A Paws For Pets — The past and present of York Adopt A Pet

By LaMoine Roth, York Adopt A Pet

York Adopt A Pet was founded by Judi and Gail Norland many years ago. Their goal was to secure a shelter where they could place the many strays they had been rescuing in the city and surrounding area of York County. It was based on volunteers giving their time, money and compassion to reach such a goal.

From a small block building at the old city dump without heat, to a small shelter behind what is now York Animal Clinic, it became the 8,000-square-foot building on Platte, with the dog park directly in front of YAAP. It took major fundraising, securing a FDA loan and literally hundreds of hours of planning. The citizens of York and the City of York stepped up to make YAAP into the shelter that it is today. I couldn’t begin to name all of those who contributed with monetary means and their physical labor while all throughout the county they cheered us on.

In the beginning stages, the citizens of York as well as the City of York stood behind us as our cheerleaders in our determination to make York Adopt A Pet self-sustaining, non-profit animal shelter.

Unbelievably it was finally achieved and on April 10, 2010 we moved all the dogs from the old shelter and all the cats from their temporary housing. I know there are many of us who will never forget walking a leashed dog across the road or carrying a cat carrier into the state-of-the-art building.

That’s how we began. Then came reality. Now that we have celebrated our 13th year, we are realizing that our numbers are annually growing. We are serving many more strays and relinquished dogs and cats. I know I am preaching to the choir but utility costs have risen, insurance has increased, the costs of special foods, medications, spay/neutering, supplies and salaries have risen as well.

I could write a book about the dedicated and special volunteers we have. Some have been with the organization for years. Have you ever thought about volunteering a shift for either the cats or the dogs? Get one of your co-workers, next door neighbors or friends to come with you. I guarantee you will enjoy it. Just ask Cindy Bouchard, pictured here in the article. She has volunteered for years. As you can see, she loves the cats and they certainly do love her.

Besides rescuing, caring for and adopting YAAP’s dogs and cats, we have fundraisers to generate money to help cover the costs. Our next fundraiser, Tinsel and Tails, will be Saturday, Nov. 4, in the lobby of YAAP, from 8-11 a.m. There will be lots of goodies for your tummy, treats and toys for your pets and items for your holiday decorating. See you there.

And last, but certainly not least, are the dogs and cats who are the main concern. I hope you can meet LoRay and her four little calendar babies. Cindy Bouchard’s aunt, Jane, was sitting on her front porch at her farm home east of York. She saw a little black head peeking out of a cornrow across the road. In its mouth was a tiny black kitten. She carefully carried it across the road, stopping every little bit to check her surroundings and to get another grip on her little kitten. She carried the kitten to the side of the porch, gently sat it down and immediately off she went. Shortly she came back with another little black kitten. This continued until she had all her babies in a group — a little ginger and a white kitten, a brown tabby and two adorable black kittens. Then she laid down with her kittens as if to say, “OK, I’ve done all the hard work getting my little family to you, will you help me keep them out of harm’s way?” And naturally Jane thought of York Adopt A Pat.

I hope you think of Adopt a Pet by joining our volunteer base, donating to our cause and of course, giving a dog or cat their forever home.


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