We are excited to announce that our 2016 Annual Conference will be held on March 31 - April 2, 2016 at the Double Tree Hotel in Charlottesville, VA.  Please check our conference page for more details as they become available.

 The annual conference is a great opportunity to get together with animal welfare professionals, volunteers and people who simply care about animals and who want to learn more about animals or how to make a difference during this dynamic three-day conference. This is a great chance to benefit from workshops given by experts in the field as well as to share ideas, information and plans while visiting one of Virginia's historic cities!

 The conference features practical information and current topics in animal welfare, which also provide continuing education credits for Humane Investigators and Animal Control Officers, making it possible to earn 15 CEU credit hours.

 A special thank you goes out to our Host Agency for the 2016 conference!  

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

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eNewsletter December 2015

VFHS is actively working on several programs and projects that affect our membership and animal welfare around the state.  Some of these projects have the potential to have significant impact and we want you to be informed and participate.  Please give us your input and feedback by contacting us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 Exciting news from SpayVA:

 Spay VA is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, spay/neuter money was awarded to qualified organizations at the end of the 2015 conference in Fredericksburg.  We hope to be able to continue awarding these grants in the upcoming years.  Stay tuned for info on 2016 grants.

The following outlines the guidelines for the program and for an organization to be eligible for funding:

  • Organization is a 501c3.
  • Organization is a Federation member in good standing (yearly dues paid and current application) and their organization serves the state of Virginia.
  • Organization attends the conference and is present to receive funding awarded at the closing session of the conference.
  • Funding covers spay/neuter surgeries only.
  • Amount/animal is capped at $45.00 for a cat and $100.00 for a dog.  If amount of surgery exceeds this per animal, organization must have the capacity to fund the remainder through co-pays or fundraising.
  • Organization must provide a report of how money was spent as requested by the Federation.  
  • Monthly reports on how many animals were fixed will be required.

 Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions.

 2015 Spay/Neuter Grants were awarded to the following VFHS member organizations:

  • Animal Resources of Tidewater

  • Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue
  • Cat's Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley

  • Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

  • Community Cat Advocats

  • Dogs Deserve Better

  • Friends of Fairfax County Animal Shelter
  • Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society 

  • Hanover Humane Society

  • Helping Homeless Felines
  • Heritage Humane Society
  • Martinsville-Henry County SPCA

  • Norfolk SPCA

  • Ring Dog Rescue

  • SNAP (Spay/Neuter All Pets)

  • SPCA Eastern Shore

  • Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic  







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