VBSPCA COVID-19 Update
The Virginia Beach SPCA shelter and clinic are essential community resources that provide lifesaving care for homeless and owned animals. Our services are dedicated to both the people and pets of our community, and we will continue to provide services in an effort to save lives, complete families, and lift spirits during this time of crisis. With the support of our regional animal welfare and animal control organizations, we can focus on animal-related community concerns while human services organizations can maintain focus on immediate human health needs. We are in this together, and we will continue to do our part in keeping our community healthy and safe.
As of 3/26/20, the VBSPCA shelter and clinic are fully operational and our modified operations are listed below. We are focused on remaining operational so we can continue to be a resource for the community. As new information surfaces, we will continue to adapt to the situation keeping the health of our community as our main concern. Please check back regularly for updates.
Updated Tuesday 3/24
Operating Hours: The VBSPCA Shelter and Clinic remain fully operational and our public hours have not changed.
Modified Clinic Client Income Restrictions: The VBSPCA Low Cost Clinic has modified their income restrictions to ensure that veterinary care is accessible to anyone who has lost their job or is struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have been financially impacted and need medical care for your pet, please visit vbspca.com/clinic to set up an appointment.
Urgent Clinic Appointments: We have opened up additional appointments in our clinic schedule to accommodate urgent clinic appointments.
Clinic Services and Vaccine Clinics: The clinic remains open and operational for regular clients and visits. Vaccine clinics will still be held at our shelter, but all clients are asked to wait outside or in their vehicle. If you have a clinic appointment, you will be given instructions when we call you to confirm your appointment.
Neuter Scooter: The Neuter Scooter will be cancelling all scheduled locations until the further notice.
Pet Pantry: If you or someone you know is in need of pet food due to hardship, please call the shelter at 427-0070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what is available and to schedule a time for pick-up.
Shelter Visitors: Animal visitation is available by appointment only. We are limiting the number of guests in our shelter to no more than 10, so we are no longer accommodating walk-in guests to our facility unless there is space to do so. To set up an appointment, please email email@example.com, send us a message via our facebook page, or call 757-427-0070 ext 101.
Events, Classes, and Trainings: We will be postponing or cancelling all group events or training for the next 6-8 weeks. This includes our annual Wags and Whiskers Gala, Pet Academy Training, Volunteer Orientations, Outreach Events, Humane Education Camps and Workshops. For specific information regarding each event, visit their individual pages on our website.
In-Kind Donations: We will not be accepting any used items at this time. Any donated used items will be taken directly to the trash, so please do not drop them off at the shelter.
Volunteers: We are not accepting or training any new volunteers at this time. Trained volunteers are still welcome to provide support to our shelter.
What measures are the shelter and clinic taking to help prevent the spread of the virus? Our organization uses medical grade sanitizers to prevent the spread of disease throughout our animal populations, and we will continue to use those throughout our facility. We are sanitizing all counters, door handles, restrooms, and public surfaces throughout the day. Any staff who is ill is encouraged to stay home until free and clear of all symptoms. We are also asking any staff who can work remotely to do so.
Can animals get or carry the virus? There is no evidence that animals can get or carry the virus. However, to be EXTREMELY cautious, given how little we know about the virus, it is recommended that if you test positive you have someone else care for your pet. For more information, visit https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19
Will the Neuter Scooter remain in service? Not at this time.
Can I cancel my appointment in the clinic? You can reschedule your appointment without incurring a fee. If you or someone in your household is sick or has been exposed to the virus, please reschedule your appointment. However, if you are well and feel safe bringing your animal in, we encourage you to do so. Please know that we will only keep our clinic open if we are able to provide a safe environment for you and your animal. If you are uncomfortable waiting in our clinic lobby, let the Client Service Representative know that you will wait for your appointment outdoors.
Is there anything else I can do to help? Financial donations will be critical as we navigate this time of uncertainty. Our income will be severely impacted if people are unable to adopt animals or utilize our clinic services, however our expenses will not decrease. We will also be greatly impacted by the postponement of our annual gala, a major fundraising event for our organization. Without financial support from the community, we will rapidly find ourselves in a potentially damaging financial situation. If you are in a position to provide support during this difficult time, you can make a donation below.
Support the continued care of our animals
As these uncertain times sweep through our country, we must not forget about those who can’t help themselves. If you have the capacity to give, please consider sponsoring the care of one of our shelter animals. They need you now more than ever.
- $10 will sponsor the care of an animal for one day
- $70 will sponsor the care of an animal for one week
- $300 will sponsor the care of an animal for one month
- $3650 will sponsor the care of an animal for one year.
Their second chance starts with us, but their forever is because of you.