Chihuahuas Seized in Humane Investigation

Medical help needed

As part of a recent humane investigation, six Chihuahuas, varying in age from young to 12-13 years old, male and female, were seized and signed over to the Bradford County Humane Society in Ulster. These six dogs are in very poor shape, needing immediate vet care especially for their teeth as shown in the photos. The teeth were neglected to the point that they grew out in a deformed way, making eating difficult and creating sores in their mouths that are painful. One of the dogs has a heart issue that will need to be addressed.

These Chihuahuas do not have any training, are not familiar with leashes and do not know any commands. They are however, lovable animals, but are confused about where they are and leery of new people.

They are scheduled for emergency surgery on their teeth this week at the Milan Vet Clinic. Their vet bills will be extensive and BCHS is asking for assistance for their care.

For questions about these dogs, please call BCHS at 570-888-2114.

Posted 12-1-11

BCHS Featured on Blog

A recent visitor to BCHS featured us in her blog:

2 Talk Horses

Posted 12-1-11

Stray Dog Needs Emergency Surgery

On November 21st, the Bradford County Humane Society was notified that the area dog warden was called to pick up a stray dog in Sayre that had been hit by a vehicle.

The dog, a Newfoundland Mix (large dog, around 85 pounds - 100 pounds) was wearing a silver choke collar and was brought immediately to the Milan Vet Clinic to be seen for emergency vet care. It was found to have broken its rear leg from the vehicle, and also has an abscess on its front leg that it is unknown how that happened.

Emergency surgery will be performed at Milan Vet Clinic to place pins in its leg to secure the bone. Further surgery will have to be performed at a later date to take the pins out.

The Bradford County Humane Society is looking for the owner of this dog. If you recognize this dog, or if it is your dog, please call BCHS at 570-888-2114.

The surgery will be quite expensive, and we are asking for assistance with the vet bill. If you can help in any way, BCHS would appreciate it. Donations can be mailed to the shelter to the attention of the "Newfie Fund" or use the Pay Pal button to the right of this page.  If the Pay Pal selection does not allow you to designate the "Newfie Fund" than email the shelter afterwards informing them of your donation and that you want it directed to the "Newfie Fund." Mail checks to: BCHS, Route 220, PO Box 179, Ulster PA 18850

Posted 11-22-11

Bradford County Humane Society to Hold its Christmas Open House

The elves at BCHS are making their plans and checking them twice because on Saturday, December 10th, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. we are inviting our pet-loving public and their four-footed companions to stop by and say “Merry Christmas.”

While here be sure to visit all of our pets available for adoption. You can munch on a buffet of refreshments and share pet-lover stories with the staff and board. Raffles, free door prizes, pet photography from Ruback's Photography and more! All this and furry friends too at the Bradford County Humane Society shelter on route 220, north of Ulster. We look forward to meeting you. Happy Holidays!

Photo: Zip is a young adult male Hound mix who would make an excellent companion. He is a mellow and sweet dog with nice manners. Zip is very affectionate and likes to give hugs. He behaves well on a leash and tries to keep his cage clean. Zip is a nice gentle dog who is all ready to fit into a new home.

Posted 11-16-11

BCHS Humane Officer Gives Updates

Humane Officer Hawbaker’s Animal Cruelty phone line rings non stop, day and night with people concerned over animals not having proper shelter, food, or water, among other things.

This time of year can be especially difficult with the cold and inclement weather.

Since the flooding in the area in September, BCHS has become extremely overcrowded with stray dogs and cats from the flood, as well as local strays that come in on a daily basis. BCHS scans each animal for a microchip, however if none is found, the dog is up for adoption after 48 hours. It is extremely important that if you have lost a pet to check your local animal shelter. Your pet could be waiting for you!

When BCHS becomes so overcrowded, they work with local and national animal rescue groups to transport animals to their shelters to adopt out. The Humane Officer has been instrumental in assisting with transporting these animals to areas where the animal can receive the best chance for adoption. This helps to relieve overcrowding and unnecessary euthanizing. This has allowed over 28 dogs to get a second chance on being adopted within the past calendar year.

Officer Hawbaker has been involved in the seizure of both small and large animals. Recently, she has had five court cases involving inhumane treatment of animals where the defendant was found guilty. Those found guilty will be forced to pay court costs, and restitution to BCHS when applicable. These investigations involve working with the County Detective, County District Attorney, County Dog Warden and the local community to help bridge the gap that exists between BCHS and the local law enforcement and local communities.

Hawbaker does work with the communities to make them aware of the laws and their responsibilities as pet owners. “I have worked with numerous people in the community to rectify situations rather than filing charges or seeking a warrant for seizure. I think this has been instrumental in developing a good rapport between BCHS and the community,” states Hawbaker.

