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LCP LANCASTER COUNTY PET The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA

The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA

The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA

Long’s Park Petting Farm + Farm Cats

+ Noble Hill Horse Rescue


IF YOU ARE A DOG RESCUE ORGANIZATION IN NEED OF FINANCIAL HELP... please contact us.

“PANCAKES FOR PUPPIES” TO BENEFIT “LEO’S HELPING PAWS”

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 7:30-11:30AM PANCAKE FARM RESTAURANT 1032 S. STATE STREET, EPHRATA, PA 717-733-7118 ADULTS $8.00 • KIDS $4.00

Our mission is to provide financial assistance to dog rescue groups in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, for veterinary care, with a primary focus on puppy mill dogs, in addition to abused and neglected dogs, and to educate the community about puppy mills. 1284 Wheatland Avenue | Lancaster | 717-475-9621 | www.leoshelpingpaws.org 64

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Leo’s Helping Paws is a 501(c)3 non-profit Organization


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Meet the Breed

FEATURES

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DEPARTMENTS

Long’s Park Petting Farm

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Learn about Lancaster’s very own petting farm, from how it began to which animals live there

We love Lancaster

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BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

Letter From Editor Tips Quick facts about pets, from our State dog to how to prevent and treat tick bites

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Farm Cats

Events Local events from July-September, 2015

Roles of cats on Lancaster County Farms

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BY VIOLET BROWN

The Good Stuff Our favorites, accessories for your dog

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Pet Lover Percy, the Barnstormers' official disc-dog

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Community Interview with Dr. Barry A. Harris of the New Holland Veterinary Hospital

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Meet the Breed The dog-like cat breed, the Ragdoll

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Seasonal Dog Days of Summer, fun activities for you and your dog

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Health Heat Dangers, how to keep your pet cool and safe this Summer

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Rescue Highlight Noble Hill Rescue, rescuing various equines in Lancaster County

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Fun Focus Lancaster Brewing Company, a great place to eat with your best friend by your side

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Real Estate Village of Rivermoor, living in a rental community with your pet

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Long’s Park Petting Farm

Health Dangerous toys not designed for pets

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Pet Information Resources for various local businesses

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The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA

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+ E D I TO R’S L ET T E R

ALL OF US AT LCP LOVE LANCASTER COUNTY. When I first moved to the area around seven years ago, I did not know what to expect. My first impression was that it was beautiful here with the mountains, valleys and countless parks. However, throughout my time here I learned that there is much more to Lancaster than gorgeous scenery. There is a certain culture here that is different than any place I have visited or lived before. The downtown area is full of life, something a lot of cities have lost over recent years. And of course, Lancaster is home to great animals and the people that love them. I love it here because I find something new all the time. It never gets old. Just recently I discovered the Long’s Park Petting Farm, a feature in this edition. When I met the staff and animals at the petting farm I found the same community feel I expected from a Lancaster destination - friendly people who love the animals in their care. It will certainly be one of my favorite places to visit from now on, and if you have not visited yet, I encourage you to do so. I also attended one of the Barnstormers’ Bark in the Park events. I had the pleasure of meeting the remarkable Percy, their official game opening disc dog. It is definitely great to see that our county has a baseball team with a dog representing them - how many places get to say that? I also love Lancaster for the large variety of pet businesses in the area, those designed for pets, and those designed to be friendly with pets. Several are highlighted in this edition, from the Rivermoor Rental Community with their excellent, pet loving staff, to the Lancaster Brewing Company with their outdoor patio seating made especially for people to bring their pets with them. These businesses know that pets are a part of people’s families. I know I for one feel more comfortable when I know my pets are loved and welcomed by the places I visit. As this publication continues to grow, I hope to find more places such as these. I feel our magazine will help our readers find new, amazing, pet friendly places as well. So how about we work together in this venture. What makes you love Lancaster County?

Throughout our magazine you’ll find informative bubbles.

HELPFUL TIP

A DOG’S NOSE IS THE EQUIVALENT OF A HUMAN FINGERPRINT: EACH HAS A UNIQUE PATTERN.

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TICK WARNING! Please, Do Not Litter...

TipS to Tails

Summer weather brings tick season. As our cats and dogs spend more time outdoors, they become more prone to tick attacks. These parasites feed on their blood and are known carriers of Lyme disease. Pennsylvania officials say the Blacklegged Deer Tick has now been observed in all counties.

Quick Facts about Pets “PUPPY LEMON LAW” provides legal recourse to people who purchase animals from pet dealers, later found to have a disease or defect. The amount of time to remedy is 10 days.

Ingesting litter or getting caught in plastic rings causes injury and death every year to many pets in the wild and on farms.

Our State Dog is... “THE GREAT DANE!” PA State founder William Penn was a huge fan of this breed. There’s even a portrait of Penn and his dog in the State Capital.

There are some simple ways to prevent exposure: M Check your pet and self immediately when arriving home to prevent infection. According to the American Infections starts to occur from day 2 Kennel Club (AKC), the to day 4.

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M Pennsylvania Remove a tick by is using the tweezers and grasping it as close Labrador retriever.to the skin’s surface as possible; pull upward gently and carefully to avoid twisting body parts. M Clean area with rubbing alcohol, iodine or soap and water. M Use tick prevention on your pets; consult your vet on what they recommend.

Vinegar versus Cats Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and use it on areas where you don’t want your cats to explore. The smell of vinegar repels cats. Vinegar also has the handy effect of getting rid of urine odor.

