To the surprise of volunteers and staff at the shelter, local residents decided that they were not going to take such an announcement lying down. They decided to act, with a little help from social media.The shelter's post was quickly shared almost 5000 times, reaching people all over Lancaster County and encouraging them to come and adopt the few dozen animals left.
The shelter had planned to place any remaining animals in other local shelters but thisquicklystarted to look unnecessary when theypublished photos of all the animals waiting to find a forever home on their Facebook page.Soon, each photowas overflowing with comments and friends tagging friends asking them to go pick up a perfect new animal companion.
News spread fast and soon people were queuing up outside of the shelter just waiting to take home one of the animals in need. In fact, the shelter was so inundated with adoptions offers that they published another announcement on Facebook:
Due to the recent announcement of the Lancaster SPCA closing, we have been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails [...] Thank you for your support!
Amazingly, only 48 hours after their original post, every single animal in the shelter had found a new home.
Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.
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