Girl holding cat

Each year the Humane Society of Montgomery County cares for more than 200 cats and dogs that come to the shelter in search of a forever home. Animals are kept at the Christiansburg shelter until they are adopted into loving homes. While some animals are only there a short time, others live there for years and all of the animals are spayed or neutered upon arrival.

Taking care of so many animals, more than 100 cats and dogs on an average day, is expensive and the non-profit organization relies on donations of time and money from the community to make it happen. The shelter costs about $110,000 a year to operate.

The Virginia Tech community is doing its part.

In 2012, 72 Virginia Tech employees donated more than $7,000 directly to the New River Valley chapter of the Humane Society of Montgomery County through the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign(CVC).

In addition to using funds donated to help run the shelter, the organization also uses donations to help prevent pet over-population in the community.

Last year the shelter spayed and neutered 351 cats and 66 dogs.

“The steady source of income generosity through the CVC is a big plus because it allows us to do more spays and neuters,” said Ron Brown, president. The cost to perform the surgery for cats and dogs ranges from $50 to $75 each.

Second Time Around donation store.
The Humane Society of Montgomery County uses profits raised from their “Second Time Around” thrift shop in Blacksburg to support the cats and dogs at the Christiansburg shelter.

The shelter also depends on volunteers to keep animals socialized and happy during their stay. Each week, about 40 volunteers help take care of the animals. These volunteers are primarily students who spend their time interacting with and walking the animals, “giving them their daily dose of TLC,” according to Brown.

Last year, the shelter raised more than $15,000 with help from several Virginia Tech students and employees who volunteered to sell concessions at the Virginia Tech football games. The organization also runs a “Second Time Around” thrift shop in Blacksburg. Proceeds from the store, which is also run by volunteers, go directly to support the animals at the Christiansburg shelter.

Please consider donating to any of the 1,000 charities participating in this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. The online CVC Pledge System enables salaried Virginia Tech employees to make fast, easy, and secure donations via payroll deduction. All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.

First published on November 19, 2013.

Written by Nadia Groome, a junior majoring in communications at Virginia Tech.

About the Humane Society

For more than half a century, The Humane Society of the United States has been the nation’s most important advocate for animals. Although the national organization is not directly affiliated with any local humane societies or other animal organizations, they provide valuable resources to help shelters excel every day in their lifesaving work.

The Humane Society of Montgomery County is independent entity, governed by its own board of directors.