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Cats, cats and more cats - worst year so far

When you work in the sheltering field, you almost always hate the summer.  That probably seems strange to hear but what a lot of people don’t realize is that the summer brings a lot more cats and kittens. Let me try to put this into perspective. In April, our center received in 176 cats and kittens. In May, we received in 314 cats and kittens and in June, we had 362 come through our doors. This is what we call kitten season, and it lasts all the way through September, sometimes into October. This month, we are seeing the second wave of mother cats having kittens and so it all begins again. Kitten season is brutal on the community and us because the summer is also when many people move and need to surrender their pets. But this year has been even worse, mainly because we had such a warm winter and the cats were able to comingle so easily. We have seen 280 more pets come in so far this year, and most of those are cats. We are not alone; every single shelter we are working

Myths of No Kill - Article in Chatham Star Tribune

Myths of No Kill We recently took in a 10-year-old dog from a great family who lived in Danville because they could no longer care for this dog.   They found him originally as a stray and kept him almost a year in their home.   He was a large red fuzzy mixed dog that was blind and deaf.    Some shelters may consider euthanizing this dog but instead we found him a new home where he can happily live out his life.   He was only at the shelter less than a week before he touched the heart of his new adopted family.    This is what no kill is, not taking the life of a pet just because they are old or have some manageable or treatable problems.   It is about being a resource for community members who can’t continue to care for their pets but don’t want them euthanized. What does no kill mean? No Kill does not mean we don't euthanize. It means that we don't kill healthy and treatable pets as a means of controlling the population. A 90% save rate is the accepted industry thresh

What is happening at Pittsylvania Pet Center?

“What is happening at the Pittsylvania Pet Center?”   If you were not involved in the voting, and talks around building the new Pittsylvania Pet Center you may have heard or asked this question around town these past few weeks. This is my first article in the Chatham Star Tribune so I thought I would take this opportunity to clear up the questions. The first question being asked is, “Who is running the new center?’   The Lynchburg Humane Society is managing the operations at the new Pittsylvania Pet Center.   The county of Pittsylvania owns and built the new facility and are responsible for the building and the costs associated with maintaining the building. The Lynchburg Humane Society is responsible for hiring and paying the employees of the center and for all costs associated with caring for the pets including feeding and medical treatments. “How is this different from before?”   Prior to our involvement the Animal Control officers were responsible for everything related to t