Friday, November 16, 2018

Lancaster News Article About Shelter

By Kayla Vaughn
The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has seen a major influx of dogs over the past month, taking in an overwhelming 100 of them in just two weeks.
The shelter is set up with only 31 runs to hold dogs, and shelter Director Alan Williams said he tries not to double up the runs to keep the animals from passing along diseases. A distemper outbreak shut down the shelter in May 2017.
“We can’t work but so fast, and animal control is outrunning us,” Williams said. “It’s worse now than it’s been all year. We’ll probably wind up with close to 200 dogs just this month, double what it usually is.”
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Buford looks through the door of his dog run Thursday as he waits for someone to choose him for their own.
Legally, the shelter must hold dogs for at least five days to give owners time to pick them up, but Williams said he is struggling to keep up with that. After those five days, the dogs are put up for adoption or euthanized.
There were two days recently when the shelter took in 20 dogs each day, putting it well over the 31-run limit.
Over the summer, Williams said the shelter had to euthanize 21 dogs in three months. That number has increased this fall. Twenty-five have been euthanized just since Oct. 1 because of the massive intake.
“We get to where we just don’t have anywhere to put them,” Williams said Thursday. “We’ve got two portables out there that are open now, but those will probably be filled before the end of the day today.”
If dogs are owner-surrendered, they can be adopted out, sent to a rescue group or euthanized the same day they are brought in.
“It’s not really fair to them,” Williams said of the owner-surrendered dogs. “We had one come in on a Thursday, and I had to put him down on that Friday because we didn’t have nowhere to put him. I don’t want to have to put a dog down just because we don’t have the space to keep them here.
“This is a tough job,” he said. “People say sometimes that we’re a high-kill shelter. We’re not. We can’t handle all of these dogs coming in at one time right now, but before this past month a lot of the ones that were euthanized couldn’t have been adopted out anyways. They were just mean, injured or sick, and we just couldn’t do anything with them.”
Williams said he tries to look at the shelter’s positive results, like the number of dogs it adopts out.
That number has increased slightly since the shelter has started posting its animals on Facebook. Shelter Assistant Manager Carissa Valenti manages the Facebook posts and works with rescues around Lancaster that take in some of the dogs, including the Lancaster SPCA and Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters (LASS).
Williams and Valenti are the only two staff members at the shelter, but they are trying to fill a new part-time position.
Williams said Valenti does everything she can to save every dog, but she’s learned in her three years there that not every animal can be saved.
Williams has worked at the shelter on and off for 10 years, with eight years prior experience at animal control. He said he remembers when the shelter used the gas chamber years ago and was euthanizing 80 to 90 percent more dogs than it does now.
“We have bad days, and I’m sure everybody does, but at the end of the day it’s better now than it ever has been,” he said. “It’s cleaner than it ever has been. We’re getting more dogs out than we’ve ever been, and our euthanizing rate is lower than it’s ever been.”
Williams said if the numbers are this high now, he worries what it will be after Christmas. A lot of people receive dogs as Christmas gifts, but then the animals end up in a shelter. And most of the rescues are full, so dogs can’t be moved.
The county is preparing to build a new $2.8 million animal shelter on Pageland Highway. Until then, Williams said, he will make do with what he has. The new shelter is expected to be complete by November 2019.
Designed by McMillan-Pazden-Smith Architecture, the shelter will include a 4,800-square-foot building for animal intake and holding, a medical area for treatment, offices, space for pet adoptions, and laundry and food-storage areas. It also has two rooms for cats and 46 runs for dogs.
Williams said those 15 extra dog runs will make all the difference in the world.
“We’re going to have to do our job as much then as we are now to find places for the dogs,” he said. “And Carissa does an amazing job at trying to get these dogs out of here.
“We get a bad rep sometimes, but if you took our numbers by the year we’re still in the 10 percent range,” he said of the shelter’s euthanizing rate. “We work hard to try to get these dogs out of here. That’s why we’re here. We’re improving every day.”
County council has been planning for the new shelter for more than a year. Council member Larry Honeycutt said he can’t wait until the new facility is ready.
“I’m just hoping when we get the new shelter in place we’ll continue to have all of these people who come in and take these animals,” he said. “And I know they will. The LSPCA is very good and LASS does a wonderful job at finding homes for them. But 100 dogs in two weeks is just too many.”
Honeycutt said the new shelter isn’t quite as big as some would like, but even a little more space should help with these numbers.
The new shelter will be built so the county can add on later if needed, Honeycutt said, and the current shelter will be fixed and used in case of sickness or infection.
“Me, among many others, will be glad to see it built,” he said.
The county is also working to get a trailer big enough to hold 20 dogs so that the animal shelter can transport animals for medical treatment and to adoption events.
The shelter posted to Facebook Thursday afternoon, asking for help from rescues and the public in moving the large number of dogs, saying “There is absolutely no way we can move dogs as fast as they are coming in.”
All animals adopted out of the shelter are spayed and neutered and up-to-date on all shots. Dog adoption fees are $100, and cats are $80.
For more information on the animals that are available, visit the shelter’s Facebook page at, or call (803) 286-8103.
Follow Kayla Vaughn on Twitter @kaybvaughn or contact her at (803) 416-8416.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kittens Transported to Maryland

