Sunday, January 10, 2027


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


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

LASS Open House - June 21

Please come to our Open House on June 21, from 1pm to 4pm, at the Del Webb Library.  There will be speakers, slide shows, and a raffle. Learn how LASS helps the animals at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter.  

Join us in making life better for our animals

Arlene McCarthy, LASS President

Sunday, June 3, 2018


At the Council Meeting last week, we learned that the vote was about the site for the new shelter, not the plans for the shelter.  While plans for the shelter were presented by the architect, we learned that this is only the first version, so there may still be hope for changes.  It was great to have a chance to talk to the architect out in the lobby after the presentation and offer some ideas for what we feel is important... including moving the "portable" units that we purchased.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Proposed New Shelter is NOT ADEQUATE!

LASS has been trying to get the Lancaster County Council to build a new shelter. The old one built in the 70s is understaffed, too small, and underfunded.

This Tuesday at Town Hall at 6 pm the plans of the new shelter will be approved. The proposed shelter is too small and understaffed and underfunded. The Council needs to hear from other tax payers who care about animals.  We need a proper shelter, with adequate staff or the animals will continue to be killed.  No space means death for some poor cat or dog. 

Please take the time and go to the meeting on Tuesday. We should have some say in how our tax dollars are spent.  If there is money for more soccer fields, there should be enough money to build and STAFF a decent shelter for the County animals. 

Thank you,
Arlene McCarthy President, LASS

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Please join us to learn about LASS and all we do for the Lancaster Animal Shelter!

Sun City Carolina Lakes
Lake House Ballroom B
June 21 from 1-4  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Packed LASS gala raises $15K
Article and Photos by Mandy Catoe/Lancaster News
Click HERE for photos.

Kristen Blanchard, NutramaxVice President of External Corporate
Affairs, presents $1000 check to LASS President Arlene McCarthy
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:00 am (Updated: May 16, 2:00 am)
In its third-annual fundraiser, the Sun City rescue group Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters raised $15,000 in its continued effort to better the lives of the county’s homeless pets.
Nearly 300 people braved 92-degree heat at The Ivy Place, including county council members Larry Honeycutt, Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller.

For the second year in a row, venue owners Terry and Genie Graham hosted the LASS luncheon as a gift to the Sun City-based rescue group.  “They come to county council and committee meetings in a very positive way and bring solutions,” he said.
This year’s fundraising beat last year’s total by $2,000.

LASS President Arlene McCarthy said the 258 tickets sold out quickly and the group already is making plans to expand for next year.  “We could have sold another 50 tickets,” she said. “Next year we will add tents around the main tent.”

LASS Treasurer Diane Rashall said $4,391 came from the luncheon, $2,933 from the auction, and $3,650 from raffle tickets for a fancy dinner complete with transportation in a Rolls Royce. A homemade quilt lottery brought in $600. The rest came from donations, program ads, vendor donations, wine and homemade dog-biscuit sales.

Community support has continued to grow since Sun City residents Sue White and Janine Gross dropped in on the county shelter with donations of food and supplies five years ago. The two women found an underfunded, outdated, much-too-small shelter to meet the needs of the growing county. They returned to their Panhandle retirement community and implored their neighbors to take action.

LASS’ persistence and hard work earned the financial and moral support of Nutramax Laboratories. Kristen Blanchard, vice president of external corporate affairs, has attended the last two annual fundraisers and presented a $1,000 donation each year.

“The Lord has blessed Nutramax, and we are able to give back, and we are so proud to be able to partner with LASS to help the animals in the community,” Blanchard said.   

In 2018, LASS made the following contributions to the area shelter and pets in need: sponsored cat transport to Maryland rescue, $450; medical care for cats, $2,135; medical care for dogs, $1,812; heartworm treatment for 31 dogs, $4,650; worming medication for dogs, $400; boarding for rescued dogs, $906; pens for overflow dogs, $1,305; exercise pens for dogs, $600.

County animal shelter director Alan Williams said medical costs at the shelter are double what the county budgets.  “I can tell you without what they do for our heartworm-positive dogs and the boarding they help out with, our numbers of put-to-sleep dogs would be much higher than they are now,” he said.

