In August, 2016, the Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors approved entering into a new agreement with The Community Foundation to accept new pass-through donations into the Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter Fund to support short and long-term enhancements and possible expansions to the new Shelter. The new shelter will provide significant improvements for the care of unclaimed dogs and cats as well as more visible and easier access for area citizens interested in adoption. The current Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter has had repeated violations due to inability to clean and dry the floors properly, which leads to diseases being spread between the animals.
The Board of Supervisors awarded the bid for the Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter to Blair Construction, with two alternates for a total construction cost of $3.24 million. The two alternates are acoustical panels, to cut down on noise, and a small addition to the north side of the building, which adds $94,000 to the base bid of $3.14 million.
Area donors have already created several other animal welfare funds with The Community Foundation, including the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund (V.E.T. Fund), Animal Welfare Fund and the Irving H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Welfare Fund. Anyone can donate to the any of these funds or start their own fund.
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