does, but their behaviors will tell you they are anxious. As our pets can pick up on our stresses, they also pick up on slow, deep, calm breathing and we can help them relax by calming down ourselves.
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YTI student, Breanna, in addition to several other team members with years of experience. While Dr. Lewis is passionate about laser therapy and surgeries, he also has a less common interest in treating exotic animals. If you have anything from a gecko to a ferret, Dr. Lewis has enjoyed working with them. He became a member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians in 1995 and continues to provide veterinary services to the reptiles and exotics at PetSmart, Petco, and occasionally That Pet Place. Some procedures he has performed on exotics include neutering animals as small as mice, providing beak, wing and nail trims to birds and saving goldﬁsh through surgical removal of tumors.
Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic Where your furry, feathered, and scaled pets are family. written by Samantha St.Clair
N OCTOBER OF 2008, DR. BILL LEWIS purchased the Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic with a plan to provide advanced care to people’s pets at reasonable costs. Lincoln Highway Vet Clinic staﬀ members believe pets are family and should receive the quality services that family deserves. With over 25 years of experience from diﬀerent clinics and schooling, Dr. Lewis is able to provide that care and set pet parents at ease.
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LHVC provides its top notch medical services with advanced equipment, honed skills, and exemplary staﬀ. The clinic prides itself on having a therapeutic laser to relieve pets from chronic pain, a surgical laser to ensure the fastest healing times post surgery, and a new digital x-ray machine to identify problems with greater clarity. Along with Dr. Lewis, staﬀ members include head technician, Meghan, certiﬁed veterinary technician, Nina, and
Additional accomplishments include Dr. Lewis’ monthly segments discussing various pet topics on Fox 43 and the clinic’s support of animal rescues. Rescues they have assisted include Help Find Sophie and Furever Home Adoption Center, the latter of which they adopted three special needs cats from that are now happy clinic cats. It is apparent that while LHVC is certainly professional and knowledgeable, they treasure the animals in the community. If you want a veterinarian that has experience and a genuine love for animals, look no further than Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic. Your furry, feathered, or scaled friend will thank you.
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+ INSIGHTS What do you enjoy about your work? I love that I not only help animals, but I can help people, too. A lot of times people miss that part of the job. It is not solely about animals. The diﬀerences I can make within the community are amazing. People need to understand not all cases of neglect are willful. People fall on hard times, and people often do not realize what they are doing is wrong. I get to help settle issues and give people the tools and knowledge necessary for them to properly take care of their animals.
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What is a common misconception about your job? I think the biggest thing people don’t understand is that my opinion diﬀers from the law. There is only so much I can do while abiding by the law. I can’t walk up to someone’s door and take their animal. There’s a process to go through. I gather the information and provide the evidence, and a judge makes the ﬁnal decisions. You have to hear both sides and understand where people are coming from. What appears to be a cruel situation may not always be the case. Although my dogs live inside and sleep on my bed, I realize not every dog has that life. Personally, I wish they would. Professionally, I know it is not illegal for people to keep their animals outside as long as they provide proper shelter and resources.
When do you suggest someone reports cruelty, abuse or neglect? Anyone that is questioning the welfare of an animal should make a report. I would rather someone report cruelty only for it to not be a case of cruelty than not to report and have an animal suﬀer as a result. A lot of times people think it is not their business to report cruelty. I say you need to put yourself in that animal’s situation. They have no voice. If you were in their position, you would be hoping that someone with a voice would step up and help you.
Q&A JENNIFER NIELDS (Humane Officer)
Enforcing laws related to the humane treatment of animals
What is a humane oﬃcer’s job? As a humane oﬃcer, I investigate possible cruelty cases and educate or pursue prosecution when needed. Working with the Lancaster County Animal Coalition, I also branch out to do educational programs so people can learn more about pet care and the laws surrounding animal welfare. We welcome people to come to us if they have concerns, or are curious and want to learn.
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How do you receive cruelty reports? As of right now, our main way of contact is through email. You can contact us at email@example.com.
