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

PROPOSED NEW SHELTER


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

LASS OPEN HOUSE - ALL WELCOME!

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

GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT LASS FUNDRAISER IN LANCASTER NEWS

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

LASS FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!


While the final numbers are yet to be tallied, 
we are delighted to announce that, at our latest count,
 we raised over
$15,000 
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

HEARTFELT THANKS TO EVERYONE!!

Please click HERE for photos taken by Greg Douglas.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018 LASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS (THRU 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 DONATED!

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

LOOKING FOR A FOREVER HOME

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 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 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

BLANKETS DONATED TO SHELTER

Due the extreme cold this week, the shelter requested blankets for the animals.  Kudos to Sue White, Maria Sullivan, Janine Gross, and Denise Townsend who stepped up to the plate and donated this load of blankets.