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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. 

Compassion in the Community | August 2019

They don’t call it the dog days of summer for nothing! From Bark to School to National Dog Day, grab your two-legged and four-legged friends and have some fun this August – all for a good cause! Paint a pet portrait, eat delicious food, try some new craft beer, or adopt a new best friend! In addition to Clear the Shelters adoption specials this month, the VBSPCA is having a Clear the Shelves sale on pet products. You can even meet an owl – or three – at VBSPCA’s Wildlife Education Series event! Take a look below to learn more. 

Month of August – Beach Eyecare Donation Drive
All month long, our friends at Beach Eyecare will be hosting a donation drive for the VBSPCA. To participate, check out our wish list and visit any of their five locations. Thank you Beach Eyecare!

Month of August – Papa John’s Charity Cookie Fundraiser
Papa John’s located on Princess Anne is hosting a pretty sweet fundraiser. Place your order at the Princess Anne location, add a cookie, and $1 will be donated to the animals! How sweet is that?

Thursday, August 1st – Pizza with a Purpose
All day, California Pizza Kitchen in Town Center is having a fundraiser for the VBSPCA. All you have to do is mention the VBSPCA fundraiser or present the flyer and 20% of your tab will be donated to the animals. More pizza please!

Saturday, August 3rd – Bark to School Sale
It’s Tax-Free Weekend and Second Chance Thrift on Shore Drive is ready to help you save some money with their Bark to School sale. Stop by on Saturday between 11am and 2pm, and there will even be some adoptable special guests for you to meet!

Sunday, August 4th – VBSPCA Wildlife Education Series: Owls
Come celebrate International Owl Awareness Day with the VBSPCA and Tommy White from Altons’ Keep Wildbird Rescue. Tommy will share fascinating information about these beautiful birds. Plus – guests will meet a Great Horned Owl, a Barred Owl, and Red Morph Screech Owl! All proceeds from this event will go towards the Grandy Match Campaign which benefits the VBSPCA Wildlife and Humane Education Programs. Since it’s a match campaign – your support gives double the impact! Tickets are $20, or $10 for VBSPCA Members (contact outreach@vbspca.com to get your member discount code). Space is limited, so get your tickets before they’re gone!

Sunday, August 4th – Barks and Brews
Enjoy live music, tasty beer, and check out the Barkitecture exhibit at Norfolk Botanical Garden, 12pm-6pm. Make sure to stop by and say hello to the VBSPCA, and meet some adorable adoptable dogs 12pm-2pm! Click here for more information. 

Thursday, August 8th – Paint for a Cause / Paint Your Pet
MUSE Paintbar in Town Center is hosting a special Paint Your Pet benefiting the VBSPCA! Join the VBSPCA from 7pm-10pm for a night of painting and pets! A talented paint instructor will guide guests through the painting process, and all guests will leave with a painted canvas of their furry, or feathered, friend! You will be asked to submit a photo of your pet which will be illuminated onto your canvas, so the class is beginner friendly! If you want to participate but don’t have a pet, that’s ok! You can paint one of our shelter animals. We’ve got many adorable faces from which you can choose. The last two VBSPCA Paint Your Pet events have sold out, so get your tickets today!

Saturday, August 10th-17th – Clear the Shelters at the VBSPCA
The VBSPCA will be participating in the national Clear the Shelters Campaign all week long. There will be discounts on qualifying adoptions, and all adopted animals will go home with a snazzy Clear the Shelters bandana. 

Saturday, August 10th – Clear the Shelters at Petsmart Dam Neck
Stop by Petsmart in Landstown Commons for a special Clear the Shelters celebration! Not only are there adoptable cats, but you can also meet some of our adoptable dogs 12pm-2pm. Interested in adopting a new furry family member? Click here to find out more information on how you can adopt from the VBSPCA!

