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Camp Papillon Animal Shelter is a No-Kill facility located in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. We provide many services to help these wonderful animals find homes.
Animals at the AWSOM animal shelter in Stroudsburg don't all answer to the name "Lucky," but they could. The shelter's life-affirming philosophy has local vets going to extraordinary measures, donating time and medical care, to save injured animals that the previous shelter operator would have deemed unadoptable and put on death row.
Animals at the AWSOM animal shelter in Stroudsburg don't all answer to the name "Lucky," but they could.
The shelter's life-affirming philosophy has local vets going to extraordinary measures, donating time and medical care, to save injured animals that the previous shelter operator would have deemed unadoptable and put on death row.
Video: Take a look inside the shelter
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals closed the Stroudsburg shelter in January 2009 after a Pocono Record investigation revealed half the animals taken in by the shelter were euthanized.
Two weeks later, the organization's chief executive officer, Howard Nelson, resigned.
Rescue groups and animal advocates formed a new local response to animal welfare — a no-kill or life-affirming shelter philosophy in which sick animals are nursed back to health and no animal is euthanized just to make space for another.
The Pennsylvania SPCA now leases the Stroudsburg shelter to this group, the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM).
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After being under quarantine, the SPCA of Monroe County has reopened, with new hours and more changes in the works.
A strain of canine influenza, found where dogs are housed together, was suspected at the Monroe County SPCA in July. The SPCA stopped accepting dogs and quarantined the premises July 28.
A persistent cough in many of the dogs there, plus a local outbreak, prompted the quarantine and testing for the flu.
Tests at Cornell University came back negative for two canines while five other dogs remained suspect. Ultimately, the results were inconclusive.
Promises for better service, made at a May meeting by Pennsylvania SPCA chief executive Howard Nelson, are being kept.
Nelson told Monroe County residents the SPCA would make improvements across the state to better interface with the public and place more dogs in loving homes. He promised:
Extended shelter hours and seven-day-a-week service. Transfer of animals to Philadelphia to create more cage space. An animal behaviorist to train personnel.
Transfers have been made and the seven-day-a-week hours have gone into effect.
In Stroudsburg, Wellsboro, Danville, Montrose and Centre Hall, shelters and adoption centers will open every day at 11:30 a.m. The hours are:
Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The staff animal behaviorist has been making the rounds to train personnel at shelters, and will be in Stroudsburg after some staff changes are settled.
One of the most important promises Nelson made was to beef up cruelty and neglect efforts.
That is happening in a number of ways.
The PSPCA now has nine fulltime cruelty agents. In Stroudsburg, Chris Martin has been hired and is on trainee status until sworn in.
The PSPCA also hired a director of law enforcement, Mike Mansfield, in Philadelphia. This new position works with agents to manage law enforcement efforts and ensure the most efficient prosecution of cruelty cases. Mansfield will help agents balance the work load.
Other changes include:
New Pet Point software to track cruelty efforts statewide. Animals for placement are posted on pet finder. Coming in September, a statewide 800 number to report cruelty cases.
In the past, the tasks of managing the shelter and investigating cruelty cases were part of a single job. Former Monroe County Humane Society officer Barbara Balsama was the last to work under this arrangement.
Now the cruelty agent and shelter supervisor are separate jobs.
The Pennsylvania SPCA is taking resumes for a new shelter supervisor since acting Stroudsburg shelter manager Kay Bellesfield is on medical leave. Applications are available at the Stroudsburg SPCA.As soon as I walked into the AWSOM Animal Shelter in Stroudsburg, I instantly wanted to help out. To the right, a glass window slid open. The secretary asked if I needed any help, then kindly found Sandra Fellin, and let her know that I had arrived for our interview.