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Smiles Forever Animal Rescue Sets Up in Louisa County

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A nonprofit animal rescue that started in Roanoke is now settling into its new home in Louisa County.

Smiles Forever Animal Rescue (SFAR) takes in dogs and cats and places them with veterans in need of a companion.

A 100-acre farm near Gordonsville is now headquarters for the nonprofit.

"We are in the process of moving here as we speak," SFAR Director Becky Andrews said.

Andrews started the Smiles Forever Animal Rescue six years ago after her dog, Mister Smiles, passed away.

"This was a way I could formally have a legacy to my dog," she explained.

Having family members in the military, Andrews also wanted to find a way to help veterans.

“There was a real need to try to hook up veterans with companion animals," said the director.

SFAR also provides all the food and basic medical care for the animal's entire life: "We deliver the food, we take the animals to their veterinary appointments, and this allows these veterans to actually have a companion without worrying how am I going to afford to feed it," Andrews said.

Smiles Forever still has volunteers in Roanoke taking care of animals while renovations are being done to the Gordonsville property. With kennels to build and a lot of dogs in need of love and training, Andrews says she needs all the help she can get.

"You call me, I'd love to have you come out and we are desperate for volunteers," said Andrew.

Smiles Forever Animal Rescue will host an adoption event in September at the Petco in Hollymead.

Click here if you're interested in making a donation or volunteering.