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PAW PRINTS for July 2019
Summer Heat Precautions
 
We’ve experienced a recent heat wave, and summertime brings many such days in our area. Here are some reminders to help keep your pets safe:

Cars are dangerous even when it isn't in the 90s outside, so please don't leave any pets in hot cars, not even for a few minutes!

Sidewalks and pavement can be very hot, so please be mindful of your pet's paws--if it would be too hot and uncomfortable for you to walk on it barefoot, then it is too hot and uncomfortable for them to walk on.

If you do want to take your dog for a walk, try to do so as early in the day as possible, or in the evening after the sun has set, to try and beat some of the heat.

Any and all pets kept outside, including livestock, need easy access to adequate shade and water.

Please remember to check on both your human and animal neighbors during a heat wave, and if you have any welfare concerns, please call the authorities!
 
DID YOU KNOW?
  • Last month 31 animals found their forever homes, 11 were reunited with loving families, and 3 were transferred to wonderful rescue partners--a total of 45 animals with a second chance. Your shares, donations, and volunteer hours help to make these happy new beginnings possible. Thank you all!
  • Our Lonely Heart’s Club pets (animals at the shelter more than 6 months) have low adoption fees of just $20!  We currently have 4 pets in the club--available cuties are:  Leon, Brent, Swirly, and Thelma. Please share their photos and stories, to help them find the forever homes they’re waiting and wishing for.
  • July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month—be sure all of your furbabies have up to date contact information and microchips!
  • The FSPCA took in 39 dogs and cats through Fluvanna Animal Control from a county hoarding case this month—5 cats and the rest dogs. A big thanks to our staff for their hard work and late hours in making this happen smoothly, and for the wonderful community support, and outreach from adopters and fellow animal rescue partners who promptly stepped up to take in 22 of these animals in need. Currently, we have the 5 cats, and 4 dogs remaining with us at the shelter—the doggy pets include:  1 rottie, 1 hound mix puppy, 1 pit mix, and 1 beagle. Some of the kitties are available now, and the remaining animals from this case will be available for adoption following their upcoming spays and neuters.  Contact our shelter staff at 434-591-0123 if you’d like to learn more. How can you help? Your donations to our medical care fund will help to pay veterinary expenses, and help to provide a second chance for these furbabies, and all the animals that come through our doors in need of care. Thank you for caring! Donate here today.
  • All of our dogs and cats available for adoption are up-to-date on vaccinations, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. We offer a "Paws to Consider" program that allows for a potential adopter to foster for a month to make sure that it is the best fit for all involved. Even if you are not currently in a place to be able to adopt, we could use your help as a temporary foster.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
  • The shelter is currently in need  of pelleted litter available from Tractor Supply and canned kitten food. You can view our other needs and order from our Amazon Wishlist. Remember to go through Amazon Smile to increase your donation. Thank you all for your generous donations!
  • Foster! You can help one of our shelter pets heal, grow, and/or learn about life in a home. Each foster brings our pets that much closer to a furever home of their very own. Learn more about fostering with us here: fspca.org.
 We are still in need of a foster home for a small hound mom and her 7 puppies. The puppies are doing well and they are now just over a week old. We will need a foster home for this sweet family for roughly 8 weeks, and are looking for availability of the foster to be able to bring them into the shelter every 2 weeks for treatment updates. If you are interested, please call 434-591-0123.  We can provide food, bedding, and any other necessities. Thank you!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS! Don’t miss these special events, which support adoption, and the ongoing care we provide our homeless Fluvanna pets. You can see all of the details on our Facebook events page.
 
All month!  FSPCA Fundraiser - Papa John's
 Papa John's Pizza · Palmyra, Virginia
 
Stay tuned for more details on these upcoming August events too!
 
