Feel Good Friday: 'Adopt-a-Dog' event to raise awareness about Fluvanna SPCA
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Amy Myers, who owns the farm-to-table grocery store called Local Eats in Fluvanna County, loves animals.
"Everybody can make a difference in one dog's life," she said.
As a vegetarian for 12 years and a vegan for the past few months, Myers has a vision for the future.
"I try to save every animal I can and maybe one day, we will have a fully vegan restaurant in Fluvanna,” said Myers.
But until then, she is showing her love for four-legged friends in a different way, by planning an Adopt-a-Dog event with the local SPCA.
"I have always had dogs and they are near and dear to my heart, cats, anything," said Myers.
The Fluvanna SPCA is grateful for the help.
"Most of them, nobody ever comes to get them and they just need a chance,” said Wen Morton with the Fluvanna SPCA.
Morton says people who live in Fluvanna often drive to Charlottesville to find a new pet because they don't know there's a local shelter right down the road.
Morton adds she hopes this event changes that.
"We have a lot of really awesome dogs that don't get a lot of foot traffic, so we have trouble moving them," she said. "So anytime we can get the word out that one hey we exist and two, we are a no-kill shelter but just like anywhere else, these babies need homes.”
And it's not just the SPCA that will benefit. Myers is also joining forces with the Caring for Creatures Sanctuary, Green Dogs Unleashed, and Houses of Wood and Straw, all of which are also animal-related organizations.
"People are overwhelmed with cleaning cages you know, this can hopefully promote it further and get them some help,” said Myers.
And other businesses, like State Farm and Happy Tails, have joined in to lend a hand.
"My daughter just made some calls to see and we got some baskets donated from local organizations,” said Myers.
Myers says, even if adoption isn't for you, there are other options.
"I just want people to come out. If you can't adopt a dog, maybe volunteer. They're always needing volunteers,” she said.
The event is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Local Eats in Palmyra. All proceeds go to local animal welfare organizations.