The Virginia Beach SPCA is working with PETA to provide relief to shelters in the Gulf Coast region. Financial uncertainty and loss of income as a result of the oil spill has forced many pet owners to relinquish their animals. Animal shelters in the region are already at capacity and have reached out for help.
The VBSPCA has a special relationship with the Gulf Coast region. Our staff traveled to Louisiana to directly assist shelters with animals impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Core to our mission is to assist those animals within our own region first; and as an open access shelter we never turn animals away. Because of the support from our community, we are in the fortunate position to also be able to extend assistance to animals and shelters in other cities and states. Having a clinic onsite also allows us to accept animals that may require specialized care that many other shelters may not be able to provide. Should we ever find ourselves in the same position of need following a disaster, we know that other shelters would do the same for us.
Following their arrival, the dogs will receive medical and behavioral evaluations. They will also enter a brief health quarantine period, which is our standard policy for any animals transferred from other facilities. The dogs should become available for adoption within seven to fourteen days and will be listed on our website, along with the other wonderful animals at the shelter waiting for new homes. Please visit our Animal Listing pages daily if you are interested in adopting one of these dogs.