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2019 donations to Golden Connections Community Center. 
The York Kennel Club proudly donated a variety of pet supplies to support those in the communtiy whom have pets and need assistance with the care of them. Pictured below York Kennel Club Vice President Jack (John) Salisbury.

The Golden Connections Community Center is a multi-service facility for 60 or older adults. The Center can fulfill many social, emotional, and intellectual needs. Center activities are designed to overcome loneliness, enhance self-esteem, encourage personal growth, and to facilitate independence through involvement. 

President Carol Dotts presents the local Red Lion Senior Center with dog food and toys to support the residents with the caring of thier pets.  

All Donations were raised by members of the York Kennel Club. (Dec 2016)



York Kennel Club sends 53 animal resuscitators to area fire departments

President Carol Dotts said purchasing the Wag'N 02 Fur Life packets is the club's way of giving back to the community.
By REBECCA LeFEVER - Daily Record/Sunday News

Updated:   01/27/2013 06:09:25 PM EST

York, PA -
Carol Dotts, president of the York Kennel Club, was looking for a way to give back to the community when an EMT friend suggested the club provide animal resuscitators to area fire departments.This past week, Dotts mailed and hand delivered 53 bright orange backpacks filled with an instructional DVD and various sized oxygen masks to area fire departments.

"It was such a little thing for us to do, but it means a lot when you have a pet that might need it," Dotts said from her Fawn Grove home.

Dotts said the club purchased the resuscitator packets, which cost about $80 each, and hoped that emergency responders might find them useful. The packets are part of a national initiative called Wag'N 02 Fur Life.

The packets can be purchased directly from the Wag'N Enterprises website, or those interested can sponsor a packet for their area fire department.

Acting Fire Chief Dave Michaels with York Fire/Rescue Services said they received their package last week and made sure to put it on a truck that regularly goes out to fires.

The various mask sizes can be attached to any oxygen tank that members of the department already use, he said.

"There are many times we rescue pets and need to help them, if we can," Michaels said.

The resuscitator packets have been around for years, he said, and have been pushed by many animal advocacy groups in recent years, but it was a cost that some departments couldn't afford.

"It's nice to have them sent right to us," he said. "It was certainly a surprise to get such a tool in the mail."

To learn more about the York Kennel Club, visit Information on the pet resuscitator packets can be found at


Kennel clubs contribute $1,500 for new K9

GREG GROSS / The York Dispatch
505-5434 / @ydcrime

As the York Area Regional Police Department is in the midst of raising money for a new police dog, three kennel clubs are donating funds toward the effort during the Celtic Classic dog show.

The York Kennel Club, the Lancaster Kennel Club and the Delaware Kennel Club announced earlier this week the clubs will present a $1,500 donation to the department today during the dog Friday.

"We wanted to show our appreciation for the level of dedication and service the K9 provides to his human partner and the residents he serves day to day." said Carol Dotts, president of the York Kennel Club.

All told, it costs $13,000 for a dog. That includes initial training for the dog and its handler. Additional costs, such as food and veterinary bills, mount monthly.

The new dog will replace Brando, a German shepherd, police dog when he retires later this year at the age of 8.

Contributions: Brando's partner and handler, Officer Michael Sampere, said the department is well on its way to raising the money needed for a new dog.

Sampere is heading the fundraising efforts.

"At this point, we have almost $8,000 for the new K9," he said. "(We're) still working hard to raise more money."

The Red Lion Legion donated a large undisclosed sum, and other businesses and residents have donated toward the effort.

The department received one check from a person in California, Sampere said.

After articles about Brando appeared in local newspapers, one person dropped off a $1,000 check at the police station, said Chief Tom Gross.

A number of other residents have also popped by the station to contribute funds, he said.

Patton Veterinary Hospital is also collecting donations for the new dog. Donations can be dropped off at the hospital or mailed to Patton Veterinary Hospital, 425 E. Broadway, Red Lion, Pa 17356.

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Andrew Hess of West Manchester Township holds Bricklin, a 6-month-old English bulldog after he proposed to Jacki Smith in the show ring at the Celtic Classic dog show on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Smith said she had not expected Hess to even attend the show, but Hess had made arrangements with the judge so he could propose inside the show ring after Smith had finished showing Bricklin. The annual Celtic Classic dog show ran March 13-17 2013 at the York Expo Center's Toyota Arena.