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Another Way of Seeing Things — Three Blind Kittens Join The VBSPCA Family

Imagine living in a world where you are in complete darkness and you have discovered your surroundings through smell, touch and taste. This is what life is like for the three blind kittens the VBSPCA recently took in. 

The VBSPCA works with local animal control to help special cases. The kittens were transferred in due to an infection in their eyes and will now be able to get the medical help they need at the shelter. All three kittens will need a double eye enucleation that will be fully paid for by the VBSPCA Miracle Medical Fund – a fund dedicated to solely to providing critical medical care to VBSPCA shelter pets. 

Although they will live their entire lives without their sight, blind pets are incredibly adaptable and can live a happy life in a loving home. One of our staff members, Sarah, owns a blind cat named Vision and shared her experience living with a blind animal.

“They still lead a completely normal life,” Sarah said. “It might take them a little bit of encouragement to understand that if you jump off the bed you’re not gonna fall into a huge canyon or things like that. There are times when you have to build their confidence, but that makes their bond with you that much stronger.”

After Vision transitioned into a home setting, Sarah described what it was like to see her discover her new home. 

“Eventually we let her outside of our master bedroom and let her begin to interact with all of our other cats and experiencing the house and it was really great to see her learn the layout and see her first steps down the stairs,” said Sarah. “Now she runs up and down them. The great thing is that even though she can’t see, her other senses are so hyped up.”

Living with a blind cat is like living with any other animal, yet it is important to understand that they memorize the world around them and may not adjust to change easily. Special needs pets make great pets, but they do need families who will be committed to care and safe home adjustment. According to Catster, blind cats enjoy noisy toys and owners who love to talk to them. 

The three kittens still have to grow before they are able to have surgery and be adopted, but the VBSPCA is excited to eventually be able to give these sweet animals a chance to find a great home. However, this surgery is costly for our clinic and the kittens will also need a committed foster to take care of them throughout their recovery. 

Our Miracle Medical Fund was started to help cases like this and saves thousands of animal lives every year. Any gift to the fund goes directly to the medical care of the animals here at the VBSPCA. If you would like to give animals like these kittens the life-saving procedures they need to live a happy and healthy life, please consider donating to the Miracle Medical Fund today!

 

Getting Better with Age: Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

If you’re interested in adopting a new furry family member, here are a few reasons why you should consider a senior pet:

Being at a shelter does not imply an older animal is problematic: Older pets are surrendered to our shelter for the very same reasons younger pets are, but often for reasons that have nothing to do with their behavior or personality (i.e. moving, career changes/time limitations, new babies, death of a guardian, allergies, etc.).

Senior pets need homes too! For whatever reason, senior animals are some of the hardest to find homes for – so when you adopt a senior pet, you’re truly saving a life. If not you, then who?

Age is just a number: Senior pets provide just as much love, companionship, and excitement as younger pets. No matter their age, pets still enjoy regular exercise, playtime, and TV marathons on the couch with you. Providing a home to an animal during the “golden years” can be just as rewarding and special!

“Senior” status doesn’t always always correlate with sunset years: Dogs and cats live for 10-15 years on average, and many live even longer than that. It seems rather strange that 5 year old pets are thought of as a “senior” when the majority of their years are still ahead of them. A “senior” pet has lots of love and adventures to share with you, and there are many years of love and fun still ahead!

Train less, enjoy more: Most adult dogs are already house-trained so you won’t have to go through the difficult stages of teaching house manners and cleaning up after accidents. Older dogs won’t chew your shoes and furniture like teething puppies, and adult cats have already developed their litter box routine and can be less destructive when it comes to scratching furniture- and your ankles! You can spend your time and energy welcoming your pet into their new home instead of having to train and defend your home from the habits of a younger animal.

Focus to learn: You can teach an old dog (and cat) new tricks. Older pets can focus better because they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

What you see is what you get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first. Adult cats are also full grown and already past that spastic kitten stage. You’ll know exactly what your getting when adopting an adult compared to a puppy or kitten. Remember, adopting is a forever commitment to that animal. The tiny puppy or fluffy kitten that catches your eye is going to become an adult just like the adult dog or cat you might be overlooking. If you don’t want an adult pet, being a temporary foster for puppies or kittens that aren’t ready for adoption yet is a wonderful option to consider!

A grateful and loving companion: Believing that you can only form a close bond with a young animal that you raise yourself is untrue. Your new furry family member can show you a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older, adopted animals. Older pets really are wiser, and somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat. 

