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In 1964, Ruth Harrison, a British woman, wrote Animal Machines that was an expose on the livestock and poultry farming practices of that time. The public became very concerned and even horrified, and the British government appointed a committee to examine the welfare of animals used on farms…

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Critter Chat

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In this day of instant information sharing, many things are considered to be fact. It is very true that we do not have an “open adoption” policy when it comes to approving homes. We believe that we owe the animals to do what we can to make sure that they are placed in responsible, loving homes.

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Just a few days ago, we had our annual Paws & Claws event. Our events always touch my heart because it is so wonderful being with people who love and respect animals. In fact, I have a confession: I usually go home from the events teary-eyed because I am so grateful for all of the kind p…

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The Star-Tribune will accept letters to the editor for the upcoming election through Monday, Oct. 14.  It is the policy of the newspaper not to print political letters two weeks prior to an election.

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Critter Chat

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There are certain basic requirements that owners of all companion animals must provide under Virginia law. 3.2-6503 states:

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Most visitors to the shelter are greeted with a sweet greeting from Buddy, our umbrella cockatoo. His first greeting is a sweet one, and the other ones become even firmer. When he says, “hello,” he expects a response. Actually, he sometimes expects many responses! He was formerly known as Nu…

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Over 200 entries are expected for the Virginia Walking/Racking Horse Owners Association show, set for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex.

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In this social media world, farm animals are getting the attention they deserve. Even people who eat meat are concerned by the pictures of the immense factory farms, by the sights of the trucks carrying poultry and pigs to slaughterhouses, and by the news reports of the millions of farm anim…

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My first time hearing of, or visiting the Pittsylvania Pet Center was in June, 2018. I saw a post about how the Pet Center had received over 60 cats from a single home. My shelter at the time (Portsmouth Humane Society) had some room to help, so we came and took 12 cats to help. I am happy t…

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At our annual meeting in 2014, our shelter manager, April Hyler Hogan, was given a plaque which had the inscription “In gratitude for twenty years of faithful service. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty”.

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We began our contract in 1984 with the City of Danville to operate the public animal shelter. I served on the board of directors then and each month reviewed the animal count report with great interest. We were so happy when the adoptions started increasing.

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House Bill 2491 sponsored by Delegate Kathy Tran (D – Fairfax County) and 20 co-patrons (all Democrat), is (was) a bill before the Virginia House of Delegates that would relax restrictions on abortion. Thanks to HB2491, it’s 21 co-patrons and careless remarks by Virginia Governor and pediatr…