Thank You to our hard-working volunteers who work on average of 1800 hours a month, serving as foster families, taking care of our animals, organizing spay neuter and rabies clinics, providing administrative support, organizing, and working fundraising events, cleaning and maintenance of our property!
Several folks have also provided continued support and through their efforts, provided much needed operating funds: Buffalo Mountain Brewery, Dog Town Roadhouse and Girl Scout Troop 163.
This has been a transformative time for the Floyd County Humane Society. We have in the last 18 months gone from all rented and personal home space to one central location. Over the many years, we could not have accomplished our mission without a few significant folks. Dr. Meredith McGrath allowed us to rent kennel space at the Animal Care Clinic on Rt8. Her and her staff provided much needed support for our operations.
Another significant person who has served as the primary caretaker of our cats and kittens during the last several years by housing them in a structure on her property, Dr. Anna Simms!
A few more folks have also stepped up to provide guidance, time, talent and treasure: Ellen and Whitney Brown, and Aaron and Ann Vaughn.
It has long been a goal of ours to have a physical facility for our work. The Ted and Shirley Birkeland estate, in honor of their beloved dog, Louie-Pierre provided funds which allowed us to purchase property on Franklin Pike in 2020. Since then, we’ve been renovating the brick house to accommodate our many needs and in June of this year, we passed the Virginia state inspection to house animals.
Also in the past year, 2 special donors offered to fund a pre-built dog kennel and provide funds for the site work. We are so excited to announce that as of Oct 1, we were fully operating at the Franklin Pike location! We would like to recognize and thank Karen Freeman and Robin Smith!
Between these two generous and thoughtful gifts, FCHS has been transformed from working in multiple locations to a fully functioning organization at one site!
Going forward, we are aspiring toward a permanent shelter to serve the county. We can not accomplish this alone; we have a partner that has worked diligently for the last several years helping us raise funds for a permanent shelter. Cabin Fever Charities, by Whitney and Rob Maddox host music events that have provided the bulk of our phase one funds.
Lastly, we would like to thank each and every single person who donated online, or dropped a dollar or two into our containers located at local businesses, we cannot do this important work without your help.
Have a safe and healthy 2023.