F.C. Humane Society Celebrates 40 Years, 55,000 Spay/Neuters

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

dotFRANKLIN CO.  - Franklin County Humane Society was founded in 1977 and has provided spay neuter, rescue and adoption help for the animals in our community for 40 years.
During the early years volunteers fostered animals in their homes as we did not have a facility. At the same time the Humane Society tried to improve conditions for the animals at the County Animal Control pound in order to stop the killing of 90% of the animals taken to the pound each year.  We did not have the funds to open our own shelter and our requests that the County hire a shelter manager and our offers to manage the pound were turned down multiple times. 
In 1999 we decided to raise funds to open a low cost spay neuter clinic as spay neuter is the most effective way to reduce the numbers of animals that end up abandoned at shelters and pounds each year. We opened our Planned Pethood Clinic in July 2000 in a rented building and were the second spay neuter clinic to open in the state.  In 2003 we bought a house and land on Route 220 and moved the Clinic there.
We continued to press for improvements at the County pound but in 2006 the County Board of Supervisors turned down our offer to manage the pound once again and announced they would rely on volunteers rather than hire a Manager. We realized that we needed to be the organization to help the animals going to the pound and we announced plans to raise funds for a no kill shelter.
In 2007 we opened our Purrfect Treasures fundraising store and completed our campaign to raise funds to build the Adoption Center by the end of that year. The Adoption Center opened in April 2009.
The numbers of animals that the Humane Society takes in each year has increased steadily while the numbers taken in by the pound has decreased. The Humane Society’s adoption, rescue and spay neuter programs and the cooperation between the Humane Society and the County pound staff has reduced the kill rate at the pound.
The Humane Society now takes in 80% of the animals in need in our community and provided care for 2,420 animals at the Adoption Center last year. This is a complete reversal from the days when 90% of the animals taken to the County pound were killed.  This is how vital the Humane Society is for the animals in our community.
Though our programs have reduced the kill rate at the County pound down to 23% (204 animals) that is not good enough.  The majority of animals killed at the County pound last year are outside cats and we have been working on programs to help outside cats and are providing free spay neuter for the pets of qualified residents.
This month we are celebrating #FCHS Rocks: 40 Years Strong. Our Planned Pethood Clinic has provided over 55,000 spay neuters and our Adoption Center has provided care for over 15,000 animals in need.  The Humane Society does not receive any government funding and relies on donations, grants and fundraisers to provide services.        
We are asking that everyone help by spaying/neutering their pets by 4 months of age, by not letting their pets roam freely, and by contacting us for help with animals that need spay/neuter or homes.
Please consider showing your support and pride in the Humane Society by wearing a special #FCHSROCKS - 40 Years Strong teeshirt in Ruby Red color which is available at: for $20.

Franklin Co. Schools Partner with F.C. to Digitize Broadband Surveys

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

FRANKLIN CO. – In a groundbreaking initiative, a unique partnership has emerged to seek much needed broadband improvements. The Boards for Franklin County (FC) and Franklin County Public Schools (FCPS) have partnered to digitize paper copies of the broadband needs assessment survey. The survey was sent home with FCPS students and mailed county-wide to collect information from citizens and businesses regarding internet usage, current service, access, and needs. Information gathered from the survey will be used to create the County’s strategic broadband plan. There is mutual interest in ensuring that businesses and citizens have access to more reliable internet service.

“Franklin County Public Schools are proud to be an integral part of this project,” said Dr. Mark Church, Division Superintendent. “We helped distribute the surveys through our students to their families and now our high school students are helping to enter the thousands of responses from our citizens.” FCPS students are the workforce of tomorrow. Improved broadband will reinforce student learning, facilitate job training, and open new opportunities for businesses and non-profits.

“We seek to improve broadband access and reliability at the best value for taxpayers,” said Brent Robertson, County Administrator. “Reliable broadband access is crucial to keeping Franklin County competitive in the 21 st century.”

By working together, FC and FCPS are leveraging resources and expertise to improve quality of life for the citizens.


Henry Co. Sheriff's Office Arrests Man for Starting Fires in Martinsville Wal-Mart

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

wrightOn April 1, 2017 the Henry County Department of Public Safety and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office identified the individual who started multiple fires inside Wal-Mart located at 976 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville VA on March 31, 2017.


With the assistance of the public the individual was identified as Joshua Wayne Wright, 25, of 30 Valley High Dr., Hardy, VA. Wright entered the Wal-Mart and intentional started fires in 4 different locations causing the store to be evacuated. There were no injuries as a result of the fires.


Joshua Wayne Wright was arrested and charged with 4 counts of Maliciously Burn a Store House and 1 count of 3rd or Subsequent Offence Shoplifting. All charges are felonies. Wright is currently being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.  


Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Department of Public Safety at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).  The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime.  The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.