Saturday, August 10th – Poochella Continued
From 12pm-6pm, head on over to O’Connor’s Brewing Company for part two of PETA’s Poochella adoption event! Meet adoptable dogs from the VBSPCA and local shelters from 12pm-3pm, and enjoy live music 3pm-6pm don’t forget about the delicious beer and food all day long!

Wednesday, August 14th – Waggin Wednesday at O’Connor Brewing
The VBSPCA will be back at O’Connor Brewing to have some fun at Waggin Wednesday! From 5:30pm-8:30pm,bring your floofs and support other floofs who don’t have their furrever homes yet. You can even check out our wish list – if you bring an item from the list, you will receive a discount on your beer! We hope to see you there!

Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th – Clear the Shelves
Stop by the VBSPCA Pet Supplies and Adoption Center for a retail sale you don’t want to miss! There will be markdowns on every single product, plus customers who spend more than $30 will receive a free gift! Even better – customers who spend $100 or more will receive a free pet bed! You get to support the animals and take home some quality pet products for your own furry friends. 

Monday, August 26th – National Dog Day Yappy Hour
New Realm is celebrating National Dog Day with the VBSPCA! Stop by 6pm to 8pm and meet some adoptable animals. Plus, VBSPCA members receive an exclusive discount on beer. Cheers!

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.

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 Jessica Traynor at jessica.traynor@vbspca.com.

Compassion in the Community | July 2019

Grab those sunglasses! This month you can listen to live music, enjoy a cold beer, and take advantage of some great deals at the VBSPCA’s Pet Supplies & Adoption Center, or even on Amazon. There’s lots to do this summer to support VBSPCA’s mission of compassion in our community! Find out about upcoming events below: 

#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. 

Month of July – Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
In honor of Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, the VBSPCA is offering discounts on rabbit adoption fees all month long! All rabbit adoption fees are $10 off, with the exception of long term resident rabbits whose fees will be discounted a total of $25.  Looking at a bonded pair? The VBSPCA will also waive the second adoption fee for bonded pair rabbit adoptions!

Tuesday, July 2nd – Yappy Hour at Reaver Beach
Join us for a VBSPCA Yappy Hour at Reaver Beach to kickoff Reaver Beach Brewing Co. Tuesday Tail Wag, where all VBSPCA Members receive 10% off their tab EVERY Tuesday from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Click here to learn more. We’ll see you there! 

Thursday, July 4th – Independence Day
Did you know more pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of year? While you’re celebrating with loved ones, make sure four-legged family members can enjoy themselves too! With all the fireworks and festivities happening around the holiday, click here for a few tips on how to keep your pets safe. Please note that both VBSPCA locations will be closed on the Fourth of July. 

Sunday, July 7th – Barks and Brews at Norfolk Botanical Garden
Bring your dog to Norfolk Botanical Garden, and enjoy some live music, cold beer, and gorgeous surroundings. Guests are welcome to explore the Garden with their furry canine companion. Make sure to stop by the VBSPCA tent and win a prize! Click here for more information. 

Thursday, July 11th – American Pet Photo Day
Exclusively for VBSPCA Members: A photographer will be available from 4pm-6pm at the Virginia Beach SPCA’s main shelter on Holland Road for American Pet Photo Day! To reserve your space, email jessica.traynor@vbspca.com. Not a member yet? Become a member today!

July 15th & 16th – Amazon Prime Days
Taking advantage of the prime deals on Amazon? Amazon Smile will donate a portion of every purchase every time you shop to the Virginia Beach SPCA at no extra cost to you!  Visit smile.amazon.com and under your account menu click “Your AmazonSmile” to select the VBSPCA as your charity of choice.

Saturday, July 27th – Christmas in July
It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer! Stop by the VBSPCA Pet Supplies & Adoption Center or our main shelter on Holland Road and take advantage of a sale worth celebrating! There will be lots of discounts on our merchandise, and we have everything you need to keep your pet happy and healthy. Plus, 100% of the proceeds help animals find loving homes just like yours!

