Here are some ways you can help: ABCS OF Year-End Giving
If you want to make a year-end charitable donation for 2016, the R-H SPCA has many ways that your generosity can help support our mission of finding forever homes for shelter pets. Take a look at some of the ways your money goes to work. If something is of interest to you, a gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated!
Adoptable Pets – each animal that comes into our shelter receives medical care, shelter, and food. A gift of $100 would have a tremendous impact on helping us care for these animals in need. Of course, the ultimate gift would be providing a forever home for our furry friends!
Breeds – The R-H SPCA is an open admission shelter; we accept all animals regardless of breed, age, health, etc. Your financial support will help us care for these orphaned animals.
Clippers – we need a variety of tools to help care for our animals, such as nail clippers. Each year, we spend hundreds of dollars on grooming equipment to help keep our shelter pets healthy and comfortable.
Dishes – we use only stainless steel bowls, since they don’t rust. Daily cleaning of these bowls equals lots of dish washing time and dish detergent. We use Ultra Blue Dawn to ensure the cleanest bowls possible for our shelter pets. We can always use more Ultra Blue Dawn.
Electricity – we spend many dollars on lights, heat, etc. The day-to-day operations of the shelter are costly.
Food – we take in over 2,500 animals annually. We spend hundreds on animal food. Your gift of $100 would greatly help. We would also gratefully accept gift cards to Walmart or other retailers to purchase pet food.
Garbage bags – we use all kinds of household items each day in caring for our animals, including garbage bags. This may seem like a small item, but garbage bags are essential in our care of the animals.
Humane Education – our humane educator presents programs throughout the community, sharing information about the shelter and humane treatment of animals. She also hosts a Kid’s Club program. These programs need funding to continue. We like to leave a small token for people who attend the humane education sessions; your gift would help make it possible for us to purchase tokens.
Internet – we are working to update our website and electronic communications, which takes maintenance money.
Jobs – we employ many community members who work together as a team, performing duties as diverse as front desk receptionist to kennel technician to volunteer coordinator. When we have an opening, it costs money to advertise, recruit, and train new team members.
Kitchen Supplies – we have a cat kitchen and a dog kitchen and a people kitchen. We need cleaning supplies for each of the kitchens. As you can imagine, we go through quite a bit of Dawn detergent and bleach, as we strive to provide the most sanitary, healthy environment for our shelter pets.
Litter – we take in thousands of cats and kittens each year, and we go through an enormous amount of litter. We use non clumping, unscented litter, which is costly.
Medical/Health Issues – we provide basic vaccinations upon entry, and perform health assessments. We also treat common infections, such as kennel cough and upper respiratory infections.
Nova Fund – this is a special fund set aside for emergency medical care for our animals. We never know what to expect each day when orphaned animals are left on our doorstep.
Open Admission – we function as an open admission shelter, meaning we take in every animal that is brought to us, regardless of health, temperament, age, etc.
Purina – we feed our animals Purina brand pet food; donations to help offset the cost of food are greatly appreciated.
Qtips – we use a tremendous amount of everyday health products, including bandaids, q-tips, gauze, antibiotic cream, cotton balls, etc.
Rabies – We strive to ensure that all cats and dogs leaving the shelter must have a rabies shot (age appropriate) per Virginia law. Some animals may be too young, or not in appropriate physical condition to receive the shot. Although the shelter does not have a veterinarian on staff, we have a volunteer veterinarian who comes and administers the rabies vaccine. Your support will help ensure that we have enough of the vaccine to protect the shelter animals from this deadly disease.
Spay – we have a special spay/neuter fund set up to help folks who cannot afford to have their pets fixed. We use this fund to spay internal animals when necessary, such as when we take our animals to showcase events in the community. Spaying and neutering is an important way to help solve the challenge of pet overpopulation in our community.
Toe Nail Trimmer - we need a variety of tools to help care for our animals, such as toe nail clippers. Each year, we spend hundreds on grooming equipment to help keep our shelter pets in tip top shape.
Unloved, Unwanted – many of the pets that come to our doorstep are simply unloved and unwanted – these orphaned animals are looking for a second chance in life; your financial support will help us care for these lonely, scared animals.
Vaccinations – we vaccinate all our animals upon entry. With close to 2,500 animals coming through our door each year, this becomes very costly.
Weight Management – some of our pets are on the heavy side, and must be put on special pet food to help them lose weight, which is quite expensive. We also feed elderly pets special senior food, which is quite costly.
X-ray – If we take in an animal that is badly injured, we may need to send it to a local veterinarian for an x-ray to determine the extent of its injuries.
You – can make the difference in the lives of our shelter pets. With your continued financial support, we can place more healthy, adoptable pets in forever homes
Zebra Finches – the shelter takes in more than just cats, kittens, puppies, and dogs. We have had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, and even a cage full of zebra finches!
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We appreciate YOU so much!!