York Adopt A Pet makes annual report to county, asks for increase in funds

YORK – Representatives of York Adopt A Pet made their annual report to the county commissioners this past week, as well as their annual funding request with a slight increase over what the contributions had been in past years.

York County has been contributing $4,000 a year to the entity, as the county is statutorily required to provide funding for animal control.

Susan Rodabaugh, York Adopt A Pet shelter manager, and Katie North, an Adopt A Pet volunteer, made the presentation before the county board.

“We put in a request for $5,000 this year, for what we do in the county, as the costs of what we do, like everything, have gone up,” North told the county board members.

“Our expenses have gone up,” Rodabaugh acknowledged. “We spay and neuter all the abandoned animals that come in, if they haven’t been already, which is about 90%. That expense has gone up 24%. And they all get rabies shots, those have gone up 33%.”

Commissioner Chairman Randy Obermier asked about the animals that come into York Adopt A Pet from out of county, with the two saying they don’t typically take animals from outside the county, “but sometimes there are certain circumstances that warrant it.”

“It’s tough right now, because every shelter is full, and that’s a nationwide problem,” Rodabaugh said. “We do chip animals at a minimal cost of $15, which is paid by the animal owners.”

North noted that the York County Sheriff’s Department does not pick up animals – rather they call Adopt A Pet for their contractual services. Obermier agreed, saying, “This is a service provided to us so we won’t have to do it.”

Their presentation included a statement from Charlie Sanders, who is the president of the entity’s board of directors. He said, “We play a vital role in protecting and improving the lives of animals, providing a safe and loving environment for stray, abandoned and surrendered cats and dogs. Animals in our shelter often come from difficult situations, such as abuse or neglect. These animals need a safe and nurturing environment to heal and recover. We provide food, medical care and companionship to these animals, helping them to become adoptable and find loving homes.

“YAAP also plays a critical role in controlling pet over-population,” Sanders said in his report. “We provide spaying and neutering services for the animals in our care, as well as education on responsible pet ownership. This helps to reduce the number of unwanted animals and ultimately reduces the number of animals that must enter a shelter. We also serve as a resource for the community, offering a variety of services, such as adoption, lost and found and volunteer opportunities.”

Between January of 2022 and May 26, 2023, 158 animals were received by YAAP from the area of the county at large (not including the City of York). The annual report said 114 were stray, 34 were owner-surrendered and 10 came in because the owner was arrested. Of those 158 cats and dogs, 48 were returned to the owner, six died in care, 10 had to be euthanized, 77 were adopted and 17 remain at the shelter.

In the 2022 calendar year, 293 animals came into YAAP from the City of York; 118 were from the outlying area of York County; and 222 were from outside York County.

The success stories from 2022 were incredible: there were 377 total adoptions, with 104 being inside York, 28 in York County, 227 in the state and 18 out of state.

Financially, YAAP received the following funds from participating government entities in 2022: City of York, $32,500; York County, $4,000; Benedict, $150; Bradshaw, $150; Gresham, $150; Henderson, $150; Stromsburg, $250; and Waco, $150. That adds up to $37,500 for the year.

“This is a budget request and will be added to the budget discussion during budget time, which is approaching,” Obermier said.

The board will make a decision on the increase when the budget process is underway.




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