Lancaster County Pet Winter 2020

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

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Letter From the Editor A New Decade

Large Animal Protection Society LAPS teaches owners how to care for their large farm animals, and provides services to protect large animals facing abuse or neglect.


Quick facts about animals




Tips Events Local events from January-March, 2020


North Museum Looking for some fun this winter? Check out the North Museum’s Live Animal Room! BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

The Good Stuff Our favorite products from around Lancaster


Pet Lover Kappy

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Seasonal Winter tip

Special Memorializing Your Pet During the Holidays


Health Potty Training 101


Rescue Highlight Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue


Special Compassion Fatigue


Meet the Breed French Bulldog


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A NEW DECADE WELCOME TO 2020! IT WILL TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO BEING OUT OF THE 2010S, BUT I THINK THERE IS A LOT TO look forward to. There is also a lot to remember and appreciate from the last decade. In 2015 we started this venture. Our features have led us on so many wonderful adventures across the county. We have made many friendships and partnerships that we look forward to continuing into the next decade. Our features have covered topics such as service dogs, petting farms, fostering and rescuing, local businesses, and exotic pets. We have met pets ranging from dogs and cats to snakes, turtles, pigs, goats, ferrets, and more. I believe all we are missing are insects - which I guess is our goal for this decade! For animals, the last decade provided many extraordinary achievements. Pennsylvania celebrated the passing of Libre’s Law as a huge step forward in protecting animals from abuse and neglect. Several rescues and shelters opened their doors in our county, including the Pennsylvania SPCA, Centerville Pet Rescue, and the Columbia Animal Shelter. The American Kennel Club welcomed a plethora of new breeds in the last ten years, such as the Berger Picard, Lagotto Romagnolo, Kooikerhondje, and the latest, the Azawakh. For general pet care, we have learned so much about genetics, diets, exercise, and training. We’ve also had many fun developments, such as the boom in creating pet social media accounts (we want to see them all!) and falling in love with pets from across the county and country thanks to those pages. We wrapped up the last decade by interviewing a great selection of people for this first edition of the new decade. Our main feature on the Large Animal Protection Society shows we still have a ways to go in solving issues regarding abuse and neglect. Our secondary feature focuses on the North Museum’s live animal room, which dispels old fears by showing that reptiles, amphibians, and insects aren’t creepy; they are fun! We also have a rescue highlight on Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue and have many articles with relevant information from knowledgeable community members. Thank you, readers, partners, and friends for making our 2010s so amazing, and please continue supporting us and the businesses who support us as we move into 2020. We look forward to growth in the community and continued learning. What are your goals for this decade? Email us and let us know what you’d like to see us achieve in our stories! Have a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2020.

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TipS to Tails Horse tip: Water buckets made from rubber will last longer. Plastic buckets can easily shatter when it is freezing and below. Replacing the plastic buckets can be costly and creates a mess in your barn or horse stalls.

RETIREMENTS: Congratulations to members of the Lancaster City Mounted Police and K9 Unit who are retiring! December 10, 2019 will formally mark the retirement date of two important members of the Lancaster City Mounted Police and K9 Units. Charlie, a draft cross, served faithfully since 2009 and will be missed by a huge following in the community. Charlie will retire to a comfortable farm life as a reward for his dedicated service. Stryker, who is a Belgian Malinois and a graduate of the K-9 academy retires after serving three years with his partner and handler, Officer Reppert. Stryker was specially trained in patrol and narcotics detection work and will remain with Officer Reppert.



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PACT: PREVENTING ANIMAL CRUELTY AND TORTURE ACT President Donald Trump signed a unanimous bipartisan bill on December 2, 2019 that will make certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill named Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act passed in the Senate on Nov. 5th after being approved in the House in late October. Animals deserve this protection, and passing this bill will make life safer for animals and our communities.

Did you know? Animal Abuse Awareness is represented by the color purple. It also represents pancreatic cancer and epilepsy and is a symbol for Alzheimer's disease, lupus, Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, fibromyalgia, sarcoidosis awareness, thyroid cancer, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), and religious tolerance.

Cats generally love the outdoors, and winter is no exception. If your cat is outdoors, be sure to cat-proof your outdoor and garage areas. Keep antifreeze put away so your cat cannot ingest it. Antifreeze and other chemicals used for cleaning are toxic to animals. They lick their paws, which can be deadly if any chemicals are present. Do make it a point to check your car before you drive. Cats and other outdoor animals love to squeeze into engine compartments to stay warm. If you feed your cat outdoors, monitor times you feed them because they may be sharing their food with other outdoor critters. At this time of year, hydration and extra food will go a long way to keep your cat healthy.

