VBSPCA Organizational Updates
Each morning, we greet the day with both gratitude and trepidation, feeling fortunate that we are still able to serve the community, our animals, and our mission, but also saddened and worried along with the rest of our global community. We thank everyone in our extended family for their continued support and we look forward to better, brighter days.
Both our shelter and clinic are still fully operational. We assess the information that comes in every day and adapt our internal processes to ensure that our environment remains safe. We only have a few updates which can be found below, followed by a snapshot of our current modified operations.
- Walk Up Vaccine Clinics are now open to all medical professionals: These clinics are offered on Mondays and Saturdays at the VBSPCA clinic. Please ensure you are practicing social distancing or waiting curbside if you come to these appointments. For the upcoming schedule, click here.
- No Facebook Appointments: If you would like to make an appointment to visit with animals or to relinquish an animal, please note that we are no longer accepting appointments through Facebook. All appointment requests must come through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 757-427-0070 ext 101.
- Masks: All VBSPCA staff will be wearing masks from this point forward. If you have a mask at home, please wear it when you come to our facility.
- Pet Portraits: Last week, we launched a Bad Pet Portrait fundraiser to help lift spirits and support the animals, to learn more click here.
- A Message from our CEO: Please read a message from our CEO here.
Ongoing Modifications to VBSPCA Operations
- VBSPCA Clinic:
- 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 or call 427-0070, option 2 to set up an appointment.
- Updated Clinic Hours: The clinic will now be closing at 5pm on Wednesday and 1pm on Saturday. All other hours remain the same.
- New Clinic Appointments Available: The VBSPCA clinic has opened up appointments in their schedule to accommodate new and existing clients as well as urgent care appointments. Call 427-0070, option 2 for more information or to schedule your appointment.
- Spay/Neuters Temporarily Postponed: All public spay/neuter surgeries are postponed until further notice. All PPE will be used for emergency and critical surgeries only.
- VBSPCA Clinic:
- VBSPCA Shelter:
- Adoptions, relinquishments, and visitations 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 shelter guests to our facility unless there is space to do so. To set up an appointment, please email email@example.com or call 757-427-0070 ext 101. If you are late by more than 15 minutes, you will have to reschedule.
- Adoption Promotions: The VBSPCA is currently offering half off of the adoption fees for senior animals, long-term residents, and FIV+ cats. Please visit our website to see our adoptable animals. We are also participating in Operation Hero-Animal Bond which offers 100% off adoption fees for all military personnel.
- Wildlife: The VBSPCA can only accept INJURED WILDLIFE. We are encouraging the community to review our wildlife page to learn about baby wildlife and when human intervention is actually needed. Being aware of the facts can prevent unnecessary suffering for the animals and preserve critical clinic resources.
- Volunteer Updates: We are not accepting or training any new volunteers at this time. Junior volunteer and Community service volunteer opportunities are postponed until further notice. Only experienced adult volunteers are permitted in the shelter. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
- Cancellations: All Events, Neuter Scooter dates, Pet Academy classes are cancelled until further notice.
- Annual Gala: The VBSPCA Wags and Whiskers Gala has been postponed to June 20th.
- No Used Donations accepted: We will not be accepting any used items at this time. This includes newspapers, towels, and linens. Any donated used items will be taken directly to the trash, so please do not drop them off at the shelter.
Emergency Pet Resources:
- Please read our latest article on Coronavirus and Pets.
- Click here for some tips to ensure you and your pet are prepared should you fall ill.
- Click here to download our Neighbor Support Cards
- 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 email@example.com to see what is available and to schedule a time for pick-up.
How you can help:
- Monetary Donations: 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, please consider making a donation here.
- Adopt: Animals still need homes. Please visit our website to see a current list of adoptable animals.
VBSPCA COVID-19 Purpose Statement: 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.