Officer Hawbaker has been instrumental in working with the growing population of Bradford County. Municipalities within the county are inundated with a feral cat problem. These feral cats continue to breed over and over and create an overpopulation of cats. BCHS does not have the staff or manpower to conduct trapping operations or spay/neuter clinics in all of the communities affected. Officer Hawbaker has started to meet with local government to make them aware of the low cost spay and neuter clinics in the county. It has also been suggested to these communities to organize a group to collect monies for the traps, gas, and shelter fees to designate people responsible for the trapping of the feral cats and subsequent spaying and neutering and release. “Rather than a feeling of helplessness, the communities feel that there is a solution to the problem. The feedback that I receive from the local areas is that the program is working well,” stated Officer Hawbaker.

Both Officer Hawbaker and Community Coordinator, Jennifer L. Spencer attend Rotary Club meetings as well as conduct presentations in schools and senior centers to promote the shelter and educate the public on the importance of knowing the PA State Dog Laws and responsibilities of being a pet owner.

The job of the Bradford County Humane Society Humane Officer is one of law enforcement, teacher, counselor and voice of the animals that she is sworn to defend and protect. If you see signs of animal cruelty, call Animal Cruelty line at the Bradford County Humane Society at 570-888-4763. All calls that come in remain confidential.

The law of Pennsylvania Requires That You:

1. Supply FRESH food, water and necessary Veterinary care for all animals in your care or on your property.

2. Supply ALL animals’ access to clean shelter sufficient to keep it dry, protect it from bad weather and be adequate to preserve its own body heat.

Not following the laws above could mean:

1. Penalties
2. Fines
3. Forfeiture
4. And or JAIL time

Questions The Humane Police Officer Has Received In Regards To The Above Law:

1. Do livestock such as horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats and pigs need shelter?
Reply: YES, they must at least have a three sided shelter that is clean and stays dry. A TREE LINE IS NOT CONSIDERED ADEQUATE SHELTER.

2. If a dog can get under a porch or under a vehicle is that considered to be adequate?
Reply: NO, They must have a coop or nice dog house that stays dry and is not in the mud. BEDDING MUST BE STRAW OR WOOD SHAVINGS ONLY, NO RAGS OR BLANKETS.

Posted 11-16-11

A Letter to Tina Pickett and Matt Baker about Abused and Abandoned Pets

Tina and Matt,

This past spring we had to put our 14 year old Brittany Spaniel down. We considered her to be a member of our family and missed her incredibly afterward. Shortly after that we donated a large portion of different doggie items, treats, etc. to the Bradford County Humane Society (BCHS), at which time I signed up to foster for the BCHS. Several months ago we received a black lab/pit bull mix (Thor) that had received a broken leg, apparently from a baseball bat, and he was slightly under weight. I don't know how anyone could have abused this dog in such a manner because he is so sweet, lovable and obedient. When we got him he could barely stand on his right hind leg but since then, through exercise and play he's doing much better. We fell in love with him and he pretty much had adopted us so we finalized the paperwork and he now has a forever home with us. We had Thor for a few months when we took a second dog to foster. This dog (Megan) had been abandoned, was skin and bones (49 pounds) and was timid to the point of seeming to want to be invisible. We weren't able to keep Megan but when we took her back she weighed 64 pounds, was playful and loved to strut. We wish we could have continued to foster her but it wasn't possible.

Every day I see news of abandoned, emaciated pets that cannot be traced back to their owners. I know there has been other legislation in Pennsylvania to try to make owners responsible for their pets but we need something in addition to current legislation. A few days ago I read a "Letter to the Editor" about a supposed speeder hitting a loose dog. Sorry letter writer, if you had been a responsible owner and followed Pennsylvania leash law your dog would still be alive today. Today on the way home I saw a small dog cross the road in front of me. I slowed and beeped the horn to scare it. Was this another abandoned dog? Just a few minutes ago I received the following link but I have to warn you it might be too much to look at. The dog in this article cannot in any way be traced back to its irresponsible owner. Since the recent flooding in the area BCHS has been inundated with lost or abandoned pets and outside of advertising in the news media, no way to find the owners.

We were recently at a BCHS event where pets were being micro-chipped for identification purposes at the inexpensive rate of $35 dollars. People are required to license dogs, so why can't Pennsylvania require dog and cat owners to micro-chip their pets? From what I've seen, shelters are past overcrowding and far too many wonderful cats and dogs are being put down at great expense because people just can't be responsible anymore. Makes absolutely no sense to me at all. I firmly believe if micro-chips were required by law many of the problems we see at shelters would be greatly diminished because people would think twice about getting pets that would be required to have micro-chips that could be traced back to them. I would have the legislation include that when pets are given rabies shots or other medical care, vets would be required to check for micro-chips and if the pets didn't have micro-chips the owner would be reported to the enforcement arm of the humane society. I would also think that if micro-chipping were a requirement by law, the price of doing so would come down to even more affordable pricing.

