New HVAC System to keep animals happy, healthy

Peninsula SPCA Begins Shelter Upgrades In Preparation for Conversion to “No Kill”

The Peninsula SPCA has begun the process of upgrading its outdated HVAC system at its shelter on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in preparation for its upcoming conversion to be an “adoption guarantee” or “no kill” animal shelter.

The Peninsula SPCA moved its operations into its current building in 1983, and has sheltered the Peninsula’s stray and abandoned animals there since that time. By January 1, the PSPCA will no longer hold stray animals for the cities but will focus its resources on sheltering adoptable dogs and cats without time limitations in order to rehabilitate them and find them new homes. The new PSPCA Pet Shelter will take in animals from owners who can no longer keep them, from other area animal shelters and rescue groups, and from the new Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter when possible, and will receive no municipal or tax revenue support.

“The Peninsula SPCA Board and employees are excited to begin this first phase of our shelter’s planned improvements as we prepare for our new role in the community,” said Ellen Thacker, Executive Director. “Bringing the HVAC systems in our kennel and holding areas up to modern standards will help keep our animals healthy, happy and adoptable. “

The PSPCA shelter has been working on several other policy and facility upgrades over the summer that have helped it to increase its adoptions by 15% over last year, while reducing euthanasia by 31%.

Citizens interested in the Peninsula SPCA’s physical plant improvements and coming policy changes as it converts operations to the adoption –guarantee model should contact Ellen Thacker at the shelter, (757) 595-1399, ext. 103.

Peninsula SPCA Increases Adoptions by 82%

SPCA Adoptions increase 82% from August ’12 to August ‘13

The number of animals adopted from the Peninsula SPCA in August increased by 82%, or 118 animals, over August of last year, while the number of animals that had to be euthanized was reduced by almost half. These results were achieved even before the Peninsula SPCA switches to an “adoption-guarantee” or no-kill model by the end of this year.

Staff at the SPCA credits this improvement in results to ongoing adoption specials, a growing network of foster families and volunteers, and the willingness of the community to look first at the shelter when seeking a new family pet. Intake at the shelter has also declined this year, which may mean that the public has become more aware of how important it is to spay or neuter their companion animals.

The Peninsula SPCA took in over 7500 animals needing shelter in 2012, and currently serves as the animal impoundment shelter for the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and York County. The municipalities are in the process of constructing a new shared shelter that is scheduled to open in January of 2014.

Paws for a Cause Top Fundraisers

Leading Individual Fundraisers

  1. Colleen Hall- $505
  2. Sharon Dirmeyer- $500
  3. Teri Politi- $500
  4. Verna Cremeans- $460
  5. Oliver SPVH- $387

Top Teams:

  1. Team Salty Dawg’s- $1,582
  2. Tongues N’ Noses- $505
  3. Throw Me a Bone- $460
  4. Chicks and Dawgs- $160
  5. The Board Walkers- $150

Thank you to all our fundraisers and donors!  It could be you!  Register to walk or run for the animals today.

Want to help your favorite team or participant?  Click on their name and donate now.  For a complete listing of participants visit our Paws for a Cause Fundraising Page.

To learn more (including fundraising tips) about our 7th Annual Paws for a Cause.

*Results as of 6/24/13


Mother’s Day Adoption Special

MothersDAyWe are celebrating our Mothers! All cat and kitten adoption fees will be $25.00 each or two for $40.00. Adoption promotion will end at 5 p.m. on the 11 May 2013. Cats make the purrfect companion. You can view all our adoptable cats and kittens online! If you have any questions about adopting a pet, please contact our Adoptions Team at 595-1399 ext: 106.

Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Lindsey Purcell

Lindsey Purcell

April 22nd-26th is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we would like to say a special thank you to the 150 active volunteers that help provide love and care for our animals.  Words cannot express how much we appreciate your  dedication to helping the homeless animals in our community.  Peninsula SPCA Volunteers truly have the biggest hearts.  Thank you for all that you do!

Regional PAWjama Party!

This Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  the Hampton Roads animal shelters are having a collaborative “PAWjama Party”!  Our staff and volunteer will be dressed up in their best pajamas and slippers, to welcome visitors and adopters.  Adoption fees for Dogs and Cats over 1 year old are discounted to only $50!

There will be prizes, refreshments and special events for children and adults at each participating location.  We will be hosting Annette Gerwitz, a pet medium, who will do 10 minute readings for a $10 donation!  We encourage you to wear your own pajamas to compete for prizes in contests for:

Best animal-themed pajamas

Best fuzzy slippers

Best bed head

There will be a picture contest of winners from each location. Pictures of contest winners from each shelter will be posted on Facebook for an additional grand prize vote for all three categories.

Employee of Month Tom Hartman

TOMCongratulations to Tom Hartman, Adoption Counselor for being the Employee of the Month! Tom has been with the Peninsula SPCA for 6 years and demonstrates outstanding performance for our animals! Tom maintains excellent customer service for our potential adopters. In addition to finding our animals loving homes, he manages pet pictures, videos, and descriptions of our adoptable animals online on a daily basis. Tom’s fun character and positive outlook is contagious with visitors, volunteers and staff. The Peninsula SPCA is very fortunate to have Tom as part of the SPCA adoptions team and for his dedication to serve our homeless animals. As seen in the picture with Tom, the wall background features all the cats and dogs that were adopted during the month of March, thanks to Tom and the Adoption Team!

Paws for a Cause Registration Open

Paws Fundraising Update









The earlier you pre-register the sooner you can begin collecting pledges for our animals. Peninsula SPCA’s Paws for a Cause Dog Walk & Festival will be on Sunday, September 22 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Mariners’ Museum Park on Warwick Boulevard (across from Warwick High School) Register today!

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Danielle Sheene, Peninsula SPCA employee of the month for March 2013.  Thank you for helping the dogs that come into our care feel special and loved.

Employee of the Month March 2013

Employee of the Month
March 2013

Volunteer Spotlight

Kathryn Panko Volunteer of the Month

Kathryn Panko
Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Kathryn Panko, the February volunteer of the month.  Kathy has been volunteering with us for over a year now and she is a true pleasure to have on our team.

Kathy is an avid dog lover and has spent endless hours walking, snuggling and helping get animals adopted.  Our staff can count on Kathy’s help and superior matchmaking skills when a potential adopter is searching for a new pet. “I look forward to going to the PSPCA every week because I love working with all the dogs. I am always excited for the dogs when I discover they have found a happy new home with a great family.”

Thank you Kathy, for being a driving force with our adoption efforts and for always being someone we can count on.