Community urged to “Donate Locally” to Northern Neck Partners for Pets shelter

From left are John and Nancy O’Shaughnessey with their rescue dog Maddie.

LANCASTER—All non-profit organizations need advocates, people who care, believe and who are actively involved. Northern Neck Partners for Pets (NNPP), established to build a shelter for abandoned and homeless animals, has many such advocates.

John O’Shaughnessey is one of those believers, said NNPP board chairman Terrie Dort. As executive vice president of Chesapeake Bank, O’Shaughnessey promotes their motto “Shop Local” and agrees it is equally fitting to ask the community to “Donate Locally” in support of NNPP.

“The new shelter is desperately needed to address the serious overcrowding at our county shelters in the Northern Neck that results in a very large euthanasia rate of dogs and cats,” said Dort. “Insufficient funding and limited space currently result in 35% of the animals in the Lancaster County Animal Shelter being euthanized.”

Neighboring counties face similar situations, she said.

“Lancaster County is fortunate to have hard working and caring animal control officers who work with the community and organizations like the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck to rescue homeless and neglected animals. But the efforts of these officials and local volunteers is insufficient, as proven by recent animal hoarding cases in the county,” continued Dort.

“Even with all of the caring and dedicated people who work tirelessly to get these animals to rescue groups, or fosters or adopted, there is still serious overcrowding in our shelters,” she said…