June 11, 2013
The Fluvanna SPCA (FSPCA) is being awarded a $5,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States.
FSPCA is receiving the grant for providing pre-adoption care for Chilly, the English bulldog mix whose heroic actions to save her owner’s life earned her the Pets of Valor Award.
The grant will help FSPCA fund veterinary expenses, including flea and heartworm treatments and spay and neuter surgeries.
Chilly, an English bulldog mix from Mineral, Va., was adopted from Fluvanna SPCA. Chilly whined and urgently pawed and licked her owner’s face, waking her from a nap. Heidi Parker, Chilly’s owner, awoke to discover that her throat was swelling shut, a symptom of the life-threatening anaphylactic reaction to the allergy injections she had received earlier that day.
Jennie Shuklis, executive director of the Fluvanna SPCA said: “The Fluvanna SPCA was overjoyed with sweet Chilly’s selection as this year’s Pets of Valor winner, and this generous grant from The Humane Society of the United States is a very welcome surprise. As a no-kill shelter, we work very hard with a limited budget to make sure our dogs and cats receive the best possible treatment and care. This grant helps make our little friends more adoptable through preventive treatments and spay/neuter services.”
In addition to the $5,000 grant, the Fluvanna SPCA will receive 500 pounds of dog food courtesy of BOGO Bowl.