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Thanks to our amazing supporters, the Third Annual bow-WOW-walk on April 30 was a huge success!

The totals have been finalized, and $60,000 was raised to benefit the animals at the CASPCA–that’s $10,000 past our goal! Team Natural Pet Essentials led the pack with $8,000 raised, and more than 450 walkers turned out to strut their stuff to support the life-saving care at the CASPCA. Click here to see the final results!

We’d like to again thank all our wonderful sponsors, including BMW of Charlottesville and Virginia National Bank, bow-WOW-walk Chair Kim Matsko, Pam Garrison of HitKicker 99.7 for emceeing, media sponsor NBC29, Pale Blue Dot Band, who performed for the crowd, and all our spectacular volunteers for their hard work.

Additional thanks to: Chaps Ice Cream, County Waste, Charlottesville Fire Department and Chief Tom Yenovkian, Crazy Horse, Giant, Harvest Moon, Payne Ross & Associates, Raising Canes Chicken Fingers, Reddy Ice, Colby Rountree for ambulance services and Whole Foods

 

Thank you, Top Dogs

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Want to see more amazing photos?

Click here to go to our Flickr page and see an album of canines enjoying their big day in Downtown Charlottesville by Nicole Elliott. Click here to view photos from our Doggie Photo Booth by Ava McDonough!
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The Twelfth Save of Christmas

During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you. 

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12. Captain Lovin

When the temperature drops, homeless animals have to find creative ways to stay warm. Sometimes these animals, desperate for shelter, place themselves in even greater danger. Poor Captain Lovin, for instance, didn’t know a parked car’s engine was the last place he wanted to hide. When the car’s owner, unaware the kitten was hiding beneath the hood, turned on their vehicle the day before Thanksgiving, this poor boy darted from beneath the car severely injured, with part of his front leg torn off.

The kitten was rushed to Greenbrier Emergency Clinic and then transferred to our clinic, where he was promptly scheduled for surgery. Even while being prepped for the operation to amputate his injured leg, our clinic staff marveled at how happy the kitten was to be with people – despite such a traumatic injury, Captain Lovin loved being in someone’s lap and would purr when lilcapngiven attention.

Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Kristen Scheller and Dr. Anna Sims amputated the rest of the kitten’s leg without issue, and he began his recovery in the home of Jennifer Kilby, a veterinary assistant who wanted to closely monitor this kitten as it learned to navigate the world minus one leg.

To our staff’s delight, Captain Lovin has rebounded quickly. Jennifer reports that though he might be lacking a limb, this tiny kitten isn’t lacking in personality; he’s very playful, loves mouse toys and bouncy balls, and will even groom his people from time to time. Captain Lovin is a talkative cat who purrs and meows when he wants food or attention. He even can tolerate (some) dogs, as long as they are gentle and being supervised.

“He has learned how to use a small scratching post and can even climb it already,” Jennifer says. “He’s getting better at jumping up onto things every day. He’s especially good at it when chasing toys.”

Stay tuned for more about this precocious survivor, who will be available for adoption soon!

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The Tenth Save of Christmas

During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you. 

sabien10. Sabian

Tuna might be one of Sabian’s favorite foods, but as our staff discovered, this orange tabby once had a taste for something a little more exotic – and indigestible. When Sabian was brought to us this past July, our team noticed his stomach was distended. During a physical exam, our veterinary staff felt a mass in his abdomen and ordered radiographs, which confirmed an object was lodged in his stomach, keeping him from digesting food properly. But what could Sabian have eaten? Only surgery would reveal what this cat had consumed and save his life.

Sabian was pre-medicated and placed under anesthesia. His hardened stomach was shaved and prepared for surgery. Led by Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Kristen Scheller, the team made an incision, strategically placing the cut so that it would avoid blood vessels. Once inside his abdomen, they discovered what had so troubled Sabian: in addition to a large amount of digested food, this cat had multiple strands of an elastic cord in his stomach!

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They removed the strands carefully, clearing the way for his digestive track to function again, and then closed the incision. A hardy cat, Sabian recovered from anesthesia without any complications. He was housed in our Critical Care clinic for his recovery, during which time his appetite came back with a vengeance, and he quickly returned to his bright and alert self.

An affectionate tabby who loves attention, Sabian was cleared for adoption.

This playful boy has since found his forever home! Congrats, Sabian!

This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved and the thousands more we have yet to save.

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The Eleventh Save of Christmas

During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you. 

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When this handsome Cairn Terrier was struck by a car in October, a concerned witness, Mike, sprang into action to get Scruffy the care he so desperately needed. With the help of eight others, Mike removed the terrified dog from beneath the car with a sheet and brought him to our friends at Georgetown Veterinary Hospital. Scruffy then was transferred to our clinic for further testing and examination, and Mike, now invested in the fate of this injured dog, asked to be kept in the loop about Scruffy’s recovery.

Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Kristen Scheller performed a thorough exam, discovering multiple abrasions on Scruffy’s hind limbs, bruises and a severe flea infestation. She ordered radiographs to see Scruffy’s internal injuries, and those images revealed a fractured pelvis that was no doubt painful for the little dog.

Scruffy was prescribed medication and housed in the clinic for close monitoring. Anxious and fearful, Scruffy was slow to open up to the staff. During his recovery, he needed a stable home where he could learn to trust people.

Who would be a better candidate for Scruffy to bond with than Mike, the man who had rescued him and stayed in touch about his progress? Scruffy was placed in foster care with the devoted man and was on the road to recovery.

Today, though Scruffy’s hip bone always will be slightly displaced, he no longer is in pain. His fostering went so well, Scruffy was adopted by Mike and his family this past month. At a recent visit to his friends at the shelter, Scruffy’s development into a happy and healthy pet was evident. Before this little terrier was terrified of anyone, but now Scruffy wags his tail and seems at ease, having found a friend for life in the man who saved his life, Mike.scruffy4

Mike reports: “Scruffy is living the dream. He spends his days wrestling with his brothers and chasing squirrels. At night, he sits by me to watch television, and he seems so happy and confident since we brought him home a few weeks ago. I think he realizes how lucky he is that we have taken him in.”


This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved and the thousands more we have yet to save.

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