I and a lot of other people really would appreciate it if both of you would introduce such legislation in the PA house of representatives. This legislation would solve a multitude of problems.

Thank you,
Victor Lawson

Posted (with permission) 11-16-11

Eat For Pete a Success

The Bradford County Humane Society's 14th Annual Eat for Pete was a big success this year. Many people from the community came out to The Towanda Elks Club on Thursday evening, November 10th to eat delicious Chicken and Biscuit dinner with all the fixins' to help support BCHS.

"Every year we are so lucky to depend on our local communities to come out to meet "Pete" and enjoy food, family and friends while supporting our shelter during National Shelter Awareness Week," stated BCHS Community Coordinator Jennifer L. Spencer. Pete was on hand to walk through the crowds and meet people. He had a blast, but did get tuckered out towards the end of the night, sleeping by some of the Bradford County Humane Society Board Member's feet.

Many students working on their senior projects with BCHS also were at the event, volunteering. Two students from Athens High School made a quilt and were raffling off tickets to win the quilt. The quilt will be raffled off at next year's Artsfest. "We wouldn't be so successful with this and our other events without the help of our volunteers! We are always looking for more volunteers to assist during our events," stated Spencer.

Pete was up for adoption on Saturday, November 12th and got adopted quickly. He went to a wonderful home. Many other pets are available for adoption at BCHS, so stop down to the shelter to see your new furry friend.

The BCHS staff and board members want to thank all of the patrons for dining with Pete, supporting our shelter and donating to us. Also a big thank you goes out to those that donated desserts.

To become a volunteer at BCHS, call the shelter at 888-2114 and ask for Jennifer, or stop into the shelter.

Posted 11-14-11

Sullivan Terrace Outreach Team Makes Donation

For the month of October members of the Outreach Team collected monetary and food donations for the Bradford County Humane Society.  They raised $105.00 for the shelter.  October is National Adopt a Pet Day, and the team wanted to help out the homeless and abandoned dogs and cats at BCHS.

From left to right in the photo are:  Jennifer L. Spencer, BCHS Community Coordinator, Jean Birdsall and her dog Zoe, Susan Peterman, Bonnie Houck, Sullivan Terrace Outreach Team Coordinator, and Maynard Brown.

Posted 11-14-11

November 1st was Franc Aristide Picou French Day!

Another happy story from an adopted owner at the Bradford County Humane Society as told by Marguerite Fox Picou: “As I drove in to work one day last October, I saw a medium-small dog taking in the sun in a roadside cornfield. I didn’t think anything of it. The next day, though, the dog was still there and he came running behind my car into my workplace. My first thought was, “oh no!” Now what? He was friendly - I patted him and then went into my office thinking that by lunchtime he would be gone ... as in gone home. Instead, he was still there and obviously hungry. All I had to feed him was a half a can of grated cheese. We sat outside on some steps together and I fed it to him gradually.

“Since it was Friday, I also decided I had problem and needed to find where he belonged. We walked the neighborhood together and no one recognized him. Somehow, I managed to get him into my car near the end of the day and brought him to the Bradford County Animal Shelter. I explained his situation to the intake workers who, in turn, explained to me that he had probably been dumped as opposed to being a runaway. There was no choice for me but to leave him there, thinking that he would either be claimed or adopted. He was just sooooo cute! For the next three weeks I checked about once a week to see how he was doing. I went to visit twice and brought my husband one of the times with me to meet him. Finally, at week three, I couldn’t stand it anymore. He was NOT going to become a shelter dog!

“Though he was endearing to shelter staff, Franc was a bundle of nerves and had dandruff when we went to get him. He wanted a home, our home, and he clearly remembered me! The BCHS staff, who had been patient with my phone calls and visits, got him ready to go, gave us clear instructions about getting him neutered and made sure that he had whatever vaccinations they could give him. In the next few days when we took him to the veterinarian for the first time, she estimated he was only 10 months old and declared that he is an airedale/hound mix. What a guy! His skin cleared up immediately. He’s been a wonderful addition to our home. Now a little more than one and one-half years old he is a great playmate and companion for our four and one-half year old female golden retriever. With her help and ours, he’s learned and continues to learn the rules of life, the house and play areas. Franc’s “puppiness” notwithstanding, he is a sweet, sweet boy and it is difficult to imagine life without him!”

Posted 11-14-11

November 6-12 Declared National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week in Bradford County

Recently, Bradford County Humane Society representatives brought in "Pete" to the Bradford County Commissioner's meeting to discuss and sign the proclamation of November 6th - November 12th being National Animal Shelter Appreciation week. 

Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator for BCHS, read the proclamation that specified animals shelters acting as safe havens for homeless and abused animals and providing them with comfort and care.  Animal shelters help both animals and people in many ways: by returning lost pets to their owners, enforcing animal control laws, rescuing injured animals, and educating the public. 

The work of these animal shelters and the importance of their services can go unnoticed and underappreciated by the citizens.  Therefore, the Commissioners of Bradford County, designated November 6th - November12th, 2011 National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week in Bradford County, in recognition of the Bradford County Humane Society for providing lifesaving services to animals and people in our community. 

The Bradford County Humane Society will hold its 14th Annual “Eat for Pete” fundraiser as part of its recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.  Each year the shelter’s staff chooses an adoptable pet to represent all homeless animals. 

This year “Pete” is a neutered male terrier mix. He will be available for adoption on November 12th. 

The “Eat for Pete” dinner with Pete in attendance will be held on November 10th from 5 to 7 pm at the Towanda Elks Club.  Dinner will include chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, vegetable, tossed salad, beverage, and choice of dessert.  The price is $7.00 for adults and free to preschool-age children.  Takeouts will be available. 

“Eat for Pete” is one of the most important fundraisers for our shelter.  The fact that it takes place during National Animal Shelter Appreciation week is to let the community know that there are so many homeless animals not only in our shelter, but across the country.  We hope to bring awareness to this fact and give people the opportunity to help our animals just by eating a meal, states Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator for BCHS.”   

Tops Markets in Wysox is partnering with The Bradford County Humane Society to hold their annual "Shop for Pete" fundraiser as part of its recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.  Each year the shelter’s staff chooses an adoptable pet to represent all homeless animals.  This year “Pete” is a neutered male terrier mix. He will be available for adoption on November 12th. 

Shop for Pete will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Wysox Tops Market in the Bradford Towne Center shopping plaza.  BCHS Representatives will be on hand with Wish Lists of items that the shelter is always in need of.  These include:  Non-clumping cat litter, kitten food, puppy chow, cat food and dog food (both canned and dry), laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, bleach for cleaning, 40/50 gallon garbage bags, collars and leashes, latex gloves and sponges for cleaning. 

"Shop for Pete is a great way for those that maybe can't adopt an animal right now to still be able to help out our shelter and to shop for our homeless and abandoned animals, stated Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator for BCHS. 

For more information about these events, or to learn more about volunteering, or adoption, call 570-888-2114.

Posted 11-3-11

BCHS Annual Eat for Pete Charity Dinner Planned

The Bradford County Humane Society will hold its 14th Annual “Eat for Pete” fundraiser as part of its recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Each year the shelter’s staff chooses an adoptable pet to represent all homeless animals.

This year “Pete” is a neutered male terrier mix. He will be available for adoption on November 12th.

The “Eat for Pete” dinner with Pete in attendance will be held on November 10th from 5 to 7 pm at the Towanda Elks Club. Dinner will include chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, vegetable, tossed salad, beverage, and choice of dessert. The price is $7.00 for adults and free to preschool-age children. Takeouts will be available.

“Eat for Pete” is one of the most important fundraisers for our shelter. The fact that it takes place during National Animal Shelter Appreciation week is to let the community know that there are so many homeless animals not only in our shelter, but across the country. We hope to bring awareness to this fact and give people the opportunity to help our animals just by eating a meal, states Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator for BCHS.”

Posted 10-20-11

BCHS Annual Shop for Pete at Tops in Wysox

Tops Markets in Wysox is partnering with The Bradford County Humane Society to hold their annual "Shop for Pete" fundraiser as part of its recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.  Each year the shelter’s staff chooses an adoptable pet to represent all homeless animals.  This year “Pete” is a neutered male terrier mix. He will be available for adoption on November 12th.

Shop for Pete will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Wysox Tops Market in the Bradford Towne Center shopping plaza.  BCHS Representatives will be on hand with Wish Lists of items that the shelter is always in need of.  These include:  Non-clumping cat litter, kitten food, puppy chow, cat food and dog food (both canned and dry), laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, bleach for cleaning, 40/50 gallon garbage bags, collars and leashes, latex gloves and sponges for cleaning.

"Shop for Pete is a great way for those that maybe can't adopt an animal right now to still be able to help out our shelter and to shop for our homeless and abandoned animals," stated Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator for BCHS.

For more information about this event, or to learn more about volunteering, or adoption, call 570-888-2114.

Posted 10-20-11

BCHS Accepting Applicatons for Kennel Attendant

BCHS is accepting applications for a kennel attendant. Job involves working with animals and the public. Applicants must be 25 years old and have a valid driver license.

Posted 10-20-11

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Are you looking for…

An adopted dog can be all of these things and so much more!

