Animal shelter

Lyndhurst Animal Shelter is hosting a welcome event Saturday for the public

LYNDHURST — The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center is hosting a Foster Home Open House on Saturday, June 25, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., where the public is invited to meet and play with friends for two and four eligible legs.

Participants will learn how to become a foster family in the Lyndhurst shelter. A couple of experienced volunteers will also be on hand at the event to chat and answer questions about foster care, according to a statement.

“Fostering is vital to the continued rescue efforts at SVASC. Simply put, every animal that leaves the shelter and enters foster care opens another kennel for an animal in need; this saves potentially two lives, not one,” Erin Wiles, dog kennel manager for the Lyndhurst shelter, said.

The shelter’s rescue rate — the percentage of animals adopted — is 96% for this year. Wiles shared in the statement that since January 2021, foster families have taken in 1,266 cats and 517 dogs. There are currently 46 cats and 34 dogs living in foster homes across Lyndhurst.

According to the Lyndhurst Animal Shelter Facebook page, as of June 23, the shelter has reached capacity for dogs. In the post, they also encourage people to come to the shelter as soon as possible if they are interested in adopting. Fees have been waived for all dogs over six months old.

Lyndhurst hosts the event through a partnership with Petco Love and Sketchers. The shelter is located at 1001 Mt. Torrey Road in Lyndhurst.

— Katelyn Waltemyer (her) is the government watchdog reporter for The News Leader. Got a topical local government tip? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.