(WFXR) — Communities nationwide — and in southwest and central Virginia — are still celebrating “National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week” before it wraps up on Saturday, honoring the men and women who risk their lives to protect all types of animals, and well as the humans impacted by the presence of those animals.

The following localities around the region have voiced their appreciation for their animal control officers since Sunday, April 10:

Amherst County:

April 10th -16th is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

We personally feel like the luckiest shelter in this area to have such an AMAZING ACO ~ if you haven’t met Master Deputy/ACO Amanda Aguirre let us tell you she’s amazing!

We so appreciate Amanda because she is extremely professional, kind, likeable, compassionate & DEDICATED !!Amanda you are our fearless community HERO!

We appreciate you and thank you for your service!!

Amanda is a Florida native that moved to Virginia in 2004.
She began at Dispatch at the Wintergreen Police Dept. in 2005In 2006 she hit the road as an Officer.
Went to the Academy in 2007.
Then became a Deputy at Wintergreen for the Police Dept.
Then she became a Deputy for the Nelson Sheriff’s Dept.

Amanda has been with Amherst County for 8 years of which the past 5 1/2 years as our Animal Control Officer. That’s quite an impressive resume.

Next time you see her on the road in her ACO truck give her a wave to let her know you stand behind her & support her for all she does for our community & animals in need !

We are all the winners to have her in Amherst County. Again, thank you for your service Amanda!

Amanda has 3 dog companions at home, 2 are rescues from our shelter! One is a tripod she adopted after finding her with a chain hook embedded in her side. The 3rd is a senior.

Bedford County:

It’s a well known fact that Bedford County is home to a wide variety of animals to include both domesticated and livestock. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office houses a very special unit to not only help keep our humans safe, but also the animals of Bedford County safe as well! Bedford County Animal Control is a uniformed unit comprised of sworn BCSO Deputies who assist in ensuring the safety and well being of animals within the county. Animal Control Deputies assist with returning loose livestock back to their homes, checking welfare of both domesticated animals and livestock, as well as assisting the public with any questions they could have regarding both Virginia and Bedford County codes for animal upkeep and safety! These men and women are an asset to not only BCSO, but the County as a whole! THANK YOU ANIMAL CONTROL FOR ALL YOU DO!!

Happy National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week to Sgt. Key and Deputies Webster, Tillman, and Swope!

Franklin County:


Please join us in thanking our Animal Care and Control Team for the amazing job they do!

Cindy Lamm, Animal Shelter Manager
Katelyn Ferguson, Animal Care Attendant
Rose Walker, Animal Care Attendant
Brianna Shelton, Animal Care Attendant
Christy Witt, Animal Control Officer
Ethan Cundiff, Animal Control Officer


  • Lynchburg Humane Society: “We definitely appreciate Lynchburg’s Animal Control Officers! They are wonderful and great partners!”
  • Lynchburg Police Department: “This week is Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. The Lynchburg Police Department has a great team of dedicated Animal Control Officers that help keep our furry, feathery, and scaly residents of Lynchburg safe.”

Pittsylvania County:

  • Pittsylvania County Public Safety: “National Animal Control Appreciation Week celebrates and promotes animal control officers who risk their lives and dedicate countless hours for the safety of the public and animals. Thank you Pittsylvania County Animal Control Officers!”
  • Pittsylvania Pet Center: “Thank you to our Animal Control Officers for taking care of the animals in Pittsylvania County!”


  • Radford City Police Department: “National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week is here! This week of appreciation is designed to give recognition to the hard-working animal control officers, animal shelter technicians, and volunteers that serve the animals and our community. We are so thankful for their constant dedication and the passion they bring everyday!”

Roanoke City:

  • City of Roanoke E-911 Center: “Did you know? It is also National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week! We are very thankful for the hard work each of you put in day in and day out keeping the animals of this City safe!”
  • Roanoke Police Department: “This week is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week! These passionate individuals are dedicated to helping animals in our community, and we commend them for the difficult work they do.
    Please help us thank the RPD Animal Wardens who go above and beyond for both our department and the community they serve. We appreciate you all!”

Rockbridge County:

  • Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office: “It’s National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week! Our Animal Control Deputies are undoubtedly some of the busiest people in our agency. They give protection, a voice, and seek justice for those who many times can’t help themselves. Thanks for all you do for our four-legged friends and family members!”