• Critter Chat – March 29,2017

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    In 1996, national animal organizations established seven basic policies for every animal shelter. Over 20 years later, I am not sure what organization led the way, but they were printed in the January-February 1996 Animal Sheltering Magazine of The Humane Society of the United States. Shelters were encouraged to consider these basic essentials of their […]

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  • Easter

    The Easter Bunny is here!

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    We’re ready for the Easter Bunny pictures with pets and/or children! Come to the shelter tomorrow between 11-3 and for $8, receive a 4X6 picture in a holiday frame. Plus, we will e-mail you all the pictures taken during your session. Thanks, Val-Rae, for getting the room ready! (We’re also having an adoption fair and […]

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    Critter Chat – February 15, 2017

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    The way I look at storm drains has significantly changed over the past 25 years.  More cats and dogs than we ever wanted to know about use these storm drains to safely go from place to place, and to get a little bit of perceived security.  I am not exaggerating when I say that more […]

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    New Spay/Neuter certificates available now

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, and going through June 1st, City of Danville residents may pick up $50 spay/neuter certificates for their dogs and cats. Pittsylvania County residents may pick up $25 rebate certificates, which can be combined with the usual County vouchers of $25 (or $40 through February). The certificates must be picked up at […]

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  • Easter Bunny

    The Easter Bunny is coming!

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    It’s almost time for the Easter Bunny to make an appearance at the shelter! Save the date – April 8th – from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the shelter. For $8, you will receive a 4×6 print in a holiday frame of your pet with the Easter Bunny. We can even e-mail you all the pictures […]

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Critter Corner

Nov
14

Billy

In May of 1997, a tiny black and white kitten was brought to the shelter.  He had been picked up on a remote road in the county, about to be hit by a car.  He reminded us of another black and white kitten, Billy, that had been adopted a year before, so he was named […]

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Nov
14

Pony Penning

My favorite place on earth to live during retirement would be the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  My sister and I were born on Chincoteague Island, and it seems my beginnings are calling to me.  I have fallen in love with that area of the state, even though I have spent only three days there during […]

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Nov
14

Spay/Neuter

Through the years, we have sponsored a variety of programs to assist with the cost of spay/neuter surgeries. In 1993, we received our first disbursement from The E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust, and the board immediately decided to use that money to help spay/neuter as many animals as possible.  We are pleased now to […]

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Nov
14

Animal Cruelty

Some time ago, a woman told me how upset she was about something she had witnessed.  She had volunteered at another non-profit organization, and one of the clients had walked to her car.  A small dog jumped out of the car, and the woman began beating the dog.  She even commented, “Sometimes, you just have […]

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Jun
5

Summer Care

Summers are definitely the hardest season for animals. We believe, based on our experiences, that we lose more companion animals to the heat than we do to cold weather. We also believe that most of the deaths that occur in the summer are preventable. During hot weather, our humane investigators have zero tolerance for the […]

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May
20

Volunteers are Vital!

About five years ago, I was invited to sit on a panel at a conference of humane organizations in Virginia. I was one of six panel members to discuss the challenges shelters face. At the start of the session, we were asked to give an overview of our organization. The first woman said her shelter […]

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News Release

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Jun
5

Reward for Guinea Pig Abandonment

The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for abandoning a guinea pig at the dumpster site on Kentuck Road. Late Monday evening, a woman called to say she had just found a guinea pig in a cage in front […]

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Feb
8

Senate Bill 26

A bill that would essentially legalize poaching has just passed, with an amendment, out of Senate Courts of Justice Committee. The Bill, Senate bill 26 essentially prevents the game warden from investigating a hunter or fisherman unless the warden has “probable cause to make an arrest”.  The warden can’t look in the crell or in […]

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Jan
24

Urgent! Action Needed Immediately

There are some very bad bills for animals that have been introduced, but only two need your attention now. Senate Bill 610 This bill adds hunting dogs, working dogs and show dogs to the definition of agricultural animals and removes them from the definition of companion animals. It also allows the owner of these 3 […]

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Aug
30

Abandoned Rat Terrier – Reward!

The Danville Area Humane Society now must also offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who tied a young, male rat terrier mix in an abandoned house, and then failed to provide adequate care. The Inspections Department called the Police Department to […]