Pittsylvania Pet Center announces joint program to decrease pet homelessness

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CHATHAM, Va. (WFXR) — The Pittsylvania Pet Center (PPC) and Arlington, Va.-based Homeward Trails Animal Rescue (HT) have announced a new joint program.

The program, called “Home To a Home”, focuses on decreasing pet homelessness in Pittsylvania County. The program will give pets, whose owners can no longer keep them, opportunities to avoid going to the shelter. Instead, these pets will move directly to a PPC or HT foster or adoptive home.

“As a shelter that practices managed intake, we know firsthand that many people do not wish to see their pets end up in an animal shelter, regardless of how nice that shelter is. Shelter environments are stressful, especially for animals in certain categories,” says James McLaughlin, PPC Director. “This program will allow owners to work with us on a mutually agreeable timeline to secure their pet a home in another home, thus preventing the animal from ever coming to our shelter.”

The Home to a Home program will provide the following for Danville and Pittsylvania County residents:

  • Residents wishing to surrender animals under 6 months of age will be offered the opportunity to sign ownership of the animals over to the PPC, receive free vaccinations and deworming medications for the animals in return for fostering the animals in their home until the animals can be safely transferred directly to Homeward Trails or a nearby foster home.
  • Kittens and puppies that are still nursing will be taken with the mother if the intent is to surrender the family or be required to remain in foster until they are safely weaned if the foster intends to keep the mother, who will then be spayed upon weaning. Transfer timeline will depend on the age and health of the animals and the availability of a PPC or HT foster home to accept them and could range from 24 hours to several weeks.
  • Animals over 6 months of age will be inventoried and evaluated medically and behaviorally and the owner will then be offered the same opportunity to sign ownership of the animals over to the PPC and receive free vaccinations and deworming medications for the animals in return for fostering the animals in their home until the animals can be safely transferred directly to Homeward Trails or a PPC foster home.

If you are a Danville or Pittsylvania County resident and you would like to learn more about this program, contact Krista Marsteiner at FOSTERPPC@pittgov.org.

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