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Large Animal Protection Society Enforcing Pennsylvania laws to protect large farm animals by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR /// PHOTOS by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

Until the Large Animal Protection Society (LAPS) was formed in 1988, there were no official organizations dedicated to serving livestock such as horses, cows, and goats in Chester, Delaware, and Lancaster counties. While small animal SPCAs did their best, it was decided by a group of nine people that something needed to change to protect these beings from abuse, cruelty, and neglect. Just like house-dwelling canines and felines, large animals need a voice to speak up for them, and that is the Large Animal Protection Society’s duty.

The Mission of LAPS LAPS exists to enforce Pennsylvania cruelty laws and to educate people on how to maintain healthy, happy farm animals. Currently, LAPS is not badged to perform cruelty investigations in Lancaster. However, LAPS helps other small animal SPCAs by assisting with investigations that result in the seizure of large animals that these organizations cannot house. The goal is to have an officer in Lancaster eventually, but for now, LAPS provides education, rehoming services, and support for local organizations. “Our goal is to educate first,” Patricia Geiger, President of LAPS, explained. “We don’t just take from people; we go to calls to educate them. Unless it’s a dire situation, we try to help them improve the care they are giving their animals so they can keep them.” Often, LAPS goes to a call, and the owner is entirely unaware of the errors in their care regime. “A lot of people just don’t know how to care for farm animals,” Pat said. “They get a pony for their child at Christmas, and then they go ‘Oh now what do I do?’ They get in over their heads, which is why we offer guidance first.” When an animal is seized or surrendered, LAPS is there to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation until it is ready for adoption.


Recognizing Abuse and Neglect According to Pennsylvania state law, neglect is when an owner fails to provide “necessary sustenance and potable water, access to clean and sanitary shelter, and necessary veterinary care.” Cruelty can include a person intentionally causing harm to an animal through overworking, beating, abandoning, or otherwise knowingly posing a threat to the creature’s wellbeing. “You can tell when an animal is neglected,” Pat explained. “In our county, you see a lot of beautiful horse farms, so when you pass by a farm where a poor creature is in an unsuitable environment and is malnourished, you know something isn’t right.” One of the leading forms of neglect is no adequate shelter. Shelters must have three sides with a roof and must be available through all seasons. Lack of water is another cause for concern. If you see buckets that have been lying on their side every time you pass by a farm and are concerned water is not available, make a call. Thin animals are another sign of possible neglect, as well as overgrown hooves. A great rule to live by when it comes to speaking up for animals is if you are unsure if they are receiving adequate care, call. “If you notice any signs that

make you believe an animal isn’t being cared for, leave a message and let us know what you are seeing. We will talk to you and take a look at the situation ourselves if it is warranted,” Pat said. “People tend to be more involved with dogs and cats, but believe me, farm animals suffer abuse as well,” Pat said. “It exists, and a lot of times, people don’t want to get involved. All of our calls are anonymous. We never tell an owner who called.” While not every situation is dire or amounts to abuse or neglect, your phone call could be the one that saves a life.

Helping LAPS Adoption is one of the best ways to help, as every animal brought into LAPS needs to find a forever home. When pets arrive at the farm, they receive a physical exam, worming, and dental care. They are also visited by a farrier and given a proper diet to get them healthy. “Our adoption program is a lifetime program,” Pat said. “If you adopt from LAPS and you can no longer keep the animal, they must be returned to us, and we will find another great home for them. Our contract is standard, but we enforce it because we don’t want to see any of them in another bad situation.” Pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, horses, donkeys and ponies are available for adoption on occasion through LAPS. “People can also foster if they don’t want to adopt,” Pat said. “We only have so much space, and we are always one phone call away from receiving a herd in need.” While the amount of animals on the farm fluctuates, volunteers are also appreciated. “It takes a special group of people, of which we are, to take on this role in the community. However, as difficult as it can be at times, it is gratifying to get a starved creature with no sparkle in their eye, rehabilitate them, get them back in good health, and see that sparkle return.”

If you believe an animal is being mistreated, contact LAPS by calling 610-869-9880. All reports are anonymous. Full details of Pennsylvania laws regarding abuse and neglect can be found on the LAPS website:

“Our organization has been heavily needed over the last 31 years, and I’m afraid there will continue to be a need,” Pat said. It is thanks to the community’s support that the organization can continue their mission of educating people and saving animals. LAPS relies on donations to operate. “We are a small organization with a big commitment to the animals in our area. We appreciate anything anybody can do to contribute.”



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At home, Kappy is the oldest of three Labradors, all of whom were at one point seeing-eye candidates. Kappy loves going for walks but is too mature to play with the two younger dogs. “When he wants something, he’ll stare at you and ask permission. If I’m watching TV and he wants to get on the couch, he’ll stand there and stare at me and make small grumbles to get my attention. That’s a noise I will never, ever forget,” Joann said. Kappy also enjoys climbing into bed in the morning to snuggle, chewing on bones, and sleeping during his time off. This endearing canine was Joann’s first yellow lab, and the lab she will always hold closest in her heart.

