The Animal Defense League of Washington County was established in 1982 by 8 concerned members of the community. They rallied to have the current shelter built (the CC Porter Animal Shelter was dedicated in 1986) and made great strides toward animal welfare in this county. By 1995 the group had become fairly inactive, but still sponsored yard sales to help spay and neuter animals in the community and pay for emergency surgery for those in need. In November of 1999 a public meeting was held and the ADL was reinstated.
The Pet Overpopulation Problem
Millions of adoptable but homeless dogs and cats are euthanized annually in the U.S. because of the pet overpopulation problem. In Southwest Virginia alone, over 2,581 animals brought to area shelters were euthanized in 2016! Pet sterilization is the ONLY way to stop the senseless killing of these loving creatures.
Linda Fritsch, President
Vice President TBA
Nancy Firebaugh, Treasurer
Sigrid Phillips, Member Secretary
Debbie Robinson, Recording Secretary
Board of Directors
Dr. Carole Mask