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 www.fsac-spca.org. 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: http://www.seashorestriders.com/race-schedule/scamper-paws-claws-5k-run-walk

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 WelfareChristina.motoyoshi@state.de.us or FAX: (302) 255-4621
Review the proposal here: http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/february2015/proposed/18%20DE%20Reg%20622%2002-01-15.htm

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 www.fsac-spca.org

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.

Take those animal shot records with you if you travel during the holidays

Traveling with Fido or Fluffy over the holidays?  Make sure you have any pertinent and updated shot records, rabies certifications and licenses with you when you travel, just as if you would have your car insurance, registration and driver's licenses. This will help prevent any hassles with interstate travel, boarding kennels in another state if needed in an emergency, etc.

Officials at First State Animal Center and SPCA say that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations stipulate that interstate travel with animals may require proof of ownership and health.  Although pets may be staying at Grandma’s/Grandpa’s house, along with two-legged family members, it is important that they are healthy, especially if they are mingling with other household pets. 

While every state has different requirements for dogs, cats and other animal family members crossing state borders, most states require one of two things, if not both: a pet health certificate, and a certificate stating that your pet is current on vaccinations, such as rabies, and the pet is healthy to enter that state. This is especially true if you are adopting an animal from one state and traveling back home to another state. This proactive process will keep sick animals from entering a state.  If it is not possible to get a pet health certificate, then current vaccination records, proof of rabies and animal licenses, should be on hand in the glove department of the car, along with other pertinent automobile information.

A pet health certificate is a document that includes pertinent information about your pet and his or her health, and it would include the pet's name, age, and also if your pet has received recommended vaccinations, is not showing signs of infectious, contagious or communicable disease, and is healthy for travel. Not every state requires you to have a pet health certificate when traveling into that state with your pet, but if they do, chances are they also require that it be signed by your veterinarian and relatively current (often within the past 30 days).

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: we 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 we protect people from animals through our 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 www.fsac-spca.org

First State Animal Center and SPCA asks communities to remember Giving Tuesday throughout the Holidays

The First State Animal Center and SPCA celebrates the giving season by reminding its friends and supporters to please honor Giving Tuesdays during the Holiday Season, and to consider contributing to it and other worth-while organizations during the 2014 holidays.

Individuals wishing to give to the state’s largest animal welfare facility may go to its secure giving site online, http://www.fsac-spca.org/donate

If giving in-kind is an interest, donors may check out the FSAC-SPCA Wish List at http://www.fsac-spca.org/wish-list

FSAC-SPCA has also established an account at yougivegoods.com.  Go to: http://yougivegoods.com/dogcatdeshelter. The items can be purchased and sent to the shelter directly.

Thank you for your generosity! - The First State Animal Center and SPCA Team.

Delaware Animal Care and Control Officers promoted at Annual Meeting

Three Delaware Animal Care and Control officers (all Staff Sergeants) were promoted to Lieutenant at the FSAC-SPCA’s recent Annual Meeting.  They received Lieutenant's bars and promotion certificates from board president Alex Moore.

Left to right: Lt. David Hulse, Kent County Division,  Lt. Mary Palacio, Sussex Division, and Lt. Trudy Hollett, New Castle County Division were honored at the meeting.  Alex Moore, board president is to the far right, and Executive Director Kevin Usilton, and DEACC Captain Sherri Warburton are in the back.

 In addition, several DEACC staff received honors at the meeting for exemplary service:

Field Sgt. Kimberly Snares, Michael Ackenbrack, Sandra Galloway, and Andrew Shockley.  New Castle County Field Sergeant Eric Barnes and Corporal Brandon Jarboe were also recognized for their service but were unable to attend.

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.

Delaware Animal Care and Control is under the auspices of the First State Animal Center – SPCA. Delaware Animal Control is the enforcement agency for Title 3, Title 9 and Title 11 laws pertaining to animal welfare. Title 3 pertains to rabies control; Title 9 pertains to housing and dangerous dogs, and Title 11 pertains to animal cruelty.

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

Volunteers and board member honored at First State Animal Center-SPCA’s An Evening for the Animals November 15th

Kent County, DE –Three very special women were recognized at the First State Animal Center and SPCA’s An Evening for the Animals Fundraising event on November 15th.

Elestine Cooper, a volunteer and founding board member of the animal center since it began in the early 1950s, was honored as Outstanding Board Member for 2014. Mrs. Cooper has served in every capacity, from volunteer, board member and board president for more than 60 years. She was one of the founding board members of the Kent County SPCA in the early 1960s.  Mrs. Cooper remains as a board member currently.

Outstanding Board member 2014 Elestine Cooper, flanked by Alex Moore (left), FSAC-SPCA president and Kevin Usilton (right), FSAC-SPCA executive director. 

Sharon Daughtery and Melody Salisbury were also honored as Outstanding Volunteers of 2014. Sharon was noted for her tireless work in nearly every facet of the organization, from cleaning cat kennels, doing laundry, making bed pads for the dogs and cats, stuffing mailings, and helping with adoption events.

