Let's Give All Pets Responsible, Loving Homes

A private animal shelter is vital to the Northern Neck.

Why We Do It

It’s not easy to think about the number of pets dying every year in animal shelters.    

It’s even worse to realize that most of these dogs and cats die simply because shelters don't have resources to accommodate them. They are not sick. They do not have behavioral issues.   

The Northern Neck county shelter staff go above-and-beyond to work with rescue groups to save as many pets as they can. This is a difficult, agonizing task in the face of over-crowded shelters and too many needy animals.    

The time is NOW to provide a private facility to house and care for pets who cannot help themselves.     

In taking this bold and much-needed step, NNPP will expand the work of local animal-loving heroes such as AWL, nonprofit rescue groups, and concerned individuals by providing a compassionate alternative for healthy, adoptable pets.    

Only by building a private shelter can we combat the Northern Neck’s persistent and tragic problems of sick and maltreated pets, strays, and dumped and unwanted companion animals.    

All homeless and unwanted animals want is to be loved again. This is the sad truth; they are waiting for someone to bring them home.   

If you share our motivation and concern, please help us make this dream a reality.   

The Facts: Why a Private Shelter is Vital

Pets are beloved members of 68% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association. That's an estimated 185 million cats and dogs.    

Despite this, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 2016 studies show that 6.5 million animals were placed in U.S. shelters. Of these, 5 million found new homes and 1.5 million were euthanized. That’s a national kill rate of 23%.   

Further studies have shown that the national average for shelters with a “no-kill” policy have a kill rate of 10%. Only pets with terminal illnesses, severe injuries, or serious behavioral issues are euthanized.  

2016 Commonwealth statistics show an average kill rate of 25%. While this is a vast improvement over prior years, 38,000 cats and dogs were euthanized, most of them in the state’s 108 public animal shelters.    

And the Northern Neck numbers are even higher with a kill rate of 40%.    

In contrast, Virginia’s 267 private shelters and rescue nonprofits took in over 89,000 pets and euthanized only 2,300 in 2016. That’s a 2.6% kill rate.    

Why the difference? No-kill shelters and rescue groups only euthanize animals who are incurable, suffering, or have dangerous behavioral issues. They do not kill pets as a means of population control.     

What does this tell us? That the most effective solution to ending animal suffering and homelessness in the Northern Neck is a private, nonprofit shelter.    

If these facts resonate with you, please join us to bring about positive change for helpless animals facing euthanasia in the Northern Neck.   

Shelter Plans

The site selected by NNPP is a 38.5 acre parcel located on Devil’s Bottom Road in Lancaster County. Set on a plateau, it is wooded, secluded by farm fields and has generous set-backs. The site is well-suited for its intended purpose and has room for future expansion.    

Based on preliminary benchmarking, a one-story masonry building of approximately 8,000 square feet would serve Phase One needs. Fully outfitted to meet professional shelter standards for health and safety, the total project costs are estimated at $3,000,000. Every effort will be made to maximize space for quality and efficiency to house, treat, and meet adoptable animals with only modest staff areas.