Montgomery County animal care, adoption center receives grant

CHRISTIANSBURG — The Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center has received a $2,500 grant.

The money is in the form of a Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant from the Best Friends Animal Society. The grant money will be used to assist in creating a new pet food pantry for Montgomery County residents to help assist pet owners in feeding their pets during financial hardships.

“We realize that COVID-19 has brought several unfortunate challenges to our community,” said the adoption center’s executive director, Eileen Mahan. “We don’t want families experiencing financial hardship to also have to worry about how to secure food for their pets. We are able to launch this pet food pantry thanks to the help our community received from Best Friends Animal Society.”

The Animal Care and Adoption Center is an active partner in the Best Friends Network, which offers resources and support to fellow shelters, rescue groups and animal welfare organizations across the country.

“When you choose to foster or adopt your next pet, you are becoming part of the solution right here in our community,” said Mahan. “And community is more important than ever right now.”

The Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Program, administered by Best Friends and funded by The Rachael Ray Foundation, provides COVID-19 relief grants to shelters and rescue groups across the country.

The foundation helps animals in need and is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Ray’s pet food brand, Nutrish.

The mission of the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center is to foster a culture of compassion within the county by providing health services, education, and recreational opportunities. The staff and volunteers at the 16,300-square-foot no-kill facility are dedicated to helping the homeless cats and dogs in Montgomery County find forever homes.

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