'Meet the Pets' of York SPCA, face to furry face
Most local dog and cat lovers know all about "Meet the Pets," the York County SPCA's weekly television show that features all kinds of pets available for adoption.
But rather than watching from their living rooms, animal lovers now have the chance to get much closer, all for a good cause.
On Friday, Sept. 29, people can support the SPCA and perhaps find new companions by being part of a new fundraising event called Meet the Pets Live, according to Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA.
"We are all excited about it. It's going to be so much fun," she said. "We'll be displaying dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits ... and we're going to have some unusual pets as well."
People who attend Meet the Pets Live will be greeted outside by three miniature horses, which also are available for adoption.
"They're just little guys — adorable and perfect in every way," Smith said.
Meet the Pets Live starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road in Spring Garden Township, with a cash bar, silent auction and buffet dinner.
Then about 7:30 p.m. or so, the animals will come out. Dogs in need of homes will start walking the runway, Smith said.
Forever homes needed: Cats and small animals will meet people in traditional "Meet the Pets" style, meaning they'll be held by seated SPCA staffers, she said.
"This will showcase the diversity and variety of animals we have here for adoption," Smith said of the fundraiser. "We will have adoption applications on hand, because this is not just a fundraiser. We want to find as many homes as possible for animals that evening."
Smith said at least one litter of puppies will be at the event, medium-size spaniel mixes that will be 10 weeks old at the time of the fundraiser. They are currently in foster care, Smith said.
A second litter of Chihuahua mixes could be at Meet the Pets Live as well — if the mother stays on schedule and delivers them in time, according to Smith.
All kinds of dogs: "We still suffer from the stigma that we don't have a wide variety of dog breeds for folks to adopt," she said. "While that sometimes might be true, a lot of times we do have a variety of dogs here of different breeds, ages and sizes."
Bob Rudy will be master of ceremonies for the evening, said Smith, who called the former oldies disc jockey "the perfect choice."
Rudy hosted "Meet the Pets" for years and still fills in on the show when needed, she said.
The East York Veterinary Center is the primary sponsor of the event, although other sponsorship levels are still available, according to Smith.
Tickets on sale now: Tickets are $55 and must be purchased by Tuesday, Sept. 5, Smith said, and all ages are welcome. Tickets will not be sold at the door, she said.
They are available online at the SPCA's website, ycspca.org, and at the 3159 Susquehanna Trail North shelter in Emigsville.
People also can call the shelter at 717-764-6109 or email Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening will be recorded and broadcast later on MeTV, Smith said.
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