Archive for the ‘PetWork Virginia’ Category

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (Crozier, Virginia 23039) is the oldest and largest equine sanctuary of its kind in the world. It was founded with one purpose in mind — to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter.


The James River chapter was founded in 2007 as one of the Second Chances programs where horses live at correctional centers. At James River Work Center offenders care for the horses and become certified in the nationally acclaimed Groom Elite program in the process. The horses here are assured a lifetime of care with the opportunity to be adopted out if suited. Our success stories confirm that our program is horses helping people, people helping horses.


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The Equine Rescue League (Leesburg, Virginia 20177) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1990 that supports the responsible use of working, sport and pleasure horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Our goals are to prevent the neglect or abuse of any equine, to offer educational programs to the community and to provide rehabilitation and adoption for those animals in need of our services.


Located at Promise Kept Farm on 20 acres in Lovettsville, Virginia, the ERL has a full time farm manager along with several part time employees and dozens of volunteers providing around-the-clock care to all residents, including those with special needs. 

We work to provide a safe haven to equines in need, to care for them as they embark on the challenging road to recovery and to place them into loving forever homes. 

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Operation Catnip of Richmond (Quinton, Virginia 23141) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization committed to humanely reducing feral and stray cat overpopulation through trap-neuter-return (TNR). TNR is a positive, life-affirming, and preventive approach to solving overpopulation among homeless cats.


Catnip Clinics
One Sunday each month, Operation Catnip’s small army of dedicated volunteers assemble at Farmer’s Veterinary Hospital and transform it into a large surgical center, allowing us to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and attend to the medical needs of as many as 80+ stray and feral cats. This “army of compassion” consists of licensed veterinarians and concerned citizens of all walks of life, who share a common interest in enriching the lives of stray and feral cats. Are you a caretaker needing spay/neuter assistance for strays and ferals? If so please call (804) 228-6479. Appointments for the clinic are mandatory!

Since 2001, we have successfully “snipped and clipped” – that is, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped – approximately 600 homeless cats each year in central Virginia. As of April 2014, we have helped over 10,000 cats lead healthier and non-reproductive lives. We’ve helped the cats, the taxpayers who would otherwise pay to euthanize the cats at local shelters, and we’ve helped the caretakers who faithfully feed and care for their own colonies. Thank you for helping us to continue our good work.


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The Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank (Purcellville, Virginia 20132) is a well-established, full-service veterinary blood bank located near Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia.


The Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank ships products Coast to Coast … and beyond. 

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Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue is a non-profit Virginia corporation that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds new homes for guinea pigs in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. We also work to educate the public on the proper care of guinea pigs.


Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission as a charitable corporation. As such, all donations are tax-deductible.

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Cats Rule (Fairfax, Virginia) is a collective of animal lovers, rescuers, and friends who help needy animals of all kinds, with a focus on feral cats and animals on death row in high-kill shelters.


The rescued cats come from hard circumstances: the mean streets, the highway rest stops, behind restaurant dumpsters, patches of scrubland near businesses, high-kill shelters; most are born homeless. Many have medical problems that require continued treatment. Happily, they are now safe at the cat sanctuary; well-fed, well-cared for, and loved.

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The mission of the Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund (Bristol, Virginia 24203) is to actively seek the prevention of births of unwanted puppies and kittens in the community and to vigorously pursue this endeavor until pet overpopulation no longer exists.

An ounce of prevention is very well worth a pound of cure. Don’t let anyone tell you different!

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The Mosby Foundation (Deerfield, Virginia 24432)  is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to assist in the care of critically sick, injured, abused, and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

Carole and some of her rescues

To insure that Mosby’s legacy of kindness and compassion to all he met endures, Carole Adams set up “The Mosby Foundation.” The purpose of the foundation is to raise money by donations and contributions to give dogs the second chance in life that Mosby was given.

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Virginia Partnership for Animal Welfare (Christiansburg, Virginia 24068) is a non-profit organization that was formed to serve the New River Valley of Virginia, including Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties and the City of Radford.

The mission and goals of VA PAWS are:

  • Education and Public Outreach: Companion animals are sentient beings for whom we are responsible. Tolerance or concealment of their suffering is unacceptable. Responsible breeding and ownership must replace and thereby eradicate irresponsible breeding and ownership to end the perpetual cycle of animal abuse and neglect.
    Support and encourage other groups: All animal welfare organizations work toward the same goal: a world in which there are no unwanted, homeless, stray, neglected, abandoned, abused, or mistreated animals. VA PAWS assists other organizations and fosters mutual support between all groups regardless of differing philosophies.
  • Promote policies incorporating animals into daily life: This includes not only “working” roles such as therapy dogs, search and rescue, and assistance animals, but also general inclusion in public life as supported by Canine Good Citizen and other programs.
  • Improve animal legislation at local and state levels: Strengthened protective legislation must be enacted at state and local levels to decrease overpopulation and require responsible pet ownership.
  • Rescue, placement, and referral: Homeless animals will be placed in sound homes independently and in conjunction with established rescue organizations.

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Peninsula SPCA (Newport News, Virginia 23601) advocates and provides for the humane care and welfare of animals.

Peninsula SPCA is committed to finding a loving home for every orphaned pet in its community.

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