Saturday, April 20, 2024

Furry Friends Feature: Thank You for Helping Raise the “Ruff” and Spin Tunes

The Heritage Humane Society thanks the community who generously donated to Give Local 757 leading it to being the No. 1 charity in Greater Williamsburg to benefit from Hampton Roads’ dedicated day of supporting local, qualifying nonprofits. The shelter is on its way to solving its great need for a new roof over the original facility housing thousands of homeless pets annually and a shelter-wide sound system.

Top 4 of 223 nonprofits for Give Local 757

The Heritage Humane Society raised more than $55,000. Bonilla Pet Studio and friends of HHS provided a $30,000 matching gift, which doubled every dollar given during the 24-hour period.

In addition to the satisfaction of knowing local donations are staying right here in the local community, a part of the excitement of the day-long fundraising, Give Local 757 includes a leaderboard with real-time updates. Of 223 participating nonprofits, The Heritage Humane Society finished at No. 4 with its Give Shelter, Give Peace, Give Local 757 campaign.

Taking action with donations

It costs more than $3,500 a day to run The Heritage Humane Society. With 80% of its budget depending on donations, this makes the shelter extremely dependent on fundraising. The more than $55,000 donated will immediately go towards a much-needed new roof for the original section of the shelter and a shelter-wide sound system.

Raise the “ruff” – Roofing construction will begin in mid-May. The new roof will cover a key section of the facility that was untouched during the facility’s 2021 expansion. With the Give Local 757 campaign, the shelter can finally move forward.

As dates for the roofing project are set, The Heritage Humane Society will be seeking even more foster volunteers to help temporarily care for shelter pets so they do not have to endure the sounds of construction. More details will be available to the community in the coming weeks, however, in the interim, prospective members are asked to complete a foster volunteer application form.

Soothing sound system – The Give Local 757 donations are also going towards a facility-wide sound system. Shelter pets are stressed. They are surrounded by other pets, unexpected noises and strangers. Confined to small living spaces, anxiety spikes. Research continues proving that soothing music and audiobooks decrease cortisol, or the stress hormone, in pets just as much as humans. With this new approach, shelter pets can benefit and ultimately show potential adopters their sweet, loving personalities.

Ready for a new furry (or not so furry) friend?

The Heritage Humane Society has more than 190 cats, dogs, and small pets currently in their care. Adoptable pets are available to meet during The Heritage Humane Society’s visiting and adopting hours from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Tues. through Sun.

To learn more, visit, call 757-221-0150, or visit The Heritage Humane Society located at 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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