This Weekend has Gone to the Dogs…and Cats!

The Charlottesville community has gone to the dogs and cats this weekend. Everywhere you look, every hour of the day, there will be some fun event to help the animals at the SPCA. Whether you are ready for a little exercise, just want to check out locally made arts and crafts, or have your dog washed, this weekend you can do it all while supporting the SPCA!

  • Saturday, May 5th at 8 a.m.:
    Cheer on Charlottesville resident dog lover Ryan McCall at Riverview Park as he begins his walk of the entire Rivanna Trail in one day! Ryan has already raised $3,200 towards his goal of $5,000 to help the SPCA dogs. The kickoff gathering, which includes a host of SPCA dog cheerleaders, will be held at Riverview Park at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
    Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at the semi-annual Crafts for Critters Show, where local artisans and crafters come together to display and sell their hand crafted items. This event will be held at the old Whole Foods location in the Shoppers