The Lycoming County SPCA is piloting a five week dog walking and exercise program with the River Valley YMCA starting Thursday, June 12th at 10:30 a.m. The free exercise program will be held on the River Walk and is open to any member of the Williamsport Branch of the River Valley YMCA. A second session is being offered starting Thursday, July 10th at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is required.
Dogs enrolled in the SPCA’s Enrichment Programs will be selected by SPCA Dog Trainer and Behaviorist, Tracy Free to participate in the program. The first of the five classes will begin with a dog-handling introduction at the River Walk with Tracy and SPCA staff. All participants are required to participate in the introduction.
“We love the idea of this program because it’s a nice way to connect with Y Members who are active and a great opportunity to get some fun-loving, active dogs in the community to find their forever people,” said Development Director Mindee Lyon.
YMCA Wellness Director Rachel Bryant explained, “The Williamsport Branch Y is excited to partner with the Lycoming County SPCA Freedom Runners to further the physical health in both our members and that of the dogs they’ll be interacting with. We see this as yet another great way to give back to the community, to whom our mission is to serve.”
Sign-ups for the Pilot Program are at the Williamsport Branch of the YMCA and are open to members of all activity levels. The group will meet at the new parking area on the north side of the Market Street Bridge for five consecutive Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. The SPCA cannot guarantee there will be a dog for each participant as dogs hopefully are adopted as a result of this and other programs. The program will be held, rain or shine. On days when the temperature is 80 degrees or higher, or there is heavy rain or lightening, the program will be held at the Total Sports Complex next to the YMCA facility on Elmira Street.
The Lycoming County SPCA officially announced the winners of the 2015 PAWtraits Pet Calendar Contest on Sunday, June 1st at the Lycoming County SPCA & ClearChannel Communication’s Pet Expo at Indian Park in Montoursville.
Winners of the FUNraiser contest were:
1st: Gus, owned by Danielle Leiby of Williamsport
2nd: Lola, owned by Linda L. Sheats, JD and Mirra of Jersey Shore
3rd: Sammii, owned by Dale and Barbara Martin of Hughesville
4th: Jasper, owned by Lisa Williams of West Hazelton
5th: Buddy, owned by Beth Masser/Blythe Spong of Montoursville
6th: Jasper, owned by Sandi Irion of Trout Run
7th: Milo, owned by Kaela Sennett of Williamsport
8th: Tosha, owned by Brian and Brianna Heltman of Williamsport
9th: Lilly and Sunne, owned by Deb and Jim Schneider
10th: Dishy, owned by Barb and Jerry Wertz of Montoursville
11th: Nukka, owned by Candie Manny of Jersey Shore
12th: Macie, owned by Mike and Debbie Lord, Montoursville
The contest featured photos submitted by local pet owners that were displayed at the Lycoming Mall, the SPCA’s Website and Facebook Page from March 12, 2014 until May 12, 2014.The public placed monetary votes on the photos and the photos that raised the most votes will become the 12 featured monthly photos of the upcoming SPCA 2015 PawTraits Pet Calendar.“We hesitate to call this a contest. Really, it is a celebration of our love for the animals in our lives, past and present, and a fundraiser for the shelter,” said Development Director, Mindee Lyon.The SPCA is also introducing two new features to the calendar which include a brief background about the animals and a children’s poetry celebration, “For the Love of Animals”.
“Folks really anticipate the printing of the calendar in the fall and are interested in knowing more about theanimal of the month so we decided to include a brief bio about each animal,” said Lyon. The shelter also has plans to “pepper” the calendar with poetry written by school age kids collected at First Fridays, the SPCA website and Facebook page, as well as participating schools and the James V. Brown Library. The program, “For the Love of Animals – Kids Poetry Celebration” is accepting poems through July 1st. The Entry Form may be found on the website: lycomingspca.org under “Events”, and on the SPCA Facebook Events Page: “For the Love of Animals – Kids Poetry Celebration,” and the James V. Brown Children’s Library.
