Many Goochland residents know of the public/private partnership between Goochland County and Goochland Pet Lovers (GPL). This collaboration resulted in a successful capital campaign, where Goochland Pet Lovers raised over $1.5 million that allowed the County to add an adoption wing to the new Goochland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.
Dear future puppy adopter,
Almost every day I see a new Facebook post from a rescue advertising a young beautiful pure-bred dog. The ad goes something like this: “beautiful, energetic, young German Shepherd looking for his forever home…” What happened to the family that purchased the cute little puppy? Most likely they did not plan on how much time, knowledge and money it would take to care for a young puppy. As my mother would say, God made puppies cute for a reason because they take so much work.
HOWLo everyone! Did you know that March is Pet Toxin Awareness Month? Being an Emergency Dogtor, I see many animals every week that have been exposed to a toxin in and around the home. People are unaware many of these substances can be harmful to their pets.
Goochland Animal Shelter regularly picks up abandoned hunting dogs. 38% of the dog population for 2017 and 2018 were hunting hounds or beagles. The high number of hounds and beagles can be contributed to two issues. The first is hunters releasing their unwanted dogs at the end of hunting season. The second reason is people who are against dog hunting will illegally remove collars and I.D.’s and release the dogs in another jurisdiction where the owner won’t check. Whatever the reason, most rural counties in Virginia have a large number of hunting dogs in their shelters.
Hello Everyone! I would like to introduce myself-- I am Dogtor Jack. Two and a half years ago, I was found by Hanover Animal Control, severely starved, dehydrated and neglected while chained in an abandoned backyard. Needing immediate medical care, I was taken to Veterinary Referral and Critical Care in Goochland. In addition to severe emaciation, I had fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites and heartworm disease. My attending doctor, Erica Ditzler, fell in love with me and I was soon adopted into her family. Dr.