Giving Back Awards 2013
Sponsored by Old Point National Bank Honoring The Region’s Outstanding Non-Profits
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5) NORFOLK SPCA
916 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk • 757-622-3319 • www.NorfolkSPCA.com
Number of votes: 427
Established: Founded in 1892 to protect workhorses from mistreatment. Today, the Norfolk SPCA “shelters, treats, rehabilitates and re-homes household companion animals.”
Mission: A private, no-kill humane society dedicated to fostering the human-animal bond to ensure that every adoptable companion animal finds a home. Focused on finding our animal friends the forever homes they deserve. The clinic’s special mission helps reduce the incidence of people surrendering their animal companions because they cannot afford medical care.
Key people: Board of directors is led by President Kathy Ferebee. Dedicated staff includes Robert Blizard, executive director; Jill Arnone, director of development; Kimberlee Kendzora, director of finance and administration; Dr. Shannon Snoke, medical director; and a wonderful group of animal-loving professionals and enthusiastic volunteers in our shelter, clinic, and administrative departments.
Programs: Primary functions include finding forever homes for the animals in the adoption center and offering affordable veterinary care—including spay/neuter, vaccinations, and dentistry—for animals belonging to public clients. Clinic also serves as a contractor to the City of Norfolk, providing medical and surgical services to the animals who enter the City’s animal control facility.
Volunteer opportunities: Outreach with adoptable animals, kennel and cattery cleaning, animal socialization, laundry, pro bono professional help, and administrative assistance. Also a tremendous need for fosters—the foster program is critical to the success of the adoption center. Fosters provide a short-term, temporary home to create the link between a homeless animal and his or her forever home.
What are the biggest struggles your organization faces? “We’re constantly working to find support to meet the endless demand for our services. Even if we were to adopt out every animal in our shelter today, there would still be more homeless pets to immediately fill our living spaces. This cycle could repeat every single day. We want to help even more animals and people, but it’s a challenge to find necessary resources from a community that’s already responding to multiple requests from a host of worthy non-profits helping others in need.”
What is the most rewarding part about what this non-profit does? “We’re thrilled when we see smiling faces—someone who’s been helped by the affordable services at our clinic, animals who’ve been adopted or received medical care, someone who’s just found their new best friend. Anyone who’s ever experienced the joy of sharing his or her life with a pet knows the magic of seeing a happy dog or cat.” oVa