The York County SPCA is providing a warm place to stay for pets living in homes affected by the power outage.

The SPCA, at 3159 Susquehanna Trail North in Manchester Township, is offering emergency shelter for pets.

"If someone finds themself in an emergency situation because of a power outage, we will do our best to assist them," said Melissa Smith, the SPCA's executive director.

So far, the shelter received six cats from one family and a dog and two cats from another family, Smith said Thursday.

"Things are going pretty well," she said. "We just want to provide a place where (pets) can be warm. We'll keep the shelter running as long as it's needed, depending on how long the power is out."

Smith said pets should be brought to the emergency shelter during the SPCA's normal operating hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The SPCA has offered shelter help like this on an individual basis before, but an ice storm of this magnitude is rare and calls for special accommodations, Smith said.

Most people and pets are able to get through a couple of days without a problem, she said. The main concern is for animals that are very susceptible to cold, such as birds and those that require electric heating lamps, Smith added.

"We want to make sure we're here for those people who really need emergency services," she said.

To arrange emergency shelter for your pet, contact the SPCA at764-6109.