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LANCASTER CENTRAL PARK is just one of several great spots for bird watching.


Can I Crash at Your Place for a While? The success of our rescue program relies on the number of foster homes we have available. The more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save! We need volunteers to provide short-term in-home care for our dogs in need until they are adopted. All food and veterinary care is paid for by Pitties.Love.Peace. Fostering can last from a week to several months.We rescue dogs from high-kill shelters, rehabilitate the sick, love and train unsocialized dogs, and maintain a 100% spay/neuter program. Our goal is to find safe and loving forever homes for all of our rescues. Make a difference in a dog’s life, become a foster today.

Humane Pennsylvania believes that the best way to keep pets happy and healthy at home is to make sure they have access to high quality and affordable veterinary care! Humane Veterinary Hospitals Lancaster and Reading are open to the public and accepting new patients! 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 (717) 826-9762 lancaster@hvhospitals.org 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604 610-921-VETS (8387) reading@hvhospitals.org

Foster applications available online at www.pittieslovepeace.com

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GUESS THE NOSE? Answers on page 29.

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+ EVENTS

Events JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER JULY

AUGUST

Furever Home Adoption Center SIZZLING SUMMER VENDOR & CRAFT FAIR Saturday, July 11 • 10am–2pm 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com

Photo Contest: The American Robin Cash Prizes for Adult & Youth Divisions Entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2015 and mailed to: LANCASTER COUNTY BIRD CLUB c/o: Robyn Finer 1921 Ridgeview Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 lancasterbirdclub.org

Pet Pantry of Lancaster CHANCE’S CHALLENGE MINI GOLF EXTRAVAGANZA Saturday, July 18 • 4pm–8pm Village Greens Miniature Golf 1444 Village Road, Strasburg villagegreens.com Quentin Riding Club THOROUGHBRED SHOW Saturday-Sunday, July 18, 19 • 8:30am Routes 72 & 419, Quentin crossroadshows.com Pancakes for Puppies PANCAKE FARM HOUSE Sunday, July 19 • 7:30am–11:30am 1032 S. State Street, Ephrata Benefits Leo’s Helping Paws leoshelpingpaws.org COLUMBIA RIDING SHOW

Middle Creek Wildlife Management 30TH ANNUAL WILDLIFE ART SHOW Friday-Sunday, August 7-9 Friday, 1pm–6pm, Saturday 9am–6pm, Sunday 10am–5pm 100 Museum Road, Stevens Lancaster Barnstormers FIRST ANNUAL GOAT RACES Saturday, August 1 • 7pm 650 North Prince Street, Lancaster lancasterbarnstormers.com Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN Sunday, August 23 • 7:30pm 1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster Co-sponsored by VCA Bridgeport Animal Hospital

SEPTEMBER The Rubber Duckie Race and Festival Sunday, September 13 • 2pm–5pm Lancaster County Central Park, Lancaster schreiberpediatric.org/ducks Columbia Riding Club PLEASURE SHOW & RANCH HORSE Sunday, September 13 • 9am 18th and Franklin Street, Columbia columbiarc.org Benefits Lancaster Mounted & Canine Police Units

RUBBER DUCKIE RACE AND FESTIVAL

LANCASTER COUNTY BIRD CLUB

Pet Pantry of Lancaster 2ND ANNUAL PET PANTRY OPEN HOUSE, TBA 26 Millersville Road, Lancaster petpantrylc.org Lancaster Kennel Club RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY (RDOD) Sunday, September 20 • 11am–4pm Amos Herr Park Country Fair, Landisville lancasterkennelclub.org VCA Bridgeport Animal Hospital BARK FOR LIFE Sunday, September 28 • 8am–2pm Neffsville Community Park 209 Petersburg Road, Neffsville vcahospitals.com/bridgeport

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Long’s Park Petting Farm A little piece of country in the city written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair

midst the traffic and busyness of city life, it may seem impossible to stumble upon farm animals. However, in Lancaster this opportunity is available to all. Located on Harrisburg Pike, Long’s Park is home to Lancaster’s very own petting farm that houses a variety of animals. Maintained by dedicated park staff, the petting farm provides a fun addition to the park that allows people of all ages to learn about the animals.

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Morris H. Ressel, the Superintendent of Parks from 1967-1981, suggested opening a petting farm as a way for more people, even those in the city, to have the opportunity to interact with animals they would not typically meet. Thus, the Long’s Park Petting Farm was opened in 1972 and still runs to this day thanks to park staff and the Sertoma Club of Lancaster. The Sertoma Club ensures that the animals remain happy and healthy by hosting the world’s largest chicken barbeque every May to raise funds. The Long’s Park Petting Farm always earns the top rating from USDA inspections, so it is clear these animals are well loved and cared for by staff.

Sheilo is one of two new llamas at the petting farm! Despite being a bit shy, she knows how to have fun and loves playing with water. Want to know a special llama secret? They love to be rubbed on their necks!


AS THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF THE PETTING FARM, PETE AND MAY HAVE A LOT OF ENERGY AND FUN TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE WHO VISITS THEM THIS SUMMER! THIS WORLD IS STILL QUITE NEW TO THEM SO THEY LOVE TO EXPLORE AND ARE VERY CURIOUS AND PLAYFUL.


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Oinker is the petting farm’s only pig! He loves to spend time alone and may be in hiding when you visit. However, he is friendly and will also accept the attention of visitors when he is out and about.

