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Everyone knows the past few years have been hard on everyone but it has been especially hard on charitable giving. We can only give what is given so we have been faced with some hard decisions. Our emergency help fund has been entirely depleted. Our primary goal is to stop the euthanasia of healthy companion animals by supporting and promoting a spay/neuter program. A whole new generation of puppies and kittens is on the horizon unless we act now and the money is running out. Many of these puppies and kittens will be turned into animal control or abandoned and no matter how cute they are, they will end up suffering/dead.
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, 2,376 animals brought to area shelters were euthanized in 2018. Pet sterilization is the ONLY way to stop the senseless killing of these loving creatures.
Providing assistance to and promoting the use of the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic, in Bristol, VA; a reduced-cost facility serving our region.
ADL has beautiful, healthy, sterilized, vaccinated cats in need of new outdoor homes. These cats make ideal residents for farms, stables, barns, garages or other suitable locations with outdoor shelter possibilities.
The Animal Defense League offers financial assistance for the spaying or neutering of pets for qualified, low-income residents of Washington County and surrounding counties or for persons adopting a cat or dog from the C.C. Porter Animal Shelter.Learn more
ADL supports and practices TNR. Simply put, community cats are humanely trapped and taken to the local clinic or veterinarian to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. After their recovery, the cats are returned to their 'colony' or outdoor home.Learn more
Our monthly meetings are open to anyone wishing to join the Animal Defense League. Membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 6:30pm at The Washington County Public Library, located at the intersection of Oak Hill and Valley Streets in Abingdon.
Do you want to support the Animal Defense League directly? It's easy. Complete the membership form, pay the membership dues, and come join us at the next meeting!
-Reprinted by permission of The Humane Society of the United States
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