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Louisa Animal Shelter to Close

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The future of more than 100 animals is up in the air now that a Louisa County animal shelter is shutting down.

The shelter's founder is trying to keep things together, but at this point that may be impossible. Right now Debra Shindler is searching for homes for 140 pets from her shelter, Love for Animals. She says her sanctuary promised to give these animals a forever home, and even though it's shutting down, she wants to follow through on that promise.

Shindler is working with the Louisa County Humane Society to contact people and shelters across the state of Virginia who might be able to take in some of these cats. They've had several adoptions in the past week, but they are running out of time and need to pick up the pace.

Volunteers are willing to transport animals to any part of Virginia to make sure they get a forever home.

"It's not their fault that something went wrong and it's not their fault that something went wrong now and they're wonderful so come and get a new friend," Shindler said.

Love for Animals is closing because a divorce is forcing Shindler to sell the farm. She is looking for a barn to rent or buy, so she can relocate the shelter.

The more animals that are adopted by individuals and shelters, the better chance she will have of finding a barn that can accommodate the remaining animals.

Shindler is asking anyone who's thinking of adopting a cat to visit Love for Animals and meet the animals in need. The shelter is open seven days a week.

You can also read up on the animals here.

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