When you first enter the petting farm, you can expect to be greeted by the donkeys before anyone else. During your visit they may bump their heads against your hand, seeking attention. Both kids and adults will quickly find that the donkeys love all visitors and are often a favorite due to their friendly nature. While walking around, goats may be seen sprawled out or grazing, accepting pets from people who pass by them. Some welcome everyone, others are shy, but they are all beautiful to see. If you look hard enough you may find Oinker, the only pig at the petting farm, hiding in the shade. At the left of the entrance are pens with peacocks, pigeons and a pheasant, who frequently speak to guests, welcoming them to the petting farm! You will also meet the newest residents of the petting farm - two new llamas and two baby goats. The llamas, Sheilo and Mission, are still adjusting to their new home and would love if you would help them acclimate by giving them time and patience while visiting. The two kids, Pete and May, were born in early May and are definitely looking forward to new guests! It is fun to watch them romp and play with each other and the other animals, and who knows, you may become their new playmate!

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While nearly all of the animals, aside from the birds, are available for petting, guests must take into account that the animals should be respected, as should the rules posted in front of the petting farm. Children should be supervised by parents at all times, and those who are not treating the animals nicely will be asked to leave. When the rules are followed, both visitors and animals are sure to have a good time. Whether a first time visitor or a long time fan of the petting farm, be sure to visit with the new additions and the long term residents this summer. It really is quite a magical place; a little piece of paradise within Lancaster County.


LONG’S PARK PETTING FARM M Harrisburg Pike across from the Park City Mall 1441 Harrisburg Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 M 10am to 3pm with a one hour lunch from 12-1pm. Closed when it is raining or has rained in the last 24 hours M Generally opens in June and more certainly when the schools are let out for the summer and full summer help is available. M Best Time To Visit: When it opens at 10am, while animals are still refreshed, cool, and ready for a new day!

LLAMA Princess is the petting farm’s oldest resident at a wise age of 34! She takes her age with pride, holding her rightful place as the head of the donkeys. As with all three donkeys at the petting farm, Princess loves attention and especially loves to be brushed by her caretakers.

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Our favoriteS written by Laurie Yost

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oes your pooch walk you instead of the other way around? It is not fun to take your furry friend for a relaxing stroll while he is pulling you down the street in a frenzy to visit every person and dog he sees along the way. This is an issue common to many dog lovers, but there are many training tools that can ease your plight! Every dog is different, as is every owner, so you must find what works best for you both. There are many options but I have three favorite training tools to help a dog walk nicely on a leash. One of the easiest leashes to use is called a Slip Leash; it is also a very effective training tool. A slip leash is adjustable and fits at the top of the neck just behind the ears. Placing the leash in this location will give you better control over your pup’s behavior. Another favorite of mine is a Gentle Leader head halter. Similar to a horse bridle, the head halter enables you to easily walk your dog by giving you control of his head. The Freedom Harness is a no-pull harness that has two d-ring hooks, one on the dog’s back and one on his chest. The company also sells a double leash that can be clipped to one or both of the d-rings, decreasing his ability to pull. As with all training tools, there is a right way and a wrong way to use them, so be diligent that you seek the guidance of someone knowledgeable for the proper use of the tool you choose.

LAURIE YOST is the owner of Playful Pups Retreat and founder of Pitties.Love.Peace, both located in Elizabethtown.

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1. Freedom No-Pull Harness Makes walking fun! Keeps your dog safe and provides better control.

2. Gentle Leader Head Halter Ideal for strong pullers or for walking multiple dogs.

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3. Slip Leash Combines a lead with a collar. It’s soft on the hand, yet durable.

DONOVAN IS WEARING THE FREEDOM NOPULL HARNESS.


GUESS THE NOSE? Answers on page 29.

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PERCY!

written by Alan Eckman photographed by Samantha St.Clair

If you come to a Barnstormers’ game this season, be sure to come early to catch the pre-game activities. You might see a furry four-legged outfielder shagging discs in right field. That’s Percy, the Barnstormers’ official disc-dog. ercy is a four-year-old Border Collie/ Sheltie mix. He is loved by Alan and Sherrie Eckman of New Holland and their sons, Tyler and Aaron. Percy is a very active dog and loves to play. He trains and competes in agility and disc. He loves to play fetch. He will fetch anything, balls, toys, sticks, it doesn’t matter. But his absolute favorite thing to do is run full speed across the lawn and leap into the air to catch a flying disc.

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Percy began coming to Barnstormers home games at the end of June last year. He tries to make it to as many home games as possible. Many of the employees and season ticket holders have gotten to know Percy and look forward to seeing him. Once, as Sherrie walked through the stadium alone, she heard a child exclaim, “Look, that means Percy’s here tonight.” Percy loves it when the crowd gets into his performance and cheers his leaping grabs.

Alan and Percy compete with two different disc-dog clubs in the area, Appalachian Air Canines and Mid Atlantic Disc Dogs (M.A.D. Dogs). Last season, the Barnstormers asked Air Canines to provide some teams to perform at a game. Since they live nearby, Alan and Percy came along. Barnstormers owner Rob Liss saw the performance and asked them if they would like to become a regular feature at the park. Of course, they said yes.

The Eckmans enjoy playing with their dog. It’s a lot of fun and good physical exercise. Working together as a team strengthens the bond between dog and human. They always have fun together no matter where they are. They are very grateful to the Barnstormers for letting them share their fun with the crowd at Clipper Magazine Stadium. They hope to inspire others to get out and play with their dogs.

