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SPCA achieves goal, becomes no-kill shelter

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA has achieved no-kill status nearly two years ahead of schedule, and it also has named an interim director.

Nicole Harris will be the agency’s interim director, succeeding Leslie Hervey who resigned her post in June to become the executive director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

Hervey formally leaves the local position on Friday, but there will be no lapse in services at the local SPCA, she said.

“I’d like to assure everyone that it’s business as usual at the SPCA,” Hervey said. “Nicole (Harris) is here, Chase (Inman, marketing director) is here, and the wonderful staff is here, so everything” will continue just as it has, she added.

Hervey said she learned the SPCA had achieved the no-kill designation for the first six months of 2013 on Wednesday.

“I was excited to see it happen before I left,” she said.

Earlier this year, the agency kicked off the campaign to lower euthanasia rates in Henry County to 10 percent or less by 2015.

Martinsville and the SPCA previously were considered no-kill communities because animals that are considered unadoptable are taken to the county and euthanized, Hervey said in January.

At that time, the county’s euthanasia rate was 18 percent. It has fallen to 5.4 percent, Inman said Wednesday.

“We anticipated going until 2015” to accomplish the goal, she said. “I think it’s a big jump to have been accomplished in six months. We’re kind of excited about it.”

The designation is made by the No Kill Nation, Hervey said.

The only downside is “just as we hit the no-kill status, we are broke, broke, broke,” Hervey said. “So if anyone is thinking of donating, please do so. And please take care of our little organization” in Martinsville.


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