Martinsville, VA - The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA has hit a milestone. Last year, they set a goal to be a no-kill region by 2015. They have announced they have already achieved their goal.
It only takes a second to see the bond Carol Berlauk has with Marnie. Berlauk brought the kitten home three weeks ago. Marnie was just one third her current size and too sick to stay at the shelter. Belauk nursed her back to health. Soon, though, she'll will give Marnie away to a permanent home."They give them a second chance and they have an opportunity at life," said Berlauk.
Berlauk participates in the SPCA's foster program, one of many programs helping the shelter reach its goal of becoming a no-kill region.
"People have come to adopt, they are coming to foster and we are so grateful that the community has stepped in for that," said Chase Inman, Director of Marketing for the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA.
Last year, the SPCA set out to become no-kill by 2015. In just six months, the community-wide euthanasia rate has dropped from 18% to just 5.4%, well under the 10% mark qualifying as no-kill.
"It means the world to me to be able to save these animals," said Inman.
Aside from fostering, the SPCA says they've pushed harder for adoptions, taken in more animals from the pound, and increased the medical services they offer.
"We are able to vaccinate more, we are able to do the heartworm treatment more," said Inman.
They say they still have a long way to go, however.
"Each life is precious and there is no need for these guys to be euthanized simply because there aren't enough homes," said Inman.
Berlauk plans to keep fostering, so more more pets can get a lasting home.
Even though they have hit their goal, it does not mean they are done. The SPCA needs your help by finding homes for these animals or making a donation.
If you want to help go to http://www.spcamhc.org/