For Immediate Release

June 27, 2013

Contact:  Paulette Dean

(434) 799-5306

            Tragically, the Danville Area Humane Society finds it necessary to offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the abandonment of a small kitten.

An employee of the Pizza Hut on Piney Forest Road in Danville heard a noise while putting trash in the dumpster.  He found a small, gray tabby kitten in a box.  The male kitten was about eight weeks old, and his back legs were paralyzed.  He was brought to the shelter, and was immediately taken to a veterinary clinic.  Sadly, he died this morning at the clinic.

Abandonment of animals is illegal in Virginia.  Paulette Dean, director, said, “We work towards the day when animals are not treated like trash by some people.  Just as people may get tired of hearing bad news like this, we get very tired of having to report the bad news.  We also constantly think of the abandoned animals that are not fortunate enough to be found.”

We remind citizens that the rewards we offer are not funded by taxpayer money, but by donations.

We urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the Danville Area Humane Society at (434) 799-5306.  Callers may remain anonymous.


For Immediate Release

June 25, 2013

Contact:  Paulette Dean

(434) 799-5306

            The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the possible abandonment of two approximately six week-old kittens on Starling Avenue at about 1:45 this afternoon.

Witnesses saw two women in a champagne-colored Altima drive to the bottom of Starling Avenue, and stop for a couple of minutes.  The witness had not seen the kittens on the street until the car drove away.  Tragically, the Altima drove over one of the kittens, killing it.

Abandonment of animals is illegal and cruel.  “We are alarmed by the number of abandonment cases that we see each year,” said Lynn Shelton, board president and court-appointed humane investigator.  “No animal deserves to be dumped.”

The surviving kitten will be held for a required stray period of five days, and then will be placed for adoption.  Paulette Dean, director and court-appointed humane investigator, said, “We take all reports of possible abuse and abandonment seriously, and do everything in our power to help the animals.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Danville Area Humane Society at (434) 799-0843.  Callers may remain anonymous.


Rescuing kittens from a storm drain is not uncommon, and it always makes us happy!  Last night, a citizen called the police about a kitten in a storm drain on R…iverside Drive.  The caring police officer went, but could not find the kitten.  (They seem to travel through the pipes and tunnels.)  The officer left a note for Animal Control, who went this morning but still could not find the kitten.  He received another call, hurried over, heard a loud meowing, and called us.  It took four people to remove the grate, and Lynn Shelton was able to remove the kitten using a long catchpole.  She was very, very hungry, and is now dry and well-fed.

Traps are Cruel!

A little after 11:00 Monday night, the shelter manager came to the shelter to meet a police officer who had a cat in a trap. We thought it was a humane trap, and that it would be a routine after-hours call. Not so. The cat had been caught in the City of Danville with a cruel body-gripping trap. The cat was severely injured and had to be euthanized. We believe there are more humane ways to deal with “nuisance wildlife” complaints. The picture is graphic, but this link will take you to a picture of the cat in the trap. We will let you judge for yourselves whether you believe these traps should be allowed in the City.



Kitten Thrown Onto Robertson Bridge

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2013

Contact:  Paulette Dean

(434) 799-0843

            The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who threw a four week-old kitten onto the Robertson Bridge.

Around 1:15 this afternoon, a woman traveling on the bridge saw something being thrown from a burgundy late model Ford Windstar van.  She turned around as soon as she could, and pulled over to the side.  She saw a small, gray tabby kitten on the bridge, and a back leg appeared to be broken.  She brought the kitten to the shelter.  The kitten, a female, has been taken to a local veterinary clinic for emergency treatment.

Paulette Dean, executive director, said, “Has society really become this coarse?  After 21 years of seeing cruelty and neglect, I am still horrified by cases like this.  The person who threw the kitten out meant for her to die, and meant for her to die a cruel death.”

Lynn Shelton, board president and humane investigator, said, “The person probably meant for the kitten to land in the river.”

April Hogan, shelter manager for 19 years agreed, and added, “The poor kitten was completely defenseless.”

