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The Rappahannock Humane Society is no longer operating

September 8th 2009: Thea Verdak said she is shutting down her Rappahannock Humane Society because she can no longer afford to help people and their animals. Adoptions have been too slow, she said. Verdak said if she were to continue her work, she would be warehousing animals, which she believes is inhumane.

"Yes, it is devastating, but that's the way it is," Verdak said. "When the foreclosure stories hit the newspapers it was just this massive fallout of people giving up animals."

"We are even hearing from people who can't afford food. We are getting calls from people who can't afford to medically treat their animals, and they are asking for these groups to help them. It has been very stressful."

Verdak has urged local governments to support a mandatory spay and neuter law, but her effort never gained momentum. She said she has spent hours on the phone with people who have to give up their pets because of foreclosures or job losses. The calls take a toll on Verdak as some people cry to her on the phone.

More than half of the homes sold in July in the Fredericksburg area were either foreclosures or short sales.

"I've never known people to be so stressed," Thea Verdak said.

From the article Animal rescue having hard time by Dan Telvok

The Caring Cat by Thea Verdak See page 21 of the July 2014 edition of Front Porch Fredericksburg

The Barn Teacher by Thea Verdak The Barn Teacher by Thea Verdak The Barn Teacher by Thea Verdak
Cast a handsome brindle dog as a mentor to a Jack Russell Terrier puppy in a rustic barn, with a chained dog on the run, and you will discover an intriguing, fast moving plot, lots of compassion, great dialogue, and memorable rhyme. A wonderful "read aloud" short story for children.

Thea Verdak Thea Verdak

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