PA animal sheltering crisis expands to NE

The Wellsboro shelter? Gone. The Delaware County SPCA? Just a little over one month away from closing its doors to stray cats and dogs.

Now a shelter in the Poconos is bankrupt.

The Pike County Animal Shelter is threatening to close if it does not get $40,000 to $60,000 in the next 30 days.

Why? Because like so many other counties only a fraction of townships are supporting it, according to the Pocono Record. And donations are down.

Look at the "for sale" signs littering the landscape. The shelter has fewer names on its donation list because so many homes are in foreclosure. The flip side is the shelter is taking in more animals than ever because people can't or won't care for them.

In the first three months of the year 29 strays were not claimed. As the board president put it "People are just turning them loose on the streets."

The shelter also serves Monroe County, where the PSPCA closed its shelter two years ago.

What will it take to solve the growing animal sheltering crisis in this state? A statewide solution is needed.

In one of his last pledges as governor, Ed Rendell in January told Philly Dawg he saw hope behind bars. He wanted to marry homeless pets with prisoners and set up regional shelters at state prisons. The ex-governor has certainly not retreated from the public eye since leaving office, but we have heard nothing further on this topic.

Meanwhile, shelters will continue to scrounge for money and more pets will suffer in the streets.

For more information or to help the Pike County Animal Shelter visit its website.