The Bradford County Humane Society is hoping that you can open your heart and home to a shelter dog and adopt during October's National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Every day dogs of various breeds come in as strays to the Bradford County Humane Society. If their owner does not come to claim them within 48 hours, these dogs are available for adoption. Each dog has their own background, and story, but they all need loving, caring homes.

While a lot of people are looking for puppies or small breed dogs, many other dogs tend to get overlooked. Senior dogs or dogs that may need special care are looking for their final forever homes. Pit bull breeds get a bad reputation. BCHS has many pure bred pit bulls or mixed breed pit bulls.

One in particular that has been at our shelter since August as part of a humane investigation is Price. She had been bred over and over again. Price is a very friendly girl who behaves well on a leash and is such a sweetheart. She is a favorite of all the staff members at BCHS. She is in desperate need of a home, as shelter life is making her depressed.

Cammi is another Pit Bull that is currently up for adoption. She is a 4.5 year old spayed female Pit Bull. She is friendly and keeps her cage clean but needs work on leash pulling. She needs an owner who is familiar with handling Pit Bulls.

Chief Running Dog is an older adult male Beagle who came to us as a stray from Wysox. He is a sweet and mellow guy with good manners. Chief is not a barky Beagle, he keeps his cage mostly clean, and is OK on a leash. He is probably a hunter and needs a home with no cats.

Elvira is an adult female lab mix who came to us as a stray from Sayre. She is a happy, friendly, high energy girl. Elvira keeps her cage mostly clean and is good on a leash. She is playful and likes to jump - she cannot be contained by a 6' wall. She is so fond of being up high that she likes to jump up and stand on the shoulder high wall between our outside kennels. Click to watch the video of this. Elvira would be an excellent family dog and would love to have a home with someone to play with her.

Even if you can’t adopt a dog right now, there are many things you can do to help homeless pets at BCHS. You can become a volunteer. Come to the shelter, fill out a volunteer application, and attend the next volunteer orientation. Then you can walk dogs, socialize with cats, help clean, and many other things.

Check out all of our other available pets on our pet list.

For questions, call 570-888-2114.


Most of the time when stray dogs come into the Bradford County Humane Society, little is known about their history. Age, shot records, whether they get along with other dogs or cats has to be determined. Many times the dog is timid, afraid of being in the shelter, in the cage and is stressed. Who could blame them? Living in a shelter is very stressful for an animal. “Hearing other dogs barking consistently, people coming and going can be very hard on any animal day in and day out,” states Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator for BCHS.

One such dog that came into the shelter back in June is Megan, a hound mix. She was brought in as a stray from the Gillett area and was extremely shy and nervous around people and dogs. After about a month in the shelter, Megan began to gain confidence but only around kennel staff that she was familiar with. The stress of being in the shelter caused her to not be able to gain weight, when she needed go gain about 15 pounds.

Vic Lawson, who fostered and most recently adopted Thor, a lab Mix who had a severe leg injury that required surgery was interested in working with Megan along with Thor to help her gain confidence and get over her timidity.
For about 3 weeks, Megan lived with Vic and gradually gained more and more confidence and became more social. Vic took Megan and Thor to BCHS’s annual Picnic With Your Pooch at the Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing. “Seeing such a change in Megan’s behavior was such a relief. I had never seen her so happy,” states Spencer.

Vic gave updates on Megan frequently. “Megan is a great dog, loving and affectionate. We've had her in foster care for almost 3 weeks. She's been gaining weight and confidence. She's a pretty girl, frisky and playful, likes to strut her stuff. She's ready for a forever home.”

Megan has since returned to BCHS. She has gained 15 pounds and is certainly looking very healthy. However, because she is back in the shelter environment it is worrisome that she may retreat back to being shy and nervous and may possibly lose the weight that she gained.
BCHS is looking for someone to open their heart and home to this special dog. Megan will need a home that the owner can spend lots of time with her. She needs to continue her socialization with people and other animals. She really thrives in a home environment.

Please stop down to the shelter in Ulster to see Megan and adopt her. She needs you!

For questions please call the shelter at 570-888-2114.

Posted 10-20-11

Barn with stalls and acreage needed

BCHS is in need of a barn with horse stalls and at least 10 acres to rent (or have donated!) for housing horses and cows seized in humane cases. Sometimes in an emergency animals have to be seized late at night and we need a pre-established place to take them.

Posted 10-5-11

NEWS report about BCHS Overcrowding

WETMTV news report about BCHS overcrowding.

BCHS overcrowded - we need homes for pets!

BCHS has experienced a huge influx of strays as a result of the flooding. If you have been thinking about adopting a pet, now is the time! If you can't commit to adoption, please consider fostering a pet. We have requested help from other shelters, but they are full as well.

