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.
“Hi, I’m Spanky, and I love to laugh! Soooooo, if you like to be happy and have fun, then come along with me. I’ll show you my love of life, and you and I can share that happiness forever. I was only 11 weeks old when my owner got mad at me for pooping in the car. A kind and brave lady saw me being hit and jumped into the car to save me. Oh, yes, she did! Gee was I afraid that day. Thanks to the district attorney’s staff, the Manheim Township Police, and the ORCA staff I was safe. Now, I just want to romp and play. My foster mom and dad say that I am great with dogs and people. I did play taunt the cat when I was at the ORCA office, but sometimes I had to run for it when they ganged up on me.
“Oh, yeah, I have all my shots. I was wormed–ugh! And, I am neutered–whatever that means! I even have a chip in me. I am just waiting to have you put your name on it and make me your very own.
“If you would like to meet me and maybe become my forever partner, just call (717) 397-8922, ORCA’s Animal-Alert Hotline and asked to speak to the director.”
Millie was a stray found frolicking through the fields of Lancaster County. Luckily ORCA brought her in as their own and set her up with an amazing foster mom, Linda. Millie is up to date on shots and is spayed. She loves to be an lazy lap dog, soaking up all of the belly rubs and late night TV there is to offer. Linda is well known as a veteran foster care mom for ORCA, so only the best will do for her best friend Millie. Please contact ORCA at (717)397-8922 if you are interested in adopting our special girl!
What a world-wind life for me! Hi, I am Marco Polo. I lived for two years outside in a run and no one ever groomed me. Then, someone dumped me on the side of the road. A kind couple found me and took me to the police in their area, and they of course called ORCA. ORCA took me to Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital and two sweet gals spent hours shaving me down. They were kind and allowed me to sleep through the whole event.
When I woke up, the gals were so happy. They found out that I was a neutered male who weighed just a bit less than all the stuff they took off of me. Gosh, did I hurt, I had about 30 needle like thorns sticking in my skin. It was from grass with points that grew near the sides of my run.
ORCA gave me the best treatment and made sure that I took my medicines so that I could be healthy and happy. I got my shots, and soon I was running around the office with a little poodle friend. She is so cute.
Everyone agrees that it is time for me to find my forever home. Our one director says I make the top ten of recent dogs–whatever that means. I love to go for walks, take snoozes on your lap, and dance and play with you. Of course, I am housebroke as any cool canine dude would be. Call (717) 397-8922 to make a date to meet me. I will follow you anywhere as long as you love me. See you soon, Marco Polo.
The twins are almost two years old, and they would love to celebrate their birthday with you. They arrived as three sisters–very little and very eager to climb!! Their calico sister found a wonderful home almost immediately.
Did you know that black cats are the most difficult felines to adopt? And, to top it off we would like them to go together! You need to be a cat lover to appreciate these two: silly and loving vs. dignified and independent or let me lie on the computer table vs.that is unladylike. Dini and Stash are fun to watch react as many a set of human sisters do!
They are healthy, up to date on shots, have been wormed, and are spayed. Dini front in the picture loves to snuggle in tiny places while Stash will claim the top of the cat tree or our broad picture window anytime,
If you would like to meet the gals, call (717) 397-8922 anytime, and leave a message for a call back by the director.
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.
*ADOPTED* Nikki has found her forever home with her new parents and another ACD sibling to play with!
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.