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Farm Cats Improving their lives written by Violet Brown

ne thing is for certain, cats still have a role within the modern working farm in Lancaster County. Almost every farmer that I spoke with still relies on cats to deter rodent activity detrimental to stored grains. In addition to the resident cat colony, there are many cats that are simply dropped off at farms as strays.

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While there are many farmers that vaccinate, feed and provide comfortable shelter, there are still those that feel the hungrier the cat the more effective they are in ridding the farm of rodents. The truth is, the cat’s diet must be supplemented to keep them strong and healthy. Cats are true carnivores, which means they need meat to get adequate protein. Quality cat food ensures better overall health, less allergies and skin problems. Cats cannot thrive on mice alone. When feeding it is best to place food on a shelf or higher so other animals cannot access. This food will attract other wildlife so be prepared to provide more than normally needed. Probably one of the more important nutritional concerns is the proximity to and the amount of clean water. Without drinking water these cats will suffer from dehydration. To ensure a controlled population, spaying and neutering is vital. While capturing farm cats may be difficult, there are organizations that can help by offering guidance or assistance. This trapping is humane and may provide a longer and better quality of life for the cats. There are also low cost spay and neuter programs available in most communities. In addition to higher populations of cats, spaying and neutering may reduce the fighting and wandering of the male cats. I spoke with Dr. Jennifer Sutton, DVM at Adamstown Veterinary Hospital concerning barn cats and their health needs. “Even though these cats are cared for, it is important for all cats to be vaccinated for rabies and feline leukemia. Not only could these cats infect their population, they can also create health issues for humans as well,” she said. Dr. Sutton strongly suggested the testing of these cats for feline leukemia or respiratory diseases if possible. “It is the contagious nature of these diseases that may cause a serious problem.” Dr. Sutton does treat farm cats within her practice, “we do see a number of cats that live on farms in Lancaster County. These cats were trapped and spayed or neutered then vaccinated.” They were then released back to their farm home. Just as important as providing food and vaccines is being aware of your feline’s behaviors. Although there may be many cats be mindful of the head count. If feeding on a timed schedule, pay close attention to your colony count. This is a perfect time to account for all. Knowing their cubbyholes and favorite places within a farm or barn is also recommended. Farm cats will surely always be part of farming. It is our responsibility as a farming community to provide them with the healthy, disease free quality of life that they deserve. 16 LANCASTER COUNTY PET


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DR. HARRIS WITH OFFICE CAT, SAMMY, AT THEIR NEW HOLLAND LOCATION.

Q&A Dr. Barry A. Harris, VMD (New Holland Veterinary Hospital) written by Samantha St.Clair

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alking into The New Holland Veterinary Hospital, the first thing you’ll notice is how clean and new it looks inside. The interior is warm and comforting, as are the friendly staff that work with you throughout your visit. The hospital prides itself on their ability to work with owners to do everything they can to help their pets. Small pets including dogs, cats, pocket pets and reptiles are treated at New Holland Veterinary Hospital.

LCP: What made you interested in becoming a veterinarian? DH: I don’t remember not being interested in being a vet. I have always been around animals. It might have started when I was four and I tried to save a duckling with its head stuck in a hole.

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EDUCATION: Dr. Harris graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.

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PASSION: Dr. Harris loves working with any animal, from dogs and cats to snakes and hamsters.

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PETS: While he currently has no pets at home, he does take care of two resident cats that live at the clinic, including one rescue with diabetes.

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PRACTICE: Dr. Harris became the owner of the New Holland Veterinary Hospital in 2009 and finished building the new facility in 2010.

LCP: What is your specialty? DH: The reason I’m not a specialist is that I like to do a broad range of things. It keeps it interesting because there’s so much to do as a general practitioner. I can be helping a snake in one room and a cat in another.

LCP: What is your favorite part about the job? DH: The really nice people and animals that come in every day. Another great part is being able to work with my daughter who is also a veterinarian here. LCP: What do you like about Lancaster? DH: I came here because I wanted to do work in mixed practices. It was a great experience when I worked with farmers’ large animals and in a practice with small animals at the same time. Eventually I had to decide what I wanted to do and I settled on a practice with small animals.

NEW HOLLAND

VETERINARY HOSPITAL 700 East Main Street, New Holland, PA 17557 (717) 354-3130 and (717) 354-8095 newhollandveterinaryhospital.vetstreet.com


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Ragdoll “You get the ease of cat care, but the personality of a dog” – JAZZMANIA RAGDOLLS written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair


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IF THE THOUGHT OF OWNING A DOG BRINGS YOU HAPPINESS, BUT THE CARE OF A CAT SEEMS MORE SUITABLE FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE, THERE MAY BE A SOLUTION. THE RAGDOLL IS A BREED OF CAT THAT REPRESENTS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, WHICH MAY BE WHY THEY ARE THE SECOND MOST POPULAR BREED OF CAT IN THE WORLD.

We would like to thank Jazzmania Ragdolls of Lancaster for their time in providing information on this wonderful breed. Jazzmania Ragdolls has been working with Ragdolls for nearly 20 years. If this breed interests you, please contact Joyce Houser at jazzmaniaragdolls.com for more information and to possibly find your very own Ragdoll!

agdolls are well known for their outgoing, loving and playful personalities. They are highly social and thrive on interacting with people. Owners of this breed get the constant pleasure of having a shadow follow them around in the form of a cat. Ragdolls will greet you at the door when you get home, and will curl up on your lap or beside you to relax. They are also quite playful. In relation to their dog-like personalities, they are also known to play fetch and enjoy belly rubs. In essence, they are “puppy dogs with kitty fur”, as described by Jazzmania Ragdolls, and will suit the lifestyle of anyone who enjoys constant companionship.

