This week the VBSPCA has partnered with 9 other local shelters to take part in an awareness campaign for homeless animals.
Please help us by sharing our posts, sporting an orange ribbon all week, and further educating the public about homeless animals. Ribbons will be available in the lobby for a suggested donation. Wear your ribbon all week and to spread the message.
According to the ASPCA, which is not affiliated with any of our region’s local shelters, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year. In Hampton Roads, tens of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals become homeless through no fault of their own. Local shelters take custody of these animals and provide compassionate care and adoption programs. Both medical and behavioral rehabilitation services are offered, while volunteers and fosters help shelters expand their capacity to accept more animals in need. In 2013, for example, the ten shelters participating in Homeless Animals Awareness Week reported caring for almost 35,000 homeless pets.
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Thanks to the City of Virginia Beach for proclaming Feb 9 - 15 Homeless Animal Awareness week the City of Virginia Beach.
Participating shelters are: Chesapeake Animal Services, Chesapeake Humane Society, Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, Heritage Humane Society, Norfolk Animal Care Center, Norfolk SPCA, Peninsula SPCA, Portsmouth Humane Society, Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, and the Virginia Beach SPCA.