Anyone who lives in Virginia is suddenly very familiar with the town of Mineral, due to the unusual 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked our state on August 23rd.
This small town, once the center of the gold mining trade in that area, is located in Louisa County. It is also known as the gateway to Lake Anna, and is the crossroads between Richmond, Fredericksburg and Charlottesville.
Like all towns and counties, it has a problem with animals in need. And, like many other areas across the country, it also has people who care enough to go the extra mile. In this case the volunteers of the Louisa County Animal Shelter put together a website to help spread the word about their animals.
The simple site features the usual information, and a link to a great rescue called Animal Connections. But, what really catches the eye is the honesty of one particular paragraph: “Animals are brought in to this shelter at an alarming rate. Most of these animals are sweet, friendly, housebroken and would be all around wonderful pets! There is not enough room for them all. Sadly, many of these pets never make it to be adopted. If you can help us in any way by fostering an animal, contacts with rescue groups or even better…giving one of these animals a permanent home, please contact us…quickly.”
A blunt reminder that this situation is playing out all across the country, and a nudge to us all that small towns sometimes bear extra burdens even without Mother Nature making herself known.
Visiting their Petfinder.com page you find that the animals listed are just as wonderful as you would expect. Among them is Cricket the kitten born June 25th. The $10.00 adoption fee, as with all cats, seems too good to be true. Chrissy the Lab mix is at the shelter with her siblings, and her adoption fee is $20.00. The adoption fees do not come with spaying or neutering, but as their note states, SNAP will do so for free. Yet, one more reminder of how difficult it can be, and how worklng together makes a difference.
The moral of the story is that assistance is always needed. But, with the chaos and stress of earthquakes and aftershocks, networking and a few adoptions would be even better for this town!