Valley nonprofit helps four-legged friends find forever homes by paying vet bills

LYNDHURST, Va. (WHSV) – Pet owners know how quickly veterinary bills can add up.

Friends of the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center is a non-profit organization that operates on donations to help the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center meet the medical needs of pets crossing their doors.

In August, the group said they spent about $8,000 on veterinary bills for shelter residents. This was spent on 37 visits to the vet, 11 surgeries and dental work and a stay in intensive care.

Friends of SVASC board member Kelly Jackson said it was more than usual.

“The shelter is actually seeing higher than normal amounts of animals right now because most shelters are all over the place. That leads us to more requests for medical help,” Jackson said.

SVASC is an open admission shelter, so they must take any pets that come their way. A large portion of their budget goes towards things like pet food, staff compensation, and basic medical care. When a pet has a more expensive need, that’s where the Friends of SVASC come in.

“These cases are all medical cases that are not in their budget to help, so in order for these animals to be healthy and have a better chance of being adopted, some of them have undergone surgeries which they had need,” Jackson said.

Friends of SVASC are having a fundraiser next month. Woofstock is an event with live music, vendors and food trucks. It will take place on October 8 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Plaza Antigua in Waynesboro.

The shelter is always looking for foster families and adopters, so to see the animals available, visit their website.

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Jennifer R. Strohm