Updates to the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Operations in Light of the COVID-19 Closures
The Governor has put all of Pennsylvania under a "Stay at Home" order. You can read more about the order HERE .
As such, the Pet Pantry will be suspending all future adoptions until this order has been lifted. The nature of the order means that coming to adopt an animal would not be considered an "essential" need or service at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause some as our protocol of individually scheduled adoptions was working quite well. We thank everyone who has adopted from us this past week and know those kitties are doing just wonderfully in their new homes. We also thank all of you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate these unprecedented time together.
While adoptions will be halted during the time of this order, the Pantry will still be staffed and available for urgent or emergency needs for injured or sick stray animals that are found. We also will be available for urgent or emergency issues regarding owned pets on a case by case basis. OWNERS OF PETS WHO NEED THIS CARE MUST CALL AHEAD OR CONTACT US AHEAD OF TIME SO WE CAN BE SURE WE CAN TREAT THE CONDITION AND GIVE OWNERS THE PROPER INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BRING THEIR PET TO THE PANTRY!!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT, AT THIS TIME BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT ORDER, SPAYS AND NEUTERS (INCLUDING FERAL CAT TNR SURGERIES) ARE NOT BEING DONE.
We will be announcing how our monthly food hand outs will be carried out during the next month soon. In addition, anyone who either needs temporary pet food assistance themselves or knows of someone who does is urged to contact us to see how we can help. Remember that this order DOES NOT prevent pet owners from going out to purchase pet food at local stores, so you will still be able to shop for your pets food during the stay at home order.
Everyone can rest assured that we will still be providing the same level of care to all the animals residing with us at the Pantry till this order is lifted.
Finally, we expect there to be a spike in demand for temporary assistance with pet food as this pandemic moves forward. While we are fairly well stocked with dog food to cover increased need, we are in CRITICAL NEED OF DRY CAT FOOD. We do know a lot of you have been ordering for us off of Chewy and other sites and we sincerely THANK YOU for it!!! The issue that has developed is there is now a backlog of shipping all the food requested by everyone out of those sites, so we will not see that food initially. What we are asking is that if anyone who is local to the Pet Pantry is out shopping, please consider picking up an extra bag or two of dry cat food and merely dropping it off on our side porch at any time. We are happy with any brand. In fact, in these tough economic times, we would love to see people shop at some of the local pet stores that are still open (They are considered life sustaining businesses as well) and have been such great supporters of us as well. These stores are all locally operated and would love to see the increased support and patronage at this time. The stores include:
Pet Value Willow Street
Pet Value Lititz
Pet Supplies Plus
Petco on Lincoln Highway
All of these stores are fully stocked and just waiting for you to come by and get some great things for your critters, and maybe a nice bag of cat food or two as well. Thank you for anything you can give to us at this time!!!
The Pet Pantry of Lancaster County will continue to put out updates as needed to inform all of you about our operations and any other pertinent pet health related information. We, as always, THANK YOU for your amazing support of us and of everyone in the community during these unprecedented times and look forward to the time when we can all return to some normalcy and continue our mission of "Meeting the Need" to the fullest!!