Saving Unwanted Cats and Dogs

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

Who We Are

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, treatment, and adoption services for homeless pets.    

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

NNPP is a grassroots, all-volunteer nonprofit whose vision is to end animal cruelty and foster a community where pets can live without fear, hunger, or needless pain and suffering.    

Our only focus is to help homeless and unwanted pets by providing a safe and secure haven until they find forever homes. Privately funded and operated, this shelter will strive to find quality homes for all healthy and treatable dogs and cats. And not cost the county 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. 

This initiative places NNPP in a leadership role for humane and compassionate rescue: the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies launched "Save VA Pets – Crossing the No-Kill Finish Line" program this year. This statewide No-Kill effort aims to reduce the death rate to 10% by 2020 and then continue until all adoptable and treatable animals are saved.

If you are inspired by the No-Kill movement, please help us end needless euthanasia.

Providing a Safe Haven for Homeless Pets

Across the country, overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year and struggle to find safe, loving homes for them. 

And it is no different here.

Despite the valiant efforts of Northern Neck animal control staff, county shelters in Lancaster, Northumberland, and Westmoreland/Richmond have one of the highest euthanasia rates in the Commonwealth.

Why is this happening? Simply put, animal welfare is a low funding priority for county government.

Studies demonstrate that rural shelters struggle to keep up the influx of unwanted and homeless animals. 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 hunting dogs, neglected and abused animals, and abandoned pets. Virginia 2016 statistics show that 1,090 cats and dogs were taken into Northern Neck public shelters.

30 to 40% of these were euthanized after the state-mandated waiting periods. Five days for pets without tags; ten for those with tags.  

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

NNPP salutes the work of our county animal control staff who work tirelessly to save adoptable dogs and cats by partnering with local and regional rescues. Some fortunate at-risk animals are transferred to other states and no-kill facilities where there is a strong demand for healthy and happy companions. Some are placed in foster homes. Too many are euthanized.

The sad fact is that approximately 300 plus cats and dogs die each year in our local shelters.

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 help us raise the funds needed to build a no-kill shelter.