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Along with great personalities, Ragdolls are beautiful and incredibly soft. All Ragdolls have intense blue eyes, or they are not purebred. Their coat is also stunning with a variety of different colors and patterns. The standard colors are called “seal point”, which is dark brown points on a tan body, and “blue point”, which is blue or grey points on a pale grey body. The traditional patterns are color point, mitted and bi-color. There are also various non-traditional colors and patterns. Ragdolls’ coats are a beautiful medium-long length that is relatively easy to maintain. Since Ragdolls have no undercoat, they do not shed as much as other longer haired breeds and they do not need to be brushed as often. Ragdolls make great family pets as they are kid and pet friendly. Because of their wonderful disposition, they are also great for first time cat owners. However, if you are looking for the “typical cat”, this may not be the right breed for you. While most believe cats are very independent, Ragdolls are not. Due to their social needs, they are not recommended for people who are often away from home. They also do not make good outdoor cats. As for health, Ragdolls are a healthy breed. While they are one of the larger breeds, with females ranging from 10-15 pounds and males ranging from 15-20 pounds, they do not have a problem with hip dysplasia as other, larger cat breeds do. While a heart disease does occur in Ragdolls, called Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), there is a DNA test to detect it and any reputable breeder will breed away from the disease. Overall, they are great, social cats that thrive in an environment that is willing to give them the attention they need. Owners of Ragdolls can expect a lifelong companion, a personality trait most believe is exclusive to canines. As with any breed of cat, it is important to do your research and to understand the commitment of pet ownership. If you are ready for cat ownership, the Ragdoll is sure to please!

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PETS CAN EXPERIENCE SUNBURNS. ASK YOUR VET ABOUT SAFE SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS.

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Circle M RV Resort 2111 Millersville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 717.872.4651

Horses Try working your horse in the cooler hours of morning and evening instead of the hotter mid-day hours. Consider getting a fan for your horse’s stall, but make sure it is stable and all wires are out of your horse’s reach. Water your horse with a hose to provide instant relief. Some horses even like to play in sprinklers!

CAMPING

Old Mill Stream Campground 2249 Lincoln Highway East Lancaster, PA 17602 717.299.2314 oldmillstreamcampground.com

SWIMMING HOLES A good swim can help your dog cool off this summer, and it’s great exercise and fun for him as well. A refreshing frolic in a stream or river is just the thing to put a smile on your furry friend’s face.

Conestoga River Runs for 60 miles, emptying into the Susquehanna

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Beacon Hill Camping 128 Beacon Hill Drive Ronks, PA 17572 717.768.8775 beaconhillcamping.com

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SUMMER IS HERE! It’s the hottest and muggiest part of the year, but also the best time to have an outing with your dog. Check out three fun activities for you and your dog.

We all try our best to keep our pets comfortable. In addition to always providing fresh water, here are a few additional ways to keep your pet cool and comfortable this summer

Kelly’s Run in Holtwood Recreation Area Near Holtwood in southern Lancaster County. Trails also.

Rocks State Park 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road Jarrettsville, MD 51 minutes from Lancaster

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HIKING Pennsylvania is a leader in rail trails. Lancaster County has been converting abandoned railroad line into hiking trails.

Chickies Rock County Park Between the Columbia and Marietta 422 acres

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Conewago Recreation Trail Route 230 and the Lebanon County line, northwest of Elizabethtown. (Horses permitted) 5 miles

Conestoga Greenway Trail Conestoga Drive near Bridgeport to Lancaster County Central Park at S. Duke St. 1 mile

Rabbits A slab of marble or tile in your rabbit’s living area provides a constantly cool spot for them to lie. Placing frozen water bottles in cages with bunnies who won’t destroy them gives them something cool to lean against. For faster relief, you can also wet their ears with your fingers or a wet towel. The ears are the only part that should be wet.


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Heat Dangers written by Bryan Langlois, DVM

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ON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS LOCKED IN A CAR IN THE SUMMERTIME!!! We all hear and see this warning plastered on billboards, flyers, and social media when the summer comes. Of course this advice should always be followed, but did you know there are many other heat related dangers that can affect your pet as well? Knowing some of these dangers and how to recognize the signs of potential heat stress or heat stroke in your pet can literally mean the difference between life and death. Remember dogs and cats cannot sweat through their skin. Their only means of dissipating heat is through panting and sweating through their paws. Put on a fur coat in the middle of summer when there is no way for the sweat to evaporate off your skin, and you will begin to see how dangerous heat can be for our furry friends. A dog’s breed plays a role too. Northern breeds with thick coats such as Husky’s, St. Bernard’s, and Malamutes will suffer the effects of excessive heat a lot more quickly and severely. Short nosed breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs, and French Bulldogs are very susceptible to the effects of heat because their body builds do not allow them to dissipate heat easily, even through panting. Aside from being locked in cars, dogs can overheat on a hot day simply by being left outside in the sun too long with no access to shade and cool water. Sometimes dogs