Dr. Elizabeth Hill, veterinarian and owner of Southern Paws Animal Hospital, attended with her staff.  “We are so happy to support their cause,” she said. “They do good work.”

Arlene McCarthy with Lancaster County Councilmen
Terry Graham, Larry Honeycutt, & Bill Mosteller
Honeycutt has been prodding his fellow council members to join him in demanding the county build a larger, modern animal shelter. Plans for that new facility are in the works, with site-selection now under way.

Honeycutt, 80, said he will run for re-election to continue fighting for the homeless pets.

“I will be there until that shelter is built,” he said.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


While the final numbers are yet to be tallied, 
we are delighted to announce that, at our latest count,
 we raised over
in support of the animals at 
the Lancaster County Animal Shelter!!

Kristen Blanchard of Nutramax Laboratories
 Presents LASS President Arlene McCarthy
With $1000 Check
Photo Courtesy of Greg Douglas

Thanks to all who made this event a great success!
  • LASS luncheon committee for spending endless hours working on the luncheon
  • Our Corporate sponsor, Nutramax, for their continuing financial support, including a $1000 check presented at the luncheon 
  • Our advertisers:  
    • Karent Shelnut / Springs Insurance
    • The Blake at Edgewater
    • Companion Animal Hospital of Indian Land (formerly known as Curtsinger Animal Hospital)
    • The Baxter Team / RE/MAX Executive Real Estate
    • Mani Lux Nail Bar & Spa
    • Serenity Hair Spa by Lauren
    • The Southern Nest
    • Lisa Shaw, D.V.M., C.C.R.P. / Indian Land Animal Hospital 
    • Pook Bellini, REALTOR®, ABR, CNE, E-PRO, SFR / Helen Adams Realty (Ballantyne)
    • Lancaster Golf Cars
    • Lee Ann Gaston / Your Life Wellness
  • Terry and Genie Graham for donating the use of their beautiful venue, The Ivy Place.
  • Cara Morris Owner of Runway 45 for presenting a lovely fashion show and donating a portion of the day's sales to LASS
    • Models:  Pam Bullymont, Kathe Dropkin, Cynthia Rudolph, Timmy Schrag, and Nadine Mitsch
  • Our vendors who made donations to LASS and sat in the 90ยบ heat to offer their products for sale to luncheon guests
  • Southern Gourmet Catering
  • Members of the Sun City Carolina Lakes Pottery for Pleasure Club for donating fabulous pottery items for our silent auction and door prizes
  • Staples in Pineville for financial support with the printing our program 
  • Lowes in Indian Land for financial support with our floral centerpieces
  • Paul Lamoureux for donating his musical talent to entertain us
  • Greg Douglas for donating his photography services 
  • Bernie McLaughlin for being our wonderful Master of Ceremonies
  • Raffle sponsors: 
    • Bonnie Henderson for donating a dinner at the Gallery Restaurant in Ballantyne
    • Terry Henshaw for donating transportation to the restaurant in her classic Rolls Royce 
    • Darlene Hallman for donating a beautiful hand-made quilt
  • USA National Miss Volunteers:
    • USA National Miss Palmetto State - Nicole Coker
    • USA National Miss Palmetto State Teen - Abigale Smuda
  • Numerous companies and individuals who donated items for our silent & live auctions, and door prizes
  • And to all those who attended the luncheon in support of LASS


Please click HERE for photos taken by Greg Douglas.

Saturday, May 12, 2018



Since the time this was printed for our luncheon brochure, an additional $400 was sent to Ebenezer Animal Hospital for the emergency care of four young pups who were found by Lancaster Animal Control and brought in with severe skin infections, demodex, intestinal parasites, and serious wounds.  These pups were emaciated and in a lot of pain.
Hopefully, these sweet girls will make it and will move on to 
a New York rescue group called Crate Escape Inc 
to find their forever homes.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Thanks to all who participated in GIVE LOCAL LANCASTER on May 1st by donating to LASS!

And special thanks to NUTRAMAX for generously matching all LASS donations up to $1000!