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.

American Legion Riders Hold Bike Ride to Support BCHS

On June 15th, the American Legion Motorcycle Club from Troy, PA held a bike ride through the beautiful mountains of Bradford County to raise funds for the Bradford County Humane Society.

The Club has several benefit rides throughout the year and this one they wanted specifically to support the homeless animals at BCHS. The team donated over $300 to the shelter.

Over 20 riders were in attendance when the bike ride ended at Tanner's Bar & Grill in Athens where a BBQ was held. Tanner's is a long time supporter of the shelter.

"We are so thankful to the American Legion Riders for their support for our shelter," stated Jennifer L. Spencer, BCHS Executive Director.

Photo - L-R (Marty Spencer, Anne Shaffer, BCHS Asst. Shelter Manager, Pete, a dog available for adoption, Patty Spencer, Bill Sheffield, Julie Casella)

Protect your Pets from Excessive Heat This Summer

BCHS urges pet owners to protect your pets and livestock from excessive heat this summer. The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team ( provided the following information to help:

Heat Precautions for Your Pet - What you Need to Know

It is important to know what precautions to take with your pet during hot summer months.

Keep these tips in mind and remember to look for signs that your dog or cat has had enough sun for the day. Also, get to know your breed. Certain dogs/cats cannot be in the heat for any period of time.

It is best to keep your pets inside summer days, or at the very least during the hottest parts of the day.

If your pet is outside during the day: Provide protection from the sun and plenty of fresh water. Older, short muzzle and overweight dogs are more likely to overheat during hot weather. You can provide a wading pool to aid in cooling.

Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake. The temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in a few minutes. Even partially opened windows will not protect your pet from heatstroke.

Exercise your dog in the morning or evening when temperatures and pavement are cool. Paw pads can get injured from the hot pavement and melted tar can get stuck to the pad and hairs. Pets need exercise but do it in the cooler hours of the day.

Dogs in truck beds can suffer injury or heat stroke. If you cannot touch the hot truck bed with your bare hand, your dog should not be on the hot metal.

Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with those that are elderly, overweight, or have heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Know the warning signs of overheating in pets. Symptoms include:
  • Seizures Bloody diarrhea and vomit
  • Elevated body temperature of over 104
  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling, weakness, stupor or collapse
Heat Stroke: If your pet is suffering from any of the above symptoms transport him/her to your vet or emergency clinic immediately. Effects from heat stroke can be long lasting and deadly.

Snowman Wants To Live With You

My name is Snowman, or Mr. Snowman or Mr. Fatman as some people call me. My time at the Bradford County Humane Society has been pretty cool and fun - but now I am ready to experience life with a new family, with my own couch to lie on.

I came into the shelter over a year ago - wow has it really been that long? I guess that old adage is true: time flies when you are having fun. As I was saying, I came to BCHS already being neutered and declawed and boy was I scared. I was so used to having my own home and living in a cage was not for me! I wouldn't let anyone barely touch me for a long time. Then, some of the staff members were alright in my book and I came around - but I needed my own apartment - not a cage. The staff decided they liked me too and set me up in my own office area where they hang out with me, but really, it is my house. Sometimes they would bring in dogs in my house and I did not like that! I just don't care for those noisy, rambunctious dogs. I can tolerate other cats, but I kinda prefer being the king of the castle. Now, I suppose I should tell you that I used to have a weight problem. I came in weighing 28 pounds....I know I know, hefty ( I would rather say big boned). Well, I was put on a diet of sorts and now am down to 18 pounds - what's a little more to love?!

Anyhoo, back to my point of this story - I am ready to find my forever home as they call it. I love to sleep (I won an award for sleeping and lounging once.) I love being petted and love talking to you. I have a lot to say! I don't much like being picked up, but that's just because I am an independent boy who can get places on my own. Oh, and catnip is my best friend! I could roll and roll in it all day long. It's my favorite. I also love my food. If it were my choice I would be that cat in the commercial for Fancy Feast - eating out of a crystal bowl! I am a cheap date when it comes to toys though. Leave a box on the floor and I will have fun for hours. It's my thing.

Sooooooooo, if you are interested in an extremely handsome, talkative, loving cat look me up at the Bradford County Humane Society on Route 220 in Ulster, PA or call them at 570-888-2114. I will be waiting for you!

Wyalusing Elementary Holds Fundraiser for BCHS

Each year, teachers, parents and students from the Wyalusing Elementary School hold a large fundraiser for local non profit organizations with the Bradford County Humane Society being a recipient.

This year they raised over $2,500 for the animal shelter. "We are always so impressed with the amount of funds that Wyalusing Elementary is able to raise for our shelter. This donation helps us to feed and care for our homeless animals for quite a long time. It is the kindness of our community members that allow our organization to thrive," stated Jennifer L. Spencer, BCHS Executive Director.

The Wildrick family has also been volunteers at BCHS for several years; coming to the shelter to walk dogs and helping out at various fundraising events.

"I want to thank the Wyalusing Elementary School and the Wildrick family for all of their hard work," states Spencer.

To become a BCHS volunteer or for questions on how you can hold your own fundraiser, call 888-2114.

Photo: Sitting, BCHS volunteer Aaron Yanchuk, Standing L-R, Lydia Wildrick, BCHS Executive Director Jennifer L. Spencer, Angie Wildrick.

Local Girl Holds Birthday Party and BCHS Pets Receive Gifts

Photo: Brother Chase Watkins, birthday girl Madeline Watkins

Madeline Watkins, originally from Bradford County, recently held a party for her 7th birthday. Instead of receiving gifts for herself, she wanted to help out the homeless animals at the Bradford County Humane Society. Twenty people attended her birthday party held on April 26th and many items were brought as gifts to the animals such as pet food, toys, bleach, and cat litter.

The BCHS staff and shelter animals want to thank her and her family and friends for thinking of them!

BCHS is always in need of items such as bleach, cat litter, kitten food and canned cat food. If you or your family member would like to hold a birthday party or other fundraiser for the shelter call 888-2114 for more information.

Be Kind to Animals Week: May 4–10, 2014

Join the event that’s been celebrated every year since 1915 -- American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. In this annual tradition, we commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others, especially children, to do the same.

And while Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated only once a year, there are ways people can be kind to animals every day. Here’s how:

Speak out for animals

Get informed about policies and legislation that can impact the animals in your community and throughout the country.

Report animal abuse

Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that looks suspicious -- a dog chained in your neighbor’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard -- don’t hesitate. Let someone know. Call The BCHS Animal Cruelty line at 570-888-4763.

Appreciate wildlife

All animals deserve to be treated humanely -- family pets and animals in the wild. Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely.

Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue

Every year, an estimated 3.7 million animals must be euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they could not be adopted into loving homes. Help animals find a second chance at happiness by adopting your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group.

Take care of your pet

Pets are like children who never grow up. They need you to help keep them healthy and safe throughout their lives. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up-to-date. Make sure they wear proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.

Photo: Tina is an adult spayed female cat available for adoption from BCHS. She is mellow and affectionate and would prefer a quiet home.