Wednesday, July 31st – YNot Wednesdays FREE Summer Concert Series
Have some fun with Tidewater Drive Band on the Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza, 5pm-9pm, for Virginia Beach SPCA Night! During the show, the Sandler Center will be collecting dog, cat, and small animal toys to donate to the VBSPCA. Click here for more information about the FREE Summer Concert Series and view the wish list of pet toys being collected for the animals!

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.

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.

7 tips to keep your pet safe on the 4th of July

According to BluePearl, the Fourth of July is the busiest day for pet-related emergencies, with emergency rooms more than doubling in activity. Heat, food, outdoor events, and fireworks create the perfect storm, elevating a pet’s risk of heat stroke or sickness due to the consumption of holiday indulgences designed for humans. Plus, people take their dogs to firework displays or cookouts thinking it will be fun, but the loud noises can terrify pets causing them to run off and lose their way.  We ask you that you celebrate the 4th of July safely by following the seven tips below. 

7 tips to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July

  1. Keep pets indoors at all times and provide a safe space where your pet can hide away. It might be tempting to have your pet join you in the festivities, but keeping pets indoors is a much safer option. Even obedient pets can get startled and react out of panic, which may result in your pet running off to escape the noise. It is best to keep your pet inside and provide a sanctuary space in a quiet area of your home. We also recommend keeping an eye on your pet at all times, especially if you know your pet is frightened by fireworks.
  2. Make sure your pet is wearing a current ID tag, and make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date. The easier it is to identify your pet, the better.

  3. Have a current photo of your pet on hand. In case your pet does manage to get loose, having an up to date photo will allow you to get the word out as fast as possible.

  4. Refill anti-anxiety medications ahead of time. Clinics are not always able to refill your pet’s medication last minute, so plan ahead. If you don’t yet have prescribed medication but your pet has anxiety issues, call your veterinarian.
  5. Use other calming products such as a calming diffuser for cats or an anti-anxiety Shirt for dogs. These helpful tools can safely reduce anxiety and are easy to find at most pet stores, including the Virginia Beach SPCA’s main shelter and Pet Supplies and Adoption Center. By purchasing pet products at one of our locations, proceeds go directly back to helping homeless animals in Hampton Roads. You can also try putting on some calming music to help push the sounds of fireworks to the background.
  6. Have treats or a new toy on hand to help distract your pet throughout the evening. Keeping treats on hand will distract your pet from the human food, and the toys will keep your pet’s mind engaged. You can also prepare for the night by providing lots of play and exercise throughout the day. This will help work off some extra energy and contribute to a more relaxed state of mind.
  7. Never light fireworks around your pets. Lighting fireworks around your pet is not only dangerous, but could cause your pet to panic and inflict unintentional self-injury. Be safe and responsible.

If your pet does end up running off, take action immediately. For resources and tips on what to do if your pet is lost, please click here

Tuesday Tail Wag at Reaver Beach Brewing Co.

Join the VBSPCA at Reaver Beach on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:00 PM for a special Yappy Hour to kick off Reaver Beach’s new Tuesday Tail Wag, where all VBSPCA Members receive 10% off their tab* EVERY Tuesday from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM!

Reaver Beach Brewing Co. is home of the legendary Hoptopus Double IPA and maker of award-winning craft beers and wild sour ales. Established in 2010, they are the oldest craft brewery in Virginia Beach and are passionate about craft beer and service to their customers. They are constantly experimenting with local microflora and unique ingredients to create magical and exciting beers (reaverbeach.com).

*Tuesday Tail Wag discount at Reaver Beach does not apply to retail or to-go items.

Not a VBSPCA member yet? Everyone is welcome, but you can become a VBSPCA Member by clicking here. There’s no easier way to help animals- all it takes it $10 a month. PLUS, VBSPCA members receive exclusive perks and discounts in gratitude for their dedication to the animals and sustaining our mission!

