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Hillside SPCA
“URGENT! The Hillside SPCA finds itself at a crisis point. We are on overload with animals and desperately seek adoptions, especially of large dogs. It has become critical that we find homes for our buddies, many of whom have been waiting a really long time, in order to make room for the dogs that we will get in tomorrow. Hillside has worked diligently to keep an open door policy whereby no animal from the county is turned away because experience has shown that those animals often meet with a horrible fate; thrown out, abandoned, tied to a tree, left to starve, attacked by wild animals… or worse. But the ability to have an open door and no kill facility depends heavily on adoptions outpacing — or at least keep up with — intakes… something the Hillside was always blessed with due to the wonderful supporters and adopters who embraced the shelter and policies. With the Hillside bearing the burden of being the only area shelter taking in dogs at this time (Ruth Steinert is taking no dogs and a very limited number of cats, the Danville, PA SPCA is not taking any animals, not even ones originally adopted from there) we are overwhelmed with needy animals and NEED ADOPTIONS NOW! The hard reality is there is only so much space. We have been up against this before and YOU have rallied to help. If you can adopt, foster or help in any way, Please help out now. One way is to share, share, SHARE this post. The more who know, the more who can help.” for more information, go to: www.hillsidespca.org  

As You Start Planning for Thanksgiving, Beware!

Pets and turkey skin
TURKEY SKIN. Seems harmless enough, right? It’s just the skin, right? Well not really. High-fat foods, such as turkey skin, can be hazardous to your pet. Since the skin is hard to digest, it can lead to pancreatitis in dogs (symptoms are vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move and abdominal pain). It can also cause diarrhea in cats. The skin isn’t good for you either (but that’s a conversation for a different day)!

Community Leader Profile: Hillside SPCA’s Janine Choplick!

Janine Choplick from the Hillside SPCA does such amazing things in our community and we are truly grateful! We asked her a few questions so that we all could get to know her a little better:
  • Where are you originally from?
I have always lived in Schuylkill County. I have resided in the beautiful Friedensburg area for 28 years, previously called Deer Lake home, and was born in Pottsville.
  • How long have you been atHillside?
I’ve been with the Hillside SPCA for 11 years. (Wow! Where did the time go?)
  • Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Minersville High School and studied Printing at STTC.
  • Describe your role in the area pet community?
My role in the community is, I think, pet education and awareness. And providing assistance if I can. That’s the key to many of the needs that face animals and people together.
  • What would you say is the most important impact that Hillside has?
A safe harbor for all animals in need until they find a permanent home is what Hillside SPCA has done so very, very well over the years.
  • Was would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had?
Knowing we need stronger laws to protect animals, I am active in contacting legislators – even personally visiting Harrisburg- to let my representatives know how serious I am. When these many bills become laws (many times after years of hard work) those accomplishments are shining examples of what we all can do. And also becoming a Humane Officer to help enforce those very laws in our communities has been so important to me.
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets?
I tell my husband I was born to do exactly what I am doing. My connection with all animals has always been with me since I can remember!
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones):
Schultz, Breezy, Maisy, Scooby, Pip (dogs) and Bob, Hootie (cats) right now. Cody, Rekker, Sam, Roche, Stitches, Shadow, Shawnee, Colby, Zeke, Puddles, Kitty, Sox, Sox 2, Ginger and foster pup Opie in the past.
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets?
My pets all get Blue Buffalo food.
  • What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is the classic Blazing Saddles – Mel Brooks is tops in my book.
  • What kind of music do you like?
Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughn style, is the best music ever.
  • What was the last book that you read?
The last book I read was John O’Hara’s ‘From the Terrace’. O’Hara was from Pottsville. But my ultra favorite author is Mark Twain!
  • What is your favorite TV show?
30 Rock is the only TV show I watch each week regularly.
  • Where was your last vacation?
My last vacation was motorcycling with my husband to the beaches for a week in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
The BEST restaurant around is the Greystone Restaurant in Pottsville. Jerry and Mark are the greatest hosts and the food is sublime.
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I would love to meet Jane Goodall.
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting:
I have completed dog training and management course at Kutztown University. I have been a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout leader in the past and always have a special place in my heart for working with children and animals. Photography is one of my hobbies and animals and nature are my favorite subjects. I have a marvelous circle of friends whom I love to laugh with. And mostly my family – husband Dan, sons, brother, nieces and mother are so very important to me because they support me and understand completely who I am!   To learn more about the Hillside SPCA, go to: www.hillsidespca.org  

This Coming Sunday is National Dog Day!

National Dog Day
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. You can celebrate by planning a fun activity with your dog or contacting one of the local shelter/rescue groups in our area to learn about the various ways in which you can help them. A few of our favorites are   Some


To REPORT a lost or found pet, click here http://berksarl.org/lostandfound.htm You should do certain things in advance to increase your chances of recovering your pet if he or she becomes lost:
  • Always make sure your dog has a license. Over 90% of dogs are reunited with their families when wearing a license.
  • Bernville Vet can eaily and quickly have your pet microchipped or have your pet tattooed.
  • Have color photos of your pet. They should be full body and close-up from the front and side.
  • Contact all animal shelters (see below for list) in your area and all surrounding areas. Call the police department. Fill out a lost pet form (see above). Also, visit all animal shelters providing each with a photo and and an accurate description of your pet. The ARL has a bulletin board for these fliers.
  • Contact veterinarians in your area and surrounding areas including emergency animal hospitals who handle off hour emergencies.
  • Post fliers with pet’s photo IMMEDIATELY!
  • Place a lost ad in all local newspapers.
  • Contact local radio stations.
  • Search your neighborhood. Walk or drive slowly around your neighborhood several times a day. Call your pet’s name and listen. Your pet may be injured or frightened or unable to come to you. After you call their name, wait to see if your pet comes to you.
  • Ask neighbors & delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out fliers to these people.
  • Place items with your scent outside your home. This can be a shirt that has been worn by a loved one, a cat or dog bed which can attract a lost pet.
Don’t give up your search. Animals who have been lost for months, even years, have been found. IF YOU FIND A PET, DO THE FOLLOWING:
  • Complete a Found form (see above) through the ARL and other local shelters.
  • Check ALL newspapers in the Lost and Found section (review papers from the previous week and old newspapers).
  • Place a FOUND ad in all local newspapers.
  • If unable to keep the animal, bring the animal to your local shelter where they can provide food and shelter for him or her.
  • Take the animal to your local shelter or veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip.
  • If you have found a pet with a tattoo (typically found inside one of the rear legs) contact the Berks County Treasurer’s office ( 610-478-6640), Berks Radio (610-655-4911) or the Animal Rescue League (610-373-8830).
  • Contact all animal shelters (see below for list) and veterinarians including emergency animal hospitals in your area and surrounding areas.

Humane Society of Berks County – (www.berkshumane.org)

Humane Society of Lebanon County- (www.lebanonhumane.org)

Humane Society of Lehigh County – (www.lehighhumane.org)

Montgomery County SPCA – (www.montgomerycountyspca.org)

Hillside SPCA (Pottsville)- (www.hillsidespca.com)

Chester County SPCA – (www.ccspca.org)

Humane League of Lancaster County – (www.humaneleague.com)