Alice AKA: L'il Bit

This is Alice (Or Lil 'bit), she was found on 10/20/2015 by Delaware Animal Care and Control Sussex Division officers near Millsboro. We received a complaint of a skinny dog running loose.  When the Sgt. saw the emaciated beagle cowering by a fenced yard, she knew immediately that she must secure this dog.  She called for backup and thanks to the Sgt. and PFC's patience and experience in handling fearful stray dogs,  they were able to safely contain her and transport her to First State Animal Center.  As you can tell, Alice has missed many meals and is going to need special care.  We do not know how long she has been out on her own or how she got there, but know that she is now going to get much needed medical care with lots TLC from our staff.  We will update you on Alice's progress as she recovers at our shelter.  


Misrepresentation by Blevins and the OAW

An eye opening video clip, for those unaware, of Senator Blevins' and the Office of Animal Welfare's (OAW) deceitful presentation to the FSAC-SPCA board regarding the future of animal control statewide.  Note how Senator Blevins states how she would like all of the shelters to come together to make a plan for a Dog Control in the state, and create an establishment of a public/private partnership.  No meeting after this one ever occurred to discuss the matter any further.  There were no meetings with board members, government, or the public as she stated.  Instead, the change for the state to take over Dog Control was decided in the wee hours of the morning, pushed through by Senator Blevins, herself, as part of the state budget.  

The video clip of Senator Blevins discussing future meetings can be found here:

Furthermore, Senator Blevins again made untrue statements to the Senate when questioned by Colin Bonini.  Her first false statement was that the Animal Welfare Taskforce decided that the state take over Dog Control.  This was not decided by the group, it was merely a recommendation to investigate animal control. 

Secondly, Senator Blevins stated the FSAC used "large vans" for dog control, all which had over 300,000 miles on them.  She stated that the equipment would not be an issue. FSAC uses trucks for dog control and one van to transport animals between the satellite shelters and the main shelter located in Camden.

The mileage of the Dog Control vehicles is as follows:

1-2007 truck with 300k miles

3-2007 trucks with 230k, 143k, 152k miles

1-2008 truck with 122k miles

3-2010 trucks with 100k, 171k, 90k miles

1-2011 truck with 15k miles

6-2013 trucks with 15k, 15k, 15k, 15k, 10k, 10k, miles

2-2014 trucks with 5k miles

1-2015 truck with 5 k miles

If this is Senator Blevins' idea of "working closely" with FSAC, the animals are in big trouble.  She failed to even ask FSAC if they'd be willing to house dogs picked up by the state before pitching this tale to the Senate. 

Senate audio of Senator Blevins claiming high mileage on FSAC vehicles (forward to 4:20) can be found here:

Contact the governor, Jack Markell, and let him know how you feel:

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