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Since our incorporation in December 2016, Wise County Humane Society has helped with over 498
spay/neuter surgeries (348 since January 1, 2018). Our work is made possible through the support of
partnering organizations: Angels of Assisi, the Animal Defense League of Washington County, the Holly
Help Spay/Neuter Fund of Bristol, VA, the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, Lynchburg Humane
Society, the Carol Buchanan estate, and PAWS of SWVA.

Angels of Assisi, a Roanoke-based rescue, periodically sends a van to Wise County to pick up and
transport cats and dogs to Roanoke for surgery. We book the cats on this van. To date, 132 Wise County
cats have been spayed or neutered by Angels of Assisi.

Wise County Humane Society volunteers regularly transport dogs and cats to and from the Margaret B.
Mitchell Spay-Neuter Clinic in Bristol, VA. To make an appointment, contact us via Facebook.


We work with local business owners and individuals to find solutions for community cats (unowned
cats). Many of the cats we help are abandoned house cats, and we often transport them to rescues
outside of Wise County where they are spayed or neutered and placed in indoor-only homes. If cats are
feral and we are unable to socialize them, we trap (or provide traps), arrange for the cats to be spayed
or neutered, and return them to their original locations (Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR). We ensure that
returned cats have shelter and are fed.

Since our incorporation in December 2016, we have worked with community cat colonies in 18
locations: 49 were transported to rescues, 43 are in foster care, 23 have been spayed or neutered and
returned to their original locations, 12 have been adopted, one elderly cat was treated by a vet and
fostered for 2 months before it died, and 2 were diagnosed with leukemia and have died.

We currently feed 37 community cats daily.

Many people contact us for help when stray cats they feed produce kittens. We work to spay the
mothers and place the kittens. Since incorporation, we have transported 206 cats and kittens to rescues
in other parts of the state and adopted 14 cats and kittens locally. We have also transported 18 dogs
and puppies to rescues.


When we include work done by members of our organization in years prior to Wise County Humane
Society’s incorporation, we have helped over 600 community cats in the following locations: Big Stone
Gap: 165 cats; Wise: 162 cats; Norton: 115 cats; Coeburn: 71 cats; Pound: 40 cats: Appalachia: 13 cats;
St. Paul: 2 cats; Lee County: 10 cats; Harrogate, TN: 7 cats; Castlewood: 6 cats; Tazewell: 6 cats;
Abingdon: 1 cat; Lebanon: 1 cat; Kentucky: 1 cat; and 1 kitten rescued along Interstate 81 near Marion.