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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  

HILLSIDE SPCA Home Visit “FOLLOW UP” Volunteers Needed!

There is an urgent need for volunteers to help the Hillside SPCA do home checks on adopted dogs, both locally and across the state (and some out-of-state areas, too). Their staff is swamped with work due to their current situation of overcrowding, plus investigating cruelty and neglect cases, making phone check-ups on adoptees, making trips to the vets, etc. It is very important that home follow-ups are done on adoptions. They recently had to remove 5 dogs from an adoptive home when, upon follow-up, it was determined that they were living in sub-standard conditions. To learn more about how you can help, go to http://www.hillsidespca.com/volunteer.htm  

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  


Between today and November 30th, 2012, every time a new Facebook post gets “LIKED” on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bernvillevet), we will donate 1/6th of a bowl of pet food to the Hillside SPCA. By “LIKING” these stories every day and encouraging your friends to do the same, Bernville Vet can donate an enormous amount of food to pets in need!
The more virtual “LIKES”…the more REAL food! …
There’s no cost involved, just 15 seconds of your time per day. We will pay for up to 1000 1/6 bowls of food in the month of November!
To learn more about the Hillside SPCA, go to: www.hillsidespca.org