New fees for stray animals returned to owners

The following operating procedure will be followed for returning dogs to owners that are taken to FSAC-SPCA or satellite kennels:  

Impound Fee's 

$25.00 Impound                   $25.00

$15.00 per vaccination x3   $45.00

Worming                                $5.00



Once owner has been notified, boarding will be $20.00 a night. 

Summer Food Program for Summer Camp

The First State Animal Center & SPCA will be participating in the 2015 Summer Food Service program for our summer camps Session 1 (June 22nd-27th) and Session 2 (August 3rd-7th)

The Summer Food Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture.  This program provides all children 18 years of age and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TTY).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For further information please contact:

Kelsi Foster-Burleigh at 302-943-6032 ext. 134

Scamper for Paws and Claws 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Registration: $20 until April 15th. $25 after and on event day. 

FREE entry with $25 in pledges.  Make checks payable to First State Animal Center & SPCA.

Mail pre-registration forms to First State Animal Center & SPCA at: 32 Shelter Circle Camden, DE 19934.

Download additional entry/pledge forms at Registration starts at 8 am race day.

Awards: TBA

Amenities: Race t-shirt for all registered participants, water stop and refreshments provided, timing and finish line by Seashore Striders Race Productions.

Register online at Seashore Striders web site here:

March 12, 2015 Guest Bartending Event

Hello Everyone,

We are so excited to be entering the Month of March. Our guest Bartending night is March 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Brandywine Brewing Company
4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
(302) 655-3785

All donations collected will be used to benefit the thousands of homeless animals which enter our program every year.  We use life saving programs of low cost spay/neuter, adoption, return to owners, microchipping, and transferring our our rescue partners to make our 90% live release rate. 

We are so thankful you are able to help us collect donations. If your donors can bring checks or give them to you prior to the event feel free to collect them and bring them that evening.   Our name is First State Animal Center and SPCA.  Our address is 32 Shelter Circle Camden DE 19934.  Our tax ID number is 51-6018851. 

Here are the time slots with individuals assigned and work partners.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

6:00 pm Shift
Amy Colbourn
Lisa Chase
Karol Schmiegel

6:30 pm Shift 
Dawn Becker
Diane Skipski
Pat Diienno
Nash Childs

7:00 pm Shift
Mark Martell
David Litz
James McDonald
Jamie Collins

7:30 pm Shift
Andrea Wakefield
Lisa Stone
Joanie Sassa
Kathi Trapnelli

8:00 pm Shift
Rick James
Nick Smith
Marshall and Erin Jenney

8:30 pm Shift
Caroline Jenney
Jill Abbott
Jenni Brandi
Mike Dodson

Proposed Regulations for Animals Held in Shelter Office of Animal Welfare, state of Delaware

I am submitting written testimony in opposition of the animal shelter standards that were written and presented for discussion on February 2015.   These standards are lacking clarification in some areas and are overstepping the bounds of oversight in other areas.

If these standards are so important for animal shelters, what about the hundreds of animals sitting in our rescue agencies? These agencies should be subject to the same level of oversight as a brick and mortar shelter.

Minimum Standards of care and treatment: This is an area which is lacking in clarification from Title 16.   The intentions of shelter standards should be to set standards for minimum levels of care for animal.  As such, there are no standards, for the five freedoms of animal welfare as published by the Animal Welfare Council in 2009.  These five freedoms are freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury, or disease, freedom to express normal behavior, and freedom from fear and distress.  

Certification and training for euthanasia technicians, acceptable standards, methods, and procedure for euthanasia:  This area is overstepping the bounds of oversight.   We already have acceptable standards for euthanasia in Title 16; and the American Veterinary Medical Association has guidelines on euthanasia standards already published.  These new regulations are requiring renewed training and certification of euthanasia technicians which doesn’t raise the level of professional expertise, just makes additional administrative duties.  Since our euthanasia is based on dog control and cruelty investigations, we will require our contracts for these services to supply the necessary resources to meet the new demand. 

