Floyd County Humane Society sees positives after move to central location

FLOYD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – The dogs and cats of the Floyd County Humane Society have a central new location to live while waiting for their forever home.

“The dogs are much calmer because they can go out and run, they have more space and instead of being in a small kennel inside all day,” said FCHS volunteer Mary Weeks.

For years, the Humane Society had to keep dogs in different locations around the county. Now the group has its own building and a new kennel space to house the dogs on the property.

Weeks says this space has led to an increase in volunteers.

“We’ve had more people from the community wanting to help us now that we have our own house,” she said. “The excitement has just been phenomenal.”

Having all the animals in one place is something the Humane Society has been working on for some time. So far, this has made life easier for volunteers and animals awaiting adoption.

“Floyd has needed it for a long time,” Weeks said. “We’re one of the few counties in the New River Valley that doesn’t have facilities and so I think people are recognizing that need and starting to come and rally around us and we’re just thrilled.”

The kennel arrived at the property pre-built and it can hold up to seven dogs at a time.

“We can get them out into the yard more easily without having to put on a lot of leashes and leashes,” Weeks said. “We can just open the doors and let them run around and play, and since we have more volunteers who have stepped up, they get a lot more exercise.”

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