Group That Helps Save Animals Gets Help From Lowes

Pittsylvania Co., VA - A non-profit organization on the southside that helps animals in need just got a big grant.

The Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County just got a $1,200 grant from Lowes in Danville. The money will help them save even more animals.

The group is unable to expand to a building due to a denied rezoning request a couple months ago, but this grant provided them with six new kennels. They said it's a great temporary fix until they can expand to a shelter.

The Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County works with 20 foster parents. Their mission is to reduce the euthanasia rate in the county and find unwanted dogs loving homes.

"There's a lot of animals everywhere, in our counties and in other counties that need a second chance, we're working with area agencies to be able to do that," said Steve East, a member of the AWLOPC.

The group said the need in the county is growing, that's why tried to build a no-kill shelter in Chatham. When that didn't work out they went back to the drawing board, and figured out other ways to help foster more dogs at volunteer's homes. Lowes in Danville came to the group's rescue.

"As part of our Lowes Hero Project, we donated the kennel tops, we donated the 12 by 12 stepping stones for the pens and then on one bright Monday and Tuesday we helped assemble it all," said Bill Shumate, Lowes Department Manager.

Other local companies like Harris Nursery and J.A. Holmes Mechanical Contractors helped as well.

"We hooked up the plumbing and the outside hydrant for the washing and the watering and digging holes for these posts to hold the fence up," said Jeff Crawley, with J.A. Holmes Mechanical Contractors.

The group said the six new kennels in the yard of a volunteer's home means they can help give more abandoned dogs a bright future ahead.

"It's a really neat project," said East. "They get a second chance, and the joy you see when you see an animal find their forever home is wonderful."

The Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County is currently looking for a piece of land to build their no -kill shelter. They hold adoption fairs twice a month and are also looking for more volunteers.

To sign up visit their website.