Humane Society of Amherst County declares ‘Code Red’ due to full kennels

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Late Monday night, the Humane Society of Amherst County announced a “Code Red” on social media, saying that the shelter is officially beyond capacity.

According to the humane society, all of their kennels are completely full as of Monday, Nov. 15.

As a result, members of the Amherst County community who are thinking about bringing home a new furry friend are encouraged to visit the shelter and check out the adoptable pets.

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From canines to felines to rabbits, the humane society’s website plenty of animals that are available for adoption.

“We have some applications pending on them but just not enough right now with the amount of space we have. If more animals come in then we’re out of space,” said Andrea Cerqua, vice president of the Humane Society of Amherst County. “A lot of people, now that they’re going back to work after COVID, have surrendered their animals, then also its hunting season so there are a lot of dogs that don’t get reclaimed by their owners because they don’t hunt.”

The adoption fees for the Humane Society of Amherst County are listed below:

  • Adult dogs: $125 (with $50 off for non-pure breed dogs that weigh at least 50 pounds)
  • Puppies, pure breeds, and small dogs: $175
  • Senior dogs (age 7 or older): $75
  • Cats and kittens: $40
  • Exotic cats (such as Bengal, Himalayan, Scottish Fold, or Siamese): $100

These adoption fees include the cost of the health exam, deworming, flea protection, distemper and rabies vaccines, spaying/neutering, and heartworm tests for dogs and FeLV-FIV tests for cats.

(Photo: Amanda Lee/WFXR News)

“We do everything possible to try and get everybody homes or to rescues before we run out of space completely. People need to spay and neuter their animals,” Cerqua said.

If you want to check out photos of the adoptable pets or fill out an adoption application with the Humane Society of Amherst County, click here.

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