Kappy A legacy of love by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

THERE ARE ALWAYS SMILES when Kappy, an eight and a half year old Labrador, visits schools to participate in a program where children read to dogs. Kappy and his handler, Joann Kline, have helped children find a love for reading over the past seven years, and they adore their job.


Originally, Kappy was intended to be a seeing-eye dog. “I am part of a program called Puppies with a Purpose, which is a 4-H program in Lancaster. We raise puppies to become guide dogs. Kappy came to me when he was seven weeks old and was with me until he was 16 months old.” Kappy made it to harness training but was rejected due to his dislike for strange dogs. “He was smart enough to make it, but they didn’t want to take a chance on him. I thought for sure Kappy was going all the way, but I thank God



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The North Museum The North Museum of Nature and Science in Lancaster City was founded in 1953 by Franklin & Marshall College and became a non-profit organization in 1992. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and boasts over 360,000 science and nature objects. Among the interesting displays is a live animal room with over two dozen animals of diverse species that give visitors a chance to learn about reptiles, amphibians, insects, and the room’s only mammal, the degu. “Animals have been a part of the museum for decades,” Annie Esbenshade, an animal caretaker at the North Museum, said. “We have snakes, lizards, toads, turtles, insects, and degus as part of our program.” The newest residents are three giant African millipedes. The museum’s animals are donated, rescued, and purchased, all with the intent of giving people a chance to view and learn about native and exotic creatures. They have also hatched some reptiles of their own! Each animal is treated with top-quality care by staff and volunteers who gently and slowly acclimate them to being handled and shown to crowds.

Teaching Love and Respect “The benefit of having live animals in the museum is that it breaks down barriers of fear,” Annie said. People are often afraid or unsure of the slimy and scaly residents of our earth, and through the gentle souls of the museum’s resident reptiles, people learn to appreciate them. “Even if you don’t love a species, it’s important to respect them,” Annie said. “By having live animals, we can provide educational programs that foster a love for these creatures.” “I see the fear of these animals develop in school groups I visit. Elementary kids are very bold and aren’t afraid to touch snakes, while with middle schoolers, there might be only two or three kids that are excited to interact with the animals. That fear is something that is learned over time, and we are trying to combat that a little. If we take out a



snake and kids can touch it and nothing bad happens, then they view these animals in a positive way,” Annie explained. By promoting positivity with often feared animals, it ensures future generations will care about them. “We also teach them how to respect wildlife and how to observe and enjoy them safely.” Visiting the museum is more than just looking through the glass enclosures to see sleeping animals. Volunteers and staff are there to answer the questions of curious kids and adults. On Saturdays, starting at 12:30, guests can enjoy live feeding and interaction experiences. “We let kids make salads for the turtles to feed them,

and allow them to pet animals,” Annie said. Snakes are also fed every Saturday, and demonstrations for other species occur. There is a new experience every time you visit, as different animals are active at different times. The animals all have the biggest personalities,” Annie said. Each is an individual, and the hope is that when people visit, they can see that reptiles, amphibians, and insects, just like our furry best friends, deserve to be loved and appreciated. Go to to learn more and plan your visit to see these fantastic critters and find your new favorite species!




Hector is a legless lizard who is sweet but shy. He prefers only visiting a few people as opposed to large groups since his hearing is sensitive, and a lot of commotion scares him.

Popcorn is one of the museum’s most docile animals and is a great snake ambassador. He attends off-site outreaches and teaches kids that snakes are cool, not scary. He demonstrates tree climbing and is relaxed when it comes to allowing people to pet him.

This 3-toed box turtle is one of the museum’s oldest residents. He has been teaching people since the early 90s!




Do you hate when you are woken up by someone? Freddy hates that, too. He is an amiable guy when he wakes up on his terms, but when disturbed, he is immediately in a bad mood for the rest of the day. He will take chin rubs as an apology, though!

Red-eyed crocodile skinks are a favorite species among guests due to how eye-catching they are. While they are known for being shy, Toothless is alert and interactive for his species.

Dan, an Eastern American toad, is one of the museum’s rescued animals. While Annie was helping toads cross the road in April of 2017, she saw one toad who unfortunately got hit by a car. Amazingly, Dan was only grazed by the tire and made a full recovery.




LCP: Why is it essential to bring your pet to a groomer? AP: One of the most significant advantages of seeing a groomer is we often notice medical problems before owners do because we aren’t living with the pet, but we see them regularly. Grooming goes beyond your pet looking good. A clean pet is a healthy pet. Nails are an important factor since long nails can cause joint issues and can become quite painful. It also helps with socializing when you take your pet to the groomer and give them a couple of hours away from home. LCP: How often should pets be groomed? AP: It depends on the pet and also what the owner wants to do as far as maintaining. Every 6-8 weeks is the average, but some pets can go longer. We actually started a new program called Pampered Pups, where we groom them every other week and provide a bath, nail trim, ear cleaning, and hair trim. It makes a world of difference for owners who enroll in this program, especially for people who want their pet to maintain a fluffy coat.

