BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) – The Bedford Humane Society is getting closer to its long-awaited new facility. After years of planning and fundraising, they hope to break ground by the end of the year.
“It’s just something necessary for the community, and we will be a no-kill shelter and that’s in the works right now to. We’re almost to the point to be able to start our new shelter.”Janet Linger – Board Member – Bedford Humane Society
Currently, they operate out of an old home they use for administrative duties and are unable to house animals at this location due to it not being up to code to keep animals.
With a new facility, the Bedford Humane Society will be able to house animals on-site and add more educational opportunities.
“We’re going to start with facilities for 10 dogs and 30 cats. The only reason for that is the dogs have and inside/outside kennel. And the building is designed so that we can add on to the building on either side.”Janet Linger – Board Member – Bedford Humane Society
“We have a lot of college students and high school students that really want to volunteer, but because we don’t have animals on the premises it’s hard to give them something to do to keep them occupied.”Janet Linger – Board Member – Bedford Humane Society
One of the newest additions to the Bedford Humane Society is a cat with her kittens. This mother cat has also taken in an orphaned kitten and is nursing it as well.
“We just got them in yesterday. We have their mother and five kittens and we specifically adopted her in order to foster a newborn kitten that I’m trying to hand feed.”Janet Linger – Board Member – Bedford Humane Society
The mother cat recently tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
“[We] had her tested today and found out she was FIV positive, but we’re still going to use her. The vet said since he’s already nursed on her he could already have the antibodies for the FIV.”Janet Linger – Board Member – Bedford Humane Society
Testing will be conducted when the kittens are a bit older to know if they to have contracted FIV.
The newly-added mother cat and kittens will be available for adoption in about four weeks.
For more information on the Bedford Humane Society or if you’re interested in adopting/donating see their website by clicking here.