VBSPCA Member Benefits:

Mission Sustainer – Level 1 ($10 a month)

  • Receive our exclusive For the Animals member-only t-shirt and membership card!
  • Receive 5% Discount on purchases at the VBSPCA Pet Supplies and Adoption Center!
  • Get direct invites to VBSPCA Yappy Hours at local restaurants and breweries!
  • New Perk: Receive 10%* off your tab EVERY Tuesday during Tuesday Tail Wag at Reaver Beach!

Mission Sustainer – Level 2 ($20 a month)

  • All Level 1 Benefits:
    • Receive our exclusive For the Animals member-only t-shirt & membership card!
    • Receive 5% Discount on purchases at the VBSPCA Pet Supplies and Adoption Center!
    • Get direct invites to VBSPCA Yappy Hours at local restaurants and breweries!
    • New Perk: Receive 10%* off your tab during Tuesday Tail Wag at Reaver Beach!
  • 10% off adoption fees
  • Member-only pricing for VBSPCA Signature Events!
  • 5% Discount on Summer Camps, Humane Education Workshops, and VBSPCA Pet Academy services!
  • Early Access: Buy tickets and register for events before anyone else!
  • Exclusive invitations to member-only events, including paint nights, holiday pet portraits, interactive animal events, coffee with the CEO at local cafes, and more!

Find out more about VBSPCA’s Membership Program on our website.

Wildlife Dos and Don’ts

If you’ve found injured or orphaned wildlife, call the VBSPCA Wildlife Referral line at 757-263-4762 for assistance. You may also use the following dos and don’ts to determine if and when you need to intervene.

PRINTABLE WILDLIFE DOS AND DON’TS GRAPHIC

When to help:

  • If you find an orphaned baby animal that is not fully covered with feathers/fur or has pink skin showing through, this animal needs to be rescued. Never leave a sick or injured animal exposed in the yard. Get them inside to safety and get help.
  • If you find an injured or orphaned animal and there are predators or other immediate dangers present, this animal needs help. Predators include cats, dogs, crows, blue jays (or other omnivorous birds), unsupervised children, etc. Examples of immediate danger also include animals near a road or water. Move the animal to safety first, then watch to see if it is okay or in need of rescue.
  • An animal needs to be rescued quickly when there is visible blood or other obvious signs of trauma. Also, the presence of flies or fly eggs means there is blood or infection.
  • Any wildlife that is injured is in need of assistance, please call our referral hotline. Our volunteers will guide you through the next steps and can provide you with resources for seeking care for wildlife if needed.

If it’s been determined that help is needed, adhere to the following stabilization instructions to give wildlife the best environment for temporary care:

  • Place the animal in a small box. Make sure that the box has adequate ventilation by punching small air holes in the top before placing the animal inside. Line the box with a hand towel or clean rag (do not use paper towels), and place the secured box (tape the top if necessary) in a warm, dry, dark, and quiet location away from people and pets.
  • Avoid constantly checking on the animal. Stress can be detrimental to their health and can cause further injury.
  • Please follow common-sense precautions for your own safety, such as washing your hands thoroughly after handling wildlife.
  • Many people are afraid to handle wildlife, even tiny babies. If you are nervous, gently drop a cloth over the baby and gently scoop him up. Take any other precautions as necessary for personal protection.

What Not to Do:

