York County SPCA: Wanna know a secret?

Guest post from Melissa Smith, York County SPCA:

You know how it is when you have a secret; if it’s a good secret, it’s hard to keep it to yourself. But if it’s not so good, or involves a serious matter, you really don’t want to tell anyone about it.

It could be embarrassing, or people might look at you differently. Especially if it’s something you’re not proud of. Your secret nags at you.

But maybe one day you learned of a solution which you hadn’t considered before. What a weight was lifted from your shoulders!

The York County SPCA has a secret of sorts. It’s not something we decided we must keep quiet. It just happened that way, and almost no one ever asks about it.

We have decided to share our dirty little secret with you.

Last year, 692 feral cats were euthanized at the York County SPCA. Six hundred ninety-two. There are thousands more feral cats in every area of our county, and they are procreating very rapidly.

We’re done keeping this information to ourselves, because it shouldn’t be a secret. We didn’t cause this problem.
It’s your problem. It’s York County’s problem.

How cat overpopulation became so out of control is a topic for another article. But it’s a huge problem in York and our neighboring counties. In fact, recent statistics showed that Pennsylvania leads the U.S. in rabies cases in domesticated animals (primarily feral cats). If you think that nature will just take care of that problem, you are wrong. Our winters are getting warmer and animals adapt.

We at the York County SPCA want to solve the area’s cat overpopulation problem, so we’re not going to stay quiet about it any longer. My staff and I want desperately to be out of the euthanasia business and focus our efforts on saving lives and finding families for adoptable pets.

Construction starts soon on our new, high-volume, state-of-the-art spay/neuter clinic. We will be open for business in July. Please support and patronize our new clinic. Have all your animals spayed or neutered.

It’s the only solution to this dirty little secret that is not a secret any longer.

— MELISSA SMITH, York County SPCA

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2 Responses to York County SPCA: Wanna know a secret?

  1. Linda says:

    I’m hoping none of mine were done, I have kept a close tab on mine. I am relocating my colony because of stupid people. I do have a dilemma though. there is a woman who is putting signs up telling people she can help them with their “cat situation”!! She has one trap but I know of 2 feral cats who were neutered, ear tipped and this person took them to the SPCA because somebody saw her sign and told her they were a problem. But yet these people have dogs that are left to run loose through the neighborhood and have injured and then after we had the cat healed, killed that same cat.
    This woman is a threat to feral cats and is acting like she’s this great animal helper and yet she is helping the SPCA kill feral cats by turning in cats that aren’t hers and she isn’t an animal control officer either. People like that need to be stopped!! Feral cats get a bum rap as it is!!

  2. D says:

    Someone should put her in a trap and euthanize her – these cats are getting a bum wrap – and how much are the Townshipss and the Spca paying this monster for every cat she takes in there? Everyone of these cats deserve a chance, after all if people would just have the cats fixed when they get them we would not have this problem

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