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Bucks County SPCA learns new tricks during the pandemic

We didn’t expect a pandemic. Neither did the animals.

From families struggling to feed themselves and their pets, to people dealing with problem pets at home, to animals left homeless due to unimaginable human hardships… the demand for the life-saving services of the Bucks County SPCA didn’t take a break last year. We had to learn new ways of working and meeting our mission, and we did!

Help for struggling families with pets: We collected and distributed thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies to hard-hit families who needed help providing the basics for their pets. With logistical support from our wonderful volunteers, we continue to make regular donations to several food pantry partners across Bucks County.

Flourishing foster program helping the most vulnerable: We moved foster training online. The change resulted in a record-breaking 128 new foster homes. They gave 588 animals the individual attention and TLC needed to thrive and be placed for adoption.

Free Pet Behavior Helpline launched: We launched our FREE service for Bucks County residents in June and by year’s end had handled 114 calls for help! Call or email today for practical professional guidance from our director of animal behavior: behavior@bcspca.org or 215-795-7425 x113.

Adoptions-by-Appointment makes your shelter visit a great experience: COVID forced our shelters to move all services, including adoptions, to an appointment basis. Adopters love it! You get plenty of 1-on-1 time with animals and our helpful staff. Visit our website to view available animals and learn about scheduling an appointment: www.bcspca.org.

Animals rescued from cruelty and neglect: Pandemic or not, out humane police officers were on the road all year responding to 437 complaints of suspected animal cruelty or neglect. For the 272 animals rescued through their investigations, the call to our hotline likely saved their lives. Report suspected cruelty by calling 215-794-7425.

Addressing cat overpopulation in Bucks County: We provided subsidized spay/neuter surgery for 519 community-owned cats, despite the temporary pause in surgeries mandated by the government. Several large trap-neuter-return efforts continue through the winter. Act now to avoid unwanted litters of kittens this spring! Contact our clinic to learn more: 215-622-0003.

You can help animals in need: adopt, volunteer, or donate. If you or someone you know is unable to care for your pet, please contact the SPCA for help. Visit www.bcspca.org or call 215-794-7425 to learn more.

PHOTO CAP: Barney is one of hundreds of kittens who benefitted from the extra care he got in a foster home before being place for adoption at the Bucks County SPCA.  

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