On July 10, 2020 a man was alarmed to discover little animal sounds coming from inside the engine of his truck. After popping his hood he discovered the sounds were little meows coming from a kitten! A kitten stuck in a car engine can be life threatening. This was a very hot summer day and the man had to act fast so that the kitten did not overheat or injure itself. York County Animal Control was contacted and the officers assisted the man in getting the kitten out safely. The officers then drove the tiny kitten to Heritage Humane Society. Our staff immediately went into action when the kitten arrived at our doors.
As an open-admission shelter we always have to be ready for the pets that come to our doors needing help. She was only about 3 weeks old and weighed less then a pound. When our medical staff examined her they discovered an injury on her mouth. She was taken to a veterinary hospital for further examination, there they discovered she had an avulsion on her low lip that required surgery. After surgery the little kitten we named Chevy went into a foster home to give her time to recover and grow. Orphaned kittens without their moms often require around the clock care and Chevy was a special case because of her injury. Thankfully, Chevy was a little fighter and she thrived in her foster home. Her foster mom discovered her favorite time was mealtime and she was even a trooper wearing a cone after her surgery. Chevy  quickly stole the hearts of everyone at the shelter, including her foster mom who has decided to adopt her once she is old enough! We love sharing stories like this one because it shows how it truly takes a village to help pets like Chevy have a second chance.

Everyday, kittens like Chevy enter our shelter. With no where else to turn, they rely on us to give them the top-notch care they deserve. This is only made possible by donors like you, who care. Financial help allows us to continue to provide the life-saving care for homeless pets. We rely on the generosity of donors like you for over 93% of our funding. In the first 7 months of 2020, over 600 pets have been adopted through our Adoption Center, but there are hundreds more still waiting for their chance. Thank you for helping us care for the homeless pets that are relying on us.