LASS (Nadine and I) helped with the kitten transport to MD last night.  We sent  out 60+ Kittens that had been fostered in Lancaster homes. The testing, inoculations, and van rental were all covered by fundraising of over $1,000.  
- Lynn Kotula

Karen and Barnes Lothian fostered these cuties.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Nutramax Will Match Donations in October

In recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we are excited to announce that Nutramax Laboratories will be matching up to $1000 in donations to LASS for the entire month of October!  In addition, Nutramax is also giving a small gift to the first 25 people who adopt a dog from the Lancaster Animal Shelter during October.  Help us help the animals of Lancaster County!  Please spread the word!



Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kittens Are Looking for Forever Homes

I go to PetSense in Lancaster each Thursday morning. The cats there are from the shelter. Cleaning the cages, feeding and socializing them takes me about 1 hour. I am always happy to have company and can train a volunteer. These cats are always adopted so it is very happy place to volunteer. We can always use substitutes.

These 2 kittens have been spayed, had their rabies  shots and are microchipped. Hatch and Kiwi have been fostered by Karen Nichols and she would like them to have permanent homes—704 497-2410. They love her big cats  and play all the time!!

- Lynn Kotula

Tuesday, September 18, 2018



1,500 Adoptions in Just 1 Weekend

For the first time in history, animal shelters and rescues across South Carolina are coming together to hold an awe-inspiring statewide adoption event October 5 – 7, 2018.  This massive lifesaving mission is sponsored by Petco Foundation and is being organized by No Kill South Carolina. Whether you live in the Upstate, the Pee Dee, the Midlands or the Lowcountry, wonderful animals will be available for adoptions and incredible deals are being offered. From the Mountains to the Sea, Won’t You Pick Me SC!
Visit us on Facebook

LASS will be holding an adoption event at the LANCASTER ANIMAL SHELTER on Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 to 3:00.  LASS will be paying part of adoption fees to allow pets to be available at a very reduced cost!  All animals have been spayed or neutered.  Please spread the word!!  

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Find Your Cat Match with LASS

Picture yourself snuggling with one (or a couple) of these cats.  They're ready to adorn their "furever" home. They'll have you at "Hello."

10 Reasons Why Cats are Purrfect!
10 Love, food, water, clean litter box
9 - Great TV companions
8 - Low maintenance for an overnight outing
7 - They are great at keeping secrets
6 - They aren't the "Fashion Police"
5 - Love to cuddle - or not
4 - You won't sleep alone
3 - They love the holidays
2 - Perfect dining companions
#1 Reason = No need to walk in the scorching sun, rain, snow, early mornings, late at night
Please contact me for a personal introduction.Arlene McCarthy, LASS President

Upcoming Events - Volunteers Needed!

Thank you to all our LASS members and supporters who have been fostering kittens, cats; transporting the dogs and cats for adoption; cleaning kennels, visiting and walking the dogs this past spring and summer.  Helping out at the events around the county.  It has been a lot and we couldn't have done it without your help.

There are still volunteer opportunities available!  

Here are some dates if you'd like to help or just stop by and visit:

  • Saturday the 8th10am-2pm
    Sun City Carolina Lakes Arts and Crafts Show

  • Adopt-a-Pet month - share pictures of your rescue/adopted pets with us on Facebook
  • Saturday the 6th11am-2pm
    Adoption Day at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter
  • Saturday the 13th11am-1pm
    Get to know LASS Open Meeting at the Del Webb Library

Some important numbers:
Emergency 911
Sheriff's Office 803-283-3388
Animal Shelter 803-285-5545
Stand for Animals (Low Cost Spay/Neuter) 704-970-2711

Hope to see you at our upcoming events. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Kitten Rescue - Way to go!

