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Giving Tuesday – How You Can Make The Difference

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that was established in 2012. It falls just after Thanksgiving and helps kick off the holiday season of giving, which is a critical time for nonprofits. This heart-driven movement reminds the community that their generosity ensures ongoing care for people, places, and – of course – pets.

To donate to the mission of the VBSPCA, click here. 

If you are an animal-lover and would like to fundraise for the animals to help us make Giving Tuesday a success, please click here to set up a facebook fundraiser. Select the Virginia Beach SPCA as your nonprofit, and start promoting! All facebook fundraisers are eligible for a match from facebook, so your efforts could double the impact for the animals! For more info on Giving Tuesday and how it all works, click here. 

In addition to fundraising, we would like to shine an additional spotlight on another type of giving — volunteerism. Volunteers make our mission possible. If you are interested in donating your time to the animals, please read below to learn about the various ways you can be of service. Stay tuned to our social media on Giving Tuesday for highlights, photos, and videos that showcase our amazing volunteers and how they have impacted the VBSPCA.  If you are interested in registering for our volunteer program, click here. 

Thank you for your compassion.  Thank you for your support.  Thank you for caring for the animals of the VBSPCA. 


Ways to Volunteer

Cattery | The cattery is a calming and enjoyable place to volunteer at. Our knowledgeable staff loves all of our cat friends at the shelter and showing new volunteers how to care for the animals. Cattery volunteers focus on keeping cat condos clean and providing cats fresh food and water. Another plus of volunteering in the cattery — there are always opportunities to give some cute kitties some cuddles once the work is done! 

Kennel | Kennel volunteers have an energetic and fun atmosphere to work in. The main task in the kennel is cleaning up after the dogs and making sure that they have enough exercise. The VBSPCA is always looking for more volunteers to walk the dogs so that they can burn off their extra energy. 

Foster | Who doesn’t love animal cuddles for a great cause? Fostering gives shelter animals a chance to get socialization, destress from the shelter environment and frees up room to take in more surrenders. For every animal you foster, you are saving two lives!

Visiting Paws | This amazing program is an opportunity for volunteers to take shelter dogs and cats out to visit with the Virginia Beach community. The VBSPCA visits nursing homes, memory centers and colleges to give animals a chance to socialize. 

Listening EarsSome children need a little help with reading confidence. Our volunteers bring dogs to schools all over Virginia Beach to cuddle and listen while children read to them. This is a great way to help children build self-esteem while also giving dogs a chance to cuddle with new friends.

EventsWe have so many fantastic events throughout the year that we need volunteers to help with! Events would not be successful without the hard work of our volunteers. Events volunteers help with set up and tear down, on-site adoptable animals and various staff needs.

LaundryLaundry is often an overwhelming task here at our shelter due to the amount of animals that we care for. Picking up bags of laundry, taking them home to wash and bringing them back clean and folded has a huge impact. Volunteering to wash laundry frees up our full-time staff and allows them to focus on the animals.

PhotographyOur wonderful photography team takes all pictures of adoptable animals and also works during events to capture promotional pictures for the shelter. They work many hours to shoot, edit and upload photos that capture what is going on at our shelter.

Front Desk Aide | During busy days at the shelter, our front desk staff needs as much help as possible for adoption counseling, retail sales and to process applications. 

Holiday Elf FosterThe shelter environment can be very scary for the animals, especially during the holiday season. Additionally, staff often have to work on holidays to care for the animals. A great way to help both the staff and our shelter animals is to foster a shelter animal during the week of Christmas. This gives shelter animals a much-needed break and also a great companion for this wonderful time of year!