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Community Benefit Collective

As Lancaster responds to the coronavirus, our Community Benefit Organizations (nonprofits) need us more than ever. Local organizations are challenged to serve clients in creative ways while navigating budget shortfalls due to cancelled fundraising events, the inability to fulfill government contracts due to school closures, and many other sources of revenue loss.

Learn more about the work our amazing Community Benefit Organizations are doing during this crisis and consider supporting those that are close to your heart. Search below, or use the categories to find a new organization to support!

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A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue

A Tail to Tell is a group of dedicated and committed volunteers. The volunteers in this group work tirelessly to raise money to rescue rehabilitate and provide outstanding veterinary care to any dog that is rescued from a puppy mill. This group was formed when a small group of people saw the need for a rescue group in Pennsylvania to rescue dogs living in substandard conditions in the puppy mills. Since its inception the group has grown but the primary goal of this group has remained the same – to rescue, rehabilitate, provide outstanding veterinary care, adopt out to a loving home to any dog rescued from a puppy mill. A Tail to Tell will be there to pick up the broken pieces of these innocent victims of mans' greed. We hold many fundraisers throughout the year- bingo, pancake breakfast, a motorcycle ride- and others that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 crisis.

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Centerville Pet Rescue

Our primary purpose is the rescue of animals in need. Rescue of animals includes accepting strays and surrendered pets from the public, other non-profit animal welfare organizations and veterinary offices. During the COVID-19 Pandemic we have lost access to general Veterinary care which has halted the intake of more animals. We have also closed our adoption center and gone to an appointment only service. With kitten season upon us, medical and care costs are skyrocketing. The support we receive goes right to the animals who desperately need our help.

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Columbia Animal Shelter

The shelter focuses on improving animal welfare through adoption services and spay/neuter clinics. Cat and dog adoptions are available. The shelter also offers informational seminars and youth programs to educate the community about animal rescue and cruelty prevention. Residents of Columbia Borough may bring in strays or surrender a pet for a fee of $25 per animal. Adoption services are open to all interested parties. Applicants do not need to live within the Borough. Animal adoption fees range from $125 for cat/kitten to $225 for puppies/dogs. Fees include spay/neuter services, vaccines, testing, and a lifetime microchip.

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Helping Hands for Animals

Helping Hands for Animals is a no-kill organization established in 1993 to address the pet overpopulation problem and to promote education and awareness of prominent animal issues. In 2014, we launched our own spay/neuter clinic on New Danville Pike, designed for feral, free roaming, community cats, and unconfined pet cats. Every cat brought to us is spayed or neutered, given rabies and FVRCP (distemper) vaccinations, treated with Revolution (flea, roundworm/hookworm and ear mite treatment) and ear-tipped for identification as a fixed animal. For 25 years, we have educated the public and provided help with managing feral cat colonies through TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return). The TNR method can prevent feral cat colonies from getting out of control. Altered cats are much healthier, and with the help of caring people to keep a watchful eye out for any possible problems, they can live contentedly for many years. We also promote and enforce the humane care of dogs in Lancaster County's puppy mills, along with any other abused or neglected animals who are reported to our volunteer Humane Society Police Officer. Many of these reports involve horses who are over-worked to the point of heat stroke in the summer, or, at any time of year, lack basic care such as having their hooves trimmed and their teeth floated, or suffer from rain rot as a result of improper shelter. Helping Hands for Animals depends on the public's contributions to help us achieve these goals. We are not affiliated with any other animal organization and do not receive subsidies from local, state or federal government agencies. Your entire contribution always goes directly to helping needy animals.

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Humane Pennsylvania

Humane Pennsylvania is building the best community anywhere to be animal! Humane Pennsylvania is the parent organization to The Humane League of Lancaster County and The Humane Society of Berks County, as well as operating two veterinary hospitals. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Humane Pennsylvania has given away over 50 tons of pet food and supplies from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, after being designated by the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team to be the emergency distributor of pet food and supplies to Eastern PA. We are preparing for that number to continue to rise as this pandemic continues. Both of our veterinary hospitals have remained open throughout the pandemic assisting sick care patients, providing curbside medication pick up, and providing necessary resources to community pet owners in need.

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Lancaster Farm Sanctuary

Lancaster Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit farm animal sanctuary. Our mission is rescuing farmed animals and providing them sanctuary; inspiring humans to live with compassion and respect. Lancaster Farm Sanctuary is motivated by a love for animals, humans and the environment and the sanctuary was founded in an effort to provide compassionate connections between humans and the lovely beings typically viewed as mere commodities. Lancaster Farm Sanctuary is currently home to rescued cows, pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, sheep and turkeys.

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Pet Pantry of Lancaster County

The Pet Pantry of Lancaster County was founded 8 years ago on the principle that there was a "need" that had to be met in Lancaster County. Since then, we have provided pet food to those owners who have come to suffer a financial hardship. We want to make sure no family has to make the painful decision to surrender their pet solely because they do not have the resources to feed them. We provide food for over 1,200 animals per month and that number is growing. We also provide lower cost spay/neuter services, vaccine clinics, case by case lifesaving veterinary care for animals whose owners cannot afford regular vet prices, feral/stray cat Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) services that help to stabilize that population, and a cat adoption program. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have been there for furloughed owners, animals with a critical need, and those who are looking to adopt a companion. However, our spay/neuter services were put on hiatus at the request of the State to help preserve PPE, representing a sizable amount of income. Donations will help offset those loses. Any donation is sincerely appreciated, and NO donation is too small!

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