Highland County Humane Society Update

The Highland County Humane Society is dedicated to promoting health, safety, welfare, compassionate care and protection of animals. Corena Huffman recently gave an update on the group’s activities.

“Hi, this is Corena, with Highland County Humane Society. I just wanted to give you an update on what we’ve been doing this summer. We still have some limited grant money available for spay/neuter for Highland County residents, dogs or cats. They can be tame or feral barn cats as well. This is provided by three very generous grants that we were able to obtain this year – Petco Foundation, Two Maudes Grant, and the Community Foundation of the Blue Ridge, totaling $8,000 that we can use for community spay/neuter. That also includes some strays that are in the area, and some animals that we have up for adoption. Over 80% of the spay/neuter so that we’ve done this year have been your pets – our community’s pets.

“We’re here to help. We offer free transportation over to the spay neuter clinic in Harrisonburg, or you can go to your vet here locally if you’d rather. So far this year, we’ve done 133 spays and neuter for dogs and cats. A good amount of those cats were barn cats, or feral cats, those are the cats that tend to multiply, and that’s where we get the kittens throughout the year.”

“In saying that, we’ve got a kitten special going on right now with our adoptions. Buy one, get one – one price for adoptions, which includes their spay and neuter, vaccines, combo testing for feline leukemia, and de-worming. $95 for one kitten and you can get the second kitten or cat for free. Two is better than one.”

“Upcoming events include two rabies vaccine clinics that you need to mark your calendar for. August 22nd, in McDowell, at McDowell Presbyterian, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. We’ll be offering rabies vaccines for dogs and cats at $10 apiece – cash or check please. And during our family fun day, which is over Hands and Harvest weekend, October 10th, at the fire department in Monterey, we’ll be offering rabies vaccines and micro-chipping, time to be determined.

“Come out and see us – we’re always looking for new volunteers, foster homes, fund-raising coordinators, grant writers, transporters – you name it, we can use your help. We have a website, www.highlandcountyhumanesociety.org, you can email info@highlandcountyhumanesociety.org, you can call me locally at 540-468-3288, or on my cell, 540-908-9152, or for current events or animals for adoption, check out our Facebook page at Highland Humane, and like us, so you can keep up with our recent events and animals that are needing new homes.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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