Dinwiddie Animal Shelter is Doing Great Things

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Nov. 25, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. 

Chief Alvin Langley with Dinwiddie Animal Control here with Ella, a new member of his personal family, recently adopted from the shelter.

DINWIDDIE – The Dinwiddie Animal Shelter is doing great things!

Over the past year, the Shelter has secured the adoptions of 207 animals. This is an astounding average of three or four animals each week!

The Dinwiddie Animal Control Officers have attended numerous community events throughout the County, including Career Day at many of the County’s Schools, several adoption clinics/events at the Tractor Supply of Dinwiddie, and numerous rabies clinics all across the County.

Officers also recently attended an adoption event at the Farmers Market in Petersburg, with several other local animal agencies.

At this single event, officers facilitated the adoption of three animals.

“All of us love the animals and our jobs, if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be here,” Dinwiddie Animal Control Officer Danielle Montgomery said. “It is beyond gratifying when you realize you have probably saved the life of an innocent, defenseless animal. When animals are adopted out to a good home, that is exactly what happens, and there is no better feeling.”

The shelter works with numerous rescue groups and surrounding shelters, in order to give the animals the best chance of being adopted into new loving homes.

“This past year, the Dinwiddie Animal Shelter was able to purchase a Beckner Sling, with the very generous help of a donation,” Montgomery said. “This sling is used for large animal rescue and extraction, such as cows and horses, and with all the agriculture here in the county, the sling has proven to be invaluable.”

Dinwiddie has four animal control officers, one full-time and three part-time; and one part-time Shelter Attendant. With the hire of the fourth Animal Control Officer, the shelter has been able to extend the hours of operations from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The shelter is always in need of additional volunteers. If you have a love for animals and would like to apply to be a Shelter Volunteer, visit http://dinwiddieva.us, type “animal shelter” in the search bar, and scroll down to the Animal Shelter Volunteer Interest Form. After filling out the form and clicking on submit, your email will go directly to the chief animal control officer.

“The Dinwiddie Animal Shelter relies on donations to keep things running smoothly for the animals in our care,” Dinwiddie’s Chief Animal Control Officer Alvin Langley said. “Financial donations are always welcome and help us to provide veterinary care to our animals that are in need. Other donations that our shelter regularly and routinely need are fleece blankets, towels, kitty litter, canned dog food, Dawn dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, bleach, kitten food, floor cleaner, and small plastic litter boxes.”

“Christmas is just around the corner. What a wonderful way to give a gift and add to your Family at the same time. These animals only want to receive and give love. What better gift could be given than that,” Langley closed.

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Photo Courtesy: Dinwiddie Animal Control Officer Danielle Montgomery
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