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feature   The Virginia Partnership for Animal Welfare and Support (VA PAWS) was formed in 1998 and serves the New River Valley including the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and the city of Radford. VA PAWS believes the problems faced by many companion animals in today’s world – overpopulation, neglect, abandonment, abuse and euthanasia – can only be permanently resolved by addressing their causes. Most of the suffering can be traced back to irresponsible breeding, irresponsible ownership and inadequate animal welfare legislation and enforcement. VA PAWS seeks to ease this suffering and work towards its elimination through five goals:
  1. Education, Public Outreach, and Spay/Neuter Services
  2. Support and Encouragement of Other Groups
  3. Promotion of Policies and Efforts Incorporating Animals into Daily Life
  4. Improvement of Animal Legislation at Local and State Levels
  5. Rescue, Placement, and Referral


VA PAWS is participating in the HSUS Spay Day by sponsoring educational material and through the media. VA PAWS is also subsidizing over 200 surgeries in February.

What: An annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.

When: Officially the last Tuesday of February, with events and activities taking place throughout the month of February. The 16th annual Spay Day USA is Feb. 23, 2009.

Why: Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone's cat or dog got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them. Learn more about why you should spay or neuter your pet.

Enter the Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest! Visit photocontest.humanesociety.org between Jan. 20 and Feb. 26 to enter.

» View Spay Day USA 2008 Results

What's Happening
Hillsville Puppy Mill
VA PAWS wishes to thank everyone involved in the Hillsville, Virginia operation, especially the people of Carroll County for their overwhelming support in this effort. Over 700 dogs were rescued from this facility in early November. An investigation has been ongoing.... Read More
12/16/2008


BLAND COUNTY PUPPYMILL
When 192 innocent dogs and puppies met their fate in a disastrous puppy mill fire last spring, VA PAWS, at the request of several local residents of Bland County, stepped in to offer assistance in preventing the mill from being rebuilt. A coalition of animal welfare act... Read More
12/15/2008