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.
Jordan found a new home!
Meet Jordan, a silly and loving year old pit bull whose first owner kept him in a cage for the first four months of his life. Living in feces and urine, Jordan knew nothing about the joys of puppyhood. The man who rescued him brought him to ORCA where he had his first taste of freedom. Fortunately, Wendy Jordan, owner of Wendy Jordan′s Dog Sense in Lancaster, offered ORCA the chance to bring our Jordan to puppy classes for six weeks. He has learned to put all of his energy into loving to work–think playing ball, obeying hand signals for treats, and walking nicely with a human companion. He is neutered, has all his shots, and is in good health. If you would like to meet Jordan call the ORCA Animal-Alert Hotline at (717) 397-8922 and make an appointment to visit with this handsome fellow.
Nikki is an Australian cattle dog who was tied out during the winter blizzard without any kind of shelter. She was a young pup at the time. Thanks to many people who called the Animal-Alert Hotline, humane police officer, John Kondravy, was able to get her owner to provide a dog house. ORCA thought the case was closed. In about a month calls occurred again about the lack of water for the dog. Once again our officer paid a visit. Then, about three weeks ago on a cold Sunday morning a caller to the hotline said that the dog was tangled around a tree, and the dog house was flipped on its side. This time ORCA gave the option to the owner of turning the dog over to us or facing charges on several counts of cruelty. By Monday, Nikki was signed over and she was in our custody–warm and safe.
She is a beautiful and friendly eight month old. She is learning her manners and finding that she loves being an inside dog. She is healthy and is eager to please. She would like to live with someone who wants her for a furever companion.
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.