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VBSPCA Update 10/3/2015

11:30am

Thank you SO much for all of you who responded to our pleas, supplied us with necessary items to brave the storm, and to those who also assisted with our hurricane prep at the shelter. Luckily, Hurricane Joaquin has decided to take a different path, so we will resume business as usual at the VBSPCA. Our shelter is open from 10am-4pm today and tomorrow. Our VBSPCA Clinic will resume regular business hours on Monday, 10/5 from 9am-5pm.

As always, if you find if you find injured, displaced, and/or orphaned wildlife, please immediately contact the VBSPCA Wildlife Referral Line at 757 263 4762. Our volunteers cover this line 24/7 and will give you further instructions on where to take the animal for medical attention.

We so appreciate everyone's willingness to help and hope each of you have a great and safe weekend!

 

VBSPCA Update 10/2/2015

 10:30am


Things are looking up for VBSPCA in regards to Hurricane Joaquin! The current storm track shows Joaquin staying east in the Atlantic, which means that we can tone down our disaster preparations from a severe hurricane direct hit, to focusing more on the potential for flooding. Of course, like any weather, the storm track may change so we will continue to keep you updated as our preparedness plan changes.

As of this morning, we are busy protecting our building against flooding. Part of our land is protected wetlands so our parking lot is already starting to fill up with water. If you can spare any sandbags – please bring them our way!

VBSPCA’s other main concern continues to be in regards to wildlife. We are expecting a large number of baby birds and squirrels to be displaced due to high winds and driving rain. Most wildlife is found immediately following the storm when people go out to clean up their yards so please consider walking your yards and neighborhood once the weather lightens up to search for any downed baby birds and mammals.  If you find something then please carefully pick it up (with gloves, or without) and place in a small box (shoe boxes work great) lined with a small hand towel.  Ensure you have air holes in the box then immediately call the VBSPCA Wildlife Referral line at 757-263-4762 for information.  Our volunteers cover this line 24/7 and will give you instructions on where to take the animal for medical attention.  Any animal found on the ground that you are able to catch is in need of medical attention! Lastly, please be cautious as personal safety should always come first!

VBSPCA Update 10/1/2015

3:00pm

Hurricane Joaquin continues to gain strength through the Bahamas, however, it is still very uncertain how the path of the storm will change throughout the next 72 hours. The Virginia Beach SPCA has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to make the necessary preparations to keep our shelter animals safe and also address the possible needs of the community. We will continue to update our website and Facebook as decisions are made that may affect our hours, our ability to respond to community needs and ways that you can help.

Attached are the several documents created by the Virginia Beach SPCA regarding Hurricane Preparedness for Pets, The City of Virginia Beach Pet Disaster Plan, Response to Wildlife and a list of pet friendly hotels. Please feel free to share the attached documents with your friends, family members and neighbors.

The most important thing for all pet owners to keep in mind is the following: IF IT IS NOT SAFE FOR YOU, IT IS NOT SAFE FOR YOUR PETS! If you decide to seek shelter, whether in your home, or elsewhere via evacuation, please make arrangements to take your pet with you!

Our shelter’s main priority will be the care and wellbeing of our in-house shelter animals. HSUS is planning to deploy a task force to our region to assist with the possibility of opening a public pet shelter for people who are unable to care for their pets during the storm. Details regarding this shelter will be shared as future decisions are made, however, if this shelter does open, it should only be an emergency last resort. In the event that evacuation orders are issued, or suggested, Virginia Beach Animal Control will also open to receive pets for temporary shelter. (Virginia Beach Animal Control is located at 341 South Birdneck Road, 23451).

VBSPCA’s other main concern surrounding this storm is in regards to wildlife. We are expecting a large number of baby birds and squirrels to be displaced due to high winds and driving rain. Most wildlife is found immediately following the storm when people go out to clean up their yards so please consider walking your yards and neighborhood once the weather lightens up to search for any downed baby birds and mammals.  If you find something then please carefully pick it up (with gloves, or without) and place in a small box (shoe boxes work great) lined with a small hand towel.  Ensure you have air holes in the box then immediately call the VBSPCA Wildlife Referral line at 757-263-4762 for information.  Our volunteers cover this line 24/7 and will give you instructions on where to take the animal for medical attention.  Any animal found on the ground that you are able to catch is in need of medical attention! Lastly, please be cautious as personal safety should always come first!

As an organization, The Virginia Beach SPCA will remain vigilant as the storm moves closer. If there are any major new developments we will continue to communicate our plan through email, the website and Facebook. Thank you for your continued support & we hope that everyone stays safe during the storm!