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Common Winter Hazards for Pets As colder weather settles in, there are some common winter toxins that each pet owner needs to be aware of to keep their furry family members happy and healthy through the season. ANTIFREEZE & WINDSHIELD WIPER FLUID: Many pets are attracted to antifreeze because of the sweet smell and taste of the product in it- ethylene glycol. While it may taste good to a pet, the ingestion of the chemical in even very small quantities can be deadly. The body absorbs it rapidly, and it will cause permanent kidney damage resulting in acute kidney failure. Signs such as vomiting and incoordination can occur within 30 minutes to 1 hour of ingestion. Inappetance, drooling, lethargy, seizures and coma can be noted after that. The toxic substance in wiper fluid is methanol and it can cause lethargy, vomiting and even seizures after ingestion. Early detection and quick, aggressive therapy are necessary for a chance at survival after the ingestion of antifreeze. ICE MELTS: These are often made of different salts. On contact, these can stick to the paws and cause the skin/paws to be painful. It also invites the pet to lick their paws, thereby ingesting the salts. Ingestion of these can cause salt toxicity. Signs of salt poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, incoordination, and in severe cases tremors, seizures, coma, and death are possible. Please use pet-safe de-icers and wipe the feet after each exposure. RODENT POISONS: These are more commonly used in the colder months. There are different ingredients in each brand/type of poison that can cause different symptoms if ingested. These can range from internal bleeding, brain swelling, kidney failure and death. Pets can also be poisoned by these secondarily if they ingested a rodent carcass killed by poison. CHOCOLATE/XYLITOL (ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER): Theobromine and caffeine are the two toxic items in chocolate. Of these, theobromine is the most concerning, and each type of chocolate can vary in the levels of this toxic chemical. Signs of toxicity can range from mild- vomiting and diarrhea, to severe- muscle tremors, heart arrhythmias, seizures, and death. Xylitol is an artificial sweeter in many human foods and gum that is toxic to dogs. In dogs, it confuses the body into thinking it is real sugar. As such, the body releases insulin as a response, but this release just serves to remove the actual sugar in the bloodstream resulting in life-threatening low blood sugar. Signs include vomiting, weakness, disorientation, tremors and seizures. These symptoms can occur within 30 minutes of ingestion. At higher doses, xylitol can also cause sudden liver failure, typically occurring 8-12 hours after ingestion. If you feel your pet has been exposed to something potentially hazardous, immediately contact your veterinarian and one of the pet poison centers - 1. ASPCA Animal Poison Control 888-426-4435 or 2. Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661 Provided by DR. HODGES, Happy Tails Animal Hospital,


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The 5 most important times to take your puppy out to potty: 1. First thing in the morning. Yes, that’s right. Even before YOU get to go, you must take that puppy outside. As soon as your puppy hears you get up, they are already crossing their legs. They simply cannot hold it until you finish doing your business. If you don’t do this, expect an accident waiting for you to clean up. 2. Immediately aer they eat. Puppies and dogs alike tend to have a reflex bowel movement/urination within 5-15 minutes of consuming food. Help yourself out by NOT leaving food available for free choice…or be prepared to delay your puppy’s potty-training success for a few more weeks or even months! 3. Immediately aer playtime. You have been playing a mean game of tug-o-war, and your little one takes a timeout pause. This is your sign to pick that little bugger up and get him or her outside to potty! 4. Immediately aer nap time. Puppy just wakes up from a nap and starts to meander about the house...looking for a spot to potty! 5. My personal favorite recommendation – if 1 hour has passed and the previous 4 scenarios have not occurred, take the puppy out to potty!! For additional helpful tips about potty training strategies and more, please visit my blog at

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Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue A temporary refuge for dogs and farm animals by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR /// PHOTOS by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR


very success story at Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue involves a network of devoted people who help animals travel from overcrowded shelters in the southeastern United States to West Grove, Pennsylvania. From volunteers at the shelter pets originate from, to the transport team who transfers them to the rescue, the volunteers at Greenmore, the vet teams, and finally, their forever family, the dogs of Greenmore see a lot of people in their lives. At Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, that chain of volunteers has saved over 2,700 lives and counting. It can be challenging work, but the reward of seeing a wagging tail at the end of a long journey is worth every step. The History “It all started with my wife, Julia,” Jack Merritt, Director at Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, said. “She started the rescue in 2010 with four crates in the barn. We quickly outgrew the barn and built a kennel. The facility is never big enough to house all the dogs in need, but we keep adding space. We never planned any of the developments; they just keep unfolding.” The rescue is on six beautiful acres of farmland, and every square inch is utilized for the animals. Dogs have pastures for romping and a beautiful view when volunteers take them on their daily walks. The space provides a paradise for animals to recover while they