Posted 9-27-11

3rd Annual Picnic With your Pooch a Success

On Saturday, September 24th, the 3rd Annual Picnic With Your Pooch, sponsored by The Bradford County Humane Society, was held at the Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing. The weather started out a little iffy, with light raindrops, but then the sun broke through and a wonderful day began.

Many owners came with their dogs, some that were adopted from BCHS. Some people currently fostering dogs brought them including Vic Lawson, who is fostering Thor and Megan from the shelter (photo below).

The Country Connection Line Dancers kicked off the event dancing to tunes ranging from Shania Twain to Lady Gaga.

Sue Meas and JoAnn Schaeffer held dog training demonstrations and agility demonstrations throughout the day. Spectators enjoyed watching the dogs jump over fences, weave in and out of poles, run through tunnels and walk over a see saw. (JoAnn at left)

There was quite a line for the Microchipping that was offered by Wyalusing Pet Clinic. Twelve people signed up their dogs to be microchipped, plus others came later on to have a microchip.

Everyone had the opportunity to taste various wines on hand in the Grovedale Winery tasting room.

Children enjoyed getting their faces painted by Joy Cooke - a variety of designs were available.

Many dogs had their photos taken by Scott Ruback from Ruback's Photography.

At 2:00, The River City Trio started singing an eclectic mix of songs from classic rock to hits from today.

Raffle prizes were drawn for Christmas Ornaments from Creekside Creations, gift certificate and salon products from Chrizma Salon, gift basket from Heidi's Pet Salon, gift cards from Dandy Mini Mart, gift certificate from Spoiled Pet Salon, arrangement from Gibb's Garden Center, a dog gift basket, cat gift basket, and cat bed from Bradford County Humane Society.

Bradford County Humane Society would like to thank the following vendors and supporters for making this event so successful.

Left: TJ, formerly Boots, was adopted from BCHS by BCHS volunteer Shirley. Right: Luke, formerly Princess, was adopted by Sally Vaughn. Both enjoyed their outing to this event.

Posted 9-26-11

Pet Visit Results In Same Day Adoption

Every month Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator at the Bradford County Humane Society brings in a shelter dog for pet visits to Sayre House Nursing Facility. It gives the dogs a chance to get out for the day, and the residents enjoy the companionship of the animals.

On Thursday, Sept 1st, Chi Chi the Chihuahua came with Jennifer to visit the residents. Walking from room to room, each resident had a chance to see and pet Chi Chi and tell stories of their own pets, past and present. “I love hearing the stories about their pets. I can see how it brightens their day to see a dog that might remind them of a long lost pet. It is nice to think of those memories.”
Walking past the nurses station at Sayre House, an RN named Kim was in awe. Immediately Chi Chi captured her heart. “I really think I am going to adopt him! What are your hours?” After her shift was finished, she hopped in her car and immediately came to BCHS to take Chi Chi home.

Chi Chi, 10 years old, had been at BCHS a little over a month. “This is such a happy story for Chi Chi. I was praying that she would get adopted into a loving home. My prayers were answered today,” says Jennifer.

So many other dogs and cats are still waiting for their forever homes. You can view adoptable pets online at or visit our shelter on Route 220 in Ulster Monday through Friday 10:30 – 4:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 4:00.

Posted 9-6-11

Foster Homes Needed

BCHS needs foster homes for baby kittens and mama cats.  We have a pregnant cat that will be having kittens soon and will need fostering.

Interested parties need to come into the shelter and fill out a Foster Application.

Posted 9-6-11

Shopping at Beiter's can Benefit BCHS

Beiter's Home center is participating in their 7th Annual Charity Drive and Sale. Anyone who makes a purchase at any Beiter's Home Center between Wednesday, September 14th and Monday, September 19th can designate that 5% of the purchase price is contributed to the Bradford County Humane Society. The customer needs to state during the sales transaction that they want 5% to go to BCHS.

Posted 8-25-11

Article about BCHS in Daily Review

Click to read: Shelter Animals Depend on Community for Support

Posted 8-9-11

Pictures from Legacy of the Valley

Above: Elvira, a dog available for adoption, gets attention from the Zumba class.

Left: Kelsey, a dog available for adoption, with BCHS volunteer Shawnee Norris.






Posted 8-5-11

WalMart Adoptathon

Several BCHS pets enjoyed an outing with volunteers to the Adoptathon at WalMart on July 23rd. They visited with volunteers and members of the public who stopped by the booth. One kitten was adopted as a result of the event.


Left: BCHS volunteers Alysha and Maggie with Sassy and Bobo.

Below: BCHS board member Pat Scala and volunteer Linda Clark.

What to do when you see a pet in a hot car

Click here for an ASPCA article on what to do if you see a pet in a hot parked car. This can become a life threatening situation for the pet in a very short time.

