It’s true for anything in life. The more information you have the better chance for success. In the case of helping animals it can be confusing and sometimes frustrating to find your way no matter what the situation is.
The Pets in Need Virginia site is older and not all of the links provided work properly, but it touches on some important situations and interesting information that may be helpful for many. And some of the rescues and shelters mentioned are not widely listed on other sites, which is worth noting.
Included is a list of rescues and shelters in Virginia, along with a list of breed specific rescues which includes everything from cats, dogs and horses, to hermit crabs and Potbellied Pigs. There is a page giving spay/neuter information and breaking down the clinics by city. The page featuring information about finding a new home for a pet includes a comprehensive pamphlet from Best Friends Animal Society, and links explaining why finding a “free home” is not always the best solution. It also gives a list of places to post an ad if you find that this is your only alternative.
Mixed in among the pages and information there are a few interesting articles for cat adopters, renting with pets, tips for finding a lost cat and links for finding a new kitten through a rescue or shelter. The Cat Site is also mentioned and upon clicking on the link you will find that it is a widely used and active forum for many cat owners. The well known Petfinder.com is also highlighted several times.
The home page includes a link to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services page. There you find disturbing information about everything from euthanasia rates, to how many died in facilities. As well, adoption rates for those who wish to see only the good news. Several county shelters are featured on the home page. And under the volunteering paragraph, transporting is mentioned, which is nice because it is not always talked about on other sites.
A little of everything is included, and it is all worth reviewing when lives are at risk. If you know of other sites with a Virginia focus that may be helpful, please contact Romy through her site.