will remain so committed to going on a longer walk or hunt they will literally work themselves to a heat stroke state with no prior warning signs given. So it is best to limit their time outside and take them for walks during the early morning or evening hours. Cats that are indoor/ outdoor and stuck where they cannot get out of the sun can also succumb to heat issues. This is all the more reason to be aware of some warning signs and what to do if you see them. See the chart for signs of potential heat stress and heat stroke in your dog or cat. (below) What to do as first aid for your pet if they are suffering from heat stress/stroke is also critical. The most important thing to do first is to get them out of the situation! Ideally getting them into an air conditioned environment is best, but even moving them to a shaded area will help. You can offer them small amounts of cool, not cold, water to drink if they are able to stand and there is no vomiting. Do not give them a ton of water as this can lead to them vomiting it right back up. If possible, you can pour cool, not cold, water over them to help cool them down. DO NOT USE ICE OR ICE WATER! This will constrict blood vessels and makes it harder to lose heat, and can send them into shock. Finally, get them to a veterinarian as fast as you can! Your vet can do other things such as IV fluids to help combat shock and cool off your pet the proper way.

HOT CAT? GENTLY STROKE YOUR CAT WITH A WET CLOTH OR TOWEL FROM THE TOP OF ITS HEAD AND DOWN THE BACK.

As one final tip, try to avoid walking them on hot blacktop areas or hot sandy areas on the beach for a long period of time, as this can lead to burning of the pads, which is a very painful condition to treat in dogs. If it is too hot for your feet it is too hot for their feet. By being vigilant of the dangers of heat stress and heat stroke in your pet, as well as what to do for first aid, we can all make sure that our beloved pets enjoy those warm summer months just as much as we all do. Have a Great Summer with your Best Friend everyone!!!

BRYAN LANGLOIS, DVM is the Medical Director at Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, PA. He also serves as a Board of Trustees Member of PVMA and The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation, AVC 2005.

WATCH FOR SIGNS OF YOUR PET OVERHEATING SYMPTOMS OF OVERHEATING INCLUDE: MHeavy Panting MExcessive Thirst MGlazed Eyes MStaggering MSeizures MUnconsciousness

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Noble Hill Rescue “We love the horses and are here for them” written by Samantha St.Clair


ancaster is home to vast farmlands as well as farm animals and is fortunate to also have a horse rescue, Noble Hill Rescue Inc., that can help some of those animals. Located in Kirkwood, Noble Hill Rescue is home to around 20 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys on any given day. NHR provides all the care necessary to rehabilitate and rehome horses, or in some cases, provides a loving home for permanent residents.

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Around 70% of the horses rescued by Noble Hill Rescue were previously Amish owned. They often arrive with leg injuries such as arthritis or joint problems, or are simply tired from the years they spent driving buggies. They also tend to be older. However, the horses are certainly still excellent companions and are often great for driving and riding. Due to the laid back personalities their horses tend to have, NHR often adopts to ďŹ rst time horse owners.

If adoption is not possible, the rescue will take volunteers and donations For horses that are not quite ready for adoption, Noble Hill Rescue has a great trainer, Sam Smucker, who works with troubled horses before they are placed in homes. Any injured or ill horses are also in good hands, as the rescue has several vets and farriers to ensure the horses get the best possible care. NHR is also proud of using natural treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy for rehabilitation. Adopting from Noble Hill Rescue is fairly simple. People interested in adopting get to meet the horses and the staff does its best to match the right people with the right horse. After adoption, adopters can be ensured they will receive continued help from the rescue if they have any further questions after bringing their horse home. The rescue loves keeping in contact with new owners to hear updates about their previous residents. NHR also has a 30 day return policy for anyone who discovers that the horse they adopted is not a good ďŹ t. If adoption is not possible, Noble Hill Rescue also takes volunteers and donations of various kinds. Every little bit helps. They are most in need of people who can help feed, water, and groom the horses. Donations can include any horse related items, from new blankets to hay. It is important that great programs such as this remain in Lancaster County. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, donating, or simply gathering more information, visit their website at noblehillrescue.com

Common breeds at Noble Hill Rescue include Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, Standardbreds and Morgans among many others. Noble Hill works with another Lancaster area program called Excentia, which helps people with developmental needs. NHR allows the program to donate time to helping around the farm which allows them to get out and have some fun!

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+ FUN FOCUS

DO NOT GIVE BEER TO YOUR DOG OR CAT. EXPOSURE TO AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL CAN KILL A PET.

What’s brewing written by Samantha St.Clair

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“Your dog doesn’t have to be left at home, because they are welcomed in the outdoor dining area.”

t is fun to go out for dinner, but not so much when you have to leave your dog behind. The solution? Make lunch or dinner plans to visit the Lancaster Brewing Company. Your dog doesn’t have to be left at home wondering when you will be back, because they can accompany you while you are out! Lancaster Brewing Company has an outdoor dining area that is perfect for enjoying the nice weather this summer while eating excellent food with your pet beside you. Lancaster Brewing Company provides the freshest food along with fresh, handcrafted beer. By using fresh produce and ingredients, you get to experience real local flavor. Their menu is composed of many delicious items that will give you a great dining experience. They work closely with various local food vendors that provide everything from fresh seafood to fresh, locally grown produce. If you are just looking for a nice place to get out with your pet, dine out at Lancaster Brewing Company. If you are not looking for a whole meal, you can enjoy a handcrafted beer! Lancaster Brewing Company has a family friendly atmosphere with great menu selections for the whole family. Everything from seafood to steak is offered. In addition to excellent food, they have outstanding staff that will ensure your entire visit is enjoyable - and they love pets! Bring your family, dogs included, to the Lancaster Brewing Company and enjoy a high quality meal straight from Lancaster County this summer.

