Our 11th Annual Paws for a Cause will be held at Susquehanna State Park in Williamsport (by the Hiawatha boat dock off Arch Street).
Many pet related vendors and rescues will be on site. Pony rides, games and food truck vendors will be at the park all day. Dogs will be able to try out the SPCA's dog agility equipment and watch a scent detection demonstrations by the SPCA and the South Williamsport Police K9 Unit. The 12 featured pets for the 2017 SPCA Pawtraits Calendar Contest will also be announced. Are you a for-profit vendor who would like to exhibit? Call Anne at iHeartMEDIA 570-327-1400 for vendor information.Non-profits may contact Mindee at the SPCA 570-322-4646 for information.
The Barker Woof and Special Guest American Evil will perform at the Genetti Hotel and Grand Ballroom in Williamsport. 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Lycoming County SPCA. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.Bring a can or bag of pet food and receive a Barker Woof Band bumper sticker.
Time to start spring cleaning!Consider donating those household items you no longer use.Beginning in April the SPCA be accepting your gently used items, in working condition for our yard sale on May 14, 2016.Because of our storage limitations we will not be able to accept clothing; however, baby clothes are welcome.
Then mark your calendar to shop for deals on May 14, 2016, at 8 a.m.At 12 noon all items that will fit in a grocery store sized bag are just $1.00.
The sudden death of Larry Woltz has left a huge empty space at the SPCA and in the hearts of all of us.Larry was the face of investigations in Lycoming County for 45 years – a consummate professional,he worked day after day to secure the protection of animals in the face of difficult, sometimes violent pet owners and never lost his determination to make the lives of animals better.
Larry was the investigative officer, along with Lester Yeagle, when I first became a member of the board thirty years ago.I can remember Margaret Megahan speaking in glowing terms about the jobs they did, each in their own unique way!
A multitude of cats, dogs, rabbits, rats and many other sorts of creatures are safe today because of his efforts – what a legacy!
We will miss Larry, his dedication, his humor, his warm affection – his shoes will be very hard to fill.However, Larry didn’t want to retire as long as he could continue and he did his best – it is up to us to see that his mission continues!
Joyce S. Hershberger
Lawrence D. Woltz began his career at the Lycoming County SPCA in September of 1971.There is a lot to be said about a career of 45 years.
This simple remembrance will not do ju
Larry often talked about how it was “in the old days.”He used to say, “We took care of the animals, did maintenance on the building, and mowed the grass on the weekends.”He enjoyed talking about the history of the SPCA and never really focused on his part of it over the years.Even in his quarterly newsletter reports, he wrote of the needs of the animals and the laws that protect them.One of his favorite expressions was: “We care for everything from horses to hamsters.” Larry was instrumental in rescuing thousands of animals from neglect and abuse and still, his focus remained on what was best for our furry friends.
Larry saw many changes over the 45 years at the SPCA, and in all honesty, he sometimes reluctantly accepted those changes. The biggest hurdle he got over was switching from a typewriter to a computer.The SPCA began using computers when the new building was constructed in 1998.A data base that kept records on animals brought in and adopted was used by the secretarial staff.Later, a more broad based data system was implemented.It took several years before he could be convinced that a computer was easier to use. Even when he started, (very reluctantly) to use the computer, he held on to his typewriter for many years.He didn’t want a GPS either but once he started using one he was demanding a new one when his first GPS no longer worked.
He had a rapport with the staff and a teasing manner that made him well loved.In return, the staff teased back and there are many stories about his antics as well as those of the staff.He gave nicknames to his favorites, and often requested specific staff members to help him when he served a warrant.
His personnel file if filled with accomplishments and letters of gratitude.He was nominated for, and won a Red Cross Hero award and a Federated Humane Society Police Officer of the Year Award.
The role of a Humane Police officer is difficult; an officer must deal with people from all walks of life, deal with animals in all kinds of weather, and prosecute animal abusers in a court of law.Lawrence Woltz did it all with finesse.His knowledge, dedication, hard work, and personality will be missed.There is a huge void at the Lycoming County SPCA that will be difficult to fill.Larry is sadly missed.
stice to the hard work and dedication to the animals of Lycoming County by this officer.
Join the Lycoming County SPCA for a Pet Friendly, 5K walk-trot-runSaturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am, at the South Williamsport Park Complex
Paws for a Cause is a people and pet encouraged, 5k walk-trot-run to benefit the Lycoming County SPCA.
Registration includes a male or female cut, technical running shirt and matching bandana for participating pets. Shirts and bandanas are guaranteed to those pre-registered by March 29th. Others will receive shirts/bandanas while supplies last. Participating with a pet is not required.
SPCA Freedom Runner Volunteers will participate with dogs available for adoption. SPCA dogs will also be cheering participants on from the sidelines and will be waiting to meet possible furrrever homes at the finish.
Post-race sustenance, including locally roasted COFFFFEEEE, will be served by our own SPCA Barista “Mean Eddie” and his trusty barista bar-back, and SPCA Alumni, Duncan.
