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2014 - Dog Sculpture AlmostHome-longFrontView 2014 - Cat Sculpture

Cat & Dog of the Month

Each month Almost Home features an exceptional cat and dog of the month.  These animals are selected because they are particularly deserving of adoption...either because of their unique personalities, popularity among the staff, particular need for a permanent home, or the length of time at our shelter. This month's picks are shown below.  For more pictures and information on these animals, select the applicable link below.  

2014-09-01 DOM Snowy - 1     2014-09-01 COM - Olivia - 1
  
Dog of the Month:  Snowy      Cat of the Month:  Olivia     


Items of Interest
  • UPCOMING LABOR DAY HOURS OF OPERATION...Almost Home will be open on Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 1.
  • Protecting your pets against ticks might save your life.  Three recent articles have been posted under News & Articles regarding the Loan Star Tick found in Virginia and other surrounding states.  If bitten by this tick, humans may develop an allergy to red meat which can be potentially life threatening. Read the articles so you know what this tick looks like, what you can do to protect yourself against them, and also be aware of the signs you are having an allergic reaction.  I'm a believer because it happened to me.  At the first signs of an allergic reaction, call 911.  Don't wait because things can progress pretty rapidly.  Very important...find a good allergist who can test you for this allergy!!! 

- "Tulsa Man Develops Red Meat Allergy from Tick Bite"

-  "Lone Star Tick Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat," and

-  "This tick may make you allergic to red meat.  How long will it last?"

NOTE:  My cats and dogs now all wear Seresto Flea & Tick Collars recommended by my veterinarian.  In addition to killing fleas & ticks, they also repel them and last for 8 months!  They are not cheap, but the fact that they last 8 months makes them cheaper in the long run than those monthly applications.  

  • 10K Run/Walk to help raise funds for Almost Home at the DelFossee Vineyard in Faber, VA, on Nov. 1, 2014 starting at 10 am.  Check the Events page for more information or Click here to see flyer!  2014-11-01 - Run to the Rescue 10K

  • Thrift Shop Desperately Needs Packing Material for Our EBay Business. Items needed include peanuts, bubble wrap, styrofoam, shredded paper, and air pillows.  Please drop items off at our Thrift Store.  
  • HELP!!! Thrift Shop Needs Volunteers....volunteers needed to restock merchandise, help with processing donations, "roaming Gnomes" to help our customers and keep roaming items in their places.  The volunteer can "adopt" a department and come in at their leisure to maintain it.
  • 5 Shelter Pet Myths Debunked - interesting article.  Go to News & Articles to view 
  • 10 Signs That Your Cat is Trying To Tell You Something.  Go to News & Articles.
  • Every Pet is Perfect Parade & Show on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.  Check out News & Articles for the article entitled "Pets Strut Their Stuff At Second Annual Parade, Show." Pictures from this event have also been posted in our Photo GallerySome of our dogs received ribbons, including 1st and 2nd Place for Best in Show!!!

      PETIE - Best in Show - 1st  Place &  Best Kisser - 2nd Place - AVAILABLE

           2014-08-17 Best In Show Petie   2014-08-17 Best Kisser - 2nd Place - Petie

       GIZMO - Best in Show - 2nd Place & Best Hairdo - 1st Place  - ADOPTED

                2014-08-17 Best Hairdo Gizmo - 1st Place   2014-08-17 - Best In Show - 2nd Place - Gizmo

