The York County SPCA Adjusts to a New Normal
The nearly 300 shelter animals will continue to receive quality care; shelter officials affirm there is no evidence pets can contract or spread COVID-19.
The York County SPCA has taken steps to care for its employees’ health while still placing pets in loving, permanent homes. Scheduled adoptions and surrenders, a closed spay/neuter clinic, reduced staffing, and postponed fundraising and community events are just some examples.
“These are unprecedented times, and my team and I are having to make very difficult decisions,” says Steven Martinez, Executive Director of the York County SPCA. “Top of the list of difficult decisions is having to keep our high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic closed.”
Last year, the York County SPCA completed over 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries which significantly controlled the growth of York County’s dog and cat population. The clinic is complying with COVID-19 legislative guidelines to limit non-elective surgeries, which includes spay/neuter surgeries. “Recently,” Martinez said, “the U.S. Surgeon General put out a request to all veterinary medicine practitioners asking that we use our limited Personal Protective Equipment, or PPEs, for emergency situations only. And, unfortunately, we would have to close the clinic anyway.” For example, the York County SPCA only has enough surgical gloves for three days’ worth of normal high-volume clinic operation. “PPEs are all on backorder so we cannot get more supplies,” said Martinez. “We need to conserve our medical supplies for the animals currently under our care in case a life-threatening situation occurs.”
Although the clinic is temporarily closed, the rest of the shelter is open for business by appointment. For adoptions, they are asking the community to visit the York County SPCA Facebook page and view their videos of adoptable dogs and cats. Since the public can no longer visit the shelter and browse, their videos give viewers a sense of each animal’s personality and behavior traits. When people see an animal that piques their interest, they should complete the online adoption application: www.ycspca.org/adoption-application. After potential adopters complete the online application, a shelter staff member will call the potential adopter and schedule an in-person meet and greet with the pet.
Appointments are also required for anyone who wants to surrender an animal, volunteer, or become a foster. “We are still offering our usual community services like reuniting people with their lost pets and administering pet licensing; but to keep the staff and public healthy, we are asking that people call ahead and speak with a customer service representative to schedule an appointment or report an issue,” said Martinez. The number to call is 717-764-6109.
To ensure their shelter residents stay happy and active during this time, the York County SPCA has given extra focus to its animal enrichment program. Recently, staff and volunteers gave dogs homemade dog-friendly ice cream cups, threw a toy party for them, treated them with Busy Bones, and have been providing them with extra playtime outside of the kennel. All of this is in addition to the dogs’ usual daily walks with volunteers and even runs for healthy pets.
Recent policies aimed at slowing the spread of the virus are having a large financial impact on local nonprofits like the York County SPCA. When asked how the community can support the shelter, Martinez said, “To limit public exposure, we set a bin outside our front door where people can drop off donated items. Better yet, to maintain social distancing, we are asking that if you’re able, please consider making a financial contribution or utilize our Amazon Wish List.” You can find both at www.ycspca.org.
While domesticated animals are not impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, this is a good opportunity to review your pets’ role in your disaster preparedness plan. Both York County SPCA veterinary staff and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that pet owners keep on hand the following: a two-week supply of food and water for each pet in your care; a two-week supply of each pet’s medications; and a ﬁle that contains each pet’s care plan, vaccination and ownership records, microchip information, and a preferred contact in case of emergency. People should also identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.
As this is a ﬂuid situation, the shelter asks that the public monitor its social media channels for regular updates. Martinez gives one final thought. “We are an animal shelter. We already know how to prepare for and deal with viral outbreaks. We will continue to adhere to our normal cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection protocols which have always exceeded extensive industry guidelines. I couldn’t be prouder of the staff and volunteers who have really stepped up in support of our mission. Our dedication stems from the love of animals. Given these uncertain times, we feel that companion animals are needed now more than ever. We will continue to show up and care for all the animals.”
About the York County SPCA
The York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term human and animal services to residents of York County through programs that find permanent, loving homes for displaced and stray animals, help control animal population growth, investigate and prosecute cruelty offenders and educate the general public about animal wellness and safety. We do not receive funding from the national ASPCA. We are a community resource supporting all York County residents and their animals. More at www.ycspca.org. View our Amazon Wish List.
Love at First Lick: Reducing Adoption Fees for Valentine’s Day
Have you been crushing on someone at our shelter? Or dreaming of meeting your furever love? It’s time to make your move.
