- About Us
Aside from having an outstanding core group of wildlife volunteers, The Virginia Beach SPCA boasts its very own Wildlife Treatment Room onsite at the shelter. We are very proud to be one of only a handful of shelters nationwide that have a dedicated room just for wildlife care. Having a separate, self-contained area provides a quiet, reduced-stress area for our wild patients, and streamlines their initial care and processing through the shelter before they are delivered to local rehabilitators. Since we received approximately 1,800 wildlife animals in 2006 directly at the shelter, our new room is definitely put to good use!
We have an extremely dedicated group of volunteers. Our transporters ensure that wildlife received at the shelter reach the appropriate rehabilitators for continuing care. Our Referral Line volunteers assist thousands of callers each year, providing valuable advise or directing them to local wildlife rehabilitators. Several of our professional rehabilitators have cared for wildlife for almost 20 years. Our volunteer wildlife rehabilitators are located throughout Hampton Roads and receive wildlife from the shelter, from other wildlife groups and animal agencies, and also directly from the public.
We offer complete training, a new comprehensive private volunteer database, and an exceptional group of fellow volunteers willing to assist new volunteers at anytime.
We strongly advocate coexistance with wildlife and work to educate and assist the community in understanding the nature of wildlife conflicts so that humane solutions can be utilized. The majority of wildlife conflicts can be resolved by addressing the cause; what is drawing wildlife in. We strongly discourage trapping and relocation. Studies have shown that both methods are ineffective in addressing problems on a long-term basis, and may even result in higher wildlife populations.
If you have found orphaned or injured wildlife, you can bring them to the Virginia Beach SPCA during operating hours. You can also contact our message line for a listing of after hour volunteers that can assist you in locating a rehabilitator that can accept wildlife. Please call 263-4762 for more information. (Due to the volume of calls received, it may be 2-4 hours before your call is returned. Please ensure that wildlife are safely secured in lined box or carrier and are kept in a warm, dark location until you receive transport instructions. Please do not provide food or water.)
We have worked with local businesses and municipalities in helping them address nuisance wildlife. We have begun developing a humane waterfowl management program with the City of Virginia Beach, and recently worked with the City to develop and implement zoning regulations to allow wildlife rehabilitation activities in the city.
As our region continues to grow, we hope to continue to assist the citizens and the wildlife of Hampton Roads with the resources to coexist.