Virginia Beach SPCA competing for up to $100,000

Has adopting a furbaby from the Virginia Beach SPCA changed your life?

A puppy who was up for adoption at the Virginia Beach SPCA on Sept. 23, 2016. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)
A puppy who was up for adoption at the Virginia Beach SPCA on Sept. 23, 2016. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)

Your family’s story could help the shelter win up to $100,000 in grant money through the Holiday Wishes contest.

The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, is granting more than $750,000 in Holiday Wishes this year to animal welfare organizations like the Virginia Beach SPCA, according to a news release.

Any money the Virginia Beach SPCA might win would be used toward the agency’s adoption program, including medical care for shelter animals, said agency Vice President and CFO Lacy Kuller.

The Virginia Beach SPCA finds homes for more than 3,500 homeless pets every year, and is able to take care of about 530 animals at a time through the shelter and foster-care system, Kuller said.

“The care that we spend on the animals in the care at the shelter is quite expensive,” Kuller said. The contest “is a great way to take those stories and turn them into funds to find more animals homes.”

Enter any furry friend adopted from the Virginia Beach SPCA by writing up to a 500-word submission about how the animal has changed your life. Pictures and videos are welcome illustrations!

Entries are due by Oct. 15 and winners will be announced in December. People who submit winning entries will get a $1,000 gift card to spoil their precious pet.

Check out some of the animals you could help:



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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.