The calendars will be available for purchase in October at the SPCA, Gustonian Gifts, Freshlife, James V. Brown Library, SPCA Holiday Kiosk and select veterinarians.Proceeds from votes, entry fees, corporate sponsorship and sales of the calendars support the mission of the Lycoming County SPCA which 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.The SPCA is still soliciting advertising for the calendar from businesses and individuals. For information about any aspect of the PAWtraits Calendar Contest, contact Mindee Lyon at the SPCA: 570-322-4646.
Celebrate Adopt-a-Cat month with the SPCA and adopt any adult cat for just $18.92 + tax. The SPCA was established on June 13, 1892 and has provided service to the community for 122 years. You will recieve a spayed or neutered cat, with initial shots, flea treatment, 30 days free health insurance with a valid email, and microchip identification and registration. A priceless value!
Join the SPCA for a fun day for the entire family. This year two of our most popular and long-standing events - Pet Expo and Paws for a Cause are being combined at Indian Park in Montoursville on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.
Registration for the walk is at 9 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m., followed immediately by the Pet Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About "Paws for a Cause" Pet Walk: Walk registration is $10/per person but waived for those who collect $100 or more per person.Kids 12 and under are free with a registered adult.Walk t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 50 individuals registered and a lunch will be provided to all participants following the walk as we award prizes to the top three FUNraisers. Individuals and teams may register now, or the day of the walk.Pets that are up-to-date on their rabies, vaccinations, have a current PA Dog License AND are well behaved are encouraged to attend! Kindly turn in the Paws for a Cause Registration Form (in the link below) now or bring to the walk with collected donations.Registration and Walk begins at Indian Park in Montoursville near Pavilion #4.
About the Expo: This is our Ninth Annual Pet Expo hosted by ClearChannel Media + Entertainment and the Lycoming County SPCA. Our goal for the Pet Expo is to not only raise awareness and money to benefit the thousands of animals the SPCA cares for each year, but to also bring together pet lovers, pet service providers and the community to celebrate our shared loved of animals. The Pet Expo will be held on Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11 A.M. - 4 P.M. at Indian Park in Montoursville and will include activities for ALL ages. Admission is free! Food vendors will be at the event all day so make a day of it!
11 a.m. - Expo Kicks off with a Parade of Pets - All adopted animals and ANY rescue animals from any participating rescue available for adoption are invited to participate
11:30 a.m. - "Pawtraits Calendar Contest" Winners will be announced
Noon - 1:30 p.m.:
Lycoming County SPCA Agility Training Demo
Sit Happens Alumni Demo
South Williamsport Police K9 Unit Demo
1:30 p.m. - Kids Olympic Games
2:00 p.m. - Adult Olympic Games
2:30 p.m. - Mixed Breed Mutt Strutt Dog Show - Organized by the Bald Eagle Kennel Club
Agility for Fun is Back!Session will begin May 23rd at 6:30 PM and every Friday, (excluding holidays and severe weather) through September.
From May until August, participate for the entire season for a one time fee of $120 plus tax.If you are unsure if your dog will enjoy agility , try one class for just $15 plus tax.
All ages, shapes, and sizes are welcome.Breeds still in growth stage and dogs with disabilities will be accommodated.
The only requirements before participating are that your dog responds well to his/her name, comes when called, is good on a leash, and does not show aggression.Your dog must also be up-to-date on his/her shots (including rabies), and have a current dog license.
Please bring your dog on a regular nylon or leather leash using nylon or leather buckle collars, martingales, or harnesses.For safety reasons the following are not permitted: Retractable or chain leashes, choke chains or pinch collars.Pet parents should wear comfortable shows that won’t slip off.
Training agility is about fun, not correction.Bring squeaky toys, tennis balls and/or tug toys which are great motivators and rewards for your dog.
Classes are every Friday at 6:30 PM (except holidays and inclement weather) in front of the Lycoming County SPCA.Pre-registration is not required.Any questions, please contact
The Lycoming County SPCA is celebrating Cinco de Meow, a holiday unique to the shelter where adopters will receive discounts for adult cat adoptions.On Monday, May 5, for anyone adopting two adult cats from the Four Seasons room, they will only be charged five dollars.
