APRIL 2022

The need for adopters, fosters, donations, and support for local shelters and rescues is at a nationwide high. With the cost of living rising, many people are being forced to surrender their loved pets to their municipal shelters. The number of partner shelters that need our help to refrain from euthanizing their population is only increasing each day as the number of owner surrenders also increases. The Fred SPCA's life-saving reach is tethered by the capacity for care and resources that we have available. Our shelter has been experiencing critical capacity, with many dog kennels having to be partitioned into two to double-back animals.

On April 30 for Adopt A Shelter Pet Day we will be opening up our doors to walk-in adoptions! There will be on-site foster sign-ups for animals that are not yet available for adoption and we will have our top (5) dogs and (5) cats fee-waived. Remember, adoption is not your only option with us, so if you are unable to adopt, fostering is a great way to get temporary companionship while saving lives! If you are experiencing financial hardships, the Fred SPCA's People Empowered Through Support Program offers supplemental food through our free Pet Pantry Program. Delivery is available to those who need it to make the program accessible to our community. We also offer low-cost veterinary services through our Fred SPCA Locke Community Medical Center and twice-monthly exam-fee-waived vaccine clinics where you can get your pets up-to-date on vaccines, microchips, testing, and pick up their monthly flea/tick/heartworm preventative! If you are unable to foster, adopt, donate or volunteer - sharing our posts and our services helps us reach more people in need! 




Pogo came to us from a shelter in SW VA. He had experienced the unfortunate situation of having his rear leg caught in a snare-type trap and attempted to self amputate. Big yikes! Due to the municipal shelters being underfunded and understaffed, he was at risk for euthanasia due to his injuries. A small shelter in a smaller town doesn’t have big funds for a big surgery or the ability to perform this kind of care in-house. Read how our Fred SPCA shelter intake & transfer team and the Fred SPCA Locke Community Medical Center were able to help Pogo!


A huge and unwavering cheer to our volunteers! They are the backbone of our operations, often taking on imperative daily tasks that allow our staff to focus on other aspects of the job! Our extraordinary volunteer crew does everything from helping care for the animals, running events, transporting animals, and even admin work! Without them, we would not be able to achieve as much as we do within the community! THANK YOU, volunteers! If you'd like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, sign up today! 




April is Heartworm Awareness Month! The American Heartworm Society states that over 1 million animals in the United States currently have the disease. It only takes one bite from a mosquito to transfer eggs into your dog (or cat!). While infected, dogs can have 30 or more worms living in their heart and lungs. Heartworm is fatal if left untreated and treatment is extraordinarily painful and quite a long process. The best (and cheapest) option to keep your pet safe is monthly heartworm prevention medication! The Fred SPCA Locke Community Medical Center offers affordable preventatives, testing, and in the event of a positive test, treatment. We host twice-monthly vaccine clinics where you can pick up flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives with no appointment and no exam fee!




How heartwarming is this?! These four pups and their owners met in our AKC S.T.A.R Puppy group class and became lifelong friends after graduation! Now, they enjoy gathering for hikes with one another regularly. Register for our May/June A.K.C Star Puppy and Canine Good Citizen group classes! Class size is limited so register today!


Animals who found new families:
Cat Adoptions: 46
Dog Adoptions: 63
Animals placed in Foster-to-Adopt homes: 39

Pet Pantry food delivered to our community in need to divert the surrenders of loved pets to shelters:
lbs of dry food: 1,271.15
cans of wet food: 458

Intake of animals into our care through owner surrenders or transfer partnerships to lower euthanasia rates in VA:
Intake of cats: 38
Intake of dogs: 82

Percentage of our homeless animals placed in foster care: 58.6%
Days from intake to foster placement: 2 days



Kick Some Grass!

Come kick some grass for the animals! The Fredericksburg SPCA's Second Annual Kickball Tournament, presented by BookKeeping Solved, LLC is happening on April 24! This can't-miss event is perfect for team-building or family fun! Register your team of 10 or sign up as an individual. In partnership with Rappahannock Rugby.

Upcoming Events:

Every Saturday: Puppy Socials Enrich your puppies by joining the Fred SPCA's Behavior department for PUPPY SOCIALS! Let your pup come meet other pups and people, learn social manners, make friends, and burn off some energy!

April 20: Mom & Baby Foster Training This foster training will cover everything that you need to know about fostering cat and dog moms and babies! 

May - June: Group Training Classes Canine Good Citizen Certification and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes available! 

April 23 + May 14/28: Vaccine Clinic If you need to get your pet up to date on vaccines, microchipped, or get preventatives - don't miss out! No appointment is required and the exam fee is waived! 

May 14:  Petco Adoption Event Join the FredSPCA at Petco from 10 AM - 2 PM to meet a handful of our adoptable animals! We will have staff and volunteers on-site to do same-day adoptions, collect donations and answer questions about our programs.

May 20th: Fore the Animals Golf Tournament
 presented by Community Bank of the Chesapeake is being held at the beautiful Fredericksburg Country Club! Don't miss out!

June 12: Rescue Run Join us for our annual SPCA 5k Rescue Run/Walk! This important event helps us hit our stride in the fight to end animal suffering, so whether you're in for a competitive run or simply a community walk to benefit the animals, come on out!


Contact Us

Fredericksburg SPCA
10819 Courthouse Rd.
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
(540) 898-1500

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