are prepared for adoption. “Our pets are given plenty of love until they find someone to love them forever.” Greenmore tries to save a variety of animals, including seniors, small dogs, large dogs, and puppies. While the bulk of their rescues are dogs, the farm also rehomes miniature horses, ponies, donkeys, and a variety of other farm animals as space allows. “If we had the acreage, we’d be a horse rescue,” Jack said. “But we don’t, so we help where we can.” The Purpose Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue is dedicated to rescuing animals from southern shelters because those animals have the greatest need. “Most of our dogs come from relatively poor areas in the southeast,” Jack said. “There are a couple of reasons why there is such a need in the south. For one, there aren’t resources in these areas to fund developments such as no-kill shelters. There also isn’t a culture of spaying and neutering of pets, so there are rampant pet reproduction and stray problems. Open door shelters in the south with a capacity of 40-50 dogs are often forced to warehouse as many as 100 dogs. It’s tragic, but when a new pet comes in, one must go out to make room, which results in euthanasia if the animal has nowhere else to go.” Because of overpopulation, many completely adoptable, wonderful pets lose their lives without rescue agencies stepping in to help.

“We are part of a network that lists at risk animals that need to be pulled into rescues. Some heroes who live in these communities go and identify dogs they believe are adoptable, take their photograph, and reach out to the network of rescues,” Jack said. Greenmore can house 30-45 dogs, and when there is room available, they fill it up quickly. “There can be 200-1,000 dogs listed every day that need a rescue to pull them from overcrowded shelters. We can’t save them all, but we do the best we can.” The rescue saves around 500 dogs a year through this process. About half of the animals are ready for new homes shortly after arriving at Greenmore, and the rest need time for medical or behavioral recovery. Horses are rescued in fewer numbers because they take much longer to rehome and require far more space and commitment. “Every quarter or so, we go to an auction with our trailer and will rescue donkeys or miniature horses. Usually, they need a lot of medical attention because they are in rough shape.” “We want to stress to people not to buy dogs from pet stores. Every time you do, you are taking away the chance for another animal to live,” Jack said. There are far too many pets whose lives are at risk, and rescues such as Greenmore can only help a fraction of them. How to Help Greenmore is a 501c3 that relies solely on donations and volunteers to continue to save animals in need. The facility wouldn’t be able to operate without the dedicated chain of volunteers involved in every step of the process. There is a way to help that covers anyone’s interests and abilities. “Drivers for transport are a huge need of ours. So are foster homes, since they are our way of multiplying our capacity,” Jack said. Dog walking, puppy cuddling, and donating items such as newspapers, puppy food, and trash bags are among the many ways you can become a part of another success story. Visit to learn about more ways to help, and how to adopt.





Compassion Fatigue & Animal Advocates by KATHRYN JENNINGS, CPLP, CPFE

HOSE WHO DO ANIMAL welfare work often find satisfaction through saving animals’ lives. However, it can also be quite challenging. Dedication, strength, and compassion are needed to work in the animal welfare field, as surrendered, abandoned, neglected and puppy mill animals are in need of a voice.


Shelter and rescue workers do this difficult work to obtain compassion satisfaction; the pleasure or positive feelings you derive from being able to do your work and the feeling of satisfaction of seeing the impact of care and interventions on an animal’s life. Despite compassion satisfaction, the shocking details that accompany animal neglect, malnourishment, and physical abuse are things that animal welfare workers face on a daily basis. Shelter and rescue workers often work in a stress-filled environment, aggressive/ fearful animals, continuous chaos, problematic working conditions, and frustrated co-workers/staff often makes this work quite an exhausting battle. Shelter & rescue workers may consciously or unconsciously be affected by the daily stressors they face. This is a normal psychological occurrence, as our bodies


are reacting to a traumatic or difficult situation. Seeing abuse cases can be traumatic. Flashbacks or dissociation may occur, as our bodies are trying to process what was experienced. Stressors from work environment, animal relationships, colleague/staff interactions, and one’s personal life may also cause stress on the life of an animal welfare worker. Animal advocates may ask themselves, “Am I even making a difference? There are so many homeless and abused animals, I will never be able to end this epidemic.” Certain situations, especially the extremely traumatic ones, may forever be hard to forget. Because of the challenges, shelter & rescue workers are at risk for “Compassion Fatigue.” Compassion Fatigue is described as, emotional and physical exhaustion from over-exposure to traumatic stress. Compassion Fatigue includes burnout (hopelessness and/or difficulties in dealing with work or in doing your job effectively) and ethical exhaustion (not being able to provide life-saving measures due to financial restrictions of rescues or shelters). Symptoms often include difficulty sleeping, being emotionally and physically exhausted, increased irritability and

