It is the mission of the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VBSPCA) to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering while increasing human compassion.
We provide shelter and care to almost 4,000 companion animals each year. We implement every available option to increase the adoption rates of the healthy and treatable animals in our care, and we provide resources to ensure the successful outcome of adoptions:
- Adoption packages are designed to be extremely affordable and include vaccinations, microchip, and spay/neuter.
- Our foster network cares for orphans too young to survive on their own or thrive in a shelter environment. Over 1300 animals a year enter our foster program.
- In partnership with PetSmart, our cats are available at two Virginia Beach PetSmart locations, Landstown and Pembroke.
- Animals are thoroughly evaluated for temperament, and behavior modification plans are carried out by trained staff.
- Adult volunteers come in to the shelter to walk dogs and socialize animals, improving their adoptability.
- Available animals can be seen on our website, Petfinder.com, and several other national adoption sites.
- We are one of 58 shelters nationwide to participate in the Pets for the Elderly Foundation’s program that allows senior citizens to adopt a pet at a reduced charge.
- We have an onsite animal behaviorist who works one on one with our shelter animals while also offering pet training to the community.
- The Virginia Beach SPCA Low Cost Medical Clinic provides affordable spay/neuter services as well as routine veterinary care to households earning less than $65,000 per year.
- The “Neuter Scooter” provides mobile, low-cost spays and neuters to neighboring communities that would otherwise not have access to affordable veterinary services.
- Our education program reaches nearly 10,000 local students annually through its Compassion Classroom, Camps, Workshops, and Listening Ears program, which received the Virginia Reading Association 2006 Literacy Award for its innovative approach of using companion animals to serve as listeners for reluctant readers at local schools.
- The HOPE Program provides pet food and discounted veterinary care to qualifying pet owners who risk losing their pets due to recent economic circumstances.
- The Miracle Medical Fund was established so that we could provide specialized medical treatment for animals who would have once been considered untreatable by many shelters.
- Our Disaster Response program and fully equipped disaster trailer allows us to respond and participate in rescue situations, whether it be a hurricane or puppy mill raid.
- Read about VBSPCA Shelter Operation Philosophy.
We also support wildlife conservation and provide guidance to the public regarding wildlife issues:
- We are one of a handful of shelters in the nation equipped to care for wildlife onsite. Approximately 2500 orphaned and injured wildlife are received at the shelter annually.
- Our Wildlife Program includes a network of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, wildlife transporters/rescuers, and referral line volunteers.
- We provide advice to the public regarding wildlife conflicts with the goal of finding solutions that promote coexistence.
For an overview of all VBSPCA programs, click here.