Adopting a Friend
As a general rule, ORCA adopts only to Lancaster County residents. ORCA charges a moderate fee to defray the cost of maintaining the animal in foster care and fund animal rescue operations in Lancaster County, PA. ORCA staff and/or a board member must visit the prospective owner’s home before approving the adoption.
Please carefully consider the responsibilities of adopting a pet. Think about your lifestyle, other pets, children, finances, and how much time you can spend with your new animal. Make sure the pet you are considering will be a good fit in your home and life. We do not adopt to families seeking an outside pet. All adults residing in the household should agree to the adoption. We are looking for permanent homes and loving families who are committed to providing responsible care for the life of the animal.
If you are interested in adoption but can’t find any suitable animals in our online listing, please call the hotline at 717-397-8922 and let the volunteer know for what kind of a companion pal you are searching. Your information will be entered into our Pet Referral and Placement system, and we will contact you if a match should turn up in the future.
Daisy is a beautiful tuxedo mother of SIX! ORCA staffer Tony saw her waddling up the block in search of refuge from the impending storm. Luckily for her, she came to the right place! Tony cleaned her up and gave her some food and a comfortable bed to finally relax in. Then we waited…. and waited. Daisy welcomed her family on June 10th
Daisy has a few more weeks until she and her babies will be ready for adoption, but we are accepting inquiries. Anyone interested is invited to call ORCA’s hotline at (717) 397-8922. Please leave your information with our volunteer and we will return your call as quickly as possible.
Meet ORCA’s Newest Members!
Friends and family of ORCA, we’re happy to introduce our newest members of the squad! Daisy gave birth to six beautiful kittens – four females and two males – all different colors and sizes. We’ve had the pleasure of watching these perfectly robust babies move and grow but we’d love to share the experience with the rest of you. While we still have a few more weeks until mom and babies are ready for adoption, we’ll make sure to post plenty of pictures and updates for your viewing pleasure! Interested in adopting these little angels? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact ORCA at (717) 397-8922 and leave your contact information and a staff member will get back to you as soon as we can.
Sarah and Hannah
Aren’t they adorable? We think so, too! Sarah and Hannah were left on the ORCA doorstep in a wet, flimsy shoebox. With a little TLC we fattened them up and started acclimating them to life in ORCA’s crazy office. Don’t let these innocent faces fool you! Their energetic and fearless demeanor will fill your life with endless smiles. If you’re looking for a little excitement and are interested in visiting and/or adopting the girls please call ORCA’s hotline at (717) 397-8922 and leave your contact information with our volunteer. A representative from ORCA will return your call as soon as we’re able.
Letter From Adoptive Home
“Dear ORCA Friends,
Missy is everything and more one could ask for in an animal. I’m at an age (children grown) where I need to feel fulfilled. Missy and I have a truly wonderful ‘love affair’. I hate to leave her in the morning when I go to work, but what a greeting I get. Each evening while I sew she lies at my feet: she wakes periodically just to check if I’m there and all is okay. It took her about two months before she stopped crying in her sleep. She loves to be held and rocked, which she doesn’t need now on a nightly basis. She sleeps in bed with us usually with her head on my thigh, just to be close. My heart is so full of her. Surely wish my home were large enough for more. Thank you so much, ORCA, for giving me this chance. Missy is well on her way to mending her heart and spirit.”
This letter captures one of the most memorable and touching rescues in which ORCA has participated. Missy, a black Labrador mix was abandoned in an apartment for 16 days. Although several cats, birds, and fish were also left behind, Missy suffered most because she was locked in a tiny powder room without access to food and probably water. Dehydrated and starving to death, Missy greeted her liberators, the ORCA emergency team, with weak tail wags. The letter above speaks for itself about Missy’s recovery and joyful life thanks to a caring adoptive home and ORCA’s commitment to all creatures.