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 to say that it didn’t take long for all of them to find homes in Hampton Roads.
This was my first time seeing the shelter that I would come to love. I was amazed at what a beautiful shelter the Pet Center was, and little did I know that six months later I would find myself here. Upon arriving in December 2018, I saw a shelter that had tremendous potential to do a lot more good in the community. We have a great staff who wanted to be the shelter that everyone is proud of, and they wanted to save every adoptable animal, so we started making some changes on how we did things. After less than four months, we are still evolving and working on several initiatives to help our shelter grow and evolve, but I cannot be prouder of the wonderful, caring staff. Some of you have been out, and I have heard some nice things since the new Pet Center started on January 1, 2019. We have a great team, but we still need community support to be successful. We are in the process of building our donor, foster and volunteer bases, while providing the finest care possible to our animals. We have come a long way in the first three months at the Pet Center, but there is much work to be done.
Our save percentage for the first quarter of 2019 was 90%. This was in no small part to our partnerships with local and national organizations that were here for us. We also were inspected by the state veterinarian’s office (annual) and for the first time in our shelter’s short existence, passed our inspection with no discrepancies. We are committed to finding more ways to help the animals in our county, and their families to hopefully reduce the numbers of animals that need to come to the shelter. We believe that together, we can be a voice for those without one. Our staff really appreciate the increasing numbers of supporters, but many of you have not been out to see the new Pet Center. For this reason, we will be having an open house on Friday, April 26 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. If you haven’t been out, please come see our shelter, meet some of the great animals that we have and our amazing staff who are working hard for the animals from our community.