Four days after fire broke out at the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New Castle Campus, most of the fire victims have been placed up for adoption and one cat remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Nearly 100 animals were evacuated from the fire scene. One cat, Harmony, remains hospitalized in critical condition. At the time of the fire, Harmony was housed in the area behind the vehicle point of impact, the same location where three other cats lost their lives.
Harmony had smoke inhalation and burns to her pads and face. She was immediately taken from the scene to a local veterinarian and is now in the care of a specialty veterinary hospital. She was initially on oxygen and IV fluids but has become strong enough to be taken off of oxygen. She continues not to have an appetite, so the medical team fit her with a feeding tube to help her rebuild her strength.
The other surviving animals cleared medical reviews with no significant issues. After the fire, they were moved to temporary housing until space could be opened in the BVSPCA’s other facilities.
“Thanks to an amazing response from the community and our friends in animal welfare to adopt or transfer animals that were in our other facilities at the time of the fire, we’ve been able to open space and move all of the adoption candidates from the fire into in our other campuses,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. Most are at the BVSPCA West Chester Campus.
The BVSPCA New Castle facility continues to be closed. Work on rebuilding began July 9, the day of the fire. Power has been partially restored to the building, a remediation team began working on water and smoke damage, and construction crews have begun work on the shelter side of the building. The veterinary clinic will be a longer-term rebuilding project. A timeline for partial re-opening has not yet been established based on the number of variables involved in rebuilding.
The organization’s need is support to recover from the financial impact of the fire, such as medical treatment and temporary housing costs, as well as lost revenue from the clinic that funded the organization’s work. Donations can be made at fundly.com/bvspca-new-castle-campus-fire.