Spotlight: The Humane Society of Loudoun County

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Mission: To provide care, compassion and a second chance for animals in need, and through education to strengthen the bond between animals and people.

Contact information:
Humane Society of Loudoun County
P.O. Box 777
Leesburg, VA 20178

Financials: The Humane Society's annual budget is about $100,000.  They hold fundraising events throughout the year and accept donations on their website or through direct mail outreach. 

"We hold a lot of adoption events, bake sales and concerts," said Kim Fields, president of the board of the Loudoun Humane Society. 

Looking ahead, they are planning a walk/run event and a golf tournament to raise additional money for their programs.

History: The Humane Society of Loudoun County was founded in 1966.  It is run by volunteers and they rely on donations to run their programs.  They do not receive any federal, state, or county funds. 

One of the Humane Society's key programs is finding foster homes for animals that do not have a shelter.  They work closely with the Loudoun County Animal Shelter to put as many animals in foster care as possible so that animals do not have to be euthanized. 

Another program is called TNR or Trap, Neuter and Release.  The Humane Society will go to the wild cat colonies and humanely trap the cats, take them in and have the cats spayed, neutered, ear tipped and vaccinated.  Then the cats are released back where they were originally found.  This program helps managed the feral cat population in Loudoun.

How you can help: "We are always looking for people to foster an animal, or even organize pet food drives.  Also you can volunteer your time to help at the adoption events," Fields said.

"We need to make the public more aware of what we do and get the community involved, so it is a community effort," Fields added.

One of their latest projects is to work with Loudoun Interfaith Relief by donating pet food to the food pantry.  So far, they have donated almost 5,000 pounds of pet food and next year they are hoping to do more.

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Donnmaria Killinger December 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The Humane Society volunteers do a fantastic job and should be commended for their passion. They care for, providing food and shelter, and more importantly, as much personal attention as possible to each of their "guests" so each animal will lose the bad memories of abuse, being chained outside in all types of weather or not being fed. Many of their "guests" relearn to trust humans and become loyal and loving pets when adopted. With Christmas only days away, and many people planning to give a puppy or kitten as a christmas gift, please reconsider, the holidays are the wrong time to bring a pet into your home. It is too hectic and a pet requires a lot of love and attention every day not just at christmas. Unfortunately, those same puppies and kittens end up at the Humane Society shelter before the end of January.


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