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Friends of the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center respond to shelter closure

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center (SVASC) is closed until at least October 12 due to illness. For now, residents are therefore asked to call animal control with any stray animals.

Friends of SVASC, a non-profit organization that helps the shelter pay for medical treatment for the animals, says it is a community effort to help the animals while they are closed.

“Many local rescues are helping the shelter, trying to move the animals so they aren’t too crowded,” said Kelly Jackson, Friends of SVASC secretary and medical coordinator.

Jackson says they take the animals to the vet, so they can get the care they need.

“We have animals coming in and out about every week to get medical attention to hopefully heal them enough to get out. It is a community effort. Everyone helps make it work, ”Jackson said.

As part of their efforts, they are hosting Community Pet Health Day on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Park in Waynesboro. Jackson says this event is aimed at helping people in the community with vet bills.

“If these efforts are for someone who looks after their pet because they can’t afford to take care of them, then that’s our goal, so we’ll be there tomorrow, rain or shine,” said Jackson said.

She says many animals at the shelter are surrendered by owners, and adds that many people say they don’t have the money to care for their pets.

“Look for resources before you throw your animals into a shelter. There are a lot of resources out there, ”Jackson said.

The low-cost Angels of Assisi mobile veterinary clinic will be at the park on Saturday to provide vaccinations and other health needs, such as treatment for fleas and ticks. For more information, visit the Friends of SVASC Facebook page.

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