So how is the Pennsylvania State Budget affecting us? Not at all. While many people think we are a government agency, we are not, we are a non-profit animal shelter. We are not 'animal control', we are not 'dog catchers', and we have no authority regarding animals at large or barking dogs.
We do receive money from the Department of Agriculture Dog Law for stray dogs as well as a grant to help fund operations in the amount of $10,000. This money is funded through the sale of dog licenses. This is barely a drop in the bucket for our $650,000 annual budget.
Some townships, boroughs, and the City of Williamsport contribute funds to help us in the care of animals from their jurisdiction. Again a drop in the bucket.
The Lycoming County SPCA funds three Humane Society Police Officers who enforce Pennsylvania Crimes Code 5511. Wouldn't you think that a state that has an enforceable crimes code would fund the enforcement of those laws? Do you think the Pennsylvania State Police or local police would enforce those laws?
Shelters are closing their doors across Pennsylvania. What will it take for our representatives to step up and provide for the health and safety of its citizens?