4th Annual Mutt Strut Dog Walk & Fun Fest May 17th

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The Mutt Strut is Animal Care Sanctuary’s largest fundraiser of the year!Grab your walking shoes and join us in raising money for the animals! The Mutt Strut includes a pledge dog walk, canine demonstrations & contests, vendors & entertainment!  Get involved or just see how we’re doing and cheer us on!

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 11am-3pm

Where: Riverfront Park in Sayre, PA

How to participate or pledge

Visit our pledge page to register as a participant or team or to make a pledge for your favorite team! 2014 Mutt  Strut 

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How to become a sponsor

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Hudok Moyer


Meet our Summer Interns

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Animal Care Sanctuary is excited to have four interns working for us at the sanctuary this summer. We began accepting applications in February and closed the process at the end of March with 14 applicants. Emily Blade, Cattery Care Supervisor, has coordinated the program from inception. Emily, who had participated in an internship with a wolf sanctuary while attending Penn State University, thought this would be a great experience for students wishing to have a career with pet companion animals. All of the interns were interviewed and the following four were selected.

East Smithfield Interns:

Danya Rubin–Lives in Massachusetts, went to college at Scripps College, California.  She’s pre-vet and interested in a veterinary specialty (neurology or surgery).  Interest in animal ethics.  Experience at Cape Wildlife Center and interned in the neuromyopathy department of L’Ecole Nationale Veterinaire d’Alfort in France working with a medical trial for muscular dystrophy in golden retrievers.  (Speaks fluent French)

Alexandra Diaz–From Puerto Rico (speaks excellent English).  Student at the University of Puerto Rico.  Pre-vet, interested in shelter medicine.  Very interested in community involvement and outreach/education.  Some experience with marine and exotic animals, volunteer at vet clinic.

Jennifer Gregory–From PA, entering senior year in Animal Sciences at Penn State.  Interested in maybe attending vet tech school after graduation or entering nutrition field. Long-term volunteer with local no-kill shelter at Penn State, working with both dogs and cats.  Completed externship with dog training facility, observed/participated in training of mostly German Shepherds (did some work in Schutzhund).

Wellsboro Interns:

Candace Robinson–From Illinois, entering senior year at Unity College in Maine.  Interested in animal behavior and training, possibly pre-vet.  Done some volunteer work (positive reinforcement training) with an animal shelter (dogs and cats) and an internship at the Phillips Park Zoo in Illinois, feeding/caring for exotics.

The interns will be working a rotation with the vet clinics and animal caregivers.  They will be attending a conference and training at Cornell in July and attending many community events throughout the summer. They are all living on our premise and experiencing our summer events throughout Tioga and Bradford County.

Left to right Alexandra Diaz, Emily Blade, Candace Robinson, Jennifer Gregory, & Danya Rubin with her dog Trixie

Left to right Alexandra Diaz, Emily Blade, Candace Robinson, Jennifer Gregory, & Danya Rubin with her dog Trixie


Karma Event

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Internationally renowned intuitive medium, Char Margolis, reads for attendees at Animal Care Sanctuary's 14 Carat Karma Fundraising Event.

Internationally renowned intuitive medium, Char Margolis, reads for attendees at Animal Care Sanctuary’s 14 Carat Karma Fundraising Event.

On May 29th, Joan Smith-Reese and Rachel Higham from Animal Care Sanctuary traveled to Long Branch NJ to celebrate our 45th Anniversary with donors that helped establish the sanctuary in Toms River in 1967. The event was originally scheduled for November 2012 but Hurricane Sandy occurred and changed the plans. Instead our staff went to the region to assist with animal rescue and relief.

The event was called 14 Carat Karma and was coordinated by Corinda Carfora, a long time friend and supporter of Lesley Sinclair, the founder of Animal Care Sanctuary. Guests were greeted with goodie bags full of jewels, crystals, cookies, coupons and perfume.  Stations of food were conveniently placed with donated wine and a silent auction.

The highlight of the evening was an appearance by Char Margolis, nationally recognized psychic medium, who has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Katie Couric Show and Dr. Phil. She amazed the audience with her readings, particularly with those that have lost someone dear to them and she could assure them they were still watching over. She knew details that connected deceased loved ones with those who are still here on earth. Each attendee received a signed book Love Karma, written by Char.


The event raised over $5000 and reunited many friends, donors, volunteers that not only had a great evening but are also still passionate about animal welfare.  For more information contact Animal Care Sanctuary at 570-596-2200 or visit our website at


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Waggin’ Wheels Vehicle Benefit

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Reasons to donate your vehicle to

Animal Care Sanctuary:

  • We are an IRS-approved 501(C)(3) organization, which allows you to get the most from your donation tax deduction
  • We care for over 600 animals daily and your contribution will help with their needs
  • We accept nearly all vehicles – cars, trucks, vans, SUV’s, RV’s, boats and motorcycles

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Please help find Tootsie!

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 Tootsie has been missing from Caledonia, NY, since February 27, 2013.  She is about 45 pounds, brown with a white chest and dragging a black leash.  The last sighting was March 9 when she was spotted in the median of Rt. 390 between exits 6 and 7 (Geneseo and Mt. Morris).

We need volunteers to pass out flyers and to respond when there is a sighting because this is far from ACS where our manpower lives and works.

If you see Tootsie, please call 570-596-2200 x151 ASAP!

‘Like’ Tootsie’s facebook page!


Pieces of Our Heart by Samantha Wood, ACS Volunteer

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This morning, my husband and I awoke to find that our sick turtle had taken a turn for the worse and passed away.  Though semi-aquatic, he was a member of our family just the same.  As I mourn this new loss, I think back of all the pets in my past that I have said goodbye to—dogs, cats, hermit crabs, fish, a hamster, a chinchilla…and now our red-eared slider, Jovi.  Each time that I have experienced the loss, I have gloomily asked myself why I even bother to have pets in the first place.

Pets, in general, hold a much shorter lifespan than their human owners.  Odds are, we are going to have to say goodbye after gaining an attachment to them…and then have to endure the pain of that loss.  I have cried and grieved over my pets passing away time and time again, but I have eventually found room in my heart to take in another companion afterwards.

So, why do we put ourselves through this hurt?  The answer is quite simple: These animals need us, as we also need them.  Looking back, I cannot imagine living a life that was void of pets.  Animals can give us gifts that human beings sometimes cannot.  Whether it be a soft, furry body to cuddle with, a quiet ear to hear us out, or their love without judgment…Our pets fill that space in our heart that no one else could touch.  In turn, we put our time and energy into our pets’ care to be sure that their needs are met.

Adopting an animal is a rewarding experience, especially with so many shelter animals who are looking for homes.  The Animal Care Sanctuary is a key example of this, with approximately 550 animals in its East Smithfield and Wellsboro offices combined.  As the organization is based around a no-kill philosophy, the animals there will remain at the sanctuary until they find a forever home or until they have reached the end of their natural lifetime.  And, though the Animal Care Sanctuary takes excellent care of its inhabitants, nothing beats a caring, forever home.

I realize now that I was foolish to ever wonder why I “bother” to own pets.  It would be selfish of me to refuse an animal in need in order to guard my own feelings against the future heartbreak of another goodbye.  I could never close off that area of my heart that my past, present, and future pets will forever be entitled to because the time that we have or will spend together makes the experience worthwhile.

Many of you out there have mourned the loss of a pet and can relate to what I have felt, but please do not let this experience prevent you from creating a forever home for another animal.  Make a visit to the Animal Care Sanctuary and take a look at all the faces of those in need.  A piece of your heart may be out there, just waiting for you to find it again.