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Caring for Cats and Canines in Our Community

Have you ever wanted to adopt every animal from a shelter and take care of them but you don’t have the room, the money, or the expertise to run a zoo? You can always visit! You can help cheer the animals up by just by going to an SPCA near you and spending time with them.

In Bucks County, there are two SPCA locations—one in Quakertown, PA, and one in Lahaska, PA. On their website, you can find their mission statement, “The Bucks County SPCA assists animals in need and prevents suffering through rescue, rehoming, cruelty investigation, and prosecution, and community outreach.” There are also links to donate on their website as well.
If you want an experience along with your donation, you can visit the animals at the shelter. Our news team visited the Quakertown SPCA. There are so many animal accessories you can purchase. They have leashes, treats, harnesses, and any other necessities you might need. On the right are small animals, like bunnies and guinea pigs. The kind staff behind the desk will point you in the right direction to the dog and cat sections.

Although you cannot pet the dogs, you can awe over the old souls and the puppies that don’t fit into their paws quite yet. After visiting the talkative canines, you can sit and enjoy the presence of other furry friends. Once you apply hand sanitizer, you can open a cage at a time and play with the cats. Our news team had the opportunity to meet Frankie and Orson. Frankie is a 14-year-old orange cat. His fluffiness just adds to his charm. Frankie likes being held and petted. He’s still quite spry for his age with a gentle disposition. He loved our team member, Will Phelan, and enjoyed sitting and purring on his lap.

At first glance, the cats may look bored but once you break them out of their cage and let them stretch and exercise, they perk up. If you’ve been looking for a cat or dog to adopt, the SPCA has a loving cat that needs a loving home. If you’re debating whether to get a shelter animal, one visit to the SPCA and your mind will be made up. Dog owner, Stacy Potter, has gone to the shelter to adopt her dogs and hasn’t had a bad experience. It doesn’t matter the reason you’re hesitant to adopt or yearning to adopt, you will find your best friend here. Marc Pfeffer has given his time and put his life on the line in the military. Pfeffer said, “I always wanted to be a father figure, but I never got the chance because of deployment.” He turned to adopting cats. “They help me cope and feel comfortable after the military,” Pfeffer explained.

Even if you can’t adopt, you can give back by taking time out of your day to give animals the love and hope they need and deserve. Not only is it a fun experience that anybody can access, but you’ll also be doing a good deed and a kind act. Animals deserve love, happiness, and a warm home just as much as people.


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Tori Kemmerling, Student Writer
Tori Kemmerling, Grade 12. Interests/hobbies include singing, writing, and hanging out with friends and family. Tori plans to attend Bucks County Community College and then Messiah University to study journalism and hopes to be the CEO of the New York Times.

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