‘Forever Homes’ found for pets at Dinwiddie Animal Shelter open house

By: Sherry Williams Kidd| Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: June 26, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – June 15 was one of those absolutely perfect and beautiful mornings that bring a smile to your face, just from the sheer joy and beauty of the day. The temperature was perfect. The sun was shining. There was a slight breeze in your face. The sky was an indescribable hue of blue that could never be replicated by an artist’s brush; only God Himself could achieve such a color. The birds were singing. And, if all of this wasn’t enough to make you truly happy, on this exceptional morning, Dinwiddie Animal Shelter also held one of their immensely-popular Open Houses.

“This Open House is all about finding good homes for these animals, but it is also about thanking the community for what they do for us all year long,” said Alvin Langley, Warden, and Chief, Animal Control Officer. “We also try to educate citizens. I just spoke with one of the attendees about bringing a new dog into her home when she already has one that has been there for a long time. This is definitely possible, but there are a lot of things to consider that might not occur to people. This is true for everyone getting a new pet, no matter what the situation or circumstances. I just love seeing all these young people here today, and the smiles that these animals bring to their faces. We want to talk to them about bite-prevention, how to treat animals, how to approach them, and so much more. Education is so important.”

The animals were amazing. They were all cuddly, sweet, and it was almost as if they were competing for love and attention. Adoption fees were reduced on this special day at the Dinwiddie Animal Shelter. Pet adoption fees were $75 for dogs and $45 for cats. This is an incredible value when you consider that all these precious animals are up-to-date on all shots, checkups, and have been checked out thoroughly by veterinarians. All of the precious animals seemed to be saying, “pick me, pick me.”

There was free hot dogs (the kind you eat on a bun), chips, cookies, and drinks for everyone. There were oh-so-much-fun face-painting and stenciling for the kids, and some adventurous adults, courtesy of Barbara McKitrick and Audrey Vancheri, Dinwiddie Parks and Recreation. A petting zoo stole the hearts of everyone, whose heart had not already been stolen by the precious dogs and cats that were up for adoption. Chesdin Animal Hospital was on-hand providing rabies shots for only $10.

There was also a very cool red fire truck from the Ford Volunteer Fire Department for the kids to check out. And, just who is the Chief of the Ford VFD? Why Alvin Langley of course. He is the Chief of the Ford VFD, the Dinwiddie Chief Animal Control Officer, and Dinwiddie’s Chief Animal Warden. Wow, that’s one busy guy. Come to think of it, he was never seen sitting even once during the entire event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. He roasted the hotdogs, went from child to adult to see if anyone needed anything, constantly checked on his beloved animals, and kept things running smoothly all day. A total of 34 rabies shots were given throughout the day, and that’s a lot of prevention for the county.

Five precious dogs and one cat found forever homes on this beautiful day, but all of these animals deserve and need a loving home. If you have ever thought about how great it would be to have a pet, keep thinking, and then act. A precious pet gives a home more joy, happiness, companionship, and they love you—unconditionally.

“I just recently adopted these two beautiful sisters,” said Ann Cooper, Dinwiddie, as one of the sisters enthusiastically licked her new Mom’s face. “These two sweet dogs, Luna and Emory, are just a great fit in our home. We have four boys and we live on 5-acres. These sweet dogs just seem to complete our family.”

The Dinwiddie Animal Control Shelter is always in need of volunteers and donations. If you love animals, and you would like to apply to be a volunteer to help at the shelter, go to www.dinwiddieva.us, type in “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, Alvin Langley.

“Our shelter relies on donations to keep things running smoothly for the animals in our care,” said Langley. “Financial donations are always welcome and help us to provide Veterinary care to our animals that are in need.”

Donations can be mailed to Dinwiddie Animal Shelter, 10903 Wheelers Pond Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia, 23841. For additional information, please telephone (804) 469-4547. Other tangible donations that the shelter regularly and routinely needs, are fleece blankets, towels, kitty litter, canned dog food, Dawn dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, bleach, kitten food, floor cleaners, and small plastic litter boxes.

The Dinwiddie Animal Shelter is truly an organization that does so much, for so many, with so little. Please consider helping them in making a difference in the lives of precious, innocent, and loving animals. Adopt an animal, volunteer your time, or make a donation. The world’s most-read, most-printed, and most-quoted Book say, “When you do for the least of these, you do for Me.

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