Easier Introductions: Senior pets can be easier to introduce to resident pets and settle in easily. Older pets have learned what it takes to get along with others and are less likely to invade the personal space of other pets.

Calm and relaxing: Senior pets have a very calm energy about them. Older pets are just as affectionate, but also leave you time for yourself and don’t make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young kittens do. We’re not kidding when we say adopting two kittens is half the work, because a playmate can be an outlet for all that energy!

The reality is health problems can arise at any age. Many senior pets are happy and healthy. However, some people may hesitate to adopt an older animal (or a special needs pet) when that animal has existing medical concerns. To look at the situation optimistically, at least you have an idea of what to expect when a pet has a known medical issue. You have an informed advantage because you’re entering into the relationship fully prepared for what the animal needs from you. 

It makes you feel good! You can be a hero to a deserving animal. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a harder-to-adopt pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!

It takes a special person to adopt a pet knowing you may have a shorter time than you’d like, but adopting a senior pet is the the ultimate gift of generosity. Next time you think about adopting a new pet, take a look at the older animals who are just as deserving of a loving home. You’ll be the love of his or her life. It’s worth it. 

VBSPCA Shares Why Black Cats Are Pawsome

One of the most popular symbols of Halloween is the black cat. However, besides being associated with all things spooky, black cats are also connected to bad luck.

“They’re absolutely gorgeous creatures and the fact that we have superstitions about them because of their hair color doesn’t really make any sense,” said Emily, who personally owns three black cats and is the source of endless black cat factoids.

This negative connotation has led to the stigma surrounding black cats and many false superstitions to be spread. Black cats also have a higher rate of mistreatment in the month of October. Education and support are small ways to ensure that every black cat has a good home.

Superstition History:

According to Historic Mysteries, superstitions surrounding black cats began in the Middle Ages. People believed that they were a sign that death would follow and that if one crossed your path it meant bad luck. This quickly spread throughout the region and some cultures still believe it to this day.

Unfortunately, this has also caused black cats to be mistreated and a higher rate of black cat euthanization. But the truth is that black cats are pretty awesome! While adopting any cat is a great thing to do, black cats have a couple of traits that make them extra special.

Black Cat Superpowers:

Researchers at the National Institute of Health discovered that the genetic mutation that causes black fur is in the same family that causes HIV resistance in humans. This gene may help doctors learn more about how to prevent and the deadly disease.

Black cats are also color changers! If they enjoy lounging in the sun and have a tabby stripe gene, black cats can show their stripes and turn a rusty brown color.

Why They Make Great Companions:

The VBSPCA staff also believes that another black cat superpower is being a great companion, and many of us have adopted a house panther into our homes.

“I adopted Frankie three days after I was officially hired on at the VBSPCA,” said staff member Ashley. “I’ve always wanted to rescue a black cat, there seems to be a negative stigma surrounding them when in reality they are the best companions. My husband is active duty military and is gone a lot, she has saved me by being my antidepressant. Wherever I go, she goes.”

Mabel is another black cat that has made a pawsitive impact in her owner’s life. 

“I feel like sometimes black cats don’t stand out when you’re scanning the shelter, but if their personality matches with your family, they can make amazing pets,” said Jessica, the VBSPCA communications and outreach coordinator. “My black cat, Mabel, always tries to take care of any bottle-fed foster kittens we bring home and is so affectionate.” 

If you would like to get to know some of our adoptable black cats and maybe adopt one into your home, come visit us at the VBSPCA.

Get Ready for Hampton Roads’ Furriest Costume Festival!

 

Get Ready For Hampton Roads’ Furriest Costume Festival!

The VBSPCA is excited to host the 41st Mutt Masquerade and is looking forward to a day of fun and furry friends. In addition to the traditional festivities, this year there will be a region wide adoption event with multiple shelters bringing animals ready to meet their forever home! There will be vendors, food trucks, prizes and tons of animal friends at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. There will be games for kids and games for pets, and the VBSPCA Pet Academy staff will be on hand to offer pet training tips to festival-goers. Make sure to dress up in your most creative costumes and get ready to have doggone good time. This event is a great way to celebrate Halloween and the human-animal bond while also supporting the VBSPCA.

The festival will take place on Oct. 27th at the 24th street beach park and will feature a 5k run and a one mile run/walk for all ages. Dogs are welcome to participate in the 5k and the 1 mile run/walk. Members of the community also have the opportunity to fundraise for the event and win various prizes for their efforts. The prizes include a VBSPCA themed stainless steel water bottle, a performance shirt, a black canvas cooler, and a chance to earn a one-night stay at the Hyatt House. Fundraisers do not have to participate in the race to win the prizes, BUT –  the registration fee does count toward fundraising goals.