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Rental living with pets written by Samantha St.Clair

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oving with pets can be stressful, especially when looking to relocate from a home to a rental due to a job, financial trouble or other reasons. There is an impression that it is impossible, or nearly impossible, to find a rental unit that will allow your dog, cat, or other pet to live with you. In Lancaster County, that is not the case, and your stressful move should be a little less stressful when you realize your options. One rental community in Lancaster County, the Village of Rivermoor, is a great place for both people and their pets. Located in Marietta, Rivermoor provides a variety of rental sizes and options, and does so all while allowing you to bring your pet. In fact, those who work at Rivermoor love animals and even encourage you to stop outside their office on your daily walks so they can say hello to your dog! Rental communities do come with limitations. At Rivermoor there is a maximum of two pets allowed, though there are no weight restrictions. Some dog breeds are restricted, such as Dobermans and Rottweilers, but for the most part nearly all breeds, from small Chihuahuas to large Great Danes, are allowed. There is an additional charge as well as a monthly fee for having a pet in the community, but the prices at Rivermoor are less than average, and it is certainly a small fee if it means keeping your best friend by your side.

THE BEAUTIFUL APARTMENTS AT RIVERMOOR AND ONE OF ITS RESIDENTS WALKING HIS DOG.

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Concerned about how difficult it would be to keep a pet in an apartment? Don’t be! Rivermoor provides access to plenty of places to walk your dog. They are also understanding of dogs who need time to adjust to their new environment. The staff at Rivermoor loves to work with pet owners to help their residents, both pets and humans, have the best possible living situation. The whole community has many pet lovers, so you may also find some new friends who love their pets as much as you do! Village of Rivermoor is professionally managed by Horst Realty Company. Horst Realty also manages several other rental communities located in New Holland, Hershey, Manheim and Middletown. Please contact the Village of Rivermoor Rental community for further information on living with a pet in their apartments: villageofrivermoor.com


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Toys Dangerous for Pets THE BEST RULE OF THUMB WHEN ALLOWING YOUR PET TO PLAY WITH ANY TOY IS TO MONITOR THEIR PLAYTIME. Often times the hazards that come from toys happen when the owner is not watching and cannot stop bad behavior or catch problems before it is too late. However, there are other ways you can keep your pet safer, too. Using toys made for pets rather than buying alternatives can prevent danger during playtime. Here are some popular and potentially dangerous toys not designed for pets to be mindful of:

Children’s Stuffed Toys: While you may spot children's toys you think your dog will love, be careful. Children’s toys often contain small parts, such as plastic eyes, that dogs can remove and ingest. They are also often less sturdy than those made for dogs. Stuffed toys designed for dogs are always the best way to go, as they have dogs in mind when they are created.

Tennis Balls: They are quite possibly the most popular dog toy, so how can they be dangerous? For starters, it is entirely possible for tennis balls to go into a dog’s throat, leading to suffocation, especially if they are inappropriately sized. Often unnoticed by owners, they also fall apart easily. Always purchase balls designed for dogs as they are more sturdy for rough play and come in a variety of sizes appropriate for individual dogs.

Sticks: While not a manufactured toy, sticks are still an icon of doggy play time. Sticks can easily become lodged in a dog’s throat while playing fetch. They can also cause puncture wounds or can splinter and be swallowed, causing internal injury. There are many dog toys that are designed for retrieving, so risky sticks should be left alone. Try a rope toy or Frisbee instead!

And Cats? Be wary of ribbon or yarn especially. While the images of cats playing with yarn are adorable, owners should take precaution when trying to replicate such scenes. String-like “toys” can lead to choking or intestinal problems if a cat swallows a piece. There are plenty of cat toys that your cat will love chasing around instead, such as plush mice and teaser toys! No matter what kind of pet, do not allow them to play with toys that are too small, or toys that contain small parts. Worn out toys that are otherwise safe can fall apart and pets can swallow the pieces. Your pet does not have to be destructive for this to happen. Replacing toys as soon as they start to break is the best way to prevent these occurrences. If your pet swallows any part of their toys, contact your veterinarian immediately!

GUESS THE NOSE ANSWERS: Page 6 - Cat; Page 13 - Dog; Page 19 - Rabbit

DID YOU KNOW TENNIS BALLS ALSO WEAR DOWN TEETH?

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Sit and Stay

HORSES ENJOY SWEET FLAVORS AND WILL USUALLY REFUSE ANYTHING SOUR OR BITTER.

Below are just a few of the many businesses in the area. (This list will be updated each issue)

Dog Trainers Excellent reasons to train...

• A well trained dog is a happier dog. • Strengthens your bond. • Provides dogs with basic good manners.

• Helps to keep dogs in their forever homes.

• Allows you to take your dog with you to more places.

• Makes pet sitters’ and kennel staff’s jobs easier.

• Creates respect for others by having a well behaved dog that does not jump on people.

• Most importantly, training can save your dog’s life.

DOG TRAINERS

PET DAYCARE AND KENNELS

Lancaster has many highly skilled and talented dog trainers to help improve your relationship with your dog.

When it comes to leaving our beloved pets, be it a day or a week, only the best boarding and daycare establishments will do.

