by Rob Blizard, Executive Director, Norfolk SPCA
Our shelter is asking Hampton Roads residents to send in photos, newspaper articles, video, ephemera, and other stories about the Norfolk SPCA’s past as the organization gears up for our 125th anniversary in 2017. The group especially seeks material from before 1980. The older the material, the better.
We are thrilled about reminiscing on our twelve and a half decades of service to the Hampton Roads community. As we prepare for this big celebration, we want people to send us material from the distant past. We would be thrilled to receive memorabilia from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Our organization was chartered on February 12, 1892 by the General Assembly. The original purpose was improving the treatment of workhorses used for transportation and labor in that era.
These days, the Norfolk SPCA adopts out hundreds of dogs and cats through its shelter for homeless animals and assists thousands of pets owned by the public through its low-price veterinary clinic. Staffed with five compassionate veterinarians who are supplemented by a corps of relief doctors, the clinic offers the public an array of services for thousands of companion animals every year: spay/neuter, other surgeries including mass removals, basic exams, dentistry, heartworm treatments, and a walk-in vaccine clinic six days a week.
The organization also provides medical and surgical services for animals cared for by the City of Norfolk’s open-admissions shelter. This fee-for-service income is the only public funding the Norfolk SPCA receives.
Like all other SPCAs in Hampton Roads and nationwide, the Norfolk SPCA is an independent organization that is not affiliated with the American SPCA based in New York City. The shelter does not receive funding from the national group except when we are selected by the ASPCA through a competitive grants process open to other U.S. shelters.
Every day, we are saving and improving lives as we assist both animals and people. Please help us assist more f our fellow residents with your support of this anniversary initiative.
People can send electronic material to Anniversary@NorfolkSPCA.org or bring items to the shelter at 916 Ballentine Boulevard in Norfolk. People bringing in memorabilia are asked to send an e-mail in advance to Anniversary@NorfolkSPCA.org to arrange a time for a brief drop-off meeting. They can also call 757-622-3319 ext. 126.
The Norfolk SPCA’s 125th anniversary gala will be held Friday, February 10, 2017 in the Rose Garden Hall event room of the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The evening will include dinner, presentations, music and a silent auction. Information about ticket sales and corporate sponsorships for the event will appear later this year at NorfolkSPCA.org.