Grandy Family Donors Establish The Anne E. Grandy Animal Care and Educational Fund
Fund will support the VBSPCA’s wildlife and humane education programs
The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VBSPCA) is pleased to announce a gift of $25,000 from J. Walton Grandy III and John W. Grandy IV to establish The Anne E. Grandy Animal Care and Educational Fund. This fund is established in loving memory of ANNE E.GRANDY, 1923-2014. Anne was a lifelong resident of the Tidewater Virginia area and her compassion was the love and humane treatment of all living creatures. Through this fund, children and others will be taught to be caring stewards of all creatures, wild and domestic, and to protect their environment. It is hoped that designation of future donor gifts to the fund will perpetuate its continued existence and function.
“The VBSPCA is humbled by the generosity of the Grandy family,” Chief Executive Officer, Dia DuVernet said. “We are grateful for the support of VBSPCA’s wildlife and humane education programs, and the opportunity to further integrate and expand the two programs.”
This generous funding in memory of Anne E. Grandy will be used to increase the ability of the VBSPCA to rescue, rehabilitate, and release back into the wild additional wildlife by renovating the organization’s Wildlife Treatment Room, enhance public education on the importance of wildlife rescue through utilization of technology to share these creatures’ stories with the public, and to further incorporate wildlife into the VBSPCA’s Humane Education curriculum.
Each year the VBSPCA receives more than 1,500 wildlife animals at its shelter, and then diagnoses, treats, and transports orphaned and injured wildlife to volunteer, permitted rehabilitators or releases rehabilitated animals back into the wild. This life-saving work has been done since 1999. The organization’s 24 hour referral line handles an additional 2,225 calls each year from concerned citizens. The VBSPCA’s Humane Education department provides hands-on, standards-based humane education programs that enrich the human/animal bond and teach compassion for all living things. “Compassion Classroom” education is offered free of charge to Hampton Roads’ public schools and is currently provided in partnership with 52 public schools in Hampton Roads. Humane Education programs also include camps and workshops, all together reaching close to 20,000 students each year.