It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

The new Pittsylvania Pet Center is the home to dozens and dozens of homeless and surrendered cats and dogs.

Melissa Munoz is the adoption counselor. “I have always had a heart for animals, and when I found out that the county was opening up a Pet Center, I had to apply.” She handles most of the things at the front desk. “I don’t mind being at the desk; I work wherever I am needed.”

Lisa Cruz is the Pet Care Supervisor. “I love animals and caring for them, I work here to fill a need in the community for the car of the animals.”

Catrina Valania is the Shelter Manager. “I started working at the Lynchburg Humane society seven years ago. I moved to Lynchburg from New York where I owned my own business as a cosmetologist for twenty-two years. I decided it was time for a change, and animals have always been my passion.” “Our organization is a wonderful one. We care about all pets.”

All of their pet adoptions include micro-chipping, spay/neuter clinic, and a free vet visit. People of all ages can volunteer; pick up an application at the front desk. Donations are appreciated. The Pet Center is in need of cat/dog food, puppy chow, large dog crates, leashes, collars, fluffy beds, and Kuranda beds.

The Pet Center website is

Upcoming events are A Pinch of Pet Hair: Drool-worthy Recipes for People and Pets, Aug. 11- Nov. : submit a favorite recipe and a picture of your pet to make a cookbook. There is also a Best Friend Bash Sat., Nov. 11,  5 PM to 10 PM at Banister Bend Farm, 2628 Johnson Mill Road, Gretna, hosted by Betty and Ben Davenport. Enjoy an exciting evening with Cajun style food, live music, a pet parade, silent and live auctions to support the Pittsylvania Pet Center. Purchase tickets at the Pet Center.

The Pet Center is open Mon.-Fri. from 12-6 and Sat.-Sun from 12-5, 11880 Highway 29, Chatham. Visitors are welcome.