October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Are you looking for…
  • An exercise buddy?
  • A best friend for you or your children?
  • A constant companion for your mother or father?
  • A fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day’s work?
  • A best friend to love you unconditionally every day?
An adopted dog can be all of these things and so much more!

The Bradford County Humane Society is hoping that you can open your heart and home to a shelter dog and adopt. October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Every day dogs of various breeds come in as strays to the Bradford County Humane Society. If their owner does not come to claim them within 48 hours, these dogs are available for adoption. Each dog has their own background, and story, but they all need loving, caring homes.

While a lot of people are looking for puppies or small breed dogs, many other dogs tend to get overlooked. Senior dogs or dogs that may need special care are looking for their final forever homes. Pit bull breeds get a bad reputation. BCHS has many pure bred pit bulls or mixed breed pit bulls.

The National Pit Bull Awareness campaign is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier and their responsible owners.

To anyone who shares their life with a "pit bull," the need for a national day of awareness for these misunderstood dogs is clear. Constant negative media attention and sensationalized hype that surrounds pit bulls has the breed in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The media and public have stereotyped and judged an entire group of dogs, as well as their owners, based on the actions of a few.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day is October 25th and was established as a day to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live. It is an opportunity to be a positive role model for responsible dog ownership, as well as introduce the truth about the grouping of dogs commonly known as "pit bulls" right in your town. Many people only know of pit bulls by what they hear on the news, and they have formed negative opinions based only on that knowledge. BCHS has many pit bulls and mixed breed dogs that are in need of a loving home.

Ziggy is an adult spayed female Terrier - Shepherd mix. She is a very friendly, lovey, waggy girl. She is playful and she likes everyone. Ziggy has been working with our trainer and she knows sit and down, is excellent on a leash, and will stay for 5 minutes. She has started on agility training. Ziggy is a sweetheart looking for a nice home with no other pets. She would love to find a person who likes long walks.







Sable is a 4 year old spayed female Pit Bull mix. She loves to play in water and enjoys a nice belly rub. She gets along with male dogs. If Sable is not already house trained, it would not take much for her to learn, and she will be a great watch dog.

Please open your heart and home to a shelter dog!

Fall Rabies Clinic October 18 in Sayre

The Bradford County Humane Society and Athens Animal Hospital have once again teamed up to provide a low cost Rabies Clinic for the local community.

On Sat, October 18 from 10-Noon people may bring their leashed dogs or cats in crates to the Athens Township Building, 45 Herrick Avenue in Sayre. Patrons must also bring the pet's current rabies shot record.

The cost for the rabies vaccination is only $6.00.

Photo: Ziggy is an adult spayed female Terrier - Shepherd mix. She is a very friendly, lovey, waggy girl. She is playful and she likes everyone. Ziggy has been working with our trainer and she knows sit and down, is excellent on a leash, and will stay for 5 minutes. She is working on agility training. Ziggy is a sweetheart looking for a nice home with no other pets. She would love to find a person who likes long walks.

Local Man Supports Animal Shelter

For many years Newman Benson has donated to the Bradford County Humane Society. He personally hand delivers checks to BCHS for all of their great service to the homeless animals and for servicing the community. "We have been animal lovers our whole lives and are thankful to the staff for all of the good work they do," stated Benson.

"We are so appreciative and lucky to have such a dedicated individual in our community that helps to support BCHS. As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely on local support for 80% of our funding. On behalf of our staff and board of directors we want to thank Newman Benson for his generosity," stated Jennifer L. Spencer, BCHS Executive Director.

Pints for Pups to be held at Grovedale Winery August 29



The Bradford County Humane Society, Grovedale Winery, River Barge Brewery and Mark's Custom Painting present Pints for Pups on Friday, August 29th from 6-9 PM at Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing. Live music featuring popular rock band The Red Eyes will be playing the duration of the event. Enjoy local brews, wine, live music and shop the BCHS table featuring t-shirts, pet toys and much more!

A portion of the $5 cover charge will be donated to BCHS to support their homeless animals.

Photo: Jinxie is an affectionate and playful adult neutered male cat. He likes to talk and has a funny meow that sometimes sounds like a bird. Jinxie is very sweet and loves attention. He especially likes cuddling on a shoulder. Jinxie gets along with other cats so he would be OK in a multi-cat household.

August Cat Special at BCHS

Looking to add a pet to your family? BCHS has many adult spayed and neutered cats that would perfect to sit on your lap and watch tv with. During the month of August, any cat that is already spayed or neutered will cost only $25 to adopt. These cats are up to date on their shots, tested negative for feline leukemia and are looking for their forever home.

One of the cats available for adoption is Jinxie. He is an affectionate and playful adult neutered male cat. He likes to talk and has a funny meow that sometimes sounds like a bird. Jinxie is very sweet and loves attention. He especially likes cuddling on a shoulder. Jinxie gets along with other cats so he would be okay in a multi-cat household.

Stop into the shelter on Route 220 in Ulster and pick out your new best friend!

Humane Officer Hired for Bradford and Sullivan Counties



The Bradford County Humane Society now has a Humane Police Officer capable of investigating and citing animal cruelty cases. Officer Hugh Smith was sworn into both Bradford and Sullivan County Courthouses and is a member of the Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania.

The Humane Officer not only investigates possible signs of animal cruelty, but also stresses the importance of humane education. He will be conducting presentations at local elementary and high schools as well as educating the public on proper ways to care for animals.

Unfortunately, animal abuse does happen in our area. Each year around 300-400 calls are made to the animal cruelty line. The worst times of the year for abuse are in the hot summer months and the cold winter months. It is important to know that an outside dog must have proper shelter to protect against the hot sun. The dog must have access to fresh water. Do NOT leave your dog in the car! Even if you think you will be in a store for only five minutes, during that time the temperature inside a car can rise very fast. Leave your dog at home - it is safer.

If you see signs of possible animal abuse, call the Animal Cruelty Line at the Bradford County Humane Society at 570-888-4763.

Photo: Officer Smith and Judge Beirne, Bradford County

Hot Weather Means Proper Shelter Needed for Outside Dogs and Livestock



Summer season is in full force and pet owners need to know the danger of hot weather and dogs that live outside. Dogs that are outside need to have proper shelter to protect them from the heat, rain, and inclement weather.

You can purchase dog houses at various home improvement stores or pet supply stores, or you can even build your own using wood

The Bradford County Humane Society Humane Officer would like to remind you of the following:

The law of Pennsylvania Requires That You:

1. Supply FRESH food, water and necessary Veterinary care for all animals in your care or on your property.

2. Supply ALL animals access to clean shelter sufficient to keep it dry, protect it from bad weather and be adequate to preserve its own body heat and shade to protect from the hot sun.

Not following the laws above could mean:

1. Penalties

2. Fines

3. Forfeiture

4. And/or JAIL time

Questions The Humane Police Officer Has Received In Regards To The Above Law:

1. Do livestock such as horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats and pigs need shelter?

Reply: YES, they must at least have a three sided shelter that is clean and stays dry. A TREE LINE IS NOT CONSIDERED ADEQUATE SHELTER.

2. If a dog can get under a porch or under a vehicle is that considered to be adequate?

Reply: NO, They must have a coop or nice dog house that stays dry and is not in the mud. BEDDING MUST BE STRAW OR WOOD SHAVINGS ONLY, NO RAGS OR BLANKETS.

If you are a student and have built your own dog house, call BCHS and we can take a photo and send to local papers commending you for your hard work and dedication to the care of your pet!

If you have questions about the proper shelter for dogs, please call the Humane Officer Line at 570-888-4763.