Animal Shelter’s Closing Prompted A Spike In Adoptions, Leaving No One Without A Home

Talk about a whirlwind 48 hours.

When the Lancaster County SPCA announced via Facebook on July 25 that the Pennsylvania facility was closing because of "a failed business model and lack of funds," the shelter was prepared to do whatever it could to get as many animals adopted as possible. 


In the post announcing its closing, the Lancaster County SPCA made it clear the animals in its custody were its number one priority. "In a desperate attempt to find homes for all the animals the shelter currently has and will receive, adoption fees for dogs are reduced to $100 and all other animals will be free. Adopters will still need to complete an adoption process," the post read. "Additionally, LCSPCA will be placing animals with other shelters and rescues."

The Dodo reports that within days, the unfortunate announcement had nearly 5,000 shares and over 1,000 comments on Facebook, with many users offering to adopt an animal in search of a home. 

Luckily, though perhaps not coincidentally, the Lancaster County SPCA shared an album featuring all of the animals available for adoption just two days before confirming it would close its doors. Thankfully it didn't take long before dozens of people expressed interest in the sweet dogs, cats, and bunnies pictured.

Each photo included the animal's name, age, and breed (if applicable), and adoption offers came flooding in. "Is this boy still available? VERY interested," one woman commented on a photo of a Black Mouth Cur mix named Barry.

In fact, the response was so overwhelming that the Lancaster County SPCA placed every animal in a home within 48 hours. According to WGAL News Channel 8, by July 27, the shelter had a notice on the door saying all of its animals had been adopted.

Per Lancaster Online, people who had heard early reports of the closing began lining up outside the shelter's door before it opened at noon on July 25. 

One early bird was John Bohan of Manheim Township, who told the outlet his family adopted a Staffordshire terrier last year. "We're looking for a smallish second dog," Bohan said. "We weren't really ready for a second dog, but these dogs need to go somewhere."

In a follow-up Facebook post on July 27, the Lancaster SPCA said they have "been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails," and a quick visit to the website confirms no animals are currently up for adoption.

We're thrilled to hear all of the Lancaster SPCA's animals now have forever homes, but the shelter's closing just goes to show how crucial it is to volunteer at or donate to your local shelter as well.

A Plus has reached out to the Lancaster SPCA for comment.


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