IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS: Over the weekend, we received many messages and emails regarding the intent of an ad placed in the Franklin News Post on October 2. The ad reads “The Martinsville Henry County SPCA wants your puppies” and instructs readers to make appointments for puppies 14 weeks and younger. As many friends of the organization already know, it is the mission of the MHC-SPCA to rescue cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies and to provide aid to their owners as well whenever possible. We have many programs designed to achieve this mission including our spay/neuter initiative, reduced-cost adoption events, humane education partnerships, and wellness clinics, among others. We have discovered that one major factor in the effective execution of these programs is outreach: the public cannot take advantage of these programs if the public is unaware of them. Advertising through social and tradition media is a component of each of these initiatives. The October 2 ad was designed to promote one initiative – our rescue partnership with North Shore Animal League, which is predominantly but not exclusively a puppy rescue. Throughout our partnership, North Shore has accepted hundreds of adult dogs, cats, kittens, and special-needs and critical-care cases. They are, for us, the largest rescuer of heartworm-positive dogs. The goal of the ad in question is public awareness of humane options for dealing with unplanned littering.
In response to the apprehensions raised by the ad, North Shore Animal League has issued the following statement:
North Shore Animal League America is proud of the over 20-year partnership with the Martinsville, VA SPCA, which has saved the lives of thousands of puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats. This work includes placing ads in newspapers, so people know they have options for their unwanted pets. If not for this initiative, many of these animals would face an uncertain future, which may be euthanasia. This program has made a huge impact in the Henry County, VA area, dramatically reducing the euthanasia rate, and the SPCA there is now able to rescue animals from other areas in the state.
Please know that we appreciate your interest and concerns. We are available for further information, and we ask that you contact us directly by calling 276-638-7297 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Reduced Adoption Fees for Cats and Kittens!
Through October 31!
$10 for Cats and Kittens; $5 on Saturdays!
Come visit us and find your perfect feline friend!
Register now for the Zombie Run on October 24!
Promotional Video created by Mrs. Norman’s TV Production 2nd block class, Martinsville High School
Registration now open for the SPCA Zombie Run 5K and One Mile Fun Run on October 24th. The run will start in Uptown Martinsville next to Fido’s Finds and Kittie’s Kollectibles and run down the Uptown Spur Trail to the Dick & Willie. Pre-registration guarantees an event shirt and magnet. For details call 276-638-7297. Register online at ActiveWorks. Dont’ want to run but still want to participate? Become a volunteer; information here.
Pre-registration 5K $30
One Mile Fun Run $20
Combo Package $45
Day of registration 5K $35
One Mile Fun Run $25
Combo Package $55
With your help the Kroger Community Rewards Program continues to grow! By enrolling your Kroger Plus card and picking the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA, each swipe of your card raises donations for the shelter. Enroll your Kroger Plus card at www.kroger.com/communityrewards.
Donating to the SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County just got even easier! The MHC-SPCA’s “Reducing Animal Suffering: Early Neuter” Project is now available for funding through Google’s “One Today” donation app.
One Today lets you easily give $1 each day to causes and nonprofits that inspire you. It’s a community of generous people like you doing one good deed a day.
Go to the Google App store and download the free app to your phone or device and see for yourself how you can help support the dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and people of Martinsville and Henry County.