Outstanding Volunteers: Melody Salisbury, (left), Sarah Harding, (center) Community Outreach Manager, and Sharon Daughtery

Melody Salisbury has been volunteering with FSAC-SPCA since November of 2013. She works as a groomer for Governors Avenue Animal Hospital. There have been many occasions where Melody has made the difference in an animal’s life by bathing, clipping and brushing them.

The Evening for the Animals raised monies for the care of the animals at the FSAC-SPCA. It was held at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Mike Hines and the Look provided the entertainment.

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.

Donna and Larry Josefowski, long-time supporters of the First State Animal Center and SPCA, at the Evening for the Animals

Carole Kisner and David Litz were the co-chairs of the successful event for the second year in a row. 

Kevin and Angie Phillipson, of Kent County Women’s Journal, enjoyed the evening. Kent County Women’s Journal was the media sponsor of the event. 

Scott and Tamra Baurys, dedicated board member and volunteers for the FSAC-SPCA.

Mavis and Frank Newton have been involved with FSAC-SPCA since the early 1960s, as board members, supporters and volunteers. They were one of the gold sponsors for the Evening for the Animals. 

Just one of many long tables featuring beautiful auction items for An Evening for the Animals.

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

First State Animal Center and SPCA saves 206 more cat and dog lives during Challenge; a 30 percent increase over 2013

Kent County, DE – The First State Animal Center and SPCA has completed its entry into the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, and the bottom line is that at least 30 percent more cat and dog lives were saved during the summer of 2014 over the summer of 2013.

These numbers were released to the Challengers on October 7. FSAC-SPCA came in fifth (out of 10 places) in their Division 4, and 28th place overall, out of 50 Challengers nationwide.

 Overall, nationally, 68,805 cats and dogs were saved through strays returned to owners and adoptions, a 16,789 increase over last summer’s Challenge results.

"Our official numbers show that we saved 922 cat and dog lives through adoptions and strays returned to their lost and worried owners," said J. Kevin Usilton, Executive Director of the FSAC-SPCA. "Last summer, we saved 717 cat and dog lives through adoptions and strays returned to owners. Our increase is about 30 percent and we are very thrilled with our new life saving partnerships," Usilton said.

Usilton said that the number of cat and dog transfers to other rescue organizations were about the same, 57 during the summer of 2014 versus 56 during summer of 2013.

"The most important aspects about being a part of this great Challenge were that we saved many more lives through adoptions and RTOs, and our staff came together and worked very well as a solidified, enthusiastic team," he said. "We had adoption events all over the state - we were in Wilmington and the beach area at least once a week with adoptable cats and dogs.  It really helped to get our name out there and tell people about the important work we do here i­­­n Delaware. The FSAC-SPCA staff - everyone - including the Delaware Animal Care and Control officers, gave it their all to make sure they were doing the best they humanly could do to work with the public and save innocent animal lives through the adoption, RTOs and transfer processes."

Waiving the adoption fee for adult cats and dogs during the month of August was a huge boost to the Animal Center's efforts, especially with dog adoptions. Last summer, the FSAC-SPCA adopted out 89 dogs; the summer of 2014, the center adopted out 181 dogs. Cat adoptions remained about the same - 64 cats adopted this summer versus 60 cats last summer. "It saddens me that more people aren't cat people," Usilton said, adding that the public really should take advantage of the low-cost cat spay/neuter clinics that the FSAC-SPCA and the other animal humane facilities will occasionally offer, to impact the stray cat population in the state, which leads to overwhelming numbers of homeless cats and feral cat colonies.

The animal welfare and adoption facility applied in January to be a part of the competition, and was accepted, along with 49 other shelters across the United States, through a highly competitive process.  FSAC-SPCA was in one of the highest levels - Level 4, based on its high intake numbers, and it was competing against shelters residing in cities whose populations were greater than the state of Delaware as a whole.

"We are continuing to look at ways to improve the adoption process, and to make the shelter as comfortable as it can be for both the animals who are awaiting their forever homes, and for the families and individuals who hope to find that perfect companion," Usilton said. "If you are interested in joining us in our life saving work, we will be happy to discuss the program details with you, your business, or social group." 

More information can be found about the Challenge and the results at:

http://challenge.aspcapro.org/

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.

Annual “Puppies in the Pool” Friend-and-Fund-raiser at Killens Pond State Park, Saturday, September 6, 12 – 2 p.m.

August 27, 2014, Kent County, DE – Killens Pond State Park and First State Animal Center and SPCA are teaming up to sponsor the fun, family-oriented, “Puppies in the Pool,” friend-and-fund-raiser, Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Dogs and their owners are invited for this annual, end-of-season swim at Killens Pond State Park. “Puppies in the Pool” is an annual event sponsored by the park and the First State Animal Center and SPCA.

 Admission fees are the following: park entrance fee of $3 per car and waterpark fee of $7 per dog and owner. Additional owners are $3 each. Leashes, current vaccinations and license required for each dog. Dogs from the FSAC-SPCA will be available for adoption. For further information, call (302) 284-4526, or destateparks.com

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 www.fsac-spca.org.