Animal rescue gets help from community after neighbor complaints

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Changes are coming to the Speranza Animal Rescue in Monroe Township.

“It will come the whole way up and around the ring. It will be like the whole perimeter,” rescue founder Janine Guido said.

Twenty-five hundred feet of 6-foot chain link fence is going in – ordered by the township – after neighbors complained the dogs could run off during their daily walks.

“I was very upset,” Guido said. “We take in any breed. We just take in the ones that are the most neglected, abused or need the rehab the most. Unfortunately, it turns out 99.9 percent of them are pit bulls.”

Speranza has been around for almost four years. In that time, more than more than 300 dogs have been rescued and more than 200 of them have been placed in homes.

The new fence will cost $25,000. Thanks to the community, the bill is paid.

“We raised that in probably 15 days,” Guido said. “Our supporters are amazing.”

Many people stepped up to help, including Bobby Rahal Toyota which donated $10,000.

“Everybody is coming together. The outreach of support from the community is absolutely amazing. There are no words to describe it,” Guido said. “Our supporters are so awesome. We ask for things and they deliver.”

The new fence must be up by July. Guido says township supervisors gave them one year to finish other improvements at the rescue including an additional septic tank and a handicap-accessible bathroom.

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