Sunday, January 10, 2027

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

We are now approaching our 6th year of aiding and assisting the Lancaster County Animal Shelter and I cannot thank enough the members who go to the shelter every week to walk the dogs, clean the cat cages, drive ailing animals to the vets, as well as the people behind the scenes who manage our Facebook page and Blog site, answer questions, and raise money.

On Saturday, May 12, we will host our main fundraiser for the year, the LASS Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Ivy Place.  Last year, we raised $13, 000.  Our aim for this year is $18,000.  These funds allow us to purchase needed medicine and additional housing for the animals to help with the Shelter’s overcrowding, as well as pay for boarding fees and transportation costs.  

In order to make the lives of the animals better at the Shelter, we continue to need more hands-on volunteers and, of course, money.  If you feel you cannot work directly with the animals, then please consider making a cash donation.   There is no greater gift than the give of life for a shelter animal!

Thank you to all who do so much for LASS and the animals at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter who need us so desperately!  

Happy Tails!

Arlene McCarthy

Wednesday, January 14, 2026

THANKS FOR VISITING OUR "LASS of SUN CITY" BLOG!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Our own Sue White joined Palmetto Mornings on wrhi.com to highlight all the happenings at the Lancaster Animal Shelter, including our May 12 fundraiser.  Listen HERE.



Friday, April 13, 2018

PLEASE SUPPORT LASS THROUGH "GIVE LOCAL LANCASTER"


Give Local Lancaster celebrates the missions of our local nonprofit organizations and provides a venue for individuals and businesses to support causes that matter to them and to our community.

Join us on May 1, 2018 in a national day of local giving! 

LANCASTER ANIMAL SHELTER SUPPORTERS (LASS) IS A PARTICIPATING NON-PROFIT THIS YEAR!  PLEASE DONATE ON MAY 1ST!  MANY CORPORATIONS GIVE MATCHING FUNDS!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Give Local Lancaster is a 24-hour on-line giving event scheduled for May 1, 2018.

The Give Local Lancaster campaign is part of a national crowdfunding Giving Day experience which empowers individuals and businesses to donate to causes that matter to them. Giving Day provides an online, secure donation platform designed to connect individuals and business partners to local nonprofit organizations who are tackling our community's most critical issues.

In 2017, Give Local Lancaster raised over $155,000 for 42 local nonprofit organizations. These funds came through the support of 1,015 gifts by individuals and 22 local businesses. Last year, our contributions came from donors across 14 states and 3 countries.
Give Local Lancaster is an opportunity to elevate philanthropy in our communities. Let's make the 2018 campaign bigger and better than ever! Please consider giving to one or more of our registered nonprofit organizations on May 1, 2018. Together, we are making our communities great places to live, learn, work, and play.

Friday, March 23, 2018

MAY 12 FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON



Raffle tickets for dinner at the 4-star Gallery Restaurant in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte with transportation in a classic Rolls Royce are available for $10 each or 3 for $25. 
Note that transportation is between Sun City Carolina Lakes 
(or other nearby communities) and the restaurant.


Hand-sewn queen-size quilt made by Darlene Hallman 
Raffle tickets:  $1 each or 6 for $5

Last year's LASS luncheon was a huge success - we raised $13,000!  If you would be interested in getting tickets for this year's luncheon and/or raffle tickets, please contact Arlene McCarthy or Cynthia Rudolph.   Tables of 8 may be reserved, otherwise it is open seating.

Friday, March 2, 2018

LASS' NEWEST DONATION TO THE LANCASTER ANIMAL SHELTER


LASS RECEIVED $1000 DONATION FROM NUTRAMAX

With grateful appreciation, LASS thanks Nutramax Laboratories and Kristen Blanchard, VP of External Corporate Affairs for their generous donations!

In addition to the Nutramax donation, Kristen Blanchard also gave personal donations of $250 to both LASS and the Lancaster SPCA.

Thanks to Mandy Catoe for this great article! 






Celebrating Second Chances

March 1, 2018 / Mandy Catoe
By Mandy Catoe


Cosequin the Pup removes head and reveals surprise
Lucky Dog Host Brandon McMillan made a
surprise appearance by hiding in
Cosequin the Pup's costume.  
It was a celebration of second chances Saturday for rescued poodle-terrier Scout and his new owner, as more than 70 animal lovers gathered at the Springs House to watch Lancaster’s episode of the CBS series “Lucky Dog.”

Scout and his owner, Susanne Kempf, were the watch party’s honorees, but there was also a surprise guest. Brandon McMillan, host of the Emmy-winning program, made an unannounced trip to Lancaster and disguised himself in a dog-mascot suit.
“I have a question everybody,” McMillan said, taking off the mascot head and drawing delighted gasps from the crowd. “How does anyone stay in this suit for longer than an hour?”


Kempf, marketing director at Nutramax Laboratories, the TV series’ sponsor, thanked her employer and McMillan for helping fill a void in her life.