anger, and having a hopelessness that one’s work doesn’t matter/you’re not making a difference. The healthiest way to help cope with and reduce Compassion Fatigue is through self-care. Self-care is doing anything that makes you happy and allows you to take care of yourself. Here are some common ways to reduce Compassion Fatigue: eating healthy, relaxation techniques, exercise, socializing with friends, doing something renewing, asking and seeking support. Some days in the animal welfare field may be more difficult than others. It is always important to take care of yourself and find coping options that assist you in feeling satisfaction. Touch some of the positive memories, such as a happy adoption story or positive rescue, by going back and retrieving the positive images associated with it. It is easy for the human mind to focus on negativity, which can be detrimental to the wellbeing of the person.

To learn more about Compassion Fatigue in Animal Welfare work, contact Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support at or 484.453.8210.

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French Bulldog A distinctive breed with unique needs by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

ITH SIGNATURE BAT-LIKE EARS, A BIG dog personality, and an irresistible, wrinkly face, it is easy to fall in love with French bulldogs. These compact dogs are perfect for city living and people who prefer couch cuddling and small play sessions over jogging. They are highly appealing to those looking for a unique dog both in looks and character, though the French bulldog should only be added to a home when the breed's needs are understood.


French bulldogs originated in the mid-1800s in England as companion dogs, and to this day, are happy on laps and in comfy, climate-controlled households. While the breed is only 11-12 inches tall, they can weigh up to 28 pounds, making them quite sturdy little dogs. They come in a variety of coat colors, including white, black, cream, and fawn, and can have a variety of coat patterns, including brindle and piebald. People admire the breed's comical expressions, amusing personality, and loving nature. French bulldogs can be wonderful family companions for children and adults alike, require minimal grooming and exercise, and are excellent apartment dwellers. Many of them also enjoy playtime and are hilarious to watch when they run around. Frenchies are loyal companions who want to remain near their owners and love nothing more than to receive attention. Having a Frenchie in your home means having a snorting shadow that is ready to partake in whatever activity you have planned - though snuggling in front of the TV is a favorite!


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While Frenchie owners fall in love with the breed’s sassy personality and charming appearance, they are not for everyone. Many people obtain them because of their visual appeal and are unaware of the health concerns of the breed. Some possible health challenges include intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), cleft palates in puppies, heat exhaustion, and respiratory deficits. Many of their health troubles are caused by being brachycephalic, or having a smushed face, and require an owner who is alert to heat or respiratory distress. Costly medical bills are something Frenchie guardians must be prepared to endure. It is also crucial to remember while they are small and cute, French bulldogs require an owner who is consistent with training. They are an intelligent breed who will quickly take advantage of an owner who doesn't show them proper guidance. While French bulldogs can be challenging to train and expensive due to medical needs, in the right home, these dogs bring endless joy to their families. Purchasing from a reputable breeder is the first step to finding a French bulldog with the best possible traits and health. Alternatively, French bulldogs are quite common in rescues.

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A Lifelong Journey An inseparable bond between a German shepherd and her human by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

ROM BEAUTIFUL NATIONAL parks in Colorado to Lancaster’s favorite local destinations, Sheba and her owner, Chris, have traveled thousands of miles together in the last 13 years. The duo has been to Yellowstone National Park and the New Jersey Pine Barrens. They have lived in several different states together, too. While the view outside their home may change, the bond between them only grows stronger.


“I brought Sheba home when she was eight weeks old after buying her from a family in Parker, Colorado. That was two months after I moved there,” Chris explained. Chris had recently finished his duties in the military and wanted a dog to provide him with companionship. “I always wanted a shepherd since I was a little kid. I love the loyalty, intelligence, and beauty of the breed, and I was glad to get my shepherd.” Sheba is Chris’ first dog and is the dog that will forever have a place in his heart.

Because Chris works from home, the two of them are never apart. The flexibility of his work has allowed him and Sheba to tour the United States together, and all the pictures stored on his phone show a lifetime of adventures they have shared. “She’s with me all the time. She has been to the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone. She’s seen wild buffalo and ran along the shores of Yellowstone Lake. She’s been back and forth on road trips from Colorado to Pennsylvania three times. She is perfectly content in the car and is the best travel buddy I could ask for.” Sheba sees their car as a second home and is always excited when Chris puts her ramp on the car to head off to their next destination. “I believe her active lifestyle has paid off because she’s still in great shape for being 13. There could be a blizzard outside, and I always make sure she gets out for exercise, even if it’s only for a short while. She can still get up and down her ramp. She can

still run. She still loves to play ball.” While Sheba’s adventures aren’t as grand as they once were, it would be hard to guess her age by her enthusiasm for going on walks and doing her favorite activity of searching for mice in fields. “She’s had a good life as my support dog,” Chris said. For now, the pair are enjoying their stay in Lancaster County, where Chris plans to stay for at least a few years. “She’s the best company I could ask for through all of my life changes,” he said. “She provides unconditional love and is always ready for our next journey.”