Please come out and show support for the organization! The Mutt Masquerade is one of four signature events that we host every year to help us raise the necessary funding to continue to provide care for animals in need. Your registration and donations go right back into the organization to help save hundreds of animal lives each year. Spread the word and we hope to see you there!

Register today at vbspca.com/5k

VBSPCA Needs Help to Make Puttin’ For Paws a Success After Reschedule

On Friday, Sept. 28, just one week before golfers were planning to hit the course for the benefit of the animals of the VBSPCA, we got word that the golf course would be closing permanently and immediately. In a whirlwind of an afternoon, plans were changed and logistics were revisited, and we landed on a new date at Heron Ridge golf course later in October.

While we have successfully secured a new location, the date change has proven to be an issue for some of the golfers. Due to conflicts with some of the players schedules and the new date, golfers have been forced to withdraw from the event, meaning that budgeting goals may not be met if more teams do not sign up.

We are asking for support from the community in hopes of making Puttin for Paws a success! We are looking to secure beverage sponsors, food sponsors, and – yes- golfers, and any and all support will help the organization continue to be a vital resource for animal welfare in the Virginia Beach community. We’ve only got a couple weeks, so please help spread the word. If you are interested in golfing in the event or supporting the event, please visit vbspca.com/golf or email events@vbspca.com

The updated date for the Puttin’ For Paws charity golf tournament is Oct. 18 at the Heron Ridge golf course. Puttin’ For Paws is one of the organization’s signature events and this is the eighteenth year that the event has been offered to the community. Each year, VBSPCA signature events bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars to the shelter and directly impacts the animals housed there.

Compassion in the Community | October

This October, take part in fall festivities while also helping animals in need! You can work on your short game at VBSPCA’s Puttin’ for Paws, check out classic cars and vintage aircraft at the Military Aviation Museum, have some fun at Mount Trashmore for Fall Fest, and you can event check out some amazing pet products while enjoying a beer at Norfolk Botanical Gardens’ Barks and Brews. Plus, get those costumes ready for Mutt Masquerade, the best dog party at the beach! Read below to find out how you can make a difference while having some fun this fall!

Friday, October 4th – Puttin’ for Paws
The Virginia Beach SPCA Puttin’ for Paws Charity Golf Tournament is returning for the 18th year. Join us at The Signature at West Neck for 18 holes of golf, all benefitting the animals. This tournament features great raffles, hole-in-one prizes, a delicious dinner, and awards for our top players. And of course, some meet and greet time with adoptable animals! To register, visit vbspca.com/golf.

Sunday, October 6th – All Saints’ Episcopal Church Animal Fair
Stop by the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Animal Fair located at 1969 Woodside Lane, Virginia Beach between 1:30pm and 3pm and learn about some amazing, local animal organizations (domestic and wildlife). This event is free to attend, and the VBSPCA will have adoptable animals there for you to meet! For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, October 9th- Yappy Hour at New Realm Brewery
Join the VBSPCA for a mission centered pint of beer at our October Yappy Hour. Gather with your fellow animal lovers from 6pm-8pm as we kick back, relax, and wrap up the day. You will also receive a special discount as a VBSPCA Member! Not a member yet? Click here to become a VBSPCA Member. Want to attend the event? Check out the facebook event here.

Saturday, October 12th – Air and Auto Classic
Enjoy live music while checking out some classic cars and a fabulous collection of vintage aircraft at the Military Aviation Museum from 11am-4pm. The 9th annual charity car show will also be attended by adorable adoptable dogs from the VBSPCA from 11:30am to 2:30pm! Food and beverage concessions and live music will be available as well, plus a chance to win fun raffle prizes – like a plane ride! Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 12th – Fall Fest 2019
Join us at Fall Fest 2019 at Mount Trashmore from 11am-3pm. This free family-friendly event will include countless educational exhibits, workshops, live music and children’s activities. 70+ vendors will offer healthy, local and sustainable products and services. The VBSPCA will also be there with amazing products for your four-legged family members! For more information, visit LRNow.org. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 13th – Barks & Brews
Bring your dog to Norfolk Botanical Garden,12pm-6pm, and enjoy some live music, cold beer, and gorgeous surroundings. Festivities will be in the field behind the Baker Hall parking lot, and make sure to stop by the VBSPCA tent and pick out something for your best friend – all for a good cause! Click here for more information.