     WINSTON - Most Spots - 3rd Place - AVAILABLE

        2014-08-17 Winston Most Spots-1   2014-08-17 Winston Most Spots

  • Almost Home is currently in need of Kuranda Cat Beds and Pads.  For your convenience, step by step instructions for Donating Kuranda products have just been added under News & Articles.  If you select the link above, you can skip to step 4 which will display our Wish List for items needed.  In addition to a 10% discount, you will also only need to pay a $5 shipping charge for items shippped directly to our shelter.  
  •  Help to Heal Fund - Almost Home is in need of funds for Doggie Howzer.  See pictures below. 
  •  Why We Need Your Support...See visually why it's so important that the Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County receives your support.  Did you know we get 0% funding from Nelson County, taxes, ASPCA or HSUS but rely mainly on donations and sales at our Thrift Shop.   Go to News & Articles to view pie chart of the breakdown.
          2014-07-14 Tupelo Before Pics  2014-07-14 Tupelo After 
        Tupelo #16788 before pictures (4/23/14) and just 6 weeks later!!!
  • Share our Shelter On Facebook... Almost Home would like to grow our online networking to help us get our shelter animals adopted. If each of you added two friends to Facebook, and those individuals added two friends, our network would grow immensely!  We've added a "find us on Facebook" button just below the Navigation Menu (on left).          
  • HELP NEEDED AT OUR SHELTER!  If you love playing with cats and kittens, and have a couple hours to give of your time on Thursday mornings, we'd love to have you as part of the team.  We are looking for a volunteer to help clean cat cages and cat rooms.  Rewards of this job include self-satisfaction, good conversation with other cat loving individuals, free cat hair to decorate your clothes, and constant purrs and body rubs by thankful adorable cats and kittens.  Call our shelter and ask for Bonnnie 434 263-7722. 

Donations Needed

Did you know the Almost Home Pet Adoption Center, a no-kill shelter, is funded entirely by donations & fundraisers?  We receive NO funding from Nelson County!  And, thanks to the help of dedicated staff, volunteers and fosters, we are able to save many animals and help prevent their needless suffering.  Unfortunately, we are constantly in need of help!!! Some ways you can help...

Visit the Donation Info, Help To Heal Fund, Volunteering, Thrift Shop or Events pages. Help To Heal Poster

The "Help To Heal" fund was developed to deal with the growing number of animals that are arriving at our facility in need of medical care above and beyond our normal budget capacity.  Monies donated to the “Help To Heal” fund will be used to pay for these medical costs.  To donate, please select our Help to Heal Fund link.
                                   
Funds are currently needed for Doggie Howzer who had severe injuries to his back...exact cause unknown...possibly from a truck or train.  For more information on Doggie  Howzer select his name below.

2014-07-15 H2H - Howzer - 1 2014-07-15 H2H - Howzer - 2
 Doggie Howzer #16993


    Donate a Kuranda Dog OR Cat Bed to Almost Home!!!

Almost Home receives 10% of sales generated from visitors to Kuranda Website using link below!!!  Also, you get $5 Flat Rate Shipping for each dog or 2 cat beds donated to our shelter. 

Under News & Articles there is a document entitled "Instructions for Donating Kuranda Products to Almost Home/Nelson County SPCA".   If you select the Kuranda Dog Beds link below, you should already be at step 4 of these instructions, i.e. our shelter has already been specified as the recipient of your donation in steps 1-3...the sometimes confusing part.  Steps 5 and 6 are normal checkout.

                      2014-03-03 Too Big For Bed   2014-03-03 Plenty of Room
2013-12-1 - Dog Beds Needed 2013-12-1 - Cat Tree Needed

 Website Questions?  Comments?   Email webmaster at sybil.martino@gmail.com



Highlighted Events
See all of our events!
Wintergreen Adoption Event (Tentative) -- Saturday August 30th, 2014
ASPCA Mega Adoption Event -- Saturday October 18th, 2014
Run to the Rescue 10K -- Saturday November 1st, 2014
Highlighted News
See all of our news!
5 Shelter Pet Myths Debunked -- Tuesday August 26th, 2014

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"Animals are created by the same loving hand of God which created us...It is our duty to protect them and to promote their well-being.”  —Mother Teresa


29 Stagebridge Road •  Lovingston, VA 22949  •  (434) 263-7722 •  pets [ at ] nelsonspca.org