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UZZY BUNNIES, CUDDLY RATS, and fun-loving gerbils are among the many pocket pet species who share our homes and are starting to receive as much love and care as cats and dogs. As we learn more about these critters as companions, we learn more about how vital veterinary care is, and how even the tiniest of pets can receive life-saving procedures.


including pocket pets, and belongs to the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. “Discussions with a vet help you catch problems you may not be aware of. Regular checkups can prevent everything from overgrown teeth to nutritional deficits.” Preventative care may include measures such as understanding proper bedding for each species, or switching diets.

“Bringing your pocket pet to the vet is important because there are health concerns we can prevent,” Dr. Bill Lewis, owner of Lincoln Highway Vet Clinic, said. Dr. Lewis treats animals of all sorts,

In today’s veterinarian medicine, pets as small as mice can also safely undergo many medical procedures, which is prolonging the lives of many beloved pets. Common surgeries include spays and neuters, amputations, and mass removals. Tiny pets recover remarkably well when they are treated by a veterinarian who is aware of their unique care needs. Surgery is not an option for every pet, which is why exotic vets will discuss all options with pet owners. “Always speak to your veterinarian about risks and benefits. Sometimes a pet’s condition or outlook is poor, and surgery isn’t the best option,” Dr. Lewis said. For one little guinea pig under Dr. Lewis’ care, surgery gave it back its life. “This

guinea pig came to us with weight gain despite a poor appetite. I did a physical exam and could palpate something large in the abdomen. We followed up with a radiograph to plan for surgical removal of the mass. My team went in, found it, and got it all out. The guinea pig is doing awesome now and had no problems whatsoever with the surgery,” Dr. Lewis explained. “If anything, recovery is a little shorter for pocket pets than it is for dogs or cats. The nice part is, you don’t have to withhold food, so there aren’t stomach upsets following surgery like many dogs and cats face.” Even if your pocket pet is healthy, they should see a veterinarian once or twice a year for an exam. Pocket pets do require unique veterinary care, but at Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic, checkups are affordable. “Our general examination is about the same price for a pocket pet as it is a dog or cat because we want to encourage people to bring them to the vet.”

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Canine Agility Watch your dog run, jump, and fly! by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

AVE A DOG WHO LIKES TO RUN and jump? Perhaps they like crawling under furniture or flying through your hallways? If so, agility may be an excellent outlet for your energetic pup. Agility is an all-season sport with indoor and outdoor venues, which means you can enjoy this activity amid the coldest days of winter at many training facilities across Lancaster County.


There is something beautiful about watching a dog fly over jumps and twist and turn through weave poles. Agility is a combination of athleticism, obedience, and a human and dog bond. Dogs must learn how to maneuver over jumps, through tunnels and weave poles, and over a-frames, dog walks, and teeters, also known as contact obstacles. While it may look easy as a spectator, there’s a lot more that goes into the sport than running and jumping. Being in touch with their handlers is important for dogs to pass through each obstacle in the correct order without faults. They must be quick on their feet and in their minds as they make speedy decisions regarding their handler’s directions. A lot falls on the handlers learning the many strategies involved in performing a clean, quick run, too. Agility is one of the most diverse sports when it comes to offering opportunities for fun, competition, or a mixture of both, and is a favored choice among beginners


in dog sports. The first step to a hobby in agility is practicing your dog’s basic obedience. A good sit and stay will help tremendously at the beginning of a run. Basic obedience starts forming a stronger relationship with your furry friend, and agility is a perfect way to solidify that bond. Any dog, even those with calmer personalities, can fall in love with the sport. Any breed can compete as well, from tiny Yorkies to large shepherds. The primary goal should always be to have fun. Laugh when your dog chooses a tunnel over a jump, and cheer when he reaches the end and has done his best. Your happiness will resonate well with your companion, and it is what makes the sport so special. If your dog is going stir crazy, look into signing up for agility classes to get him out of the house! If you have not seen agility, watch agility videos, or attend a local trial to get a feel for what the sport is all about. Contact a trainer to get started to ensure you practice safe handling while running courses, as they are physically demanding. Look throughout our magazine for knowledgable and trusted trainers, and inquire about classes.

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A rescue dog finds her calling as a math genius by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

ATH MAKES MOST OF US humans nervous, but for Djenna the 7-year-old dachshund mix, solving math problems makes her feel confident. Bethany discovered her rescued dog’s affinity for math while training her, and the two have gone on to win many trick contests and make audiences smile with Djenna’s intelligence.