Sunday, October 20th – Bark in the Park
Join the fun at Chesapeake City Park, 12pm-5pm, for Chesapeake’s most “barked about” pet event! The VBSPCA will be there with some amazing pet products along with other pet-related vendors, food trucks, and more. 100% of the proceeds at the VBSPCA tent go back to caring for our shelter animals and finding forever homes. For more information about this event, click here.

Saturday, October 26th – Cupcakes for a Cause
From 12pm-4pm, grab a delicious treat at GiGi’s Cupcakes located at 741 First Colonial Road, suite 106. GiGi’s Cupcakes will donate $1 from every cupcake sold to the VBSPCA. They even have pupcakes for your dog – how sweet!

Sunday, October 27th – Mutt Masquerade
Join us at 24th Street Park for this very special event that only happens once a year! There will be dogs in costumes, people in costumes, an oceanside course, adoptable animals, prizes, food trucks, and helping animals in need…what more could you want? Plus, shelters and rescues from across Hampton Roads will have adoptable animals onsite waiting to meet their forever families! For more information including fundraising prizes or how to be a vendor, visit vbspca.com/5k.

All Year Long – Sustainable Support
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 become a VBSPCA Member.

#VBStrong
In solidarity with our two legged and four-legged community, VBStrong T-shirts and tanks are available at the VBSPCA shelter, located at 3040 Holland Road. 100% of the proceeds from these VBStrong shirts will go to families of those who were lost on May 31st.

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 our Outreach Department at outreach@vbspca.com.

Prepping Your Pup: How to Get Your New Friend Ready For Class

It is a common misconception that there are age limitations to training our canine family members. A dog is never too young or too old to learn a new trick. The VBSPCA Pet Academy is ready to help you and your pup with your training journey, and we’ve put together the following training tips to help you prepare for class. 

But, before we get started, here are a few key things to keep in mind: 

  • Nothing is more vital than maintaining a positive relationship with your puppy. Please do not use any method of punishment with your puppy despite any frustrations during the training process. Studies have shown that it can lead to more severe behavior issues. Please refer to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s (AVSAB) stance on punishment to learn more.
  • Keep training sessions short — no more than 10 minutes. Keep in mind, puppies have short attention spans much like a young child. Your puppy may need frequent breaks in order to focus on the task at hand. Every animal is an individual and training session durations may vary. It is important to stop a training session before your puppy gets bored. 
  • Finally, the most important thing to keep in mind is to be patient and have fun!

