It only took two days for this doomed Lancaster County shelter to adopt out all their animals.
When the Lancaster County SPCA announced on July 25 they were going out of business, there was an immediate concern about what would happen to the dozens of animals still in their care.
Claiming a "failed business model and lack of funds," the shelter in the city of Lancaster is no longer able to provide long-term care to the stray dogs and abandoned animals brought through their doors.
As of July 26, they stopped accepting owner-surrendered pets and stray cats, and all of their shelter operations and animal services will eventually shut down over the next few weeks. Their plan is to systematically go out of business, but there was still the question of what would happen to the animals already in their care.
In an attempt to find fast homes for the dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and other animals, they announced a reduced adoption fee for dogs, and they completely eliminated the fee for cats and other small animals.
There was Allie, a three-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, Baby, a six-year-old pit bull, and even Greyson, a fluffy male bunny. Local news sources, social media partners, and animal advocates joined together to help find these animals the right homes. It wasn't long after the shelter's devastating announcement that people came flocking to their doors for the unwanted animals.
In only 48 hours, all of the animals were adopted. They posted a sign on their door telling people to check back later, and thanks to the community, a potentially heartbreaking disaster was avoided.
The shelter's closure comes as no surprise for some employees. Jennifer Ericson told Penn Live employees were told only one day before the public announcement, but the shelter has been having long-term financial problems.
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They've also been the subject of criticism after the shelter chose not to press charges after a puppy named Libre was found on a farm "covered in maggots and hours from death." The controversy spurred the Justice for Libre campaign that eventually went on to change Pennsylvania law in terms of animal cruelty charges.
Despite the recent controversy and impending closure, the fact that so many animals have recently found new homes is a silver lining to a difficult situation. City officials are now hoping another organization will move into the rented space and continue where the Lancaster County SPCA has left off.
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