Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Animal Shelter Funding Approved by County Council!

Success! January 28, 2019 was a joyful day for LASS members and other animal advocates in Lancaster County. On that day, County Council finally approved funding for a new animal shelter. The vote followed over two years of persistent lobbying by LASS members...emailing, calling, speaking at council meetings, letters to newspapers...any opportunity to speak for animals who cannot speak for themselves. 
The new shelter will be located on Pageland Highway, (Route 9), near the Farmers’ Market and the SC Division of Motor Vehicles. At 11,000 square feet, the shelter will be more than five times the size of our current facility. The design by local architects McMillan/Pazdan/Smith allows for significant expansion in the future. The shelter will have 46 dog runs, 15 more than the current shelter, and will have separate wings for adoptable dogs and for dogs being held for transport, or for health or legal issues. 
Shelter manager Alan Williams is confident that adoptions will increase when the bright new shelter opens its doors. It will be a pleasant, welcoming place for potential adopters to visit. The larger space will allow more volunteers to work at the same time, and the shelter itself will be a natural impetus for LASS fundraising.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I & R Committee Approves Moving Ahead With Shelter

Thank you so much for everyone who attended the I & R meeting today in Lancaster.
Because of your support the committee has voted to move ahead on the building of the much needed Animal Shelter in Lancaster.
Thank you also to all of you who sent the council members emails and phone calls supporting your support for a new shelter.  They do listen to taxpayers.
Our next big step will be to attend the FULL Council meeting on January 28 at 6 pm in Lancaster City Hall..Let me know if you can make this very important meeting.  We will be car pooling.
Thank you again.....LASS cannot be effective without your support.
Arlene McCarthy
PS  Would be wonderful if you could email the I & R Committee and thank them.
Larry Honeycutt, Terry Graham, etc

Friday, January 11, 2019


Lancaster County Council has long been promising a new animalshelter for 2019. But last month, when bids for shelter construction came inhigher than expected, Council postponed the vote and indicated an unwillingnessto allocate extra money for the project. This coming week, they WILL vote onwhether to proceed with construction. 
PLEASE come to the County Council meetingon Monday evening, Jan. 14th, at 6:00 PM at the CountyAdministration Building, 101 N. Main Street, Lancaster, 2nd floor. Green sashes will be distributed for citizens to showthe council we are there.  A DISPLAY OFPUBLIC SUPPORT IS VITAL.
The shelter will not be discussed at the Monday meeting but it's our chance to show support in advance of the actual vote on Tuesday, the 15th,at the Infrastructure & Regulation meeting at 3 PM. Your attendance is needed at that as well. 

Please come to one or BOTH meetings.