A Word from Our Chairman

Goochland Pet Lovers is celebrating our 3rd anniversary, and are proud of our tremendous accomplishments. We have successfully completed a $1.5 million capital campaign for the adoption wing of the Goochland County Animal Shelter, two dog parks -the already completed dog park at Tucker Park and the to-be completed dog park at Hidden Rock, and an exercise trail in Hidden Rock Park.  These projects make Goochland a great place to have pets and shows our commitment to the community and our animal friends. 

As we move beyond the Capital Campaign, Goochland Pet Lovers is not resting on its laurels.  2019 has been a year of retooling Goochland Pet Lovers. We have focused on our organization so that we can further our Mission “To Sustain an effective partnership with Goochland County to promote animal welfare and the humane treatment of animals through innovative and educational programs, community engagement, and financial support.”  Here are some of our highlights for 2019:

  • The Dr. Lori L. Elliott Medical Fund was established to supplement the County’s allocation, helping to ensure the adoptability of every animal.
  • The 2nd Annual Rescue Dog Olympics was held at Lickinghole Creek Brewery in the spring.  This free community-wide event celebrates adopted pets and their forever families.
  • Invited by local businesses, our volunteers have participated in several community events by taking adoptable dogs from the Goochland Animal Shelter to socialize the dogs and promote awareness.  Each event has resulted in a least one adoption and one new volunteer for the Animal Shelter or Goochland Pet Lovers.
  • Our signature fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Oyster Roast was hosted at Deep Run Hunt Club in November.  We had a very successful evening raising money for the General Fund and doubling funds in the Dr. Lori L. Elliott Medical Fund.

2020 will be an exciting year for our public/private partnership with Goochland County as the County prepares to open the doors of the new shelter. Please continue to check this website and our Facebook page for updates on the Grand Opening and our needs. 

Goochland Pet Lovers is grateful to all of our donors, volunteers, Goochland County employees, sponsors, partners and our own dedicated board.  Your support has allowed us to create a unique partnership and we look forward to working alongside each other to make Goochland a special place for animals and the people who love them.

Sara with Bruce one of her nine dogs