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Pike County Humane Society
Board Of Directors
Mary Cervati, Corresponding Secretary
Janet Heim, Kennel Manager
Kathy Varkados, Rescue Coordinator
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Some days in animal welfare, you feel as if you have seen the worst of it, and then a little angel with fur comes through your shelter doors and your heart instantly breaks, and now...you have seen the worst. Please meet Marcel. He was found as a stray and brought to our shelter just before the new year. His little body thin and frail, his hair matted to the skin, with cloudy eyes and infections all over his tiny frame, all he wanted was to be held and loved. The staff gingerly clipped the mats from his body, gently bathed him and then cradled him and let him know that no matter what life brought him before, he would never again feel alone, lost, or neglected. Never.
Due to the lack of care this poor little boy has suffered from, he has required extensive veterinary care and is requiring a dental in which many, if not all, of his teeth may have to be removed. Like so many others at PCHS, his veterinary care and costs will be ongoing. Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters however, this is all possible
Use the link above to make a donation. To make monthly donations check the recurring box on the form.
Because we care......and so do you......dogs like Marcel, get second chances.....
We work hard to make sure that we take care of all of our pets here at Pike County Humane Society. But, unfortunately we can't do it without people like you and your donations of time and money. So, if you ever feel like you want to be a part of our family and help some of the best animals around, check us out.
What sets us apart......
Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Pike County you will find an oasis for stray, unwanted and abused pets. Unlike a traditional shelter you will see dogs playing with one another, sleeping cuddled together on blankets and beds, and living just as they would in any loving home.
You will meet cats, not in cages, but in a facility that allows them to stretch out, play, use scratching posts and have the company of other cats. The pets here are truly happy.
We are blessed to be able to provide such an environment for our homeless pets, and as a result of this environment, our pets are able to make the transition to a forever home much easier, and with less stress.
Due to our unique set up, no pet is euthanized because of lack of space or time limits. All pets in our care receive any needed veterinary care, regardless of how complex.
Our goal is to provide the best quality of life possible while our pets live with us.
We can tell you about our shelter, but visiting is much better! Our pets love visitors, and you just might find your new best friend!
Our funds are very low, please help!
Unfortunately, our funds are at a very low level and without your help the shelter will not survive. Many of our supporters may have heard me remark that the members are the body and the employees and volunteers are the hands. Without your continued support, there will be no shelter to respond in your hour of need. You are truly the life-blood of our organization. This shelter is your shelter!
Since last September our income has been dropping. I do not have an answer as to why this has been occurring. At the same time the cost of food, litter, shelter supplies, veterinarian care and expenses continue to increase.
Amazingly, as I am writing this article a call just came in for an abandoned Pitbull tied to a tree in the Bushkill area. The dog appears to be overheated and has a lot of fly bites on its body. Why do people do this? The calls for our help never seem to stop. Currently we are housing 4 cats since January that were left in a home in Hemlock Farms due to the owner being incarcerated. Elderly residents who have pets being placed in nursing homes, leaving no one to care for the pets. Some of our residents have died, leaving pets behind. We investigate and prosecute many cruelty calls throughout the year. These are just a few of the animal issues that we address.
Currently our special needs coordinator/foster is caring for an older Cocker Spaniel named Amber that was being purposely starved by an elder’s caretaker. Our vet said she would not survive, yet two months have passed and she is gaining weight and doing much better. We are doing this from our hearts. How do you put a dollar value on caring?
If there is no shelter what will become of these lost pets? We respond to the calls and try to help with each and every situation that is thrust upon us. Behind every animal there is a person who needs our help. Whether that person finds a lost animal, a medical emergency or has no choice and has to surrender a loved pet due to their circumstances, they all need our help.
We are a no-kill shelter which means no healthy adoptable animal will be euthanized for time or space or quality of life issues. Animals we receive, that need a surgery or serious medical care are cared for. Many of the animals have had life changing surgeries to make them comfortable and have a better quality of life. Most other shelters choose to euthanize animals that have these issues. A No-Kill open door shelter is definitely more expensive to operate!
We want to be that shelter that you are proud of but we cannot do it without your continued support. At the end of this year, if we survive, it will be 20 years of answering your calls for help. In order for us to continue to help the animals in need, we need your support. There is no place for these animals to go if not for us. What will happen to these unfortunate creatures???
One of my favorite sayings is by the grace of God we go there. It is truly a miracle that we have been able to survive all of these years without a lot of money and I thank God for your past and hopefully future support of our endeavors. Please continue to support your shelter so that we will be there when you need us. Thank you!
So, what awaits little Marcel? He is under the expert care of Shohola Veterinary Hospital who has become a valued member of the PCHS family, and a wonderful angel has stepped up to foster this little man. As you can see from his update photos to the right, he is thriving! He will never again have a day without love, warmth and all the care he requires. His foster mom adores him, and the feeling is mutual. If you would like to donate to Marcel's continued care, please use the paypal button on this page. Your donations truly do make a difference in the lives of animals every day. Animals, like Marcel.
John Somers, President
Vanessa LaSasso, Vice President
Barry Heim, Treasurer / Executive Director
Kim Alexander, Recording Secretary
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189 Lee Road, Shohola, PA 18458 / PO Box 255, Milford, PA 18337 (570) 296-7654
HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - CLOSED Tuesday - Friday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WE ARE FULL - All animal intakes are done by appointment only. Please call the shelter for an appointment.
We know you've always wanted a dog, cat, bunny, or other awesome animal. And now's the time friends! We are here to help you get ready for your new family member, as and as soon as you're ready to take the big plunge. Owning an animal is, after all, one of the most gratifying things you can do.
It's hard knowing what to do when you're about to adopt. But, we make this process even easier when you adopt with us, because we have trained staff that will go over every possible question or concern you and your family might have on introducing your newest pal to the family.
Eva's famous!! This past weekend this sweet girl got the chance to hang out with world renowned celebrity, Barbie Blank at the Pocono Bazaar! This gorgeous pup is 9 years old but don't let her age fool you, she is full of spunk and ready for a forever home! She loves to hang out with pups her size or just lounge around. She is housebroken and loves to go on walks and for the occasional swim. Please call our office if you are interested in adopting Eva!
You have to do it anyway, so why not walk your dog and raise money for your favorite animal shelter?
The walk for a dog app is free and easy to use. It is also a great program that helps raise much needed funds for our shelter. All you have to do is go to the app store on your cellular device and download the app. Once downloaded, they ask for your email address and the charity you want to support. From there you can either enter our name - Pike County Humane Society, or search us using the state, and then scrolling to our name. You will be asked to go to your email acct and click the link to verify your email. Its that simple! Once you are all set up, all you have to do is open the app on your phone each time you take your dog for a walk. Want to help even more? Get a group of friends together and make an event of it! There's no better way to socialize and exercise our pets, or ourselves than with friends. The application will track your activity for you and the Pike County Humane Society will benefit!