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The H.O.P.E. (Helping Out Pets Everywhere) Program helps people with pets that are having a hard time making ends meet. Everyone faces difficult times, and the H.O.P.E. Program was created to assist these people and their pets during these temporary hardships. People who meet eligibility requirements (i.e. unemployment statement, food stamp eligibility, or foreclosure notice) may qualify to receive pet food and limited veterinary services/cost assistance.

We want to help people keep their companion animals during difficult times. We trust that by helping people through a tough time we can offer hope to families who feel as if they are losing everything, including their furry best friends.

The Virginia Beach SPCA provides bags of dog and cat food to families temporarily struggling to feed their pets when food is available in the Pet Pantry. The Virginia Beach SPCA Clinic will reduce office visit fees for eligible families if their animal becomes ill or injured and needs care. People facing housing crises, fleeing difficult or violent situations, or those forced to leave due to house fires or other situations may be eligible for Temporary Foster Services through the VBSPCA as well. Other services will be developed as we learn what families need to get through this crisis with their family pets. Amanda Panuline Dunlap and Emily Peck are the central point of contacts for the H.O.P.E. Program at the Virginia Beach SPCA and can be reached at 427-0070 Ext. 113.  People wishing to be considered as a H.O.P.E. recipient, must complete the H.O.P.E. Application (below) in its entirety.

If your organization or community is engaged in programs to benefit families with pets, the Virginia Beach SPCA would like to know about it. Please let the Virginia Beach SPCA know if you would like for us to share your program information with those who contact us about the H.O.P.E. Program. Please email questions or information on other programs to assist those in need to


If you want to help, buy a bag of dog or cat food from your local merchant and bring it to the Virginia Beach SPCA. In addition, you can donate to the HOPE medical fund by sending a check to VBSPCA, 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453, make a credit card donation to 427-6387 or donate online at


The Virginia Beach SPCA takes in and cares for over 3,000 homeless domestic animals each year. 

We are grateful to the Banfield Charitable Trust for awarding the VBSPCA's H.O.P.E. Fund a grant of $10,000 in January 2015!!!h year. It is the mission of the Virginia Beach SPCA to create a more humane and responsible community by decreasing the community’s tolerance for cruelty while increasing its capacity for compassion. In keeping with our mission, the Virginia Beach SPCA is happy to offer this program to give back to those in need.