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Partnership between Pet Lovers, Animal Protection remains strong

Submitted by Tim Clough

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.

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Choosing the Most Appropriate Pet (May 2019)

Submitted by Sara Grattan

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.

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Thank you! Second Annual Rescue Dog Olympics (May 2019)

Submitted by Dogter Jack

HOWLo everyone! I just wanted to start off by thanking everyone who attended the Rescue Dog Olympics at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery earlier this month! The event was a huge success! We had a wonderful day in the beautiful sun, and we met so many new friends (human and furry)! A special thank you to Veterinary Referral and Critical Care, Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, Premiere Pet Sitting, ET Photography and RVAV for sponsoring the event.

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Second Annual Rescue Dog Olympics (April 2019)

Submitted by Dogter Jack

HOWLo everyone! Goochland Pet Lovers would like to personally invite you and your family to join us Saturday, May 4, 2019 from Noon to 5:00pm, for our annual Rescue Dog Olympics at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery! The entire community along with their fury friends are invited to come celebrate the joy rescue dogs bring to our lives. The Rescue Dog Olympics will feature canine inspired contests, prizes, pet-centric vendors and activities, food trucks and live music the whole family will enjoy!

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“March” into Pet Toxin Awareness Month (March 2019)

Submitted by Dogter Jack

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.

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Why Adopt a Hound or Beagle? (February 2019)

Submitted by Sara Grattan

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. 

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GPL's Medical Fund (February 2019)

Submitted by Dogter Jack

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.

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