January 2020
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Animal Care Sanctuary
$10 a month makes a big IMPACT !

As a monthly donor you are providing a gift that can be used by animals in their hour of need.  Your donation will help ACS rescue pets from over-crowded kill shelters, inhumane conditions, hoarding situations and puppy mills. It will provide them with the medical attention and love they need to get them ready for adoption. Your support will help us further our mission by making future animal rescues possible and allowing us to expand our reach

Monthly donations provide a safety net to assure ACS always has the resources needed to provide for animals at a moment’s notice .  Help us transform the future for animals. To become a monthly donor, please sign up online or call us at 570-596-2200 x106.


January is National Walk
Your Dog Month!

Dogs need plenty of exercise and the best way to keep active in the winter is to take them for regular walks. Even a short walk around the block on a cold day can put a smile on your pup's face and helps with bonding and socialization. Plus walks can improve your mood and health too!

So what better way to kick start your New Years Resolutions by getting out in the great outdoors and walking off some of that festive food and drink?

When it's really cold outside, does my dog need outerwear?

A sweater or jacket can be helpful during the cold seasons, especially if your dog is reluctant to go outside in the snow to relieve himself, but also if you tend to keep your home’s internal heating system set low, depending instead on blankets and sweaters for your human occupants.

How warm your dog is able to physically keep himself may depend on his breed, size and even age, but if he just doesn’t have a heavy hair coat, there is only so much curling up he can do to conserve heat. Smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog sweater for when they need to go outside, or for just hanging around the house. A sweater can make a significant difference in your dog’s feeling of well-being.
Of course, short, thin hair is not the only prerequisite for outer clothing. Dogs that tend to have short-cropped hair — like poodles, which may grow thick hair but which owners tend to keep short to avoid matting — should also be given a sweater to protect them from very low temperatures. Also, older dogs with weaker immune systems and dogs with diseases that impair hair growth (i.e.,  Cushing’s disease hypothyroidism ) typically need an extra source for warmth, and this can be easily provided by a sweater or jacket, even indoors.

Conversely, larger dogs with dense hair coats do not have a need for additional insulation, and would be very uncomfortable if they were forced to wear outer clothing, possibly to the point of physically overheating. Their fur is already genetically designed to protect them from extreme winter temperatures. The Siberian Husky, Malamute, and Saint Bernard breeds are all excellent examples of dogs that are perfectly suited to cold temperatures, while the Chihuahua, Greyhound, and many terrier and pinscher breeds are good examples of dogs that would do well with a little extra outer insulation.

Source: PetMD

Meet Sally
Sally has been at ACS since 2013, I know it's a super long time. Sally lived in a home previously with another dog and a cat. They say she was a good girl in her home many years ago, she was housetrained and was obedient. She was surrendered when a newborn became part of the family.
Sally is one of my very favorite pups. She tends to be an introverted girl so has a tough time meeting new people. Sally loves a few select people and she will smile endlessly at them while dancing around to greet them. Being an introvert, she doesn't always desire cuddles, pets, or snuggles.
She's just as happy to be by your side as the loyal friend that she is. 

She is an adventurous outdoorsy type of girl who loves chasing frogs, swimming, and walks in the woods. She walks so nicely on a leash and will go through her trick routine for some snacks (she LOVES food!) I could go on all day about how amazing she is.....but I'll leave you with this tune that popped into my head as I was thinking about this beautiful senior dog who is incredibly deserving of a home.

Do you think you could be Sally’s someone?   Adopt her today!
Pssst.....to the tune of Joe Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends".....
🎼What would you do if I howled out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll bark out a song
I will try not to bark out of key
Oh, baby I get by with a little help from my friends
All I need is some buddies. With a little help from my friends
I say I'm gonna get by with a little help from my friends
Oh yeah
What do I do when my love is away?
Does it worry you to be alone?
How do I feel at the end of the day?
Are ya sad because you're on your own?
I tell ya I don't get sad no more
I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody?
All I need is someone🎼
Thank you!
Sally's friend,
Rachel (ACS Director, Animal Services)

Have a question for our Behaviorist? Send an e-mail to Info@AnimalCareSanctuary.org and we will get you an answer in next month's newsletter!

Amy, John, and his two kids Hayleigh (16) and Zach (13) make up our first spotlighted family team!
They have been volunteering with ACS for 3 months now, but their passion for working with animals started long before.
Amy and John have 2 rescue dogs, Molly and Colby, who was a long-stay dog from ACS, flagged for some issues such as food and toy aggression. But they were up for the challenge, and with time, patience, and understanding, have seen Colby become a wonderful part of their family. Even Hayleigh and Zach seem to have caught this rescue bug early, and have 2 rescued cats and a rescue dog at their mother’s house.

Amy has worked as a barber in Athens for the past 21 years, and John has been with GTP in Towanda for 25 years. Hayleigh is a junior at Waverly High school, filling her time with soccer, clubs, and National Honor Society. Zach plays soccer and is also bound for the Honor Society. According to Amy, life is pretty full, and if she and John are not at work or the gym, they are most likely “walking, hiking, snuggling our furry babies and chasing teenagers.”

But even in the midst of all of this, they decided to start volunteering because they want to “help soften the rough edges on some of the older and/or less adoptable dogs in hopes that someone might "take a chance like we did.”
They also felt that it could be a rewarding thing to take on as a family, and have each found their places in helping out, like Hayleigh for example, who loves to spend time loving our cats.
As we move into 2020, remember that volunteering can be a great way to spend time with family, and can have a huge impact on our animals’ lives!

Interested in becoming a volunteer with Animal Care Sanctuary? Click HERE to learn more!

Education is one of the three pillars supporting Animal Care Sanctuary’s mission.  We believe that in order to be a better friend to animals, we must create a more respectful and compassionate community. Humane education teaches how to establish a human animal bond based on kindness, respect, and responsibility. ACS would love to share some of our most popular programs with you and encourage you to schedule a session in 2020. Our programs include:

  1. Animal Tales Story Time
  2. Animal Safety
  3. Anti-Animal Cruelty
  4. Careers with Animals
  5. Pet Care
  6. Field Trips
From preschoolers learning how to safely interact with animals to high school students exploring careers with animals, Animal Care Sanctuary offers a wide variety of programs designed for your specific group. 

Please contact us at Info@AnimalCareSanctuary.org to learn more and to schedule a unique humane education experience for your group!
The start of a new year is the perfect time for reflection. 

As we look back on 2019; it was a year of change and success for us here in Wellsboro! We opened up a Community Dog Park, renovated the historic farmhouse, renovated a barn on the property, hosted several pet photo events and Cat Café’s, opened up a retail store/gift shop, and best of all…adopted out over 100 cats and dogs at our location! 

We have some exciting new happenings to come in 2020! Stay tuned!
Ribbon cutting ceremony for our new community dog park