  • Orvis Adoption Event, August 17th
  • Sona Bank is hosting a community appreciation day on August 23rd
 
Thank you to everyone for a great evening at our June “Fur-raising Fun” event! We couldn't have done it without our volunteers, Cunningham Creek Winery, Two Labs Coffee, MWO Food Truck, the band BiG, and of course our music sponsor, Dan MacDougall with loanDepot - Charlottesville! Thank you to our wonderful hosts and everyone who came out to share this great evening with us. We hope you all had as much fun enjoying the beautiful weather and setting as we did! 

PUPDATES: Kaiser, one of our FSPCA super senior pets, hopes you'll help to spread the word on shelter adoption, and the joys of rescue--especially when bringing a sweet senior into your home for their golden years. Our pawesome seniors have low adoption fees of just $50 to help them find forever families. The shelter is currently full of amazing animals in need of homes. Your shares, adoptions, fostering, and volunteering will make a world of difference for all of these furry friends!

Give our shelter staff a call to learn more about how to help: 434-591-0123! <3

More about our buddy Kaiser: "Hello my name is Kaiser!! Boy, I cant wait for you to come in and see me. I love when people come around, and I get extra attention--I start wagging my tail, and get very excited. I already know some basic commands like sit, lay and crawl. I have soft flowing hair, and my coat is very shiny. My eyes are like shinning marbles. In my previous home I did like to run off, but I was not neutered then, so being neutered now, and having more training, will help with this habit. I am current on all shots,micro-chipped and neutered." Won't you come meet me this week?

Please consider a visit, and share our adoption link today! Woof!

See Kaiser here: https://www.adoptapet.com/…/25042918-troy-virginia-hound-un….

CAT TAILS!  Hello. My name is Boone. I came into the shelter pretty beat up, but my friends are making me feel much better. With time my wounds will heal, and I don’t let that stop me from being the sweetest to everyone I meet. I am FIV positive, so I would need to be an indoor kitty only. Come by to meet me--I am 3.5 years old, up to date on vaccines, micro-chipped and neutered. Please help to spread the word on what a pawesome fellow I am! https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/24778026-troy-virginia-cat
 
PAWESOME THANKS TO:
  • Thankful for our Rescue Partners! In June, 3 waiting pets were transferred to rescue partners. Thank you to: CASPCA and Animal Care Assistance Program.
  • Thank you Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office for all of your help in the recent animal seizure case. With your guidance and patience we were able to safely provide shelter for all of the animals in need. We would also like to thank the community and others for coming together to help us in our time of need. We couldn’t do this important work without you all, and your support. <3
  • Big thanks to Brianna Hamblin and CBS19 News: Charlottesville News First for coming out to our Fur-raising Fun event, and helping us to share our story and furry friends!
  • Benson, Nymera and Lilly had a fun outing this month at the Petco adoption event. Many thanks to volunteers Bianca and Robin from Pet Paradise and Pam, FSPCA Board Member/ volunteer (and Pet Paradise employee.) <3
 
Forever Family <3
 
 We loved this recent pupdate on FSPCA alum "One Eye'd Willie," from his adoptive Mom, Katie:

"I got One Eye'd Willie (formerly known as "Frenchy") at the FSPCA in September 2008. He had been found as a stray, and I believe he'd been at the shelter for 3 months. He'd also had an eye surgically removed sometime before he came to the shelter, so when I took him home, he was renamed "One Eye'd Willie." Willie has been my constant companion for the last 11 years, making everyone laugh with his antics. He loves foam earplugs, and will hunt for them under pillows and on counters. He learned to counter-surf at 10 years old, and has snagged several delicious treats as a result (a full load of zucchini bread!). At about 15 years-old, he's still trucking along, happy as can be, and constantly looking for his next snack."

Thank you for the pawesome update Katie, and for giving Willie such a wonderful forever home! <3

Ready to start your own rescue love story? Check out our currently available shelter pets on our website.

We'd love to feature your own FSPCA alum in a forever home update--you can message us here, or email outreach@fspca.org to share the love.
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