“Djenna, pronounced ‘Jenna,’ came from a Kentucky breeder,” Bethany said. “She was bred to a cattle dog for her last litter, and her puppies became stuck, resulting in an emergency c-section. Her owner surrendered her to Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, and in July 2017, I saw her picture online. When I went to meet her, I knew she had to come home with me.” Djenna was very shy and nervous when she first came home, and Bethany found that through trick training, Djenna was able to come out of her shell. “I had taught my previous dachshund how to count, and at first, I didn’t think Djenna could do it since she was so reserved,” Bethany explained. “Once she did a quick ‘paw’ command instead of a long ‘paw’ command, I tried math with her. She picked it up fast!” Djenna solves the math problem while signaling the answer through tapping her paw on Bethany. The pair now travels to various events in Lancaster to perform, often with audience members reading randomized math problems for Djenna to solve. She reads from notecards and is now able to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. She is also learning colors now, and cannot wait to show off to more people.


“We bond more when she learns something new,” Bethany said. “Showing off her tricks has helped with her confidence. She was a super shy girl when I first adopted her, and now she’s pretty social. I love seeing the changes in her personality since her first day at home.” A lot of Djenna’s positive changes can be attributed to trick training, proving that working with your dog goes beyond having fun. “I love how sweet she is, and I love how this journey with her has made her happier around people. I love that she has learned to cuddle, and is starting to play with toys a bit,” Bethany said. The duo continues to learn and grow together, and they are a reminder that trick training is a perfect way to bond with your dog, get out of the house, and make new friends. Djenna is one smart pup and looks forward to seeing more Lancaster residents at future events!



PAD in-training Ginger in her first snow.

Luna from Lancaster.


Nine year old Charlotte staying warm.



Jax in Landisville Woods.

Maggie is a loving Puggle.




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A very good-looking Willie in Marietta snow.

Penny from Lititz.


M Liam and Keeghan in Middleton.

Esther and AnnaMae (mini Nubian goats).



Waylon finding the sunspot in Marietta.

Deacon Spencer/silver lab 4 years old.


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ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue Dedicated to freeing dogs from the horrors of the puppy mills PO Box 524 • Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

Humane League of Lancaster County Shelter, Adopt, Educate & Protect 2195 Lincoln Highway East Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.393.6551

Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary Senior Dog Rescue PO Box 1063 • Quentin, PA 17083

Kitty Colony Inc Rescue the abandoned cats PO Box 243 Holtwood, PA 17532

Centerville Pet Rescue Rescue, care, and re-homing pets 237 Centerville Road, Suite 7 Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.405.3425

Leo’s Helping Paws Assistance to dog rescue groups 1284 Wheatland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.475.9621

Animal Care Sanctuary Sharing Our Home Until They Share Yours 818.314.4032

Operation Scarlet, Inc Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Lancaster, PA 717.314.6828 •

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Golden & Labrador Retrievers Rescue 60 Vera Cruz Road • Reinholds, PA 17569 717.484.4799 • Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA, Inc Doberman Pinschers Rescue Oxford, PA 19363 • Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue Dedicated to the lives of parrots 237 Centerville Road, Suite 7 Lancaster, PA 17603 717.869.6473

Furever Home Adoption Center, Inc. All volunteer, no kill, cage free facility 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 • 717.560.6400 Honey's Raid Raising Awareness in Dog Fighting North Seward Street York, PA 17404 • 717.434.0577


ORCA Rescue any ill, or injured, or in-distress animal (domestic or wildlife), stray or abandoned 401 E Orange Street • Lancaster, PA 17602 717.397.8922 • Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Meeting the needs of animals/families 26 Millersville Road • Lancaster, PA 17603 717.983.8878 • Phoenix Assistance Dogs Assistance dogs for people in need 230 Manor Avenue • Millersville, PA 17551

Sebastian Foundation for Animal Rescue A foster based rescue. Fosters only Lancaster, PA 610.306.4541 SNORT Short Noses Only Rescue Team Rescue, rehabilitate, and place brachycephalic or "short-nosed" dogs 702.238.2084 United Against Puppy Mills Elimination of puppy mills PO Box 7202 • Lancaster, PA 17604

LARGE ANIMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Large Animal Protection Society PO Box 243 • West Grove, PA 19390 610.869.9880

THERAPY SERVICES Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support Pet loss grief support PO Box 633 • Drexel Hill, PA 19026 484.453.8210 • KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services Pet Enhanced Therapy Services 2120 Oregon Pike • 2nd Floor Lancaster, PA 17601 888.685.7387 •

Pitties.Love.Peace, Inc. To provide a safe haven for pit bull and pit bull mix dogs in need PO Box 534 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 PSPCA Lancaster Animal shelter 848 S. Prince Street • Lancaster, PA 17603 717.917.6979 • Raven Ridge Wildlife Center Rehabilitation services for native birds and mammals PO Box 38 • Washington Boro, PA 17582 717.808.2652 717.406.7811

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