BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — An ‘SOS’ has been issued on behalf of the Bedford County Animal Shelter, which is overflowing with so many furry friends — especially after taking in dozens of felines whose owner was evicted — that it needs the community’s help to avoid heart-wrenching decisions.

Over the past two weeks, Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. has issued a number of alerts on social media about the shelter being full.

However, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, the nonprofit started posting “SOS FULL SHELTER🚫URGENT,” followed by “FULL SHELTER‼️ CODE RED” on Thursday, Aug. 4.

This news comes the same day that animal control officers, shelter staff, and volunteers brought 36 cats and kittens into the Bedford County Animal Shelter — which was already “critically full,” according to the rescue organization — after their owner got too sick to care for them and ended up being evicted from their home.

More felines are expected to arrive from the same home soon, raising the total to an estimated 50 cats and kittens.

“This summer continues to be one of the worst we have seen in shelter and rescue land,” Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. wrote on Facebook, adding that adopters were “sorely needed.”

In order to free up space in the shelter, the rescue organization says it is hosting two pop-up adoption events from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Bedford County Animal Shelter on Falling Creek Road.

The nonprofit says dogs, cats, and kittens will be available for sponsored adoptions with an approved application. Volunteers will be at both adoption events to answer any questions.

You can also scroll through a gallery of the available pets, as well as fill out an adoption application, on the Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. website.

For more information about any specific animal, you are asked to email the rescue organization at or call the shelter at 540-586-7690.