Karel Minor’s 20 Year Work Anniversary!
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by Maggie McDevitt
3d ago
After spending over 30 years in the animal welfare world, Humane Pennsylvania (HPA) President & CEO Karel Minor knows a thing or two about helping animals and their caretakers who love them. As the second longest-running leader in animal welfare in Pennsylvania, he is looking back at the progress made and strides taken over his 20 years as CEO of Humane PA. What do you love most about working for Humane Pennsylvania? What I love most about working at Humane PA is our culture of asking, “What needs to be done and how can we do it?” HPA isn’t bogged down in dogma (no pun intended!) abou ..read more
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Keep You And Your Pet Safe With These July 4th Safety Tips
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by Maggie McDevitt
3w ago
Each year many of us celebrate Independence Day with friends and family; enjoying barbeques and lively firework shows. However, these traditions can frighten and at times be dangerous to your pets. Follow these useful tips to keep your pets safe during the festive summer holiday. NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets Lit fireworks can be extremely dangerous to pets. Sparks from the fireworks can cause severe burns and/or trauma to the face, paws, and skin. Never use fireworks around your pets as many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy m ..read more
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Preventing Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by Maggie McDevitt
3M ago
By Dr. Alicia Simoneau, Humane Pennsylvania Chief Veterinary Officer April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! To make sure all dogs are protected from this serious disease, Dr. Simoneau has provided some valuable information for you and your pets. A pervasive, serious medical condition, heartworm disease affects more than 1 million dogs in the U.S. every year. The disease can cause irreparable organ damage, but it can be both treated and prevented. Cats and ferrets may also be affected by heartworms, but usually not to the same extent as dogs. What Causes Heartworms? Heartworm di ..read more
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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month!
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by Maggie McDevitt
5M ago
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month: The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets Written by Humane Pennsylvania Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Alicia Simoneau  Thursday, February 23, 2024, is World Spay Day, and Humane Pennsylvania is observing the holiday by speaking on the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. Companion animals not only help us stay happy and healthy, but they are like members of our families. They must receive necessary medical care so that we can enjoy as much time with them as possible. Maintaining your pet’s well-being can be achieved through preventative mea ..read more
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Linne’s Crunchy Cats
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by Maggie McDevitt
5M ago
Written By: Humane Pennsylvania Animal Care Technician, Linne Ortiz Working at HPA for the past 6 years, I have come across many cats – young, old, sick, or disabled. I’ve always had this thing for senior cats or “crunchy cats” as I like to call them. Having two of my crunchy cats pass away this year at 19 and 20 years old, I decided to adopt a few new additions to join my fur family – all being disabled, needing hospice, or having specific medical needs. Back in February, I came across a kitten with severe CH or the wobbly cat syndrome. She was brought in due to her health. She came in spicy ..read more
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How to Support the Animals on Change A Pet’s Life Day (January 24th)
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by Maggie McDevitt
6M ago
Written By: Humane Pennsylvania Media Coordinator, Maggie McDevitt Every year on January 24th, animal lovers and advocates everywhere celebrate Change A Pet’s Life Day, which is a special day for encouraging people to adopt shelter pets and raise awareness in the community about vulnerable animals in need. In fact, Humane PA is hosting a four-day fee-waived adoption event in celebration of Change A Pet’s Life Day, generously sponsored by Silverbox Creative Studio. There are many ways to celebrate and change a shelter pet’s life for the better. Although adoptions are encouraged, and many s ..read more
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Credit Where Credit’s Due and Plans for 2024
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by Maggie McDevitt
7M ago
Written by: Humane Pennsylvania CEO & President, Karel Minor I  joined Humane Pennsylvania (then Humane Society of Berks County) as executive director nearly twenty years ago. I had previously worked at a larger and better-funded animal shelter. But when I compared the output of the two organizations, I was surprised to find our little animal shelter did more and provided more of some services than the other, bigger shelter, despite having fewer resources. I started comparing our numbers to other organizations. We did more adoptions annually than some big-name, nationally known shelte ..read more
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BIG Changes Are Coming to Lancaster County!
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by CCadmin1*
1y ago
Written by Karel Minor, Humane Pennsylvania President & CEO Humane PA is very excited to share details about our next steps to deliver the most impactful services to animals and people in our community! The needs of animals and the community have rapidly changed a great deal in recent years. In the last 20 years, the number of animals entering Humane PA shelters has declined by over 85%. Shelter euthanasia has declined by 99%. These numbers reflect national statistics. What worked in the past for animals and people is no longer needed at the same scale. It also mea ..read more
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National Feed a Rescue Pet Week: July 24-30, 2023
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by CCadmin1*
1y ago
Written by Alexandra Young, Humane Pennsylvania Community Outreach Programs Manager National Feed a Rescue Pet Week was created by Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site in 2017 to raise awareness that food is one of the most critical supplies of animal shelters and to urge people to donate pet food to their local animal welfare organizations.  At Humane Pennsylvania (HPA), as an active partner with The Greater Good Charities GOODS Program and donors like you, we are able to provide comprehensive pet feeding programs:  We feed the shelter animals an adequate and consisten ..read more
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Happy National Pet Appreciation Week!
Humane Pennsylvania Blog
by CCadmin1*
1y ago
Written by Maggie McDevitt, Humane Pennsylvania Media Specialist It’s National Pet Appreciation Week! Pet Appreciation Week was started by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1981 to raise awareness of the benefits of pets in our daily lives. To celebrate, we’d like to highlight a few simple ways you can show your pet how much you appreciate them this week and support Humane Pennsylvania. Plan a Day at the Dog Park There’s nothing more exciting to a pup than heading to the wide-open spaces of Humane Pennsylvania’s Danielle Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park, located at 503 S. Center Road (Rte ..read more
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