Cruelty to animals is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and is punishable by fines of up to $2,500 and /or a jail sentence of up to twelve months.

Reward money comes from donated funds, and no taxpayer money is used for the reward.

Anyone who has information about this case is urged to call 799-0843.  Callers may remain anonymous.


For Immediate Release

April 1, 2013

Contact:  Paulette Dean

(434) 799-5306


We are thrilled to invite the public to our one-year anniversary in the E. Stuart James Grant Adoption Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

We will celebrate this important milestone by helping animals with reduced adoption fees for approved questionnaires turned in that day.  The adoption fees will be reduced from $85 for dogs and cats to $50 – or even lower.  Paulette Dean, executive director, said, “About a month ago, we issued a challenge to our Facebook friends to help us reach 3,000 likes on our Facebook page.  If we reach that number by 8:00 a.m. on April 6th, adoption fees will be reduced to $25, and the adoption package will still be in effect.  The adoption fees always pay for the spay/neuter surgery, a health exam, and rabies shot.  As of March 31st, we have 2,189 likes.  If we get at least 2,500 likes by 8:00 a.m. on April 6th, the fees will be reduced to $40.  Otherwise, the fees will be reduced to $50.”

Lynn Shelton, board president said, “This is a fun way to encourage people to visit our Facebook page so they can see what good works we do to help the animals.”

Dr. Mary Betterton of Brosville Animal Clinic will be on hand to give rabies shots at the reduced fee of $5, and microchipping will also be available for reduced prices.

Lona Kokinda, who is a board member, hairstylist, and photographer, will take pet photos that day.  The 4×6 glossy prints that will be available immediately will only cost $8 each.

We want the shelter animals to join in the celebration fun, and invite members of the public to donate canned cat food, hot dogs for the dogs, and special treats for birds, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

The adoption shelter has helped save many lives, and we invite everyone to visit with us for our anniversary celebration.


We now have about 1,800 likes on Facebook, and we appreciate each and every one of you.  We’ve entered a new age in how business is conducted, so we have a challenge for you — On April 6, 2013, we will celebrate our one-year anniversary in our new adoption center.  For that day, we are  having an open house, rabies clinic, microchip clinic, and adoption fair.  We had decided to reduce the adoption fees on dogs and cats to $50. But — and here’s the challenge and the fun part — if you can help us get to 3,000 likes by April 6th at 8:00 a.m., we will lower the adoption fees for $25 for April 6-April 12.  You can play a part in helping shelter dogs and cats find their human companions.  You can be their matchmakers; you can help them live long, happy lives.  You get the message!  3,000 likes before 8:00 a.m. on April 6th will bring the already-reduced adoption fees down to $25.  Now, that’s a deal for our priceless animals!

Puppy in Plastic Bag

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2013
Contact: Paulette Dean
(434) 799-5306

The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of $1,000 for information that
leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who tied a 4 month-old puppy in a
plastic bag and placed the bag in the dumpster on Oak Street in Danville.

Around 1:30 this afternoon, a young man noticed the bag moving and tore it open. The

puppy immediately came out of the bag.

She is a pit bull mix type dog, and is suffering from hair loss and rashes.


 She is
underweight, and is currently being evaluated and treated at a local veterinary clinic. Indications
are that she has other health issues.

“We are horrified by this; the puppy had no chance of surviving if she had not been
rescued,” said Paulette Dean, the director of the Danville Area Humane Society. “Furthermore,
it is obvious that the person who did this meant for the puppy to die.”

Lynn Shelton, board president and humane investigator, said, “Abandonment is an
ongoing problem in this area. Bringing a puppy with medical problems to the shelter would not
have cost the owner anything.”

Abandonment of animals is ille

gal, but this case could also meet the cruelty standards in
Virginia. Cruelty to animals is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and is punishable by a prison term of up
to twelve months, a fine or up to $2,500, either or both.

