BVSPCA and the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare teamed up to assist the family of the deceased caregiver.
DOVER, DE (February 25, 2019) – The Brandywine Valley SPCA announced today that it removed 44 mostly small dogs from a home in Dover on Friday in collaboration with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare (OAW). The dogs’ elderly primary caregiver passed away earlier in the week, and relatives contacted OAW for assistance with the dogs.
The dogs consist of mostly small breeds, including Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Yorkshire Terriers. They range in age from young adults to seniors. The BVSPCA took thirty of the dogs to their Animal Rescue Center (ARC) in Georgetown and the remaining fourteen to their New Castle Campus. The dogs received initial exams by BVSPCA staff at the property and subsequently received full veterinary evaluations by the BVSPCA medical team.
The dogs, which were in good condition at intake, are being spay/neutered today and tomorrow. Thirty-six of the dogs will be placed up for adoption, and eight will be returned to relatives following their spay/neuter surgery. The BVSPCA expects the first dogs to become available for adoption tomorrow at the New Castle and Georgetown Campuses, then some on Wednesday at the West Chester Campus. Any dogs needing time to adjust or significant medical care will remain in the BVSPCA care as needed.
“We appreciate the next of kin taking a proactive role to ensure the safety and well-being of these dogs,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. “Having the infrastructure we do across the state of Delaware made us uniquely qualified to respond to that request for help.”
“We are glad that someone reached out to us for assistance, so that we could remove the dogs from an unfortunate situation and work with the Brandywine Valley SPCA to get them into loving homes,” said Christina Motoyoshi, Director, Delaware Office of Animal Welfare.
Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open admission no-kill shelter in Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2018, the BVSPCA cared for more than 14,000 stray, owner-surrendered, wayward owned, and abused and neglected animals while achieving a 95% live release rate. The BVSPCA provides animal protective services for Chester County and much of Delaware County in Pennsylvania, and it holds a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide state-wide animal services for dogs. Animals are placed through three adoption centers: the West Chester Campus, the New Castle Campus, the Georgetown Campus. In addition, the BVSPCA provides families with safety net and low-cost veterinary services at its three clinic locations: the Malvern Animal Health Center, the New Castle Animal Health Center, and the Georgetown Animal Health Center. The BVSPCA also operates the Animal Rescue Center (ARC), a facility dedicated to helping animals with additional needs prior to being ready for adoption, such as cruelty cases, disaster victims, and infants. www.bvspca.org.
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