Wedding Benefits BCHS

Rob and Helen Stark have a big heart. In preparations for their wedding in July, in lieu of gifts, they requested their guests donate money or items to The Bradford County Humane Society. For most of the month of July, donations have been coming in the form of checks and wish list items like dog food, cat food, cat litter, and supplies.

We thank them so much for thinking of our shelter and being so generous and gracious.


Helen & Rob Stark with Bobo, who is up for adoption, and some of the donated items to BCHS.

Posted 7-21-11

Futures Residents Visit BCHS

On July 6th, Futures Community Support Services residents and staff visited The Bradford County Humane Society (BCHS). They walked several dogs and spent time in the cat adoption area.

Futures is a private, nonprofit corporation that provides services to individuals with a mental health and/or mental retardation diagnosis living in Bradford and Sullivan Counties. Services include training and education in living skills to individuals with emotional and/or developmental disabilities through residential living, family living, supportive living, and respite.

BCHS is proud to partner with Futures to be able to assist the residents and individuals with pet therapy and volunteerism.

Posted 7-13-11

Chrizma Salon Holds Fundraiser

Cassidy Estelle and Vanessa Vanderpool held a fundraiser selling bracelets at Chrizma Salon in Towanda for the animals at The Bradford County Humane Society and residents at Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility.

They raised over $60.00 for BCHS and have since become volunteers helping to walk dogs and socialize and groom the cats in the shelter.

"This is such a wonderful thing that they thought of us when holding their fundraiser. We appreciate their volunteer work as well," states Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator at BCHS.

Vanessa Vanderpool and Cassidy Estelle pose with cats available for adoption at BCHS.








Posted 7-13-11

Positions Available at BCHS

Part-Time Kennel Attendant
Must be at least 25 years old with valid driver's license
Will work with animnals and the public
Apply at the shelter or email resume to

Part-Time Licensed Vet Tech
Apply at the shelter

Part-Time Trainer
Must Have Proper Certification
Able to temperament test animals
Work with animals to become more adoptable
Apply at the shelter

Posted 7-12-11

I Rescued a Human Today

by Janine Allen, Trainer, Rescue Me Dog

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped by my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck, she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Posted 7-11-11

Fewer Pets Killed Because of Spay, Neuter Programs

Click here to read article

posted 7-11-11

BCHS Humane Officer Rescues Horse

What started out as a humane case involving cows became a cruelty case regarding a horse. Three months ago, Bradford County Humane Society’s Humane Officer Hawbaker responded to a call regarding cows in the Granville area. What Hawbaker found was a 20 year-old stallion that looked like it was loose, but upon closer investigation turned out to be tied up. The horse, named Sham, had its halter embedded in it behind his ears. Officer Hawbaker immediately seized the horse. When the halter was taken off, it literally tore a scab off of him because it was on so tight.

Because the Bradford County Humane Society does not have the facilities to house large animals, Sham had to be transported to a safe place. Luckily, a neighbor who has horses and a stable was willing to help keep the horse at his stable until there was another location to take Sham to.

The horse was in desperate need of vet care for shots, deworming and was gelded. The horse was eventually moved to another stable and is currently being fostered there.

Recently Officer Hawbaker visited Sham and he is in wonderful condition. Hawbaker rode him and he is excellent at riding.

Sham is currently up for adoption and would make a wonderful family horse. Because Sham was recently gelded he still has Stallion tendencies and may not be good with other horses.

For more information on adopting Sham, please contact Officer Hawbaker at 570-888-4763.

Posted 6-22-11

Martha Lloyd Residents Bring Gifts to BCHS

Martha Lloyd residents visited The Bradford County Humane Society on Wednesday, June 15th. They had worked very hard putting together gift baskets for a dog and a cat at the shelter. Items in the baskets included toys, treats, food, and bowls.

After presenting the baskets to the shelter, Jennifer Spencer, BCHS Community Coordinator, took them on a tour of the shelter, visiting the dogs and cats. A little kitten named Nutmeg took a liking to Beverly Brookes, wanting to play.

The shelter staff truly appreciates the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into making the baskets for our animals.

Photo caption: L-R Residents Karen Squitiere, Pam Fly, Staff Member Ann Esaias, and Resident Beverly Brookes

Posted 6-20-11


Please vote for BCHS is ASPCA's America's Favorite Shelter Contest to help us win a cash prize. Click here to vote and follow the instructions. Be sure to verify your vote by clicking the link in the email they send after you fill out the form.

Clothes Closet Brings Donations to BCHS

The Clothes Closet, located at the North Waverly Chapel in Waverly, NY, regularly brings in bedding, pillows, sheets and towels found unusable for their clients to the animals at the Bradford County Humane Society.

