VBSPCA Organizational Updates – May 29
The past few months have been challenging for so many organizations, businesses, and households, and we’ve all had to make difficult decisions about how we operate in this unprecedented time. Yet even amidst such uncertainty, it has been uplifting to see so much good happening in our community. From businesses helping businesses to the outpouring of love and appreciation for our healthcare workers, we are grateful to be part of such a positive and resilient community.
The VBSPCA has continued to operate both the shelter and clinic, and we have seen 450 animals find their forever homes, 1500 animals benefit from necessary veterinary care, and 125 families have been able to turn to us when they could no longer care for their pets. There has been a good measure of joy, even on the toughest days.
But there has also been hardship. We have had to cancel events and postpone programs, and our friends at Second Chance Thrift were forced to permanently close their doors. We have outlined our current operational and program updates below, and we appreciate the continued support as we, like so many others, find our way to our new normal.
New Operational Updates
- Masks mandatory: Effective immediately, all public guests are required to wear a mask upon entering our building. We will have a limited number of masks available at the front desk and will offer them to the public for a small donation.
- New weekend shelter hours: Starting on Sunday, May 31, our weekend hours will be 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday .
- Slowly increasing capacity: While we continue to ensure that our environment is safe for both the public and our staff, we are slowly increasing our guest capacity. Social distancing remains a priority in our building, and we will continue to look at how we can accommodate more guests while also adhering to guidelines put forth by our government and the CDC.
- Visitation, adoption, and intake appointments still in effect: We will continue to welcome the public into our shelter by appointment only. This allows us to ensure safety protocols are in effect while providing specialized customer service to our adopters and relinquishers. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Please note that walk-in’s can only be accommodated if there is room and you may be asked to schedule an appointment to come back at another time..
- Neuter Scooter back in action: The VBSPCA Neuter Scooter is on the road and locations have been scheduled throughout June. Click here for dates and locations. We are looking for new locations to host our scooter, so if you are interested in hosting us, please contact email@example.com.
- Volunteer Updates: We are slowly welcoming a limited number of volunteers back into the building. All volunteers are required to sign up for shifts in our volunteer platform to ensure that we are not over our capacity. Please look for an email from our volunteer department with instructions and new protocols. For community members interested in volunteering with the VBSPCA, we will resume orientation next month through a virtual platform. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Program and Event Updates
- Wags and Whiskers Gala Cancelled: Due to the continued ban on large gatherings, we have decided to cancel our annual gala. We will host a virtual silent auction to help recover the fundraising revenue lost due to the cancellation of this very important event. Click here for more information on our silent auction.
- Humane Education Summer Programs Cancelled: Due to the uncertainty that surrounds the foreseeable future, we have decided to cancel our Summer camps and workshops. As a public facing organization with clients in both our clinic and our shelter, we cannot welcome groups into our building while also maintaining the safety protocols put forth by the CDC. We will miss the youthful energy around the shelter over the next few months, but we will look forward to the return of our in-person youth programming this fall. In the meantime, stay tuned to our social media pages for educational activities and virtual opportunities for little animal lovers.
- Pet Academy Permanently Closed: Due to COVID-19 and the continued challenges it presents, we have decided to permanently close our Pet Academy. We have partnered with Zoom Room to ensure that all puppies adopted from the VBSPCA have access to the training needed to build a trusted partnership with their human companion. If you have recently adopted a puppy from the VBSPCA, we will be in touch soon to facilitate this transition. If you have questions, email email@example.com.
- Second Chance Thrift Permanently Closed: COVID-19 has taken a toll on so many businesses, including our friends at Second Chance Thrift. We are sad to say that they will not be reopening their doors and our partnership has come to an end. We are deeply grateful for their many years of support and over $300k in financial contributions. It was a business built on compassion and we could use more of those in the world. Thank you to Second Chance Thrift founders Bob Lee and Mitchell Fine for their many years of generosity and for being champions of the VBSPCA mission.
Ongoing Modifications to VBSPCA Operations
- Updated Clinic Hours: The clinic now closes at 5pm on Wednesday and 1pm on Saturday. All other hours remain the same.
- 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.
- 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.
- No Used Donations accepted: We are no longer accepting any items for Second Chance Thrift, and we are limiting the used goods that we accept to newspapers, towels and linens. Any other donated used items will be taken directly to the trash, so please do not drop them off at the shelter.
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.