Here at BHS we have been working tirelessly on our events, preparing for kitten season, and getting our shelter built. Due to this busy season, we are seeking motivated and responsible people to join our organization. We need volunteers, fosters, and board members to help BHS spring into action this 2019 so all of this hard work pays off! We are a separate organization from the Bedford County Animal Shelter. We are a nonprofit organization that adopts out furry friends through our foster care system.

BHS Volunteer Highlights

Shana Sayers
Pat Greier
Becky McCraw

BHS is so thankful to have volunteers like these! Shana is our event coordinator and even though she has a fulltime job, she makes sure to keep events on the calendar. Pat is a BHS board member as well as a foster. She is also assisting Shana with all the event planning including our Party 4 Paws Dinner, Live Auction, and Silent Auction. Becky, our BHS Board President, is working tirelessly on our shelter while working a fulltime job and fostering several of our furry friends. These three ladies have BHS running through their veins and do most of the work with no thanks, as they are doing it all for the animals because that is reward enough for them. BHS would like to take this time to say thank you to this special trio! If you are interested in being on our board, a foster, or volunteering please visit, email us at, or give us a call at 540-586-6100.If you are interested in adopting, please visit our website for all of our available animals. You can also find more info on BHS on Facebook @ Bedford Humane Society Virginia.

BHS Presents: Party 4 Paws

On Friday, April 5, 2019, the Bedford Humane Society will host their first annual fundraising event at the McKelvey Community Center, 14917 Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds will benefit a new shelter building to meet the increasing demand for the care and rehoming of cats and dogs in the area. Doors open at 5:30 pm. A buffet dinner selection of chicken cordon bleu or salmon will be served between 7:00 and 8:00pm, followed by a dessert buffet and coffee bar. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Must be at least 21 to attend. Music will be performed by Tom & Dave throughout the evening. Highlights include both a live auction emceed by Tim Ernandes and a silent auction ongoing from 6:00 to 9:00pm, when those bids will be tallied for our winners. Rounding out festivities will be door prizes and raffle chances. Businesses and individuals throughout the community have contributed time, effort, and donations beyond all expectations.

The adoption center is to be built honoring its original benefactor, who generously bequeathed start-up funding upon his passing in 2004. Vernon Lybolt loved animals and wanted to enable the building of a humane no-kill shelter to the end. The naming of the center is to be decided once BHS breaks ground on the project. Even without a shelter to house the animals needing care, the society’s efforts via foster care families provide shelter for 146 dogs and 93 cats in a given year. Unfortunately, the current administrative facility has had to turn away countless animals


Why Microchip?

The American Veterinary Association says this is why:

What is a microchip? A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required- a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. The microchip is not a GPS device and cannot track your animal if it gets lost. The microchip itself does not have a battery- it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radio waves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. You don’t need to be concerned about your privacy. Remember that having the microchip placed is only the first step, and the microchip must be registered. The information you provide to the manufacturer’s microchip registry will be used to contact you in the event your pet is found and their microchip is scanned.

Microchips are great for permanent identification that is tamper-proof, but nothing replaces a collar with up-to-date identification tags. If a pet is wearing a collar with tags when it’s lost, it’s often a very quick process to read the tag and contact the owner; however, the information on the tags needs to be accurate and up-to-date. But if a pet is not wearing a collar and tags, or if the collar is lost or removed, then the presence of a microchip might be the only way the pet’s owner can be found. The best reason to have your animals microchipped is the improved chance that you’ll get your animal back if it becomes lost or stolen. Once your pet is microchipped, there are only three things you need to do: 1) make sure the microchip is registered; 2) ask your veterinarian to scan your pet’s microchip at least once per year to make sure the microchip is still functioning and can be detected; and 3) keep your registration information up-to-date. Some brand microchips come with a free registry and some have a one-time small registry fee. The microchip registries that are free sometimes go out of business, therefore make sure you keep in contact with your registry. Your veterinarian can assist you with these registry questions. Don’t wait until your animal is lost, microchip today.

Event Schedule

Friday, April 5 – Party 4 Paws Catered Dinner, Auction, Music and Dancing. Moneta, VA 6-10pm

Saturday, April 6 – Easter Photos at Southern States in Bedford 10am-1pm

Friday, April 12 – Catapalooza – Bedford Second Friday Event- Cat art and cat adoption event at Electric Company Art Studio 5-7pm

Saturday, April 13 – Easter Photos at Moneta Farm & Home Center Ace Hardware 10am-1pm

Sunday, April 14 – Liberty Horse Show – BHS will be selling bridle and dog tags (details to follow)

Saturday, April 20 – Catapalooza – Cat art and cat adoption event at Electric Company Art Studio 1-3pm

Saturday, April 27 – Catapalooza – Cat art and cat adoption event at Electric Company Art Studio 1-3pm

Saturday, April 27 – Crazy Paint Lady Eiffel Tower Paint Event – Vinny’s Restaurant. Moneta, VA 3pm

Saturday, April 27 – Freedom’s Last Chance Rescue Furball in Franklin County

Saturday, May 4 – Kroger For Your Pet Adoption Event – Kroger in Vinton, VA 8am-1pm

Saturday, May 4 – Pet CPR and First Aid Certification Fundraiser Class at Bedford CVCC 1-4pm

*Please register for these events through

Event details will be posted on Facebook and volunteer signups will be done via Timecounts.

Any questions/concerns or ideas for events/fundraisers, please send an email to

BHS Spring 2019 Newsletter

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