“Moments like this make life worthwhile. I am thankful and grateful everyday,” she said. “I am grateful to know Brandon McMillan and ‘Lucky Dog’ and grateful that my Nutramax family gave me this opportunity.”


Each week on the show, McMillan rescues a shelter dog and places it in a loving home. He trains the rescue specifically for an individual or family who has suffered the loss of a loved one or is undergoing some difficulty. The show ends with McMillan presenting the dog to its new owner.


Scout and McMillan reconnect
McMillan and Scout reunite at viewing party
This show was special because Scout was not the only one who had been given a second-chance.  He found his forever home with Kempf, a cancer survivor.

Kempf’s 13-year-old dog, Bentley, recently died and the second of her two kids had just left home, leaving her and husband Bob with an empty nest.


“This was a shot of good medicine,” Kempf said as she held Scout in her arms Saturday morning just before the episode aired. As if on cue, Scout licked her smiling face as she said, “This has been better than I imagined. It’s like a new baby in the house.”  Bob, 54, and Susanne, 56, have been married 26 years. They raised two kids, Lauren, 23, and Will, 19.


Susanne Kempf, Scout and Bob Kempf
Susanne, Scout, and Bob
Kempf was deeply saddened by Bentley’s death from cancer, and the void was intensified by the quiet house that was once filled with her teenagers and their friends.
Bentley had been her companion through her battle with cancer and she returned the favor and nursed him through his battle with the disease.
“He was my purpose, and he kept me going. And now I have a new purpose again,” she said as she squeezed little Scout.
Kempf recalled the time in her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her son was in kindergarten.
“My hope and prayer was to live to see him grow up, and I was blessed that I did,” she said. “When he moved out, I felt lost, and now I have a purpose again.”  Her husband’s job involves frequent travel, and he was finding it harder and harder to leave Susanne at home alone.  “I hated to leave town, and now when I have to go out of town, she has somebody with her,” Bob said. “I don’t feel so bad traveling now, and it’s fun to get back home to see Scout.”


The viewing party
The Springs House began to fill up early with attendees. Nutramax owner and founder Dr. Bob Henderson said he was pleased Lancaster was enjoying the national exposure.
“It’s good for all of us. It gives us hometown pride and builds us up,” he said.


Among the guests streaming in were Sheriff Barry Faile, Police Chief Scott Grant, Rep. Ralph Norman, county council members Larry Honeycutt, Brian Carnes and Billy Mosteller.
Alan Williams and Carissa Valenti from the county animal shelter mingled and enjoyed recognition for their hard work at the outdated and undersized facility.


One table in the Springs House featured catered hors d’oeuvres for the humans and another table was spread with Cosequin, Nutramax’s flagship joint supplement for pets. Guests left with a bag full of treats and toys for their pets at home.


Every adult at the party vied for Scout’s attention. Men and women in business attire squatted down to tickle the puppy behind his ears and rubbed their noses in his muzzle.


Kristin Blanchard, Nutramax’s vice president of external corporate affairs, said the event was not only a celebration of the partnership between Nutramax and “Lucky Dog,” but also their collaboration with animal rescue groups.  
She presented a $1,000 check to both Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters (LASS) and Lancaster’s Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). She also acknowledged the dedication and hard work of Williams and Valenti for their spearheading the rescue of homeless pets under their care at the shelter.  LASS President Arlene McCarthy and members Myrna Seropian and Pook Bellini accepted the check from Nutramax. SPCA President Diana Knight and board member Mikala Steele received the donation for their rescue group.
County Administrator Steve Willis, whose own dogs are rescues from the county shelter, said, “This is fantastic. Nutramax has always been a great corporate partner, and they go above and beyond by holding events such as this.
“And Alan and Carissa do such a great job working with our rescue groups to find forever homes for the homeless pets.”
After the show aired, McMillan walked outside with Scout and sat on the porch in a rocking chair, holding his four-legged friend in his arms.  He said he has taped nearly 100 episodes of the program over the past five years. Leaving the dogs after spending so much intensive time training them – sometimes months – is often difficult, he said, but he has moved on after each one.

Saturday’s event was the first time he has ever appeared at a viewing party for the show, he said.  Asked why he came to this one, he responded: “Because this is Scout.”

https://spilledinkabovethefold.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/celebrating-second-chances/

Additional articles about the Lucky Dog event by Mandy Catoe:
https://spilledinkabovethefold.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/cbs-series-lucky-dog-brings-rescued-terrier-to-lancaster-home/
https://spilledinkabovethefold.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/lancaster-nutramax-on-lucky-dog/




Thursday, March 1, 2018

CAT BEDS!

Special thanks go out to Linda Stewart for these 6 terrific cat beds!   Linda is really on a roll... she has made at least 10 already. The outside of them are hospital gowns.  

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dog Found in Sun City Carolina Lakes

This beautiful dog was found wandering in Sun City Carolina Lakes.  She is being kept warm and safe in the home of LASS President, Arlene McCarthy.  Please contact her if you know who this sweet dog belongs to.  
lassofsuncity@gmail.com