This article was featured in WYDaily on 1/5/24
As 2024 unfolds, many individuals embark on resolutions aimed at improving their well-being. This year, The Heritage Humane Society encourages the community to consider the transformative impact that pets can have on their journey towards achieving these goals.

Be more active: Fido Field Trips and Cat Yoga

Experience the joy of staying active with the delightful companionship of one of the shelter’s adoptable dogs. They are eager to join people on adventures and help them attain an active lifestyle. Whether considering adoption or for those who cannot adopt, but want to team up with a dog and give them a break from shelter life, The Heritage Humane Society invites them to take one of its pups out on a Fido Field Trip.
These popular outings often include bringing a shelter dog to a local spot for a walk. Locations often include a beach, walking throughout Colonial Williamsburg, and even one’s own neighborhood.
Meet some of the shelter’s current contenders who have their “field trip permission slip” signed and are ready to go on an adventure:
  • Beau. This cool guy is smart, full of life, always ready for an adventure. At 4 year old, Beau has the potential to shine with training and care. He is very treat motivated and such a people pleaser. Beau is a playful boy and would be happy burning his energy off running around outside or playing with all of his toys (especially when the toys are filled with peanut butter). If you are looking for a partner in crime to help keep your goals in check, Beau would be the perfect boy for you!

  • Verbolten. This mini pittie puppy is seven months old and is a thrill ride packed into a 35 lbs frame. With an engaging disposition and almost boundless energy, his name is a nod to Verbolten, the fan favorite roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. He goes from 0 to 50 mph in seconds. He is surprisingly adept at spinning and turning on a dime to get in reach of kisses and snuggles and people find themselves  smiling, laughing, and getting butterflies in their stomachs after only a couple of minutes with him.

If the fluid motions, mental balance and fondness for tranquil spaces treasured by cats strikes a fancy, The Heritage Humane Society invites yoga practitioners of all levels to Cat Yoga. Being held at the shelter’s classroom on Sat., Jan. 13, 2024, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., participants will be led through a gentle yoga practice with instructor Cameron Green. Suitable for all levels, including modifications to meet the needs of all personal practices, participants will enjoy a rewarding session while meeting some adorable, adoptable cats. Pre-registration online is required and the $20 fee per person will be donated to care for the shelter’s homeless pets. Kids and adults are welcome, and participants must bring their own mat.

Commit to a healthier sleep routine with feline friends

A person can easily enhance their sleep routine with the soothing presence of a feline friend. Cats are nature’s sleep experts. They know how to let go of the stresses of the day and melt into a deep, restorative sleep so they are primed for life’s next adventure.
Meet these adoptable sleep professionals:
  • Harley Davidson. Despite a name that conjures up thoughts of the roar of a wide-open throttle, the robust, throaty growl of a big V-twin engine, this feline namesake of the vintage classic is a 12-year-old cat who embodies relaxation and independence also known by enthusiasts. For a low-key companion to share a home and heart with, Harley Davidson is patiently waiting to be someone’s sidecar companion.

  • Banana Republic. The epitome of a lap kitty, Banana Republic knows how to relax and purr the evening away. She’s a lighthearted, whimsical little cuddly companion seeking her forever relaxation companion to snuggle with for cat naps.

Volunteer and set goals with a purpose

Find fulfillment and purpose in volunteering, the Heritage Humane Society offers opportunities for community members to make a difference in the lives of animals. Discover the rewards of volunteering and consider fostering as well to contribute to the welfare of animals in need at Greater Williamsburg’s largest shelter for homeless pets.

Set motivating goals with small pets, go meatless

Explore the benefits of adopting small pets like guinea pigs and rabbits to inspire healthier lifestyle choices. Small pets such as the shelter’s guinea pigs and rabbits yearn for a healthy diet of fresh veggies. Their daily diet can serve as a built-in motivation.
As you embark on your resolutions, consider the profound impact that a furry companion can have on your journey towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. Visit Heritage Humane Society at to learn more about our adoptable pets and kickstart your year with a loyal friend by your side.

Welcome 2024 with a new furry (or not so furry) friend

The Heritage Humane Society has many homeless pets ready to open their hearts to a forever family this holiday season. Nearly 170 dogscats and small pets are currently in their care.
Adoptable pets are available to meet during The Heritage Humane Society’s visiting and adopting hours from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Tues. through Sun.
To learn more, visit, call 757-221-0150, or visit The Heritage Humane Society located at 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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