Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has launched a new Facebook “Likes” campaign for the fall. We are supporting the Virginia Beach SPCA, one of the most popular non-profits in the Hampton Roads area.
Every year the shelter on Holland Road takes in thousands of abandoned cats and dogs and smaller animals such as rabbits and rats and helps them find a new home via its adoption services. It has an online registry of adoptable animals. We spoke to Lacy Kuller, the Vice President and CFO of the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
For every new like of our Facebook page, we will donate $1 to the SPCA up to $500.
“Each year, we care for over 4,000 animals through our shelter,” said Lacy. The public clinic sees over 10,000 clients a year. The SPCA clinic has five vets on its staff. One of them is a wildlife vet.” The SPCA clinic offers a spaying and a neutering service.
“We also have a very robust humane education program. That program is staffed by three staff members,” Lacy said. “They go into over 55 schools each year to teach kids about compassion.”
The SPCA hosts a “Critter Camp” over the summer and spring breaks that teaches kids about shelter animals and the SPCA. There is also a program called “vet for a day.” Kids from local schools come into the shelter and learn what it’s like to be a vet, allowing them to meet shelter animals and the veterinary staff.
The SPCA does not receive any government funding. The support comes from the public, fundraising, and supportive businesses. Lacy said the SPCA is always in need of funds.
“Contributions are vital to the support of the Virginia Beach SPCA. That’s how we care for the animals, provide for their medical support and put animals through our foster care homes and the more funds that we receive means the more animals we can help, day in, day out,” Lacy said.
Dr. Diana Sanstrom is the wildlife vet at the SPCA clinic. “We have taken wildlife from all sorts of places in Hampton Roads. We see about 2600 wildlife cases a year but most of that is in the spring, summer, and fall. We will take in anywhere from 5 to 20 wildlife patients every day.” she said.
The wild animals cared for range from birds of prey like owls to small mammals like possums and raccoons, geese and turtles that have been injured in the Hampton Roads area. On the day of our visit, Diana was looking after a turtle with a cracked shell.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers supports great causes like the SPCA every year via our Facebook Likes campaign and other donations. We recently donated a check to Norfolk-based Tyree Ministries for our summer Facebook Likes campaign and to Heal the Warriors for our campaign in the spring. Please support our campaign.
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