This weekend  (Sunday the 19th) 47 Lancaster kittens were taken to a rescue group in Maryland. Twenty-two of the kittens were from the shelter. LASS contributed $300 to help with the cost of drawing blood, testing and worming them. Two ladies from Lancaster rented the van and did the driving. If you would like to help in this wonderful rescue mission we need fosters for 10 days to 2 weeks before the next rescue drive. 
- Lynn Kotula

Sunday, August 12, 2018

2 Cats Need New Homes ASAP

Tiger and Oreo are in desperate need of new homes.  What was hoped to be their forever home didn't work out and they need to be re-homed ASAP.  They do not need to be homed together.  No fees, as Arlene had them for several weeks before they were placed. They do not have to go together. 

For information, contact Arlene McCarthy at

Tiger is male, neutered, about three yrs old. Up to date on all vaccinations.  Sweet and friendly.

Oreo is female, about 9 months old, needs to be spayed, LASS will take care of.  Up to date on all vaccinations.  

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Last month LASS purchased a much needed air conditioner for the County Shelter Cat Area.  I mentioned this to Kristin Blanchard of Nutramax Laboratories when we were at a luncheon for Donate Local Lancaster. Today, I received a check from Nutramax Laboratories, Inc for the total amount of the purchase.  They are truly a great Corporate Supporter!
Arlene McCarthy

Saturday, July 7, 2018


We are moving forward, have been for awhile. Our Procurement Director is taking bids, which includes preparing the land, contractors, roads, equipment, etc. We have the land to put this facility on and I am satisfied as we all are of this location. As a citizen and taxpayer I also want this shelter completed but as a member of Lancaster County Council I am, along with six other members of LCC, aware we are dealing with the peoples money and we will do our best to insure these funds are spent in the proper manner. This shelter has been a number one priority for many months and will remain a stop priority until completion.  
- Larry Honeycutt, Lancaster County Councilman

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Update on Parvo Pups

This posting was first made on June 23rd.  Below is the latest update on the status of the Parvo pups.

The four pups were surrendered to the Lancaster Animal Shelter about five weeks ago at seven weeks old. Crate Escape Rescue in Wappingers Falls NY agreed to take them and paid $400 to treat them for coccidia. All four got Health Certificates on June 21st and were scheduled to leave on transport Friday June 23rd. When Shelter Manager got to Shelter Friday morning, however, one of the pups had bloody stools (parvo symptom).  He euthanized that pup  and asked a LASS volunteer to bring the three remaining pups, which weren’t showing symptoms yet, to a vet for parvo tests. Sadly the parvo test was positive for two out of three. 

Crate Escape was contacted. They wanted to treat the pups but after first $400 vet bill and paying for cancelled transport for four pups, they were low on funds.

7/6/18 UPDATE Drove four dogs to Sandy Crest today and got an update on three parvo pups.  Laurie said they’re doing fine, eating normally and gaining weight.  LASS paid for one week boarding for all three pups to help Crate Escape Rescue. They also took two mange pups and two of the dogs I transported today - WONDERFUL RESCUE PARTNER. 
- Diane Rashall

7/1/18 UPDATE:  LASS paid $1200 of the $1418 vet bill for several days of intravenous fluids and medications.  On June 28th, the LASS volunteer brought the puppies from the vet to quarantined boarding for two weeks. LASS will also help financially with this cost. At the end of two weeks the pups will have another parvo test and, if negative, will then go on transport to NY. 

And this is how three lives were saved!
- Diane Rashall

Saturday, June 30, 2018


We are in need of volunteers to help ASAP with administering meds to kittens and cats in a.m. and p.m.  All kittens and cats are in need of fosters and forever homes.  Please contact Arlene McCarthy if you can help.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Help needed to save these pups!

There were four pups about 10-12 weeks old found abandoned by Animal Control.  
Crate Escape Rescue in Wappingers Falls, NY agreed to take them. They were treated for coccidia, which cost rescue over $400, got Health Certificates, and were scheduled to leave on transport yesterday. When Alan (the shelter director) got to the shelter Friday morning, one of the pups had bloody stools (parvo symptom).  He euthanized that pup 🤬 and called Carissa asking what to do with the other three.  Carissa called me (Diane) to transport to vet where parvo test was positive.

They’re on iv’s at vet for about five days. Treatment for all three will be about $1500.

Since Crate Escape already paid first vet bill and paid transport which was cancelled, they need our help financially.  They have taken other difficult to place dogs, the four mange pups, so we’d really like to help them so they keep pulling our dogs. 

- Diane Rashall

To make a donation:
  • Contact Carolina Place Animal Hospital directly at 803-789-5047 
  • Donate to LASS, a 501(c)3 charitable organization at PAYPAL
  • Contact Arlene McCarthy, President, at

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 90º 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 May1st 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.

Friday, March 23, 2018


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



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.”

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