Cinco de Meow is a fun way to kick off feline adoptions.For the entire week from May 5 to May 10, adopters will have the opportunity to adopt two cats or kittens for the price of one!Adopters may also choose a free gift of a toy for their new four legged friends.
Each cat adoption includes a loveable bundle of fur, the initial shots, flea treatment, lifetime microchip identification with one year registration; 30 days free pet health insurance with a valid e-mail; spaying or neutering; a handy cardboard carrier, and a free toy.
School age children residing in Lycoming County have an opportunity to have their original poetry published in the SPCA’s 2015 Annual Pawtraits Pet Calendar. “What I love about my pet” is the subject of submissions for this inaugural poetry celebration.All poems will be published on the Lycoming County SPCA Website and Facebook page. Twelve of the poems will be highlighted in the printed calendar.
This free and friendly selection process will be overseen by James V. Brown Children’s Librarians, the Williamsport Sun Gazette Newspaper, teachers from the Williamsport Area School District and Lycoming County SPCA Staff.
WHAT: For the Love of Animals – Kids Poetry Celebration. Children may submit any type of poem, with or without accompanying illustration. The theme that poems should be written about is: “What I love about my pet”.
WHO: School age children (Kindergarten to 12th grade during 2013/14 school year) residing in Lycoming County are eligible to enter.
WHERE: All poems will be published on the Lycoming SPCA Website, Facebook Page and 12 poems will be highlighted in the SPCA’s printed 2015 Pawtraits Calendar.
WHEN: Entries are due to the SPCA by 10 am, Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
HOW:Submit this completed entry form to the SPCA by mail at: 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 or e-mail (email@example.com), Attention: Poetry Celebration.
The poem submitted will be the one used on the SPCA Website, Facebook Page and possibly the 2015 Pawtraits Pet Calendar. Participants may enter as many poems as they wish, but each entry requires a separate completed entry form. The SPCA has the right to use the poem and any information surrounding the poem for promotion and publication purposes. Entries may be dropped off or mailed to the Lycoming County SPCA at 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly write “Attention: Poetry Celebration” on the subject line of emails or on outside of mailed envelope. Illustration may also be included with the poem but their inclusion in calendar, website or Facebook is not guaranteed.
Entries must be received by Tuesday, July 1st before 10 am to be included in the Poetry Celebration.
Would you like to have fun and raise money to benefit the SPCA?
Then, enter your pet in the 8th Annual Lycoming County SPCA "Pawtraits" Pet Calendar Contest!
ALL animals entered in the contest will appear in the calendar. The top 12 animals will be featured prominently on the cover and one on each month.
Click the PDF Hyperlink below to download the Entry Forms and Rules, or go to our display at the Lycoming Mall for a hardcopy of the forms. The display and voting will run from March 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014. For more information, contact the Lycoming County SPCA at 570-322-4646.
Proceeds from votes, entry fees and calendar sales are used to help sustain our mission which is: To protect all domestic animals by providing shelter, emergency treatment, investigation and prosecution of cruelty or abuse complaints; adoption and counseling; educational programs and humane care throughout Lycoming County.
Sign up now for training classes. Our next puppy class will be April 3 at 5:30 PM, and our adult dog training class will be April 21 at 5:30.
You will need to come the SPCA and show proof of vaccinations including rabies shot, and a current PA dog license. Your check for the class will hold your spot. Sorry, but reservations are not accepted over the phone.
Puppy socialization is for 9 week to 6 month old puppies. You will learn leash manners, no jumping, sit, leave it and settle. Six sessions are $90.00 and if the dog was adopted from the Lycoming County SPCA the cost is just $75. Adult Basic Obedience is $120, but $90 for an adopted dog from the Lycoming County SPCA.
Need fine tuning? Tracy will offer one on one classes for dogs with one behavior that owners find undesirable. (Counter surfing, jumping on people, uncontrollable on leash, etc.) Three, 1/2 hour classes are $40.00. One on one training is available with Tracy Free by appointment.
Questions? Want more information?
Please contact Tracy Free @ (570 )322-4646 or by Email:email@example.com
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.