Round of chicken feet! SW, Central Virginia Celebrates “National Animal Care and Control Week”

(WFXR) – Communities nationwide – and in southwest and central Virginia – are still celebrating “National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week” before it ends on Saturday. , honoring the men and women who risk their lives to protect all types of animals, and also the humans impacted by the presence of these animals.

The following localities in the region have expressed their appreciation for their animal control officers since Sunday, April 10:

Amherst County:

April 10-16 is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

We personally feel like the luckiest shelter in this region to have such an AMAZING ACO ~ if you haven’t met Senior Deputy/ACO Amanda Aguirre, let us tell you she is amazing!

We appreciate Amanda so much because she is extremely professional, kind, friendly, compassionate and DEDICATED!! Amanda, you are our fearless community HERO!

We appreciate you and thank you for your service!!

Amanda is originally from Florida and moved to Virginia in 2004.
She started in Dispatch at the Wintergreen Police Department in 2005. In 2006, she hit the road as an officer.
Entered the Academy in 2007.
Then became assistant to Wintergreen for the police department.
Then she became a deputy at the Nelson Sheriff’s Dept.

Amanda has worked in Amherst County for 8 years, the last 5 1/2 years as an Animal Control Officer. That’s a pretty impressive resume.

The next time you see her on the road in her ACO truck, give her a wave to let her know you have her back and support her for all she does for our community and animals in need. !

We are all winners of having it in Amherst County. Once again, thank you for your service Amanda!

Amanda has 3 pet dogs at home, 2 are rescued from our shelter! One is a tripod she adopted after finding it with a chain hook built into its side. The 3rd is a senior.

Bedford County:

It is a well-known fact that Bedford County is home to a wide variety of animals, including pets and livestock. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is home to a very special unit to help keep not only our humans safe, but the animals of Bedford County as well! Bedford County Animal Control is a uniformed unit made up of sworn BCSO deputies who help ensure the safety and welfare of animals in the county. Animal Control Assistants assist in returning loose livestock to their homes, verifying the welfare of pets and livestock, as well as assisting the public with any questions they may have regarding Virginia codes and Bedford County for animal care and safety! These men and women are an asset not only to the BCSO, but to the county as a whole! THANK YOU ANIMAL CONTROL FOR ALL YOU DO!!

Happy National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week to Sgt. Wrench and deputies Webster, Tillman and Swope!

Franklin County:


Please join us in thanking our Animal Care and Control team for the amazing job they do!

Cindy Lamm, animal shelter manager
Katelyn Ferguson, Animal Care Worker
Rose Walker, animal care worker
Brianna Shelton, Animal Care Worker
Christy Witt, Animal Control Officer
Ethan Cundiff, animal control officer


  • Lynchburg Humane Society: “We really appreciate Lynchburg Animal Control Officers! They are wonderful and great partners!
  • Lynchburg Police Department: “This week is Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. The Lynchburg Police Department has an excellent team of dedicated Animal Control Officers who help keep our furry, feathered, and scaly Lynchburg residents safe.

Pittsylvania County:

  • Pittsylvania County Public Safety: “National Animal Control Appreciation Week celebrates and promotes animal control officers who risk their lives and devote countless hours to the safety of the public and animals. Pittsylvania County Animal Control!
  • Pittsylvania Pet Center: “Thank you to our Animal Control Officers for caring for the animals in Pittsylvania County!”


  • Radford City Police Department: ‘National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week is here! This week of appreciation is designed to honor animal control officers, animal shelter technicians, and hardworking volunteers who serve animals and our community. We are so grateful for their constant dedication and the passion they bring on a daily basis! »

Town of Roanoke:

  • City of Roanoke E-911 Center: “Did You Know? It’s also National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week! We are so grateful for the hard work that each of you put in day in and day out to keep the animals in this town safe!
  • Roanoke Police Department: “This week is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week! These passionate individuals are dedicated to helping animals in our community and we commend them for the hard work they do.
    Please help us thank DPR animal caretakers who go above and beyond for our department and the community they serve. We all appreciate you!

Rockbridge County:

  • Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office: “It’s National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week!” Our animal control assistants are undoubtedly some of the busiest people in our agency. They offer protection, a voice and seek justice for those who often cannot help themselves. Thank you for all you do for our four-legged friends and family members!

Benjamin M. Yerger