FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — With more than 300 of pets in need of homes and a critical shortage of both staff members and veterinarians, the Franklin County Humane Society is cutting its hours and cutting its adoption prices for a number of furry friends.
“We have to make difficult changes for the time being. We hope this will be a short term issue,” the Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood and Adoption Center wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 21. “At this time we are unable to take pets into our care. Currently we have over 300 pets looking for a family. We need you to come visit to find your next best friend and to share the word.”
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 28, the humane society says that the adoption center’s hours will be scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for both dog and cat adoptions. For cat adoptions, though, the center will be open until 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.
According to the shelter, other times may be scheduled once an adoption application is processed and approved.
In addition, in order to help find forever homes for some of Franklin County’s “fabulous felines,” the humane society says it will offer half-priced adoptions for 130 cats and kittens for those with approved applications. For a list of all the adoptable animals at the humane society, click here.
Meanwhile, the shelter is also looking for at least one new veterinarian for the Planned Pethood Clinic, which serves as a critical part of the adoption center, not to mention a significant source of income for the facility.
“We know what Franklin County Humane Society means to our community and beyond. We know how much work still needs to be done,” the Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood and Adoption Center posted. “We are going to regroup and come back stronger than ever! Please know we need your continued support.”
If you would like to donate to the humane society, follow this link.
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