Dog Sense with Wendy 809 New Holland Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 • 717.509.5652 dogsensewithwendy.com Faithful Companion Dog Training, LLC 931 Valley Road Lancaster, PA 17601 • 717.569.5605 faithful-companion.com Playful Pups Retreat Milton Grove Road N. Elizabethtown, PA 17022 • 717.689.3408 playfulpupsretreat.com UDS Service Dogs 1901 Olde Homestead Lane Lancaster, PA 17605 • 717.397.1841 lorib@udservices.org

HORSE STABLES/ BOARDERS/BREEDERS If you are looking for full care boarding in lush green farmland, you are sure to find a good fit nearby.

BrownHill Stable 6713 Division Highway Narvon, PA 17555 • 717.354.8718 brownhillstable.com Flintrock Stables 16 East Brubaker Valley Road Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.553.2240 flintrockcorporation.com Kynynmont Connemaras, LLC. 175 River Hill Road Conestoga, PA 17516 • 717.872.9728 kynfarm.com Watergap Stables, LLC 325 Noble Road Christiana, PA 17509 • 610.593.2000 watergapstables.com

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Kate’s Canine & Kitty Care Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.508.7291 caninekittycare.com Kieffer’s Kennel Boarding & Grooming 520 W 28th Division Highway Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.626.6961 kiefferskennel.com The Bark Park Canine Adventure Center 1943 South Market Street Elizabethtown, PA 17022 • 717.367.8811 etownbarkpark.com

PET SITTERS Heading out of town and can’t figure out a way to bring your pet along? Try using a professional pet sitter that will provide loving care for your pets.

Deb’s Pet Buddies Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.283.4438 debspetbuddies.com Peace of Mind, LLC Lancaster, Lititz surrounding areas 717.435.6241 peaceofmindllc.net PetWatch plus 467 N Maple Street Ephrata, PA 17522 • 717.738.3370 petwatch-plus.com Once Upon a Dog Tail Serves Lancaster Area 717.575.2656 onceuponadogtail.com Your Place or Mine Pet Sitting 811 South 16th Street Columbia, PA 17512 • 717.330.6519 yourplaceorminepet.com


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Autumn is in training with Susquehanna Service Dogs. She had a busy day of training at the Barnstormers’ Bark in the Park event with her handler Carol!

Effie, a rescued cat in Lancaster, is the greeter of Art & Glassworks on North Queen Street. She loves attention and meeting new people.

Furry Encounters

Stacy with Tricia and Brutus out for a stroll in Maytown.

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Ava was pretty in pink while attending the Barnstormers’ Bark in the Park event!

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Yogi the Shar Pei was rescued by Operation Scarlet. Now that he is living in his forever home, Yogi gets to do fun things, such as attending Barnstormers games!

Borzoi Liefde attending a Volkswagen show in Manheim.

Pomeranian mix, Harley, meets and greets chug, Lily, in downtown Lancaster.

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HORSE RESCUE

i Pet resources ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES Furever Home Adoption Center, Inc. All volunteer, no kill, cage free animal facility 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 717.560.6400 fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com

Lost Paws of Lancaster Animal Rescue P.O. Box 551 Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.725.3136 LostPawsofLancaster.org

Help Find Sophie A Lost/Found Pet Site facebook.com/HelpFindSophie

Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Helping avoid the surrender of a family pet due to the lack of resources 26 Millersville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.983.8878 PetPantryLC.org

Humane League of Lancaster County Shelter, Adopt, Educate & Protect 2195 Lincoln Highway E. Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.393.6551 humaneleague.com

Leo’s Helping Paws Financial assistance to dog rescue groups 1284 Wheatland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.475.9621 leoshelpingpaws.org

Lancaster C.A.R.E.S Coalition for Animal Rescues, Education and Services 237 Centerville Road, Suite 2 Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.381.2275 lancastercares.org

Zoe’s House Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome P.O. Box 2372 Reading, PA 19608 zoeshouserescue.com

Lancaster County SPCA Shelter, humane care and adoptions of stray and unwanted animals 848 South Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.917.6979 info@lancasterspca.org

THERAPY SERVICES Caring Hearts Pet Therapy Interaction of our therapy pets with adults & children caringheartspettherapy.org KPETS Pet Enhanced Therapy Services 630 Janet Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601 • 888.685.7387 kpets.org

BIRD RESCUE Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue 1674 Kirkwood Pike Kirkwood, PA 17536 • 717.529.2966 fsebr.webs.com

Noble Hill Rescue 2002 Noble Road Kirkwood, PA 17536 • 717.529.2358 noblehillrescue.org

WOLF RESCUE Wolf Sanctuary of PA 465 Speedwell Forge Road Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.626.4617 wolfsanctuarypa.org

EMERGENCY SERVICES ORCA Organization for Responsible Care of Animals 401 East Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.397.8922 orcarescue.org

PETS Pets Emergency Treatment Services 930 North Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.295.7387 lancasterpetemergency.com

DOG PARKS Beau’s Dream Dog Park 901 Buchanan Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 cityoflancasterpa.com Dog Park at Mount Joy 960 Strickler Road Mount Joy, PA 17552 dogparkmountjoy.com Musser Park E. Chestnut Street Lancaster, PA 17602 musserpark.org

LARGE ANIMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Large Animal Protection Society Large Animal Abuse/Neglect Reporting P.O. Box 243 West Grove, PA 19390 • 610.869.9880 largeanimalprotectionsociety.org/_LAPS/

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