PAWS Act would add protections for pets in domestic violence situations

Story credited to WTKR (http://wtkr.com/2018/01/25/paws-act-would-add-protections-for-pets-in-domestic-violence-situations/) WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill introduced in congress aims to protect victims of domestic violence by giving more protection their pets. U.S. Senators from Virginia, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced their support and co-sponsorship for the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act this month. Studies show abusers […]

The Meaning of Being Best Friends

Richmond, VA In 2012, a friend asked Claudia if she wanted a dog. Without hesitation, she said, “Yes!” Claudia got in her truck and hightailed it over to her friend’s house with her current dog, Shadow Bear. She wanted to make sure that the two dogs got along before making the commitment. When Claudia arrived, […]

When the Unthinkable Happens

Aransas Pass, TX Amanda’s family are BIG dog people. So, when she graduated from high school, her family gave her Ellie, a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, as a gift. To say that she was thrilled would be an understatement. As a young woman working two jobs to financially prepare for nursing school, Amanda lived at […]

ACOs take note of order from the Va. Attorney General’s Office re dogs in the cold!!

Animal Control Professionals:   I am getting an astronomical amount of complaints about Animal Control during these frigid temperatures. During this cold snap we are experiencing, a dog with no shelter “at all” can easily freeze to death.  That is a violation of 3.2-6570(A)(ii).  Depriving an animal of necessary shelter…. That is cruelty.  Any dog […]

Glad to Help!

Update: 01/15/18 As the year draws to a close, we reflect back on the generous and kind support VHS has received especially in the wake of Hurricanes Irma & Maria.  Our hearts were filled with the kindness of The Mosby Foundation to promote our cause and raise much-needed donations on behalf of the may shelter […]

No Dog Left Behind – Claremore, OK

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana, it left in its wake many victims. Shelters that were already full worked with rescues to move their current residents out, making room for Harvey’s survivors. Shelter animals were then sent to rescues and foster homes further north. And that’s where Amy’s story began. A nurse in Claremont, […]