1. What does adoption guarantee mean?
- Adoption guarantee means that we pledge to find a home for every adoptable animal that we take in to our shelter. It means that we will not exceed our shelter’s capacity for care, that we will never resort to euthanasia as a means of population management, and that healthy and treatable animals can stay with us as long as necessary to find them new forever homes.
2. I see the term no-kill and adoption guarantee. What is the difference?
- No-kill is a slogan that defines a movement and it describes a new approach to animal sheltering and a new commitment to saving lives within animal welfare organizations and communities.
- Adoption guarantee is just that—a guarantee that all healthy and treatable animals in our care will be adopted.
3. Is the Peninsula SPCA moving to that new shelter?
- No. The Peninsula SPCA will remain at 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News. The new shelter that is located at 5843 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News is operated by the City of Newport News and is funded by Newport News, Hampton, York County, and Poquoson. The Peninsula SPCA is privately-owned, no longer receives funding from these municipalities, and relies solely on donations.
4. Will the PSPCA still have dogs and cats available for adoption?
- Yes! The PSPCA will still have dogs, cats, and other small animals available and ready to be adopted.
5. Will the Peninsula SPCA have new hours?
- We’ll still be open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6. I am no longer able to take care of my pet and I want to surrender him/her. What do I do?
- The PSPCA will be taking in adoptable pets from owners who can no longer care for them. Animals will be taken in by appointment from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Your pet will be assessed at your intake appointment. If the PSPCA does not have immediate space for your pet, we can contact you when a space is available. If your pet is not deemed adoptable due to medical or safety reasons, we will advise you of other options available for your pet.
7. What if I cannot wait to surrender my pet?
- The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter at 5843 Jefferson Avenue will now serve as the municipal shelter for Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and York County and can be contacted at (757) 933-8900 with questions about immediate surrender needs.
8. If I find a stray cat or dog, do I bring them to the Peninsula SPCA or the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter?
- As of January 5, 2015 all stray animals will be housed at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, located at 5843 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. If you find a stray animal, please bring them to this location or report the animal to Animal Control.
9. Is your petting zoo still open?
- Yes, the PSPCA’s Petting Zoo will still be open for visits with your barnyard friends and a few exotic animals, too! Our petting zoo is still a perfect venue for birthday parties, reunions, and more. Click here to find out more.
10. Will the Peninsula SPCA still need volunteers?
- Absolutely, and now more than ever! Volunteers will be needed to help care for and exercise the animals, take available pets to offsite adoption events, assist with humane education and fundraising projects, and more! Come join us!
11. Is there a fee for surrendering my animal?
- Yes. A fee is necessary to help care for the animal until we can find him or her a forever home. This fee will be based on the animal’s weight and is called a continual care fee.
12. If I surrender my animal and change my mind, can I get my pet back?
- If your animal has not been adopted yet, then yes, you would be able to adopt the animal back through our adoption process. Any animal that leaves our facility must be altered according to State Vet’s office.
13. Could the animal I surrender be transferred to another facility or a rescue group?
- Yes. We will do everything we can to place the animals into a forever loving home, including transferring them a rescue group or another shelter facility that gives them a better chance of being adopted.
If you have any additional questions about our transition, please contact us at 757-595-1399. We will continue to add questions and answers to this list as they arise so that our community can be as informed as possible. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time of change!