  • NEVER Provide Food or Water. Feeding an injured, cold, or dehydrated animal can cause serious medical complications, including death. Please do not try to give food or water unless you are instructed to do so by a wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Do Not DIY. While it may be tempting to search online, not all information is created equal. Please do not be tempted to “do-it-yourself” with wildlife care and treatment. Wildlife has very special needs and require more than good intentions.
  • Do Not Treat Wildlife as Pets. Never consider keeping wildlife as a pet! Not only is it illegal, it is also cruel. This can cause wildlife to depend on humans and not learn how to fend for themselves, reducing chances of survival in the wild and increasing the likelihood of being harmed by other humans and/or roadways. All local wildlife is protected by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and birds are also protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Do Not Delay. Please get the animal to professional help right away. Time is critical, and even a delay of an hour can prevent wildlife from being saved. Follow stabilization information for immediate care and then transport the wildlife as soon as possible.
  • Do Not Handle Wildlife More Than Necessary. Excess handling of wildlife may cause further injury, as well as creating extra stress on them. Creating undue stress also includes repeatedly “checking” on wildlife unnecessarily. This can be more difficult when children are around and want to help. Teaching children to be kind to wildlife is a wonderful thing; however, it is very important to the wellbeing of wildlife to reduce as much stress as possible and keep wildlife in a quiet, dark space. Stress can be fatal in some cases, so reducing human sights and sounds is best.

 

For more information, please visit vbspca.com/wildlife

Compassion in the Community | June 2019

It’s June, and with summer comes lots of ways to support the VBSPCA. The first thing to celebrate is National Adopt a Cat Month, and the Virginia Beach SPCA is offering discounts on feline adoptions to help our cats find their forever homes. But, if you aren’t able to adopt, there are still plenty of ways to support the animals and the mission of the VBSPCA. We’ve got a concert, a new beer reveal, and even some healthy eating for the cause. Read below to learn about the many opportunities to support the animals in June.

Month of June – Adopt a Cat Month
June is Adopt a Cat Month, and we love cats! To celebrate, we are offering $10 off all feline adoptions for cats one year or older. And, to help some of our older cats and longer residents find their forever families, we are offering $25 off long term resident and senior adoption fees. But that’s not all…in addition to our adoption discounts, every cat adopted in June will get a chance to win a Basepaws Cat DNA Test – as seen on Shark Tank! Learn about your cat’s traits, breed characteristics, and ultimately their health and habits, all with just a bit of DNA collected at home. Each adoption will come with one raffle ticket, and additional tickets can be purchased separately for only $1. Tickets are available at our main shelter on 3040 Holland Road and the VBSPCA Pet Supplies & Adoption Center in Kempsville. Learn more by visiting https://vbspca.com/adopt-a-cat-month/.   

Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd – Saladworks at Hilltop
Want to grab a bite to eat this weekend? Stop by Saladworks at 638 Hilltop West Shopping Center on Saturday between 11am-8pm, and Sunday between 11am-3pm. Saladworks is donating 10% of the proceeds to the animals at the Virginia Beach SPCA, so you can enjoy great food for a great cause!

Saturday, June 8th – Fur Baby IPA Release Party at Smartmouth Pilot House
Be one of the first to try the new Fur Baby IPA at Smartmouth Pilot House Saturday, June 8th. The release party starts at 12pm, and you can meet some adorable, adoptable fur babies from the VBSPCA from 12pm to 2pm. The party continues until close at 10pm, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, June 8th – Hot 100 KINDfest
Due to infamous April showers, KINDfest is taking place on Saturday, June 8th. Enjoy free family friendly festivities at Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach from 12pm-4pm for the 3rd annual Hot 100 KindFest. There will be live music, giant games for adults, activities for kids, delicious food, and more. Be sure to stop by the VBSPCA booth and check out amazing pet products! For more information, click here.

Tuesday, June 11th – VBSPCA Yappy Hour
Come on out to Warriors Taphouse and enjoy a craft beer with the VBSPCA from 6pm to 7pm. Show your VBSPCA membership card from 3pm-7pm and receive an extra discount! Not a member yet? Become a VBSPCA Member today.

Saturday, June 15th – VBSPCA Dancing for Paws
This is a very special night that blends music, dancing, and animals in a way that only our wonderful, compassionate community can. Animal lovers and local celebrities will put on a “Dancing with the Stars” style competition at Chrysler Hall starting at 7pm. If you ever wanted to experience the thrill of dancing in the fabulous Chrysler Hall theater, we will be opening up the stage at 6pm to ticket holders! Tickets are only $35 and available for purchase online, or skip the online fees and purchase your tickets in person at either of our locations: our main shelter on Holland Rd and at VBSPCA Pet Supplies & Adoption Center in Kempsville. All proceeds go to the animals at the VBSPCA so purchase your tickets today!

