Fluvanna SPCA Wins $5,000 Grant from Humane Society - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Fluvanna SPCA Wins $5,000 Grant from Humane Society

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Armani Armani

The Fluvanna County SPCA has won a $5,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States that will help the shelter save animals' lives.

The Humane Society of the United States awarded the grant to the Fluvanna County SPCA for rescuing Chilly, a pitbull bulldog mix.

Chilly just won the Humane Society's National Award of Valor. She was recognized for jumping on her owner to wake her up and alert her that her throat was swollen. The owner was going into anaphylactic shock from an allergic reaction, and says Chilly's wake-up call saved her life.

Fluvanna County SPCA Director Jennie Shuklis says the grant will go towards giving animals the health care they need to be adopted. 

One example of the grant's potential is Armani, a Westie who came to the SPCA one year ago.  An animal control officer found him wandering in a field, covered in mange.

"He was in terrible shape, he was missing most of his fur, he was swollen, what little fur he had was discolored, we could barely tell he was a Westie," said Shuklis.

The SPCA sent him to Fork Union Animal Clinic, and covered his medical bills while the staff nursed him back to health. 

"We're a no-kill shelter. In a high-kill shelter, Armani may have been put down very quickly just because he was in such pitiful condition," said Shuklis. 

The shelter covered Armani's medical bills until he developed a special bond with Liz Howard, a veterinary assistant at Fork Union Animal Clinic. 

"It hurt my heart just to see him like that," said Howard.  "Our bonding time was the bathing and we have a lotion that we had to apply, and you could just see his delight when you were rubbing it in, and we bonded."

In October, Howard adopted Armani, giving him a forever home.   

Shuklis says animals in need of medical attention like Armani come into the shelter every week.    The non-profit relies on grants and donations from the community to fund their recovery and find them forever homes. 

Now, thanks to the grant from the Humane Society, more animals like Armani will go from a lonely life of pain, to a caring, loving home.

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