Linda Clark, a volunteer at the Bradford County Humane Society, also assists at The Clothes Closet and brings in the donated items to the shelter. “At The Clothes Closet, we are all animal lovers, and really try to help out BCHS by bringing in donated bedding to the animals.”

The Clothes Closet is a clothing ministry of The Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches, a non-profit Christian ministry run by lay and clergy volunteers of over 30 churches in the Valley. They provide clothing and small household items (such as towels, sheets, curtains, dishes, silverware, toys and children’s books) to those in need free of charge. Donations of good, clean clothing and small household goods are appreciated and accepted during operation hours or by special appointment.

“We greatly depend on our community for donations - monetary as well items for our animals. The Clothes Closet has been instrumental in helping our animals have a more comfy resting area in their kennels. We appreciate them so much,” states Jennifer L. Spencer, Community Coordinator for the Bradford County Humane Society.

The Clothes Closet is open Tuesdays from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM and Wednesdays from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. Good condition donations are greatly appreciated.
Call 607-565-4795 for more information regarding The Clothes Closet.

The Bridge is a non-profit organization of churches in the Penn-York Valley and serves residents in the school districts of Waverly, Sayre, and Athens. Incorporated in 1988, The Bridge is comprised of lay and clergy representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, and independent churches.

The Bridge provides a safety net for those in immediate need. All are helped regardless of background, race, color or persuasion. Their goal is to provide financial and spiritual support in times of crisis and emergency. For more information on The Bridge and all of the services they offer to the community, please call 570-888-8826.

Photo: L-R Kim Paul, Janice Burbank, Carol Campbell, Billie Jean White, and Joyce Gilfford. In front: Linda Clark, Jennifer Spencer, and Sapphire from BCHS. Not pictured are Clothes Closet Volunteers Marie Fisher and Letitia Pine

Posted 6-13-11

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

Every June marks Adopt a Shelter Cat Month sponsored by the Humane Society and the ASPCA.

If you are looking to get a new cat or kitten, take a look at your local shelter’s cats. Many are adults who are spayed or neutered and have been at the shelter for many months. Now, the Bradford County Humane Society’s cat room is full with cats and kittens awaiting their new homes. You can stop by our shelter, or check out the available cats at

Not everyone can adopt a new cat, but most folks really do want to make a difference. The good news is there are many ways to help. From assisting in the care and placement of shelter felines to educating the public on feral cat issues—here are a few easy ways you can make a difference for homeless cats in our community.

Show Your Virtual Support
Dedicate your Facebook status, Tweet or blog about an adoptable cat and help spread the word about Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month! Check out the Bradford County Humane Society’s petfinder page at

Volunteer at Your Local Shelter. Volunteering at your local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of homeless cats. From playing with kittens, walking dogs, to working a booth at area fundraising events, volunteering makes a difference. Call Jennifer at BCHS at 570-888-2114 to get more information on volunteering.

Donate Goods. Caring for homeless cats and providing them with food are expensive endeavors. You can help by donating money or goods—including toys, crates, blankets or food to your local shelter.

Throw a Party! Organize an event for all your friends, and donate the proceeds to your local shelter in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Any kind of social event—a pizza party, car wash or community yard sale—is a great way to make new friends and raise money. Publicize it with flyers and signs, and remind everyone about the importance of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.

Spread the Word! Talk to others about helping homeless pets. Encourage those who are looking for new pets to consider adopting an animal from a shelter. Inform friends and family members about shelter fundraisers and events.

Report Animal Cruelty. One of the best things you can do to for the cats in our community is to help crack down on animal cruelty. To report animal cruelty, call the Bradford County Humane Society Humane Officer line at 570-888-4763.

Posted 6-1-11

Darway Nursing Home Donates to BCHS

For three months Darway Nursing Home residents in Dushore, PA held fundraisers to help support the Bradford County Humane Society. Bake sales and hoagie sales generated enough funds to purchase dog food, cat food, cat litter, supplies, office supplies including paper, highlighters, folders as well as blankets for the animals.
About 12 residents participated in the Darway Nursing Home PEER program (Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents) to raise money for BCHS.

Pictured L-R Karen Seals, Carol Dieffenbach, BSST Area Agency on Aging Ombudsman, Sam Randolph, Tara Houck, and Jim Smith

Posted 5-26-11

BCHS Benefits from Child's Birthday

Mackenzie Wilkerson loves animals, and instead of getting birthday presents for her birthday party, she asked her guests to donate items to the Bradford County Humane Society.

April 29th was Mackenzie's actual birthday, with her birthday party held on May 7th. A total of 10 kids attended and donated dog food, cat food, and cleaning supplies, along with $61.00.

Mackenzie herself, along with her sister, mother, and friend dropped off the items at the shelter. BCHS would like to extend a huge thank you to Mackenzie and her guests for being so generous and thinking of the animals.

Posted 5-23-11