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Children & Pet Loss FOR MANY CHILDREN, THEIR PETS are family and even a best friend. The heartbreak of grief can be very painful and confusing for children. Their pet may be the one they look to for comfort and companionship when ill or during times of stress. Because the death of a pet may be their ﬁrst time experiencing death and because it’s impossible to shelter children from the loss, the grief journey can be a teachable time to learn how to cope with other losses throughout their life. The most important role for parents is to model grieving behavior in a way that makes children feel safe and comfortable to express their emotions. Revealing diﬃcult news One of the most challenging parts is revealing the bad news. It is best to do so one-on-one in a place where the child feels safe and comfortable and not easily distracted. Gauge how much information to share based on their age and maturity level. Consider talking to children before the death occurs. If you have to euthanize your pet, you should explain that the veterinary team has done everything they can. It’s appropriate to use words
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like “death” and “dying.” Avoid saying “put to sleep.” Young children interpret events literally, so this can conjure up scary misconceptions about sleep.
sadness about losing a pet. Showing how you feel openly sets an example for kids. It's comforting for children to know that they're not alone in feeling sad.
If the pet’s death is more sudden, calmly explain what has happened. Be brief, and let your child’s questions guide how much information you provide.
Moving through and adopting again It’s vital to help your child heal and move through the grief journey.
Always be truthful Avoid telling a child that the pet went away. It won’t alleviate the sadness about losing the pet, and if the truth does come out, your child will probably be angry that you lied. If asked what happens to the pet after it dies, draw on your own understanding of death. And saying “I don’t know” is an appropriate answer — it’s OK to tell kids that death is a mystery. Helping Your Child Cope Like anyone dealing with a loss, children usually feel a variety of emotions. They might experience loneliness, anger, frustration that the pet couldn’t get better, or guilt about times they didn’t care for the pet. Children need to understand that it’s natural to feel all of these emotions and you’re there when they are ready to talk. Don’t feel compelled to hide your own
It can help children to ﬁnd special ways to remember a pet. Perhaps a ceremony to bury your pet or just share memories of fun times you had together. And, you could do a project like making a scrapbook. Keep in mind that grieving over the loss of a pet, particularly for a child, is similar to grieving over a person. Perhaps most important, talk about your pet, often and with love. Let your child know that while the pain will eventually soften, the happy memories of the pet will always remain. When the time is right, you might consider adopting a new pet — not as a replacement, but as a way to welcome another animal friend into your family.
For more information about children and pet loss, contact Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support at 484.453.8210 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org www.daybydaypetsupport.com
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Sit and Stay Below are just a few of the many businesses in and around Lancaster County, PA
BEARDED DRAGONS ARE DIURNAL (UP DURING THE DAY AND SLEEP AT NIGHT), WHICH MEANS YOU CAN WATCH THEM DURING THE DAY.
When it comes to leaving our beloved pets, only the best establishments will do.
Whether you need a place your equine can call home or riding lessons, the following businesses will ﬁt your needs.
Dog Sense LLC 440 Stoney Lane, Lancaster, PA 17603 717.509.5652 • DogSensePA.com
BrownHill Stable Lessons, Camps and Groups 6713 Division Highway, Narvon, PA 17555 717.354.8718 • brownhillstable.com
Playful Pups Retreat 850 Milton Grove Road North Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.689.3408 • playfulpupsretreat.com
Bank Barn Stable Horse Boarding 636 Integrity Drive, Lititz, PA 17543 717.517.6292
GROOMING If your canine or feline friend is in need of some fur and nail styling, there is no shortage of passionate and professional groomers here in Lancaster.
CS Pet Care LLC Relocating October 16th, 2017 All Breed Grooming 1526 East Oregon Road, Leola, PA 17540 717.572.4138
Pet Watch Plus Ephrata, PA • 717.738.3370 petwatch-plus.com • email@example.com
Deb the Dog Groomer 1027 Dillersville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 717.394.8134 • debthedoggroomer.com Drake’s Pet Place Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 717.290.1131 facebook.com/Drakes-Pet-Place Renee’s Pet Grooming Village Center at Mountville 117 Oak Ridge Drive, Mountville, PA 17554 717.285.3330 reneespetgroomingsalon.ieasysite.com
PET-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES More and more local businesses are welcoming pets to their locations.
Spring House Brewing Company Patio Only-Seasonal 209 Hazel Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 717.984.2530 • springhousebeer.com
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You will ﬁnd these experienced pet care professionals are happy to watch over your furry family members.
Once Upon a Dog Tail Lancaster, PA • 717.575.2656 onceuponadogtail.com Playful Pups Retreat 850 Milton Grove Road North Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.689.3408 • playfulpupsretreat.com
PET PORTRAIT ARTIST/ PHOTOGRAPHERS Lancaster boasts some of the most talented pet-loving artists and photographers.