Saturday, June 15th – GiGi’s Cupcakes for a Cause
In the mood for something sweet? GiGi’s Cupcakes at 741 First Colonial Road, unit 106, is donating $1 to the VBSPCA for every cupcake sold on Saturday, June 15th, 12pm-3pm. You can even get a “pup-cake” for your pooch!

Sunday, June 30th – Sandstock
Sandstock is rocking out all weekend at 24th Street at the Oceanfront, and music lovers grabbing a beverage by the main stage on Sunday can also help homeless animals! The VBSPCA will be manning the beer tent on Sunday, where all tips will go to the animals at the VBSPCA. Click here for more information about the event.

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 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.

Get $10 off cat adoptions in June and be entered into a Cat DNA raffle!

June is National Adopt a Cat Month! To celebrate, the Virginia Beach SPCA is offering a $10 discount on all cat adoptions (1 year or older), and $25 off all senior cats (8 years or older) and long-term residents (30 days or more) during the month of June!

Additionally, the VBSPCA is hosting a raffle for a Basepaws Cat DNA Test (as seen on SharkTank). Everyone who adopts a cat from the Virginia Beach SPCA during the month of June will receive 1 free entry into the raffle. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the VBSPCA Main Shelter and Pet Supplies & Adoption Center. The raffle drawing will take place on July 1st. Stop by today and enter to win this paw-some prize valued at $95!

Terms and Conditions

Price: Free raffle entry (1 ticket) for every cat adoption during Adopt a Cat Month (June 1 – June 30)

  • Additional tickets available to purchase $1 per ticket, or $5 for 6 tickets
  • Can purchase tickets without adopting

Available Locations: Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Main Shelter & PSAC

  • Petsmart Cat Adoptions can stop by Main Shelter or PSAC to purchase additional tickets.

Rules of Entry:

  • Winner must be at least 18 years old and have a valid photo ID to enter
  • Winner will be contacted by the VBSPCA by phone or email provided and is responsible for responding to VBSPCA within a week of being contacted. Winning ticket will be void if winner does not respond within one week.
  • Must be able to pick up the Basepaws DNA CatKit at the main shelter by July 31st, 2019 during operating hours. Schedule pick-up by emailing outreach@vbspca.com. Winning ticket will be void if pick up is not completed by July 31st, 2019.
  • Winner is responsible for performing and submitting DNA kit. This raffle is solely for DNA kit and does not include any additional services.
  • Must have photo ID and winning raffle ticket to confirm pick up.

For more information, email info@vbspca.com

How to Reduce Leash Pulling

Leash pulling is one of the most common frustrations expressed by pet owners. Dogs pull, which makes them difficult to manage, leaving many pet owners unable to provide their dogs with the exercise, stimulation, and enrichment they need. While leash pulling may seem like more like a frustration than a behavior problem, it should be addressed and corrected as soon as possible to prevent more difficult issues from developing.

You will find a number pet products out there that claim to fix the pulling behavior, however nothing will completely solve the problem without actual training. Below are a few tips to help get you started with the training process. If you need further support, we suggest contacting one of our behaviorists or reaching out to your local trainer.

Pick Your Equipment
The Harness Lead and the Easy Walk Harness are both great choices. The Harness Lead is a leash and a harness all in one, and the Easy Walk offers an easily attachable harness that clips at the dog’s chest, essentially turning them around when they attempt to lunge. For stronger pullers, a head collar may be appropriate. This works similarly to a bridle on a horse, but must be used carefully and acclimated slowly. We suggest visiting with one of our behaviorists to discuss options.