Anyone who has information about this act of cruelty is urged to contact the Danville
Area Humane Society at (434) 799-5306. Calls may be kept confidential. The reward program
is supported by donations; taxpayer funds are not used.

Feeding Waterfowl

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
Contact: Paulette Dean
(434) 799-5306

Many of our board members and shelter staff routinely use the Riverwalk and, as a result,
we are aware of the problem with feces that litters the sidewalk. We are also aware that other
localities have feeding bans. We have studied the issues with interrupting migration patterns, the
dangers of certain types of food, and making wild animals dependent upon humans. The issue is
actually a very complex one, and involves many human emotions.

However, it remains our belief that the waterfowl that have lived around the Riverwalk
have been there for years, and will likely not migrate if people stop feeding them.
Unfortunately, humans have contributed to the problem by abandoning ducks that have been
acquired as gifts when young. We also believe that the danger of having spoiled food to attract
rodents and diseases is a worst case scenario and, in all likelihood, will not happen since the
ducks and geese quickly consume the food.

People enjoy feeding waterfowl, as well as feeding other wild birds and squirrels in
backyard feeders. We do, however, suggest that the proper food be offered.

We also realize that, as humans encroach on wildlife habitats, problems can occur.
Therefore, we support designated areas where feeding can take place. People who would prefer
to stay away from the waterfowl can plan their activities accordingly.

2013 Goals

My New Year’s Eve celebrations usually come to an end long before midnight. I enjoy time with family
members, and then spend time thinking about the year past and the year future. I have usually chosen my theme
for the New Year a couple of weeks in advance, so I think about how the theme can positively impact my life
during the coming year.
Last January, we reported that we expected 2012 to be an exciting time for us, and it has been:

In April, we officially opened the new “no-kill” adoption center. This will not solve all the
overpopulation problems in Danville and Pittsylvania County, but provides us more space to hold the adoptable
animals. We are still an open-admission shelter, which means we do not turn away animals. Once an animal
comes into the shelter, and they become our property through state law, they are evaluated for behavioral and
health issues. As space permits, they are accepted into the adoption center, and are held until they are adopted
or transferred to another group (as long as they remain healthy and non-aggressive). We were thrilled to be able
to build this center, through the generosity of many donors and supporters, as well as the E. Stuart James Grant
Charitable Trust, and give it as a gift to the City of Danville.

We continued to help residents of Danville and Pittsylvania County pay for the spay/neuter
surgery. Frankly, larger shelters with the combination of more adoptions cannot solve all the problems of
overpopulation and abuse. Only spaying and neutering to reduce the number of unwanted animals can solve the
problem. Since 1993, we have helped 22,000 dogs and cats in Danville and Pittsylvania County, spending over
$500,000, again mostly through the generosity of the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust. We have brought
back our popular rebate program. At least the day before they take the animal to a veterinary clinic for the
surgery, residents of Danville and Pittsylvania County may come to the shelter to pick up a certificate. Then,
with a copy of the veterinary bill, a self-addressed envelope, and the certificate, we send a check for $25. In
2012, we also gave approximately $30,000 to local veterinary clinics as spay/neuter grants.

We expanded our volunteer programs. We have a large group of dedicated people who enjoy
serving the animals. People can serve on our fundraising committee, or they can serve as shelter volunteers.
Shelter employees stay busy taking care of the basic needs of shelter animals, and we love for volunteers to help
exercise the animals. With our adoption center opening, we rely on volunteers more than ever. In fact, we hope
some people even help us clean the cages and do laundry. The dogs absolutely love to go into the fenced-in
area, and volunteers provide vital socialization for the shelter animals. Our fundraising committee is a
dedicated group of people who work tirelessly to raise money so the animals can be helped. Thank you,

We continued our 24 hours a day, 365 days a year work of helping the animals. We conducted
neglect and cruelty investigations and help rescue animals.


As always, we hope that the New Year will be a kinder one for all animals, and we look forwarding to
serving all the wonderful creatures with whom we share this earth.

Finally, we helped about 7,000 animals!