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Spotlight: The Humane Society of Loudoun County

Patch is profiling local nonprofit agencies working hard for our community.

Mission:  To provide care, compassion and a second chance for animals in need, and through education to strengthen the bond between animals and people.

Contact information:

Humane Society of Loudoun County

P.O. Box 777

Leesburg, VA 20178

703-777-2912

hslcva.org

Financials:  The Humane Society's annual budget is about $100,000.  They hold fundraising events throughout the year and accept donations on their website or through direct mail outreach. 

"We hold a lot of adoption events, bake sales and concerts," said Kim Fields, president of the board of the Loudoun Humane Society. 

Looking ahead, they are planning a walk/run event and a golf tournament to raise additional money for their programs.

History:  The Humane Society of Loudoun County was founded in 1966.  It is run by volunteers and they rely on donations to run their programs.  They do not receive any federal, state, or county funds. 

One of the Humane Society's key programs is finding foster homes for animals that do not have a shelter.  They work closely with the Loudoun County Animal Shelter to put as many animals in foster care as possible so that animals do not have to be euthanized. 

Another program is called TNR or Trap, Neuter and Release.  The Humane Society will go to the wild cat colonies and humanely trap the cats, take them in and have the cats spayed, neutered, ear tipped and vaccinated.  Then the cats are released back where they were originally found.  This program helps managed the feral cat population in Loudoun.

How you can help:  "We are always looking for people to foster an animal, or even organize pet food drives.  Also you can volunteer your time to help at the adoption events," Fields said.

"We need to make the public more aware of what we do and get the community involved, so it is a community effort," Fields added.

One of their latest projects is to work with Loudoun Interfaith Relief by donating pet food to the food pantry.  So far, they have donated almost 5,000 pounds of pet food and next year they are hoping to do more. 

 

 

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