brandywine valley spca talks success and summer plans
Since his start as Shelter Manager to his present-day role as Director of Administration, Walter Fenstermacher has proudly watched Brandywine Valley SPCA grow from its first facility to opening its fifth location in Delaware in just four years.
Walter credits their success to the locals, stating, “With the support of the community, we’ve been able to make Delaware the first no-kill state. That couldn’t happen without progressive members of the community supporting our cause and members choosing to adopt.”
The entire BVSPCA staff is committed to ending animal suffering and involving the community in the welfare and well-being of animals. This mission has inspired the shelter to expand their services, including outreach programs.
Going beyond saving lives
While COVID-19 brought its fair share of challenges, the BVSPCA was able to remain open. Taking the proper precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing allowed the organization to continue finding homes for animals in need. Now, BVSPCA is taking similar safety measures to make sure their anticipated Critter Camp continues as planned.
Available in Pennsylvania and Delaware, the week-long summer camp supports the shelter’s core mission: to be the recognized leader in animal welfare that empowers communities to treat life with respect and dignity. The shelter focuses on educating the next generation of pet owners, ages 7 through 12, about animal care in a fun and unique way.
Students will get the chance to:
- Listen to guest speakers within the animal world
- Make new friends
- Engage in creative and educational activities
- Participate in team-building workshops
- Practice reading skills by reading to the adoptable animals
- Enjoy field day fun
Head over to Brandywine Valley SPCA’s site to register and find out how they’re meeting phase-specific guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Partnering with Petplan
Preventing pets from being surrendered is a core component of BVSPCA’s mission. The cost of vet care is one of the main reasons families surrender their pets, which is why the shelter operates its very own vet clinic and is proud to partner with Petplan.
“We wanted to offer more than just lost and found animal services, we wanted to provide what the community needed, and a lot of that had to do with affordable veterinary care. Vet care can be one of the primary reasons where animals are turned into shelters so each of our locations also operates an affordable animal center,” Walter stated.
Another crucial way the shelter addresses the surrendering issue is by encouraging families to enroll in the most comprehensive pet insurance with their proud partner, Petplan. Having an insurance provider take care of up to 90% of the unexpected vet bills, families can confidently move forward with the recommended care without worrying about the cost.
“You can never know what to expect when adopting a new pet or throughout your pet’s life. They can come down with an illness or get into an accident at the dog park so it’s really important for everyone to be prepared for the worst. [Pet insurance] is something we highly recommend to all our adopters,” Walter added.