This Valentine’s Day, we are reducing the adoption fees on all of our animals to half of the original cost. The goal is to give every animal at the YCSPCA the chance to experience true love. When you adopt on Friday, February 14th or Saturday, February 15th, you can snag a picture with your new boo in our kissing photo booth, too. We are open from 10am-4pm on both Friday and Saturday.
Please submit your adoption application prior to the event. It takes time to evaluate an adoption application, so if your application is already approved by Valentine’s Day, your adoption will happen much more quickly. Apply at the shelter or online: https://www.ycspca.org/adoption-application/. We are open 10am-7pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am-4pm on Friday and Saturday.
We will also be honoring half-priced adoptions at out Satellite locations, which house cats and rabbits. Satellite locations include:
Petco, East York: 2420 Eastern Blvd, York, PA 17402 (cats and rabbits)
PetSmart, West York: 351 Loucks Rd, York, PA 17404 (cats and rabbits)
PetSmart, Hanover: 181 Wilson Ave, Hanover, PA 17331 (cats)
PetValu, Etters: 172 Newberry Parkway, Newberry Point SC, Etters, PA 17319 (cats)
Contact Kaila Young at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Our shelter is located at 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17406.
Check out some of our adoptable animals! https://www.petfinder.com/search/pets-for-adoption/?shelter_id%5B0%5D=PA142&sort%5B0%5D=recently_added
(This is only a small selection of the animals at out shelter.)
Announcing: YCSPCA Wags to Riches Gala 2020
The York County SPCA will hold our “Wags to Riches” Benefit at the Country Club of York on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Our theme will be “Enriching the Lives of People and Pets in our Community”.
This gala affair will include a welcome reception, silent and live auctions, and a gourmet dining experience.
We invite you to join us and become a part of this exciting and rewarding evening by committing to “Wags to Riches” as a corporate sponsor, auction donor, and/or attending with your family and friends. Your support of “Wags to Riches” will provide much needed funds to help sustain the programs and services offered to York County residents and animals. For complete event information, visit e.givesmart.com/events/dAl/
Thank you to our generous sponsors for contributing to this event and for their support of the York County SPCA:
Presenting Sponsor: East York Veterinary Center
Royal Riches Sponsors: Vicki Glatfelter; Shumaker Williams, PC.
Platinum Sponsors: CBD Outlet Online, Tighe and Kathy King, Glatfelter Insurance Group, PeoplesBank, AquaPhoenix Scientific
Silver Sponsors: First Capital Federal Credit Union, Bunzl Distribution, The Zielinski Investment Group–RBC Wealth Management, Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships
Bronze Sponsors: CGA Law Firm, Spring Garden Dental, Lisa Pate State Farm, Stambaugh Ness, Brad and Debbie Levin, Todd and Sandra Bush
Support Sponsors: Amber Urey Photography, Shining Star Entertainment, SPOT Media Group, Wise Printing, Blooms by Vickrey, ABC27 WHTM, WARM103.3, Susquehanna Style
Patron of the Pets: IDEXX Laboratories, RKL, Jeff and Cindy Lobach
Cabin Creek Tree Farm Gives Back
2020 Dog Walking Classes
Dog Walker Training 2020
Volunteers are needed to walk all of the dogs in our kennel every day. This is a huge task, and requires many volunteers, including perhaps you! Dog walkers must be minimum 18 years old. Currently we are experiencing a shortage of walkers for the big dogs in the main kennel so there are classes scheduled for the “BIG”dogs only. If you have the confidence, fitness, and willingness, we can train you for the large dogs in our kennel. Some of these dogs will pull and are not accustomed yet to walk politely on a leash.
A $25 registration donation provides the four training classes, a t-shirt, name badge, and your leash. Please plan to attend all four classes in a session. Though, instructors will be able to accommodate you if have a schedule conflict and make-up classes can be coordinated. If you are unable to attend one of the training sessions, independent training can possibly be arranged, including during the winter. Please inquire for options.
Our experience is that volunteers who become successful walkers are those who are fit and can easily walk several miles. Dog walking is very satisfying and you are enriching the lives of these dogs and you are making them more adoptable. And you will get some great exercise! This is the schedule for our upcoming classes:
Fridays 12 – 3 pm, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, and 4/10 FULL: There are no openings remaining in this session.
