7th grader educating others
On April 11th Cooper Middle School Seventh grader John Kelly came to a dog
adoption day to present the SPCA with $174 he and 3 friends raised as part
a community service project to educate everyone about responsible pet
ownership and to show people how they can recognize and stop animal
cruelty and neglect. John holds one of the brochures they designed to
spread this powerful message.
Lemonade Stand Girls
We'd like to thank two special people. Lucy DuBois and Rachel Lesan set up
summertime lemonade stands on 5 different occasions to raise money for the
SPCA of Northern Virginia. They even dressed up in different costumes in
the summer heat to promote the sales!!! On September 13, 2014 they came to
Weber's to present the proceeds--over $110. A very impressive effort from
two enterprising young ladies. After making the presentation, Lucy and
Rachel had fun with some of the SPCA dogs awaiting adoption. The dogs
thanked them too.
Jordan's Selfless Selfie
Jordan Farquhar held a pet supply donation drive at her school and sent the message below:
I recently dropped off donated pet supplies at one of your adoption events. Then I entered the Selfless Selfie contest run by Rosenthal Automotive: if the picture gets enough likes, your organization and I could win up to $1,500 each! Click here for her photo on Facebook.
Mikayla & Sydneys' Bake Sale
On March 15 2014, Mikayla and Sydney held a bake sale at South Run Recreation
Center to benefit the SPCA of Northern Virginia. This was a project that
they devised, organized, and ran as a community service project for their
8th grade civics class at Lake Braddock Secondary School. They had some
really great goodies because they raised over $145 to help our animals!
That was some really impressive work. Way to go!
Girl Scout Troop pet supply drive
We'd like to give a special shout out to Girl Scout Troop 3223. On Jan
25, 2014 Girl Scout Troop 3223 came to our dog adoption fair at Weber's in
Fairfax. The troop had held a pet supply collection drive and dropped off
a big pile of goodies for both the cats and the dogs. The collection
included food, litter, bowls, collars, toys, and leashes.
We had a great conversation about pets and how they took care of them and make them feel them feel special. They enjoyed telling us about their pets' special personalities and meeting all the dogs.
Girl Scout Troop 3223 also made some colorful fleece cat blankets, which we will put to use at the Pet Valu cat adoptions and in our foster homes.
Middle School girls' Pet Supply Drive
Helena Clark and Emily Goff organized a pet supply drive for their National Junior Honor Society project at Herndon
Middle School. In December 2012, they delivered a load of pet food, toys, cat litter, beds, and blankets to the SPCA. WAY
Jessica Gigliotti does good and help animal rescue
Special thanks to Jessica Gigliotti, who organized a
huge pet supply donation drive for her community service project for South County High
School. She sent out hundreds of flyers to surrounding neighborhoods,
soliciting donations of all types of supplies for pet rescue. Jessica and
her mom delivered the resulting treasure to our October 13th 2012 Weber's
adoption day, their SUV packed full. Included were lots of bags of cat
and dog food, cat litter and litter boxes, blankets and towels, cat and
dog treats, toys, collars and leashes, bowls, and carriers.
West Springfield High School
Just in time for Christmas 2011, Alexis McEntire held a community donation drive for the SPCA of Northern Virginia for her Senior Capstone Project at West Springfield High School. Alexis' efforts raised money and brought us dog and cat toys, cat food and treats, cat litter, collars and other vital supplies to help us in our rescues. Thankyou from all the animals in our care!
Dog biscuits and Catnip socks
In March 2011, the residents of Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living facility in Annandale baked some dog biscuits and made some catnip tackle socks for SPCA cats and dogs. The dogs dubbed the biscuits yummy and the cats are too busy playing with the socks to say much of anything but we think they approve too. Thank you very much for making our animals happy.
SPCA benefits from "Girls on the Run"
Over Christmas 2010, we received a nice $300 donation from Sidwell Friends Girls
On The Run team. They included this letter and the following artwork.
Thanks very much for thinking of the animals, girls!
We are the Sidwell Friends Girls on the Run (GOTR) team and we deeply care about our community and the animals in it. We decided at the beginning of our season that we would create a community service project where we run for donations from our friends and families. We chose to donate the proceeds to your organization because we want our animals to live in a better place. We ask that you put this money to provide good care for all of the animals in your facility. Thankyou for making a better place for our animals to live in.
SPCA benefits from Cadette Service Award
Girl Scout Troop 3970 from Springfield Virginia has always been passionate about animals. They wanted to make a
difference in animals’ lives for their Silver Award Project. Cadettes are 7th and 8th graders and the Silver Award
is the highest honor a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. During their quest to earn this award they had many requirements
to fulfill before ever beginning their project and it took two full years to complete. One of the requirements was
they had to earn 3 interest project badges that pertained to their project—“Pets” which took them on a field trip to
a veterinary hospital to learn all about veterinary medicine, “Computers In Everyday Life” because they used computers to
get the word out about their project, and “Dog Sledding” where they learned all about Huskies and mushing and even got
to ride on a dog sled.
The troop knew they wanted to earn money for abused animals and donate it to an organization that helps them. They decided to hold a Fun Fair in the park for younger Girl Scouts and friends and they named their project "Save The Animals". They planned an entire carnival with games, raffles, clown, cake walk and prizes. The Fun Fair was a success and all of the kids had a wonderful time. They used their Girl Scout cookie sales money to purchase all of the supplies and they raised $700.00 to donate to the SPCA of Northern Virginia.
Kaitlyn Campbell, Kelcie Chandler, Kara Hoisiington, Kessarin Horvath, Hannah Listopad, Katie Pozdol
Leader: Billie Chandler