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HANOVER, Va. – A rising senior at Patrick Henry High School launched a GoFundMe to raise donations for the Hanover shelter that took in 68 dogs — many puppies — after they were found living in unhealthy conditions.

The dogs have been at the facility since early May, and the shelter previously told CBS 6 that it costs $225 a day to care for those dogs.

Kayla Gilbert , age 17, hopes to deliver at least a $500 check to Hanover Animal Control, on June 29. She hopes that the money will help offset some of the costs of vet care and boarding expenses of the dogs.

Kayla Gilbert , age 17, hopes to deliver at least a $500 check to Hanover Animal Control, on June 29.

Kayla Gilbert , age 17, hopes to deliver at least a $500 check to Hanover Animal Control, on June 29.

Many were unhealthy and had worms, but now have a clean bill of health.

Gilbert chose to focus on helping the shelter as part of her work in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Patrick Henry.  She is required to complete 125 hours of volunteer work during her junior and senior year.

It’s a program that embraces the mantra, “think globally, act locally.”

Part of the volunteer work requirement involves completing a volunteer CAS (creativity, action and service) project that is applied locally, but could also be applied globally.

There are just 23 rising seniors at her school who are in the IB program.

“Each donation, no matter how small, helps out,” wrote Gilbert on the GoFundMe page.

She is also accepting toys, food and blankets to deliver to the shelter, which is located at 12471 Taylor Complex Lane, in Ashland.

Stephanie M. Saunders, 33, was recently found guilty of five counts of cruelty to animals, five counts of inadequate care to animals and one count of selling an unweaned animal.

If no appeal is filed by Saunders, the adoption process for these dogs will start on Wednesday, June 29.

The adoption process

The dog’s specific to this seizure case will not be available for view prior to the day of adoption.

Hanover Animal Control was very specific about the adoption process, due to an avalanche of calls.

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It is a first come, first serve process, and all requirements must be met to be considered an adoption candidate.

The adoption process and requirements:

  • Have a current state-approved identification card or driver’s license
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass an adoption screening
  • Agree to the terms of the adoption application
  • Not banned from future adoptions as a result of a court order
  • Pay an adoption fee of $25
  • Sign and agree to have the animal sterilized, rabies vaccinated and licensed within 30 days post adoption.
  • Live within the greater Richmond Metro and surrounding areas
  • If you rent, a signed and dated letter from your landlord/property owner or a copy of your lease stating you are allowed to own an animal.
  • Only one animal will be adopted per household. No exceptions.

Proper documentation must be ready, or they will move on to the next person in line. No animal will be held or placed on reserve for any reason.

If you have any further questions please contact animalcontrol@hanovercounty.gov or call at (804) 365-6485 during regular business hours.

The GoFundMe account can be found here.