Buckingham News

Published 10:09 am Thursday, December 27, 2012

BUCKINGHAM – From what I hear, Santa made it back to the North Pole and now he and the missus have taken off to some obscure and remote tropical beach sans elves and reindeer.

For the rest of us, the weather outside is frightful-I'm writing this on Wednesday afternoon and a very cold rain is falling. However, we definitely need the rain and, thankfully, it is rain, not ice. Of course, some of us could also use that long winter's nap. Maybe later, huh?

Spay and Neuter Services

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Here's some good news for anyone who may have welcomed a dog or cat into their home over the holidays or anyone who has been considering having their dog spayed or neutered but could not afford to do so.

The Central Virginia Humane Society-SPCA and Transport Buddies are on the receiving end of a grant from the Jessica Beath Foundation to help provides spay and neuter services for dogs and cats at $10 each through February 28.

According to Sandra Everson Jones, they are currently scheduling appointments for this service. Once the appointment is made, which usually occurs within two weeks, CVHS-SPCA will advise participants so that they can bring their animals to the Beath Animal Shelter the night before the procedure.

On the next morning, volunteers, using a recently donated van, will transport the animals to an Ashland area clinic for the surgery. Later that day, those same volunteers will transport the animals back to the shelter for pick-up by their owners, who will receive post-surgery care instructions for their animals at that time.

“We will not be able to offer this low cost again, so we want to get as many animals spayed and neutered as possible while we are subsidized,” shared Sandra.

To schedule your pet or pets for this procedure at this subsidized rate, please call Sandra at (434)983-7387.

Likewise, if you would like to volunteer to help with this effort, give her a call. Volunteers are needed to help care for the animals the night before their surgery; assist with transporting the animals to the clinic, and helping with the post-op care upon their return.

With efforts such as this spay and neuter program, the Central Virginia Humane Society and SPCA hopes to make it more affordable for pet owners to provide their animals with the care they need.

In addition to the spay and neuter program, Dr. Powell Anderson, a member of the CVHS board of directors, is at the shelter from 12 noon to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday to administer vaccinations to animals.

DHPP vaccinations for puppies and DHLPPC for adult dogs are available at the shelter for $5; and FVRCP shots for kittens and FVRCPC for cats are available for $8. Rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs are $8.

Another project the organization has initiated is a food bank for dog food. Contributions may be placed in the dog food box located at Farmer's Food in Dillwyn.

Although the Central Virginia Humane Society-SPCA is unable to accept animals at the shelter at this time, they are welcoming volunteers, including those willing to foster rescued animals at their homes. Of course, monetary donations, which are tax-deductible, are also greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Sandra Everson-Jones, CVAHS-SPCA, and P. O. Box 429, Dillwyn, VA. 23936.

The Central Virginia Humane Society-SPCA is located off Route 20 at the Beath Animal Shelter, 899 Buffalo Road, Route 631.

Department of Recreation

The Buckingham County Department of Recreation is gearing up for the New Year with some great programs.

Men's Basketball: Registration is underway and will be open through early January for anyone interested in playing in the men's basketball league. Contact Todd Shumaker at 969-4242 for more information.

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball will begin in early January. For registration and/or more information call the Buckingham Department of Recreation at 969-4242.

Children's Gymnastics: The Buckingham County Recreation Department is offering gymnastic classes for children ages three through 14. Although the classes will not begin until February, the class days and times will be determined by the number of participants interested in the program. So, if you are interested in enrolling your child or children in these classes, please contact the Department of Recreation at 969-4242 to express your interest.

Getting Ready for the Piedmont Area Jr. Livestock Show

Now is a good time for youth ages nine to 18 interested in showing livestock at the Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale in May to find out what they need to do to participate.

Livestock include market lamb, ewe lamb, market hog, steer, and heifer or feeder cafe.

By calling the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261, or emailing rclaboug@vt.edu, you'll be able to find out what is involved, when to get the animal, and how to become part of the Buckingham 4-H Livestock Club.

Happy New Year

As 2012 draws to a close, I would like to extend my best wishes to you and yours for a great 2013. May your days be filled with love and laughter and may your troubles be few. Happy New Year.