Animal advocates form organization to help run Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center


AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – A group of animal rights activists in the Shenandoah Valley have formed their own organization and submitted an offer to lead the Shenandoah Valley Animal Service Center at Lyndhurst.

It’s called the Augusta County Pet Project, and it formed in just three weeks in response to Waynesboro’s search for a new management agency.

Former SVASC director Lindsey Huffman, who now works with the Augusta County Pet Project, said their mission would be to preserve the rescue efforts at the shelter.

“We just think it’s very important not only to maintain these goals, but to improve the sustainability of the shelter in general,” Huffman said.

The Augusta County Pet Project has applied for nonprofit status. Its board of directors includes people with legal and grant writing skills, those who have worked in animal control and veterinary medicine, and provided animal care.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUSTA COUNTY PET PROJECT SUBMITS OFFER FOR ANIMAL SHELTER OPERATION SERVICES CONTRACT FOR THE TOWNS OF WAYNESBORO, STAUNTON AND AUGUSTA COUNTY

New organization aims to turn the tide with a new approach to animal welfare in the valley

Lyndhurst, VA (December 8, 2021) – Augusta County Pet Project has submitted its proposal to the Town of Waynesboro to complete NIGP 96206, the Animal Shelter Operation Services Contract for the Towns of Waynesboro and Staunton and the County of ‘Augusta.

Summary

CAPP was formed with the singular intention of creating a phased approach to sheltering the stray and abandoned animals of Augusta County, Waynesboro and Staunton. Animal shelters have grown over the years to become more than just a reservoir for stray animals, but rather a comprehensive, community-driven center of awareness and care for pets.

CAPP will provide the highest level of animal care while expressing genuine compassion for members of our community. We focus on professionalism in the animal shelter field by implementing modern and cost effective programs.

Although our company is new, the experience levels of our members are proven. We have combined our diverse professional portfolios into one dynamic team that will not only meet county and city standards, but will make our community a leading example for progressive animal care, both indoors. in the shelter and in the homes of every member of the community who can access our educational programs and services. Our team consists of a Board of Directors whose combined years of experience span decades of dedicated community service, animal care (in both the public and private sectors), business owners, former government employees (former animal control officer and former correctional officer), legal expertise, financial expertise and grant writing and veterinary care. We maintain high standards of professionalism and our members hold diplomas. CAPP was formed with the singular intention of creating a phased approach to sheltering stray and abandoned animals in Augusta County, Waynesboro and Staunton. Animal shelters have grown over the years to become more than just a reservoir for stray animals, but rather a comprehensive, community-driven center of awareness and care for pets.

About the Augusta County Pet Project (CAPP)

The mission of the Augusta County Pet Project (CAPP) is to manage and maintain the public intake shelter that the Augusta County and the towns of Staunton and Waynesboro rely on for management. animals. CAPP strives to both maintain a minimum savings rate of 90% and to establish a collaborative relationship with staff, volunteers, rescue organizations, other shelters and the general public.

Through this collaborative approach, CAPP will focus on continuing education (for staff, volunteers, community members and partner organizations), community pet retention, community support, outreach and mental health support (in terms of staff / volunteer retention and community outreach) and partnerships with other shelters and rescue groups.

This will be achieved by creating paid and volunteer positions within the shelter, providing a more comprehensive and accessible collection of online and in-person resources for community members, adhering to a standard education and training protocol for staff, volunteers and partner organizations, and providing a more comprehensive support system for staff and volunteers.

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