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Ruff is right

    I’m writing this letter today in support of a letter I read in the 1/6/10 edition of this paper that was written by Richard Ruff and was entitled, “Support Local Shelters.” 

    Kudos to Mr. Ruff!  I was so happy when I read this letter because it expressed frustrations that I have had for years.  Indeed, the commercials that run on television and radio are very touching and very……. misleading!  The money that is donated to HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States) or to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) does not directly help local animals — Bedford Community animals.  In actuality, a few years ago, when Vernon D. Lybolt, Jr. left his estate to the BHS, Inc., the ASPCA (From New York) fought against us, the local humane society, for his estate.

      While both the HSUS and the ASPCA do some wonderful things, like helping in disasters, your donations to them are not helping animals here and believe me, we have the abused, neglected, starving, sad and depressed animals just like they show on television.  They are right here in our own community:  We, the Bedford Humane Society, Inc., hear it and see it every day. 

    I’d like to make something clear.  The Bedford Humane Society, Inc. is a local, not-for-profit organization that in no way falls under the Humane Society of the US (HSUS).  We are also not affiliated with, or the same as, the Bedford County Pound (listed on the building on Falling Creek Road as Animal Shelter) as that is a taxpayer funded facility required by Virginia State law. 

    The Bedford County Pound is in charge of handling animals turned in by the public or brought in by the city and county animal control officers.  They have limited space and have the terrible job of putting animals to sleep due to overpopulation.  Approximately 528 dogs (42 percent of intake) and 1528 cats (82 percent of intake) were put to sleep at the Bedford County Pound in 2009. 

    The Bedford community has one pound that serves both Bedford City and Bedford County.  Over 3100 dogs and cats came into the Bedford County Pound in 2009.  How can you affect these horrible numbers?  I’ll give you three ways. 

    Spay or neuter your pets and tell everyone you know to spay or neuter their pets.  Take advantage of the low-cost spay/neuter services that the BHS, Inc. offers.   You can obtain more information about our spay/neuter program by calling 586-6100(box #2) or by visiting www.bedfordhumanesociety.petfinder.org.

    Donate locally so that your hard earned funds go to helping animals in the Bedford community.  The BHS, Inc. is a charitable organization so that donations made are tax-deductible.   Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1293, Bedford, VA 24523 or for more information about BHS, Inc., please contact us at 586-6100 or e-mail us at thebedfordhumanesociety@msn.com.  And 3. Volunteer with us!  Make a difference!

Mary Beverley

The Bedford Humane Society, Inc.