At Home Puppy Training Tips

  • One of the biggest things to focus on with your puppy is socialization. Exposing your puppy to as many sounds, sights, people, textures, and other sensory experiences is a key component to having a well-mannered/well-rounded adult dog. Pair these new things with a rewarding items such as toys, treats, pets, etc. Your new puppy should soon learn to associate these new things with rewarding items. Keep things as positive as possible and go at your puppy’s pace. Once your puppy is comfortable with something, work on exposing them to those things in different environments.
  • Ouch! We have all been exposed to those up and coming daggers known as puppy teeth. Mouthing is something that many puppies need to work on. Bite inhibition is the ability to control how hard you bite. It is very important your puppy learn this, as this is how you avoid your puppy drawing blood when mouthing/biting you or when taking treat from your hand. This is a skill that can save your puppy in the future if he/she is ever put into a situation where they are “pushed” to bite. An easy way to work on bite inhibition is to say “ouch” and remove attention away from the puppy for a few seconds. Please keep in mind though we only want to do this if your puppy is biting too hard right now.  Putting things in their mouths is how they explore their world. Continue to play with your puppy, but if he/she continues to bite at you remove yourself from the room. When he/she has calmed down you may interact with your puppy again. We want puppies to learn that biting too hard is not a rewarding behavior. This will take time and continuous repetition so be patient and do not give up. You can survive puppy biting.
  • A fun and interactive way to get involved with training is to use a clicker. It’s never too early to begin using a clicker with your pet. To begin you will want to “load” the clicker. This simply means you click and treat in rapid succession until you can see the metaphorical lightbulb pop up above your puppies head going “click=treat.” Once your puppy has that eureka moment you can begin to use the clicker to capture behaviors such as keeping all 4 paws on the ground when greeting people, remaining quiet, walking nicely on leash, checking in on walks, and other desirable behaviors. If you do not have a clicker available, you may use a designated word to mark the behaviors you want instead.
  • Puppy pads, potty breaks, and the constant agony of ”where is that smell coming from?” Let’s be honest, puppy house training can be one of the biggest headaches for pet owners. It is important to note that puppies, compared to adult dogs, have a much smaller bladder and will need to go out more frequently. The general rule of thumb for puppies is that they can hold their bladder for 1 hour per month old (ex. 2 month old puppy = 2 hours), but it is important to keep in mind that just like us, all puppies are individuals and may not be able to hold it quite as long. One of the most recommended ways to house train is by using a crate. Dogs naturally seek den-like spaces and do not want to lay or eat where they urinate or defecate. By using a crate, you’re not only giving your puppy a safe place to go when it needs a break, but you are also getting a place to put your puppy when you cannot supervise them. Unsupervised puppies are more likely to have accidents or get into things that we do not want them getting into. 
  • To start off you will want to pick a crate that is just big enough that your puppy can stand up in and turn around. Next, you will want to make the crate as positive as possible. You can do this by feeding your puppies meals in the crate without closing the door. Once your puppy is comfortable with going into the crate you can begin closing the door for a few seconds and then rewarding him with an extra tasty treat. Ideally, you will want to continue to increase the duration you leave the door closed. Soon your puppy will learn that crating is a positive experience. It should also be noted that if you are leaving your puppy in the crate, you should provide some form of enrichment for them (i.e. chew toys, puppy kong, etc.).
  • If you need to crate your puppy for longer periods of time it is recommended that you enlist the help of a dog walker, friend, or family member to give your puppy potty breaks so that accidents can be avoided.
  • While house training, it is important to get into a regular routine. The first thing you should do when you wake up is take your puppy out. This should also be the last thing you do before you go to bed. Puppies should go out after eating, drinking, play sessions, and waking up from a nap. Always reward your puppy for going to the bathroom in appropriate areas. If your puppy does have an accident in the home, be sure to clean up the mess with an enzymatic remover. If an enzymatic remover is not used to clean up messed your puppy may go back to the same spot to urinate or defecate again.

Training a new puppy can be time consuming and take a good deal of effort, but with a bit of repetition and patience you can easily set your puppy up for success. Good luck!

Compassion in the Community | September

Fall is almost here, and what better way to celebrate the season than to fall in love with the animals of the VBSPCA. This September you can support all of our shelter animals through a number of fun community events, including a special Doggie Brunch at Wasserhound and a fun open house at the Indian River YMCA. You can even take part in the furbaby-friendly festivities like Pet Expo and Neptune Fest. There’s lots to do, and we look forward to seeing you around!

Saturday, September 7th – Rescue Doggy Day
The Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum is hosting a Doggy Day on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 10am to 2pm. Stop by with your furbaby and check out some of the amazing pet supplies the VBSPCA has available and more!

Saturday, September 7th – PetValu’s 1st Birthday
Come celebrate 1 year at PetValu located at 737 First Colonial Road from 12pm-3pm and meet some adoptable pups from the VBSPCA!

Saturday, Sept. 14th & Sunday, Sept. 15th – Petsmart’s National Adoption Weekend
Stop by Petsmart at either Landstown or Pembroke and meet adorable adoptable animals! Adoptable dogs from the VBSPCA will also be visiting on Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 2pm. See you then!

Sunday, September 15th – Doggie Brunch at Wasserhound
Who do you think likes pizza more – you or your dog? Well, we have delicious news for the both of you! Wasserhound Brewing Company is hosting a special VBSPCA Doggie Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 15th from 12pm-3pm. There will be a special doggie menu available, and VBSPCA members receive 10% off! Not a member yet? Click here to become a VBSPCA Member.

Saturday, September 21st – VB Pet Expo
Bring your best friend to the fabulous, furbaby-friendly VB Pet Expo, returning to the Virginia Beach Convention Center located at 1000 19th Street from 10am to 6pm. There will be awesome exhibitors with the latest and greatest in pet products and services, including the VBSPCA! Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 21st – YMCA Open House: Bring a Friend, Adopt a Friend
Come join us for a day of fun and experience what the Indian River Family YMCA has to offer! And – you get to meet some furry friends. This event is free and open to the public. Members who bring guests will receive a Y-gift, and adoptable animals from the VBSPCA will be present from 10am-1pm! For more information or questions please contact the YMCA Membership Coordinator, Laura Jackson, at ljackson@ymcashr.org.

