Community Support for Peninsula SPCA Fur Ball Increases 48% in 2014 as Adoption-Guarantee Transition Nears

The 2014 Fur Ball

Peninsula people and their pets came out in record numbers on the evening of February 1 to demonstrate their support and enthusiasm for the Peninsula SPCA’s coming transition to an adoption-guarantee shelter and humane education center.

Private citizens, business people and local and state governmental representatives attended with their special animal companions to help raise funds in support of the PSPCA’s new operating model that will focus primarily on adoptions, community humane education, and development of partnerships with other animal welfare groups.

“Through partnerships with the new Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter and other local animal welfare organizations, we will expand the resources available to all of our area’s homeless pets,” said Ellen Thacker, Executive Director of the Peninsula SPCA. “This is how we’ll achieve the Adoption Guarantee Community that our citizens are requesting and our animals deserve.”
This year’s funding success was led by Best in Show Sponsorships of $50,000 each from Ferguson and Smithfield Foods.

“Ferguson is proud to be a part of the PSPCA’s transformation and lifesaving efforts,” said Ferguson Director of Communication Denise Vaughn. “We are focused on building partnerships in the community to tackle many social issues we face. It is very rewarding to work alongside other dedicated corporations such as Smithfield Foods to truly make a difference.”

Under the new Adoption Guarantee model, the PSPCA will save all the healthy and treatable animals under their care, with euthanasia reserved only as a last resort for unhealthy and untreatable animals. Since the PSPCA board of directors’ decision to undertake this new operating model, the shelter’s live release rate has climbed dramatically, increasing from 41% at the end of 2012 to 75% so far in 2014. Additionally, the PSPCA has continued to grow its foster program, placing pets in need of some additional healing or growing time with families who take special care of them.

“Our vision is that no healthy adoptable animals will be killed simply because there is a lack of cage space or as a means of animal population control,” said Thacker. “By working together, treating each life as precious, we can truly transform our community.”

Peninsula SPCA “Special Needs” dogs get help from Petco!

GlitterExciting news – Petco, through their charitable organization, The Petco Foundation, has agreed to sponsor the adoption of one special needs dog from the Peninsula SPCA per week, through January 2014!

This means that one lucky dog per week will be available to go to their new home already spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and much more – and Petco pays the adoption fee!

If you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new “best friend,” come and meet the “Petco Dog of the Week” at the Peninsula SPCA!

Glitter, the adorable Shih Tzu pictured with her new owner, is the first pet to be sponsored by Petco. Glitter is 11 years young and housebroken, and with Petco’s help, she was able to find her forever home on October 14th!


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.