Southwest, central Virginia animal shelters filled to capacity

Southwest, central Virginia animal shelters filled to capacity

(WFXR) — Across southwest and central Virginia, a number of animal shelters are in crisis mode because they are overflowing with furry friends in need of forever families.

Animals, human societies, and rescue organizations in the following local shelters have issued pleas for help to find homes for their many pets:

Amherst County, Bedford County, and Campbell County:

Central Virginia Regional Rescue (CVRR) took to social media on Monday, July 18, issuing a “CODE RED” and saying that many local animal shelters were over capacity, which places animals at risk of euthanasia.

“If you are applying.. now is the time!” the CVRR stated. “Please go to the local kill shelters and adopt to save a life! Please consider fostering to help save lives!”

The rescue organization says it is offering its foster program to anyone willing to take in a pet, but any other animals in your home need to be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines.

According to the CVRR, it is able to pull animals from local shelters and bring them into foster care in order to give the pets a chance, as well as clear shelter space for more animals in need.

In addition, the CVRR encourages people to help save animals from the Humane Society of Amherst County, Campbell County Animal Control, the Bedford County Animal Shelter, and the Bedford Humane Society by fostering or adopting.

The Humane Society of Amherst County posted the following statement on Facebook on Tuesday, July 19:


We were full to capacity last week.

We made it to Animal Control not having to euthanizing last week due to lack of space.

We placed 22 dogs last week.
22 dogs!
That was a record for us & we are exhausted.

WE ARE FULL AGAIN!4 days later!

Many strays not reclaimed, 3 dogs a neighbor saw dump 3 young Pyrenees.
Owner surrenders that wouldn’t give us a little time.



Transferred to another shelter: 3 on Thursday

2 other dogs driven to a rescue on Thursday.

2 driven to NJ on Wednesday.

6 dogs to rescue partners in NJ on Saturday.

2 dogs pulled by a local rescue on Sunday & Tuesday.

5 adoptions

and we are back in the same position just 4 days later FULL TO CAPACITY URGENT

this is crazy!
please put ID on your dogs, chip your pets! Reclaim your pets!

Please pick up your dogs.
We can’t even take pictures quick enough they are coming in so fast.

We need the help of our community.
We just recovered from our efforts last week being full to capacity.
We can only do so much.
We are physically & emotionally broken.

Our rescue partners are full & can’t help.

Please share, please help us!
It’s NOT A SHELTER problem, it’s a community problem.

Facebook post on July 19, 2022 by the Humane Society of Amherst County

Over in Bedford County, the Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. put out an SOS on Monday, July 11 because owner sign-overs and unclaimed strays had been pouring into the shelter.

Since then, the organization has shared numerous posts about adoptable pets, especially larger and/or older dogs whose adoption fees have been sponsored — such as Regina, Birdy, Duke, Lilly, bonded pair Nina and Nikko, Daisy, and Belle — but also $10 kitten adoptions.

You can check out a list of all the adoptable animals at the Bedford County Animal Shelter by clicking here. For more information about any of the pets, call the shelter at 540-586-7690 or email

Meanwhile, the Bedford Humane Society says it is holding a cat and kitten adoption event from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, July 23 at the Living Gift store at 1173 Moneta Road in Bedford, with animals onsite from 9 am to noon. However, if you submit an application in advance, you could take your new furry friend home that very day, so follow this link to look at the adoptable animals and fill out an adoption application.

According to the organization, it is in the middle of kitten season and needs to find loving homes for these precious pets that were saved from the overcrowded animal shelter. There will also be various items for sale to help raise money for the humane society.

Franklin County:

The Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood Clinic & Adoption Center posted on Facebook on Tuesday that it was full of animals, adding that it ran out of space to take in new cats and kittens,

“We have some wonderful cats, kittens, and dogs ready to be adopted,” the humane society wrote. “Some have sponsored or reduced adoption fees with an approved application.”

If you are interested in applying or fostering an animal, you can start with an online application or just stop stop by the Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood Clinic & Adoption Center — located at 18401 Virgil H. Goode Highway in Rocky Mount — between 11 am and 2 pm for dogs or until 4 pm for cats. However, other times may be arranged with an approved application.

You can fill out the foster/adoption application, learn more about adoption fees, and check out the pictures of the available animals on the humane society’s website.

Meanwhile, the Franklin County Animal Shelter is also full of precious pets, so it’s current offering “Name Your Price Adoptions!”

The shelter — located at 81 State Street in Rocky Mount — is closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, but is open from noon to 6 pm on Thursdays, from noon to 4 pm on Fridays, and from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturdays .

In addition, the Franklin County Animal Shelter is hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” car wash fundraiser and adoption event from 10:30 am to 2 pm on Saturday to help the animals in need.

Giles County:

The Giles County Animal Shelter announced on Tuesday that it is currently at maximum capacity for dogs, so it cannot accept anymore until further notice.

If you want to help make some room in the shelter by taking home one of those dogs, stop by 678 Green Hollow Road in Pearisburg between noon and 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday. A list of the animals currently in the Giles County Animal Shelter’s care is available online.

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