Christiane David Gallery 112 N. Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603 717.293.0809 • christianedavid.com Crevan Night Photography CrevanNight.com CrevanNight@gmail.com Neillustrations 717.802.5704 • firstname.lastname@example.org neillustrations.com
Portrait Tips When searching for an artist to create your pet’s portrait, here are a few points to ponder.
n It is important in choosing a portrait artist to narrow the search for artists identifying themselves as pet portrait artists.
n How well do they capture the pet’s eyes or expression?
n Black and white pencil portraits focus attention on your pet’s character and personality by eliminating color as a distraction.
n If your pet possesses a beautiful coat or special markings, then these characteristics may be best with a color portrait.
n To protect your pet’s portrait have it professionally framed.
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Mickey and Koda tucked in for an autumn nap in Adamstown
M Bailey from Elizabethtown
Gerty is all all eyes in Leola
Angel from Nottingham is getting some "curtain tIme"
Genie getting comfy in Nottingham
Rusty chilling in Manor Township
Mickey and Lucy covered up in Adamstown
Misa from Manor Township
Miss Lucy enjoying some Ephrata sunshine
Isabelle in Ephrata
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Cloey and Oreo in West Hempﬁeld
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United Against Puppy Mills Elimination of puppy mills PO Box 7202 • Lancaster, PA 17604 unitedagainstpuppymills.org
2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue Foster network for dogs PO Box 549 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 2ndchance4liferescue.org
Leo’s Helping Paws Assistance to dog rescue groups 1284 Wheatland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.475.9621 leoshelpingpaws.org
Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary Senior dog rescue PO Box 1063 • Quentin, PA 17083 facebook.com/AAUseniordogs/
Lost Paws of Lancaster Animal rescue PO Box 551 • Lititz, PA 17543 717.725.3136 • lostpawsoﬂancaster.org
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Golden & Labrador Retrievers rescue 60 Vera Cruz Road • Reinholds, PA 17569 717.484.4799 • dvgrr.org
PA Boxers, Inc Providing a second chance to Boxers PO Box 826 • Lancaster, PA 17608 717.397.9377 • paboxers.com
ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES
Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA, Inc Doberman Pinschers Rescue Oxford, PA 19363 • dprpa.org Furever Home Adoption Center, Inc. All volunteer, no kill, cage free facility 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 • 717.560.6400 fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com Help Find Sophie Lost/Found dog site for Lancaster facebook.com/HelpFindSophie/ Helping Hands for Animals Caretakers of stray and feral cats Lancaster, PA • 717.687.7297 helpinghandsforanimals.org
PAWS No-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter Petsmart • 1700 Fruitville Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 • 717.957.8122 pawsofpa.org Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Meeting the needs of animals/families 26 Millersville Road • Lancaster, PA 17603 717.983.8878 • petpantrylc.org Phoenix Assistance Dogs Meeting the needs of animals/families 547 Wood View Drive • Lititz, PA 17543 padcentral.org
BIRD RESCUES Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue 1674 Kirkwood Pike • Kirkwood, PA 17536 717.529.2966 • featheredsanctuary.com
EMERGENCY SERVICES ORCA 401 E. Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.397.8922 orcarescue.org PETS 930 N. Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.295.7387 lancasterpetemergency.com
LARGE ANIMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Large Animal Protection Society PO Box 243 • West Grove, PA 19390 610.869.9880 largeanimalprotectionsociety.org
THERAPY SERVICES Caring Hearts Pet Therapy Volunteer/pet teams visit caringheartspettherapy.org Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support Pet loss grief support PO Box 633 • Drexel Hill, PA 19026 484.453.8210 • daybydaypetsupport.com KPETS Pet enhanced therapy services 630 Janet Avenue • Lancaster, PA 17601 888.685.7387 • kpets.org
Humane League of Lancaster County Shelter, Adopt, Educate & Protect 2195 Lincoln Highway East Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.393.6551 humanepa.org Lancaster C.A.R.E.S Coalition for Animal Rescues, Education and Services email@example.com Lancaster County Animal Coalition Building a better community through compassion to animals PO Box 363 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 facebook.com/ lancastercountyanimalcoalition
40 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
Bret Greenberg DVM and Associates, Companion Animal Clinic is a 6000 square foot state of the art veterinary facility featuring digital xray, ultrasound, KLaser therapy, in house labwork, and oďŹ€ering a full range of routine care, medical, surgical, and dental services. We pride ourselves in client education and tailoring all of our vaccination and treatment protocols to the individual needs of the patient, not treating all dogs and cats as if they were the same.
Companion Animal Clinic 601 S. 16th Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-689-2339 bretgreenbergdvm.com