$20 for runners & walker$23 for a pet/human teams
Race day registration
$25 for runners & walker$28 for pet/human teams
Race Day Registration/Packet Pick-Up
South Williamsport Park ComplexEast Central Ave., South Williamsport, PAPavilion #3: 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. (Event starts at 9:00 a.m.)
Happy tails from our 2016 Paws for a Cause 5k Committee,Amanda Buggy, Shannon Butters, Jeff Cook, Christen Ditzler, Jackie Edwards, Eric Fetherston, Robyn Hannan, Chase Kelch, Mindee Lyon, Tim Mallery, Andrea Sapiente, Kelli Smith, media partners, iHeart Media, Lamar Advertising and our title sponsor, Deb Schneider of Wells Fargo Advisors.
Thank you to our Event Sponsors: Babe Mayer Sports Training, Bicycle Recycle/David & Louise Stone, C&E Container, Carpenter, Harris & Flayhart Law Office, Drier & Dieter Law Office, Equinox, Fitness Factory, Friends of KeKe, InBalance, Loyalsock Animal Hospital, Mystic Garden, KBF Printing, Kriger Fence, Attorney Ed Mitchell, Schemery & Zicolello Law Office, ServPro, West Pharmaceuticals and to our Community Partners: Graphic Hive, Kellogg, Liberty Mountain, Lycoming Mall and Tim Mallery.
While our race is all about the animals, we do have hardware for the following 5K categories for humans:
If your New Year’s Resolution included writing a will, the Lycoming County SPCA and McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall Law Firm promises to provide some information and motivation to help get the often procrastinated process started, or completed. They will host an estate planning workshop at the Lycoming County SPCA on Wednesday, January 13th. Attendees may RSVP for an 8:00 am breakfast session or a lunch session at noon. Each one-hour gathering will overview estate planning topics from Powers of Attorney and Living Wills, to Pet Trusts and advantages of making charitable gifts. Light fare will be offered at each of the free sessions.
"Estate planning should be a leading resolution for each of us in the new year, whether it involves revisiting an existing plan or finally implementing foundational documents. As part of the planning process, we can't forget our pets and those charities and organizations that are important to each of us," said Jonathan DeWald, attorney at McNerney, Page, Vanderlin and Hall in downtown Williamsport. "This seminar will identify options to provide for your family members and discuss how to structure planned giving opportunities."
One of the SPCA’s goals in hosting educational sessions with local attorneys and financial planners is to encourage individuals to consider their animals and the companion animals of their loved ones when preparing their wills and other estate planning documents. “We’ll offer considerations when writing a pet trust and options and advantages for donating to the SPCA, or to any non-profit,” said development director, Mindee Lyon. “We also like to remind the community that our SPCA is locally run and we do not receive funding from any larger humane organizations, including the ASPCA.” Money donated to the Lycoming County SPCA all stays here to care for homeless and abused animals.
Those interested in attending either of the free, one hour breakfast or lunch sessions are asked to contact the Lycoming County SPCA at 570-322-4646 to RSVP. Tours of the shelter will be offered after each session for those interested.
Mark your calendar. Pet pictures with Santa will be held Wednesday, November 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter at 2805 Reach Road. Santa will also be available at the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, 810 Nichols Place on Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Lycoming County SPCA will hold its 14th Annual Sweet Temptations event on Friday, November 6th at the Historic Genetti Hotel and Suites in Williamsport. This auction and dessert-tasting is our single, largest fundraising event of the year. We invite you to participate! The event starts at 7:00 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Nine area businesses will showcase their desserts while guests sample their creations and bid on 100 auction items. The highlight of the evening is the “Red Carpet Stroll” featuring a handful of recently adopted animals who will walk the red carpet with their new forever friend who will share their adoption story with our celebrity emcees WNEP's Jim Hamill and Kristina Pappa. This event embodies the mission of our shelter and is a celebration of the animals, volunteers, supporters and staff. You can be a part of this special evening by attending, purchasing a table sponsorship or donating an item to the silent or live auction.
Tickets include the dessert sampling, a wine or beer, and coffee service.
Open seating is $25 per person in the Grand Ballroom and includes dessert samples, and a complimentary beer or wine and coffee service. A new reserved seating area is available in the balcony for $40 per ticket. The event will also feature a professional auctioneer for the live auction items valeud over $500.
Thank you to our Media Sponsor, Backyard Broadcasting!
Our mission is to protect all domestic animals by: providing shelter, emergency treatment, investigation and prosecution of cruelty or abuse complaints; adoption and counseling; education programs; and humane care through Lycoming County.
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The Lycoming County SPCA is the county’s only locally run, full-service shelter and operates entirely on the support of its donors. All contributions to the Lycoming County SPCA remain within our community to provide services such as shelter, emergency treatment, investigation and prosecution of cruelty or abuse complaints; adoption and counseling; education, outreach and humane care. We are not affiliated with any other state or national SPCA or other humane societies.