Teaching A Heel Command
Once you’re ready, it’s time to begin teaching your dog that good things happen when they walk at your side. Try walking just one or two steps, stop to reward your dog, and then repeat. It is important that you reward your dog with the hand that is closest to your dog as it helps train and reinforce where he is to walk. For example, if your dog is walking on your right side, offer the treat from your right hand. This will help reinforce your dog to come back to the location of the treat, ultimately walking on the same side and with a loose leash. Continue this reward exercise, slowly fading away the treats as your dog becomes more and more reliable.

How To Address Pulling
Pulling is very simple in nature. All it means is that your dog wants to get to to a destination faster than you are allowing him to. Why does your dog pull? Because it has worked in the past. We fight it, which reinforces the pulling, so we give in, which also reinforces the pulling. You have to retrain a new behavior to override the existing behavior. To do this, you have two choices. First, when the leash begins to gets tense, abruptly change direction and head another way. When your dog joins you at your side, reward him. Your other option is to stop completely and back up until your dog is back at your side again. Reward, and then move forward.

This is not easy training, but it works. For pet parents who train using this technique, it works permanently. Consistent training sessions of no more than 5 – 10 minutes are all it takes to have a dog that walks beautifully on leash.

Derby Brackett, CEO

There’s a saying I seem to remember more than most over the years…’The only constant is change.’ Throughout the years, the VBSPCA has been recognized as a constant in our community despite the multitude of external changes. This past year was a tribute to that saying as the organization worked through an unexpected leadership transition. From the beginning of our organizational shift, Derby Brackett has been another constant.  Derby is a former VBSPCA Board member who initially volunteered to assume the reins of the organization as our Interim CEO. Through this past year, she has gone above and beyond, exceeded the Board’s expectations, and united the staff like never before. While our focus, of course, is the animals in our shelter, the clinic, and the community, without our BOD and staff’s support and efforts, the animals we serve day in and day out wouldn’t be able to receive the treatment, rehabilitation, and attention they deserve. Derby’s influence, guidance, and leadership is to thank for our recent success. It’s my distinct pleasure to announce Mrs. Derby Brackett as our new Chief Executive Officer. This change has brought a constant to our organization and we couldn’t be more excited about our future.  -Scott Taylor, VBSPCA Board Chair

After serving for one year as Interim CEO of the VBSPCA, Derby Brackett has stepped into the position permanently. Brackett is originally from Richmond, Virginia, but she’s been a Virginia Beach resident since 2017. As the Chief Executive Officer of the VBSPCA, she will bring vision and stability to the organization while continuing to further and serve the mission that has guided the VBSPCA for over 50 years. Her most recent professional experience includes 10 years in an Executive role at Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia. Prior to that, Derby worked with Ukrop’s Supermarkets, a family owned, values based grocery leader in Richmond. Her experience is based in project management, communications and advocacy, and servant leadership, with a firm focus on strategic visioning, solutions grounded business, and community impact. She also serves as a member of the board of the LIFT Fitness Foundation and is an active member of 757 Angels.

While in her 12 month stint as Interim CEO, Derby established clear values for the organization, and her groundwork will be a guiding force in all that lies ahead for the animals and people of the VBSPCA. The Virginia Beach community can look forward to an animal shelter driven by empathy, compassion, dedication, collaboration, innovation, and joy, all pillars of an organization that seeks to serve.  

Derby enjoys all outdoor activities including running, biking, skiing, walking the dog, and, lately, has tried paddle boarding. But most of all, loves spending time with her husband, Doug, and extended family including her black lab, Rainey Storm.

“I feel that I have come full circle in my career- making the transition from human services to animal welfare provides me with great opportunity to provide leadership and create impact in an arena in which I have been most passionate since childhood. I can put my BS in Zoology as well as my long-time values-based leadership skills to work together! I am humbled and honored to serve the skilled staff, engaged Board of Directors and most of all, the animals in our care.”  -Derby Brackett