Highland County Humane Society Pet Food Drive


At this time of year, it’s not just humans who may need some extra help from neighbors.  Corena Huffman with the Highland County Humane Society has information about their pet food drive that’s going on right now.

Ms. Huffman says, “We’re doing a food drive for pets in the county.  We have several dropoff locations at both Blue Grass Valley Banks in Monterey and Blue Grass, the Summit Bank in Monterey, the Highland County Public Library, and at the Rockingham Coop in Monterey, Virginia.  We are accepting all sizes and types of pet food, as well as cat litter, to distribute to our fosters and pets in need in our community.  If you needed someone to pick items up, that can be arranged, as well, by reaching one of our volunteers or calling 540-908-9152.

“The food will be used for animals in our foster program awaiting adoption and is also gonna be used for our pet retention program locally, which provides community members with pet food or litter or other animal supplies that they might need to keep their pet in their homes.”

As the temperatures decrease, Ms. Huffman says the need for assistance appears to increase.  She continues, “It seems like it does increase with cold weather, and I don’t know if that’s because we have such a working population that when the weather’s not good here that folks are outta work a bit and need some assistance with their pets, and animals also need to be fed more when the weather’s cold, especially outdoor animals.”

Donations are accepted by the Highland County Humane Society year-round, but this specific food drive lasts until January 2019.  Ms. Huffman also has the following information if you have any animal welfare issues: “In Highland County, if you were to find a stray animal or have an animal welfare concern, please reach the Highland County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency number at 540-468-2210, and an officer will be dispatched to assist you.”

To learn more, people can visit www.highlandcountyhumanesociety.org.

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Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.

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