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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