Sundays 11 am – 2 pm, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, and 5/17 FULL: There are no openings remaining in this session.
Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, and 6/23 FULL: THERE ARE NO OPENINGS REMAINING IN THIS SESSION.
Wednesdays 12 – 3 pm, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, and 8/5
Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, and 9/10
Mondays 12 – 3 pm, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, and 10/5
Saturdays 2 – 4 pm, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31
To register for any of these sessions, please complete an application www.ycspca.org/volunteer-application/
If you have any questions about the dog walker training, please email Sara Hunt at email@example.com
Trapping Cats in Winter Months
Please check out our write up here about how to trap cats in the cold weather and a related wish list. If you are interested in supporting with our TNR efforts, please view our Amazon wish list which has been update to include TNR supplies. Thank you for your support through donations and caring for outdoor cats in York County!
Pit Bull Awareness Apparel
October is Pit Bull Awareness month! Aside from spreading all things wiggle butts, big smiles, and zoomies, we have created an apparel line so you can sport pitties all year-round. Total Identity Solutions has crafted the design and agreed to donate 50% of sales to the York County SPCA! How awesome!? Sweatshirts, t-shirts, terry hoodies, and more. Shop our custom Pit Bull Awareness apparel HERE! All orders are placed online and shipped directly to you. Thank you for your support!
Out of County Feline news
Everyone who works at the York County SPCA wants to care for all animals; however, we must operate in a responsible and sustainable way – and we must prioritize York County residents. Lately, the York County SPCA has been receiving an unusually high volume of people and animals from OUTSIDE of York County. This is overwhelming our facility, staff and resource capabilities. Due to those reasons we are unable to house out of county animals at this time. Please refer to the list of resources below for guidance in how to handle a stray or surrendered animal if outside of York County:
If you have the means to help support us during this unusual seasonal demand, you can make a contribution by clicking on the following link: https://www.ycspca.org/donate/
* Heavenly Paws (York)
* Loving Care Cat Rescue (York)
* All About The Kitties (Spring Grove, PA)
* Animal Rescue, Inc (New Freedom)
* Columbia Animal Shelter (Columbia, PA)
* Pet Pantry (Lancaster)
* Kitty Colony (Lancaster)
* Centerville Pet Rescue (Lancaster)
* PAWS of PA (Harrisburg Area)
* Castaway Critters (Harrisburg)
* Furry Friends Network (Carlisle)
email link: https://furryfriendsnetwork.com/contact-us/
Fur-Ever Loved (Carlisle)
* Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, and Northern York Counties)
* Forever Love Rescue (Gettysburg, PA)
* The Grannie Project (Southeastern, PA)
* Wanna Be Pet Rescue (Mount Carmel, PA)
* Better Days Animal League (Shippensburg, PA)
* Feline Rescue Association (Baltimore)
Spay/Neuter Surgical Center Closed 9/25-9/27
Reminder: Our Spay and Neuter Surgical Center will be closed 9/25, 9/26, 9/27. We will reopen Monday 9/30 at 7 am.
Welcome Steven Martinez!
Welcome new Executive Director, Steven Martinez!
With almost ten years of non-profit experience, Martinez most recently held the role of Communications Director with the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP). Here he led the organization in advocacy roles, communication strategy, special events, and administration.
“Our Board of Directors and Search Committee aimed to identify a candidate who would be visionary, inspiring, strategic, and mission focused,” said Jane Davis, president of the Board of Directors. “Steven possess not only those attributes, but also is a strong communicator and will be able to tell the story and share the passion of our organization. I commend the Search Committee for their tireless efforts in finding and securing the ideal candidate for this role.”
Martinez holds a Master of Business Administration, with an entrepreneurship concentration, from Loyola University Chicago, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. In addition, his skills include developing revenue models and financial analysis, managing community partners, and understanding the value of an effective outreach and marketing strategy.
“I am elated to accept this position,” shared Martinez. “The opportunity to lead an organization that aligns with my professional experience, and passion for the wellbeing of animals is exciting.”
Martinez is the proud adopter of three dogs, three cats, and six chickens. He resides in Harrisburg with his wife.
Small Animal Foster Homes Wanted
Want to help the York County SPCA by providing a caring and enriching environment to our small animals? We want you! Please view the small animal foster application below. Thank you for your interest in helping the homeless pets of York County!Submit a Small Animal Foster Application Online