Saving Unwanted Cats and Dogs

Northern Neck Partners for Pets provides a safe haven for homeless pets.


Lancova Partners for Pets, doing business as Northern Neck Partners for Pets (NNPP), is an advocate for the compassionate treatment of unwanted animals.  Organized in 2014 by concerned citizens, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3), our mission is to provide humane care, medical services, and adoption programs for homeless cats and dogs.  

With your help, we can achieve our goal to build the Northern Neck’s first private no-kill shelter. 

NNPP has no paid staff and receives no government funding. Our volunteers have a shared vision to end animal cruelty and foster a community where pets can live without fear, hunger, or needless pain and suffering. 

Our focus is to give unwanted pets a secure sanctuary until they find forever homes. Privately funded and operated, we will make every effort to find quality homes for all adoptable dogs and cats, and not cost the counties a dime.  

NNPP believes that euthanasia should be used only in cases when it advances the word’s true meaning: a merciful end.  And we pledge not to kill healthy, adoptable, or treatable animals. 

Despite the good work of dedicated volunteers, the Northern Neck lags behind the rest of the Commonwealth when it comes to animal welfare. The time to remedy this deplorable situation is now. We strive to be in a leadership position for compassionate rescue and meet the gold standard: the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies’ “Save VA Pets – Crossing the No-Kill Finish Line” initiative to reduce shelter death rates to 10% or less. 

We are deeply grateful for the support of the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck (AWL) and proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with this strong, publicly-respected nonprofit. Established in 1965, their work focuses on spay/neuter programs, placing animals in foster homes, re-homing animals through adoption, and relocation to no-kill facilities. 

AWL provides foster homes for unwanted pets from Lancaster County until they are adopted or transferred. AWL does not have a shelter. That’s where NNPP comes in.  


If you want to end animal suffering and the sad deaths of lost, sick, and abandoned pets in the Northern Neck, please help us financially reach our goals. 


Across the country, overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year and struggle to find loving homes for them.  And it is no different here. 

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) statewide statistics show that kill rates are not coming down across-the-board although there are certainly shining examples of success. The most recent complete figures are from 2017 with a kill rate of 39% for cats and dogs.  Annual statewide intake remains steady at an average 140,000 dogs and cats. 

That means that nearly 30,000 pets reach the bitter end. Why is this happening? Simply put, animal welfare is a low funding priority for county governments. 

In rural regions such as ours, poverty and structural inequality create challenges for animal welfare.  Tellingly, a significant number of pets here are owner surrenders or strays. Small county shelters struggle to keep up with the influx of unwanted and homeless animals. Not enough staff. Not enough room. Not enough money.  Not enough adoptions.  

What causes the demand? Animals allowed to roam, pets that are not spayed or neutered, lost or discarded hunting dogs, overpopulation, neglected and abused animals, and abandoned pets. 

2017 statistics show that 1,147 cats and dogs were taken into the three Northern Neck public shelters. While each shelter has different kill rates, transfer policies, and populations, a total of 238 animals were euthanized.       

It’s important to note the state-mandated waiting periods. Five days for pets without tags; ten for those with tags. Once a pet is relinquished, it becomes the property of the county.  


The heart-breaking part is that many of these helpless animals were healthy and well-behaved. They could have been beloved family pets. 

The bottom line is that there is simply no public funding for the long-term care, nurturing, training, and marketing that would significantly reduce deaths and increase adoptions. 

Thus, it falls to the nonprofit sector to supply these essential services. If saving vulnerable animals in the Northern Neck resonates with you, please support our capital campaign to raise the funds needed to solve this problem.