SVASC awarded $135K grant

A kitten jumps up on the crate at Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center in Lyndhurst.

Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center, the municipal shelter that serves Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County, received a $135,000 grant. It comes from the Petco Foundation to help provide animals in the shelter with veterinary services before being adopted.

“SVASC is a small municipal shelter in rural Virginia, so we are pleased to be able to offer to the public animals that are completely vetted for adoption,” Beth Robertson, director, said in a release. “We greatly appreciate the support from the Petco Foundation organization that helps make this possible.”

The Petco Foundation grant will be paid in three installments. Animals will be vetted — including spay and neuter — before being adopted out. This helps animals participate in adoption events offsite from the shelter.

“This is a tremendous support to our program by making animals more visible to the community as well as benefiting our adopters to have their new pet completely vetted,” the release said.

The shelter’s current save rate is at 95 percent.

SVASC is at 1001 Mt. Torrey Road in Lyndhurst. For more information, visit or

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