SPAY VIRGINIA

Working together, we can end pet overpopulation in Virginia

Spay Virginia is a project of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.  Our goal is to work with shelters, local governments, rescue groups and private veterinarians to provide pet owners and caregivers in Virginia with access to convenient and affordable spay/neuter services. By spaying or neutering your pet, you may be giving your pet the gift of a healthier and happier life AND you will be preventing unwanted and unplanned litters of puppies and kittens from being added to the hundreds of dogs and cats already in Virginia shelters.

What Is Spaying/Neutering?

Spaying or neutering is also called “sterilization,” and sometimes is referred to as “fixing” your pet. When a female dog or cat is spayed, her uterus and ovaries are removed. When a male dog or cat is neutered, his testicles are removed. Both procedures are done under general anesthesia. Your pet may need to stay at the veterinarian’s office overnight, or may be able to come home the same day.

Spaying and neutering are routine and permanent procedures that reduce unwanted behavior in your pets and reduce or eliminate the risk of certain often fatal diseases – which makes both you and your pet happier.

Spaying or neutering your pet will also ensure that your pet does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by producing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens.

Exciting new program from SpayVA:
 
Spay VA is proud to announce spay/neuter money will be awarded to qualified organizations at the end of this year's conference in Roanoke.  This is a new program that Spay VA is offering for the first time this year to better serve Federation members in their spay/neuter programs.
 
Spay VA and the Federation would like to thank Alley Cat Allies, Best Friends Animal Society and Suzanne Auckerman for supporting this newly created conference program.
 
The following outlines the guidelines for the program and for an organization to be eligible for funding:
  • Organization is a 501c3.
  • Organization is a Federation member in good standing (yearly dues paid and current application) and their organization serves the state of Virginia.
  • Organization attends the conference and is present to receive funding awarded at the end of the conference.
  • Funding covers spay/neuter surgeries only.
  • Amount/animal is capped at $45.00.  If amount of surgery exceeds this per animal, organization must have the capacity to fund the remainder through co-pays or fundraising.
  • Organization must provide a report of how money was spent as requested by the Federation.  Monthly reports on how many animals were fixed will be required.
If your organization is interested, please fill out our one page form Spay/Neuter Funding Request and email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
 
The deadline to submit the form is Monday March 17th, 2014.
 
Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions.
 
Thank you very much and I hope to see you at the conference.
Melisa Miller-Piselli
State Coordinator, Spay VA
 

Registration is now open for the 2014 VFHS Annual Conference being held March 20 - 22, 2014 in beautiful Roanoke, VA.  Please follow this link for more info.

 

NOTE from our president, Debra Griggs:

I am writing to alert you to a very important meeting regarding the future for feral cats, TNR and colony caretakers in Virginia.  If you represent an organization, I hope you will share this message with your members.

The Comprehensive Animal Care Laws Workgroup will meet again in June 2014 in Richmond, VA regarding feral cats and the issue of Trap, Neuter, Return. It is critical that Workgroup members hear from the public that we want policies and laws that protect feral cats, their caregivers and legitimize TNR.

Here is how you can have a say in the matter:

  • Come to the meeting and during the time of public comment speak up for the cats, their caretakers and TNR.  If all you say is “Please legitimize TNR in Virginia”, and person after person makes such a statement, it will be powerful
  • Email Dr Dan Kovich of the State Vet’s office   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and CC me  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with your comments – those will be shared with the Workgroup members

Opponents of TNR are already making their views known to the Workgroup, and we cannot let their message prevail.  The Workgroup needs to hear from residents from across Virginia that TNR is healthy for cats, works for shelters, and benefits the community at large.

 If you are a TNR advocate and/or a caretaker and have ever felt threatened by anti-TNR policies, this is your chance to speak up and truly make a difference!  Please, please, please act! 

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