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Compassion in the Community | May 2019

Our community is blooming with compassion this May! We have painting workshops, kitten showers, the VBSPCA’s first ever Paw Crawl, and – of course – the Pungo Strawberry Festival, plus a variety of other events where you can feel good for a good cause. Read on for more!

Thursday, May 2nd – Paint For A Cause! (Sold Out)
Paint your Pet Night for the VBSPCA is back by popular demand, but this time we’re being hosted by MUSE Paintbar! The VBSPCA is receiving a portion of all ticket sales, so your participation in Paint Night will support the VBSPCA shelter animals. This class is beginner friendly with lumify technology, which illuminates your pet’s photo right onto the canvas making the painting process a little bit easier. Didn’t get a ticket in time? Visit our events page to check for future Paint Your Pet Nights benefitting the VBSPCA!

Saturday, May 4th – MEOW-er Shower
Spring brings kittens! Join Norfolk Animal Care Center, Norfolk SPCA, Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, Virginia Beach SPCA, and Chesapeake Humane Society at MacArthur Center’s Center Court for our first-ever regional kitten shower! Enjoy non-alcoholic “meow-mosas,” kitten-face painters and selfie stations, cat-centric tunes, and even some adorable adoptable kittens! You can also find out how you can volunteer, foster kittens, or bring much needed supplies. Click here for more information.

Saturday, May 4th – Home-a-Rama
What better place to find a forever home than at Home-a-Rama? Stop by the dog park at 3833 Whites Landing in Chesapeake between 12pm-3pm and socialize with some adorable adoptable dogs from the VBSPCA! Please note that adoption applications will not be available and must be completed at one of the VBSPCA locations.

Saturday, May 4th – Landstown Spring Fling
Come join the fun at Landstown Community Park on Monet Drive, 12pm-5pm, for the Landstown Community Spring Fling! There will be bounce houses, pony rides, a chili cook-off, music, and more! Plus, the VBSPCA Pet Supplies and Adoption Center will be there with pet products for your four-legged family members. See you there!

Sunday, May 5th – Cinco de Meow: A Children’s Painting Workshop
Celebrate on Cinco de Meow with an animal-themed paint class for kids! This class will be led by Heather Donis Designs at the VBSPCA’s main shelter, 1pm-3pm, and each child will take home their very own 11 x 14 canvas. This workshop is for kids ages 7-12 years and will include a tour of the shelter, critter time, and snacks. Registration is only $35 and seats are limited so register now!

Saturday, May 11th – Poochella
PETA’s multi shelter dog adoption event is happening at Bea Arthur Community Dog Park and Playground from 11am to 2pm. The VBSPCA is among the 12 local shelters and rescues participating. Be prepared to meet a lot of cute dogs, all looking for loving homes!

Monday, May 13th – Give Local 757 Kick-Off Party
Join us on the eve of Give Local 757 and help us kick off our fundraiser with a party for the pups! We will gather at Hot Tuna on Shore Drive for an evening of food and drink specials, raffles and prizes, and yes – dogs. All dinner and bar guests who say they are with the VBSPCA will have 10% of their tab donated back to the organization. Click here for more information and to check out the raffle prizes!

Tuesday, May 14th – Give Local 757
Give Local 757 is Hampton Roads’ biggest giving day of the year, when the community rallies together to support local nonprofits to make an impact in all the good work being done right here in our community. This year, the VBSPCA is dedicating all funds raised through Give Local to our Dog Yard Expansion Project. This project will give our shelter dogs more space, expanding our current count of 10 dog yards to 24 with over 8500 square footage of outdoor play space. Click here to find out how you can how you can help give our dogs more space, sunshine, and more play!

Saturday, May 18th – VBSPCA Paw Crawl
Join us on May 18th from 3-6pm for our first annual VBSCA Paw Crawl! We will be crawling to local pubs around the 31st Oceanfront corridor, all in support of homeless animals. Each participant will receive four (4) drink tickets and a commemorative VBSPCA Paw Crawl Stein! This is a dog friendly event, so bring your pup, bring your friends, and get ready to party for the animals! AND, if you wear a VBSPCA T-shirt, you will get a free raffle ticket and a chance to win one of our prizes! Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, May 18th – Woofstock
Enjoy bands, barks, and brews at the first ever Woofstock! Bring your K-9 companion out to Red Wing Park, 3pm-7pm, for an afternoon of fun with live music, food trucks, “Doggie Dates”, a photo booth, specialty vendors and more. The Virginia Beach SPCA will be there with high quality pet products for your four-legged fur-baby, all in support of a good cause! Admission and parking are free. Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th – Petsmart National Adoption Weekend
It’s that time again! The VBSPCA’s four-legged canine friends will be visiting Petsmarts in Landstown Commons and Pembroke. Stop by between 12pm-2pm and meet your new best friend!

Sunday, May 19th – VBSPCA Kitten Shower
Spring has arrived, and the Virginia Beach SPCA will be collecting much-needed supplies for our foster and wildlife programs. Stop by the main shelter at 3040 Holland Road from 1pm to 3pm for food, games, and find out how you can become a life-saving foster volunteer! For a list of items to donate, click here

Wednesday, May 22nd – Tales and Tails: Children’s Workshop (3 years and under)
Join the VBSPCA from 9:30am-10:30am for tea time, story time, and cuddling some adorable VBSPCA animals. This is a “mom and me” style event for children ages 3 and under, inviting parents (dads are welcome!) to enjoy some quality time together while also benefiting the animals of the VBSPCA. This event will include an animal story, an animal-themed craft, cuddle time, and light refreshments. Registration is only $10* per child. Register here.

*If you are a VBSPCA member, please contact humaneeducation@vbspca.com to receive your discount code.

Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th – Pungo Strawberry Festival
This Memorial Day weekend, come out and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, pony rides, food, and fun at the 36th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival! Make sure to stop by the VBSPCA tent and pick out some of the best pet toys for your best friend at home! All proceeds help the animals at the VBSPCA. Visit the website for festival details.

All Year Long – Sustainable Support
Let your dollar make a difference every time you purchase your pet supplies at VBSPCA’s Pet Supplies and Adoption Center. Carrying a full line of cruelty-free toys, treats, supplies, and nutrition, the VBSPCA Pet Supplies and Adoption Center in Kempsville has everything you need to keep your pet healthy and happy. Plus, 100% of the proceeds help animals find loving homes just like yours!

Give animals a second chance at finding forever homes of their own when you shop at Second Chance Thrift on Shore Drive, where a portion of all proceeds are donated to the VBSPCA!

Help homeless animals anytime you buy groceries at Kroger! Simply sign up, swipe your Plus Card when you shop, and a portion of the sale will be donated back to the VBSPCA! Sign up to participate here.

Become a Member
As a VBSPCA Member, every adoption we complete, every wildlife animal we rescue, every child we reach, and every pet we treat in our clinic connects back to you. YOU make our mission possible, and all it takes is $10 a month. Plus, VBSPCA members receive exclusive perks and discounts in gratitude for their dedication to sustaining our mission! Interested? Click here to find out how you can become a VBSPCA Member.


The Virginia Beach SPCA is incredibly grateful for the continued support from our local community. If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser or event supporting the VBSPCA, please contact Jessica Traynor at jessica.traynor@vbspca.com.