The attractively designed 2011 calendar with its endearing animal portraits, pet tips, quotes, and handy reference phone numbers, is for sale at Berryville area retailers and veterinary offices for $10. Calendars are also available at the Animal Shelter, 225 Ramsburg Lane, Berryville or call 540-955-5104.
Proceeds from sales go to the Clarke County Humane Foundation, which partners with Clarke County to operate the Clarke County Animal Shelter, 225 Ramsburg Lane, Berryville. The Foundation’s goal from this year’s sales is construction of a run-in shed for large animals that are temporarily housed at the shelter’s property.
“We’ve been very pleased with the community’s response to our calendars,” said Mary Shockey, a board member of the Humane Foundation. “Our plans are to continue improving the calendar. Next year the Foundation hopes to sell sponsorships to pet owners who would like to see their dog, cat, horse, or other family “friend” featured with a designated month.”
The Humane Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization composed of local residents, was formed in 2001 shortly after Supervisor Barbara Byrd appointed a citizens committee to review the former shelter for state compliance and investigate small animal needs in Clarke County. When the committee deemed it was in the county’s best interest to build a new shelter, the Foundation quickly established itself in a key role, working with Mrs. Eugene Casey on her gift of 10 acres, which became the site of the present animal shelter.
The Foundation continues to work in partnership with Clarke County to provide a quality, well-maintained shelter as a resource to pet owners, lost and stray dogs and cats, and as a temporary location for larger animals. Existing through private donations, the Foundation sponsors a yearly rabies clinic, spay and neuter programs, educational opportunities, as well as assisting with ongoing shelter operations.
Volunteers are always welcome at the Clarke County Animal Shelter, 540-955-5104, and the Humane Foundation welcomes donations. For additional information on the Foundation, contact Leslie McLean at 540-837-1444.