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A New Year’s Message from Our CEO

After all that we have been through together in this year 2020, the act of being grateful may be challenging for us. But at this time and on the cusp of our new year, it is exactly where I want to be- with an attitude of gratitude. I am so grateful for the thousands of people that came through our doors wanting to bestow love and care on our animals. For the hundreds of donors that gave their gifts to help us sustain our mission. For the many clients that honored our clinic by allowing us to keep their pets healthy. For the multitude of partners that trusted us with their animals, knowing we would find loving homes for them. And for my VBSPCA family that continues to serve the community by taking care of the animals every day. For these reasons and so many more, I am filled with gratitude and a sense of justice that the pain of 2020 will not last.

Indeed, the world would be dreary without our pets. They have brought us joy throughout this year with every interaction. Throughout the myriad of tests 2020 has brought, the happiness of connecting people with their pets conquers all. We were honored to be able to be open every day this past year to serve our community and their animals. I am filled with anticipation that the new year will bring even more good our way. As we will still be operating under the “new normal”, 2021 will have its own set of challenges walk through our doors and we will embrace these too as we continue our work. Because as we clearly saw this year… we humans need the animals as much as they need us.

So for every Rambler, Jed, Donald, Ray Ray, Ben, or Reeses in our lives, we celebrate. And for all of the people that experience the unconditional love of their pets from our VBSPCA, we know how that feels. Thanks for allowing us to be the connection that brought you joy in the darkness of 2020. I will be forever amazed that you all walked alongside me through the misadventures of 2020 and never abandoned our mission.

Our 2020 year in Review is below, please take a look and see what you helped make possible. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on the bright side of 2021.

Happiest of New Years to all-
Derby