 It should be noted in the OAW dog control recommendation that the FSAC-SPCA has increased costs to provide this dog control service, it was the passage of Title 3, Shelter standards in 2010 that required additional funding to provide the unfunded mandates from the State.  It should be expected that additional administrative duties will again raise costs to provide service.

Animal adoption, recovery, and rehabilitation: Where are the requirements for adoption?  Missing is a key aspect of shelter/rescue operations. Many of our states animals languish in cages in shelters and rescues for one to three years.  All adopted animals must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro chipped prior to adoption paperwork being finalized.  All microchips should be registered with a national company to ensure ease of returning lost pets should the pet become lost.

“Animal agencies should make every attempt to offer more available hours for adoption,” is an example of overreach of authority. Non profits donors and supporters will set the mission based programs to meet the needs of the community. It should not be through oversight from a state agency. 

All found pets should be reported to the appropriate animal control agency as a found animal to be recorded in the lost and found registry.  All found pets should be listed on a website (since documentation is necessary to provide proof this has occurred, the FSAC-SPCA is only listing on Delaware Craigslist.  Our webpage doesn’t allow us to show proof that the animal was posted, therefore, we have changed our operations manual) to allow the lost owners visual identification to find their pet.  All lost pets should also be reported to the appropriate animal control agency to be recorded in the lost and found registry.  The lost and found registry should be updated at least monthly, to ensure accurate information is on file.

Procedures for inspections and complaints: Processes for inspections and complaints, are not clearly defined.  What constitutes a complaint?  Is probable cause required?  Is the complaint a witnessed event by the RP (Reporting Party)? Is it something they read on line? Is there recourse for unfounded complaints? Are there civil judgments against false harassing complaints?

Record keeping obligations: Record keeping for every animal, every detail of that animal and every disposition of that animal and of course proof that every detail occurred to every animal is a mountainous administrative task for our large intake shelter.  We utilize a shelter software program to track every detail of the animals which come to us for a safe place while temporarily homeless.   As with any software program, there are limitations to the reports available, and these additional administrative requirements will again require additional resources. By adding additional reporting of 14.2 thru 14.5, how will these requirements help animals be located in shelters?  

Let’s finally remember that most nonprofit animal welfare agencies in Delaware are funded by donations, grants and special events.  Do our states donors really want their dollars to be used for bureaucracy complaints instead of direct care?  Since the doors have been closed to many animals in the last three years, is this going to close more doors to more animals?  What is the plan when our nonprofit shelters close because they can no longer afford to provide quality animal care? Is the State ready to accept the deluge of complaints against a government run animal agency?  If you look at national trends for arrests of animal shelter employees, they have been government employees who do not have the necessary resources to care for the onslaught of unwanted, lost or abandoned animals.

Additionally we will soon be requiring professional regulation of animal control officers.  This process will bring resources to individuals who risk their own personal safety every day to ensure our humans and animals are safe in our state.  We are thrilled that this is coming, but will require the approval of the current dog control vendors since the financial outlay will require more funds from their coffers.

Let’s be smart and progressive and give animals the necessary resources they need to find a new home, not languish in a cage for years.  The goal should be empty shelters not shelters hoarding animals.

To share your views and opinions, contact Christina Motoyoshi, Deputy Director, Office of Animal or FAX: (302) 255-4621
Review the proposal here:

State of Delaware Dog Control Recommendations and FSAC Response

The state of Delaware has developed a proposal for dog control throughout the entire state. To view their proposal, click here.

The First State Animal Center & SPCA, in conjunction with Delaware Animal Care and Control, has written a response to the state's proposal. You can read that here.

You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader program to view these documents.

Cold weather and your pets

First State Animal Center –SPCA provides life-saving tips for caring for animals during snow storm and cold weather

Dover, DE -- With snow, sleet and continuing cold temperatures(at night) forecasted in the next few days,  the First State Animal Center – SPCA (FSAC-SPCA), asks that dog and cat owners to make every effort to keep their pets safe, warm and dry.