Friday, September 27th – Sunday, September 29th – Neptune Festival
Are you ready to hit the Boardwalk? Come celebrate with us at Neptune Fest, Sept. 27th-29th. Make sure to stop by the VBSPCA booth for a high quality selection of pet toys and supplies where 100% of the proceeds help find forever homes like yours! Click here for more information.

All Year Long – Sustainable Support
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.

Every Tuesday, VBSPCA Members get 10% off their tab at Reaver Beach during Tuesday Tail Wag. (For dine-in patrons only.) Not a member yet? Find out how you can be a sustainable supporter of the VBSPCA below.

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 become a VBSPCA Member.

#VBStrong
In solidarity with our two legged and four-legged community, VBStrong T-shirts and tanks are available at the VBSPCA main shelter, 3040 Holland Road, and the VBSPCA Pet Supplies & Adoption Center, 983 Providence Square Shopping Center. 100% of the proceeds will go to families of those who were lost on May 31st.

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 our Outreach Department at outreach@vbspca.com.

Organizational Updates

As a mission-driven organization, continuous improvement in our initiatives and constant evaluation of their impact are critical to our work. Every initiative is an investment in the animals and the people we serve; and, when an initiative begins to deviate from our core focus, we must reevaluate and adjust. If we do not, we can dilute our ability to deliver our mission to the community; and as a nonprofit, the ability to be innovative and nimble in operations is key to being sustainable. With this in mind, we have decided to make a few changes to our operations in the upcoming fiscal year beginning September 2019.

First, as of September 28th, the VBSPCA Pet Supplies and Adoption Center at Providence Square will be closing its doors and moving its people, products, and pets back to the central operations at the VBSPCA main shelter on Holland Road. The heart of the VBSPCA is at the Holland Road location, and our consolidation efforts will mean less travel time for shelter pets, decreased stress on the animals, shorter stays in our shelter with quicker access to the adoption floor, and streamlined access to medical care. It also puts our team under one roof, which strengthens our ability to meet the many daily needs of our organization more effectively and efficiently. We are very proud of the great work that was done while this location was in service to the community, including over 3000 adoptions in just 4 years, and we value our loyal customers in that location. It is our hope that they will continue to be a part of our community at Holland Road.

Second, we will be making an adjustment to our Wildlife Program and the wildlife services we offer the community. As of September 1st, the VBSPCA will be accepting injured wildlife only. Any orphaned wildlife must be taken directly to a licensed wildlife rehabber, and information will be provided on our website. In alignment with our mission of compassionate care, this will allow our wildlife and clinic staff to focus more productively on wildlife in need of medical care only.

Third, in an effort to be more available to the public that we are here to serve, we are making changes to our shelter operating hours. Starting on September 1st, our Shelter operating hours are as follows:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: Noon to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Additionally, we are excited to announce that the VBSPCA main shelter will be undergoing some renovations in the year ahead. We will break ground on a variety of improvements, including additional clinic exam space, our Dog Yard Expansion Project, lobby renovations, and updates to our shelter retail space. As we continue to innovate to improve, it is an exciting time for our organization and a great collaborative time for our staff.  We look forward to being in continued service to the community for many years to come…most of all, for the animals.

Will You Be The Top Dogs?

Attention young animal lovers, teachers, PTA organizers, and youth group leaders! The Virginia Beach SPCA’s Annual Mutt Masquerade and Adoption Event takes place on October 27th, and it’s our biggest, family friendly event of the year! We’re looking for animal loving classrooms, youth groups, and clubs to join us in the event and participate in a fundraising competition to benefit the animals of the VBSPCA. All you have to do is put together a group, print out some pledge sheets, and raise some funds!

The fundraising takes place in the weeks leading up to the event, and the celebration happens on Sunday, October 27th at the 24th street park. There will be kids activities, pet activities, costume contests, food trucks, a 5k run/walk, and a 1 mile pack walk all to benefit the animals. And, as an extra fundraising incentive, the winner of the youth group fundraising competition will receive a very special invitation to the shelter, including a tour, some critter-time, and a pizza party! This is a fun way to rally around a heart-driven project that gives directly to the homeless animals of our community. 

The dedicated and compassionate kids at Brandon Middle School have taken the top Youth and School fundraising awards for the past 10 years! Will they take it again? Or will there be a new Top Dog? For more information and details on how to participate, email events@vbspca.com or call 757-427-0070 x 142.
 
Our fundraising competition has the following categories: Adult Individual, Adult Group, Youth Individual, and Youth Group. Prizes are awarded to the top fundraiser in each category.