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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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!


Friday, April 27, 2018


Our girl Olivia who has been to "hell and back". She came into the shelter as a owner surrender, with  what we thought was a UTI, "treated it" she was adopted a couple months ago, and then brought back AGAIN, due to what we thought was a UTI again. LASS brought her to the vet once again, turns out it was bladder stones. She had her surgery, and a huge thank you to LASS for covering her bills. This is your donations to LASS hard at work. She is now back at the shelter and doing very well. 

Olivia is ready to find her new forever home, with the best family possible. Olivia is just not for anyone. She is going to need to be on "special food" which is not cheap food. If she is not fed that food, she will relapse, and get sick again. 

Olivia is spayed, rabies, microchipped, and booster shots. Her surgery is covered, and she is doing great! Please  meet Olivia if you are interested. She has been great with other cats & dogs too!!!!!!!!

Please contact  Nadine Day at 702-897-6569 with any questions. Thank you.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

Friday, April 13, 2018


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! 


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.