According to officers at Delaware Animal Care and Control (DEACC), which is under the auspices of the First State Animal Center and SPCA, DEACC has received, on average,  about 150 calls daily related to animal care and the cold since last Wednesday.  Many of these calls are individuals calling about dogs being left out in the cold in their respective neighborhoods or spotted outside at a residence in the three counties.

Ideally, when the temperatures plummet and there is snow or sleet in the forecast, the pet should remain inside the owner’s home. However, those who must keep their pets outside  should follow the following specifications for the humane handling, care and treatment of their pet dogs and cats.

All outdoor housing facilities for pets should be structurally sound and safe for the animal, and the housing facility should fit the pet securely and restrict other animals from entering. The facility, or dog house, should preserve body heat, and keep them dry during the snow. Additional bedding needs to be provided for the animal when the temperature falls below 35 degrees or less. Some type of rubber/cloth covering, such as a thick, textured rug (kitchen or car mat) should be adhered to the door of the housing structure, to keep the snow out, but in such a way that the animal can get in and out of. The owner must check on the pet often during the storm, ensuring the pet has thawed water, and that it can go to the bathroom.  Adding a little sugar to the pet’s water will add calories to the pet’s diet, as they burn up more calories trying to stay warm.

If a pet owner has to keep the animal outside during bad weather, the owner must check regularly the pet’s water dish, to make sure the animal has access to fresh, thawed water, and additional bedding, which must be wood chips or straw, NOT blankets- the use of blankets is also against the law. “If the animal gets wet, so will the blanket, making the situation worse, possibly deadly-- for the animal,” FSAC-SPCA officials said.  

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Information about the First State Animal Center and SPCA, a non-profit, charitable organization, can be found at

A Christmas Poem for the Animals at First State Animal Center and SPCA

By Michael Fenimore and Lisa Chase

Broadcast Live on Newstalk 105.9 Christmas Eve, 2014


‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter

K-9’s and Felines were snuggling together.

Some bunnies and horses and chickens outside

Were comforted by St. Francis, a friend from inside.

St. Francis, once wealthy with everything he had

Champions the creatures, all healthy but sad.


“Why so down, my four-legged friends?”

“We’re here in this shelter with no home of our own.”

“Well then,” he said, with love in his heart,

“Take heed of the angels and watch them take part.”


“Their wings from the heavens will cover you in love

And find you the families with hearts fueled from above.”

“But that’s not all,” the critters did cry

“So what else can I do?” said Francis as he looked in each eye.


“We want all of our friends to be safe Christmas time. But it takes more than houses they need money to be fine.

First State Animal Center’s mission and work is to open people’s hearts and  their wallets, and give them a  tax perk.”

Dodie and Winter and 100 dogs barked. Kitty and Kimmy and 200 purred in the dark.

They reminded St. Francis of their friends at Petsmart, “In Dover” they cried, “they all need loving hearts.”

“Don’t forget Petco” one kitten did cry “it’s a fun place to visit if you give it a try,

Just down the road I think at the beach. Nothing too far, it’s not out of reach.”


The bunnies chimed in and said “What about us?”

“No worries my friends, you’re fuzzy and loved.”

“We will find the right people with big open hearts.”

So St. Francis of Assisi called St. Nick from above.

To find these fine creatures good homes and great love.


Misty and Cha Cha along with big Nuke all whinnied and neighed for a barn full of hay.

“We want pastures and children and grownups too to groom us and pet us to call us their own.”

“No need to be frightened,” St. Francis said with a tear

“Those angels are watching this special time of year.”

“You see this is Christmas and miracles appear.”

Love for all creatures, human and not, the animals in shelters that humans forgot.

“But you have so much to be grateful for here as you wait.”

“There are volunteers and staff to open that gate.”


So for those of you listening, reading or both,

Do you have room in your lives for an animal with hopes?

They seek loving families or partners like you,

To give them the dream of a life spent with you.

If you can’t take one home we do understand,

But any contribution would be better than none.

They need feed and some blankets, bedding and toys,

The love from your heart will help them endure.

So join St. Francis and good ole St. Nick, and give all these critters as much as you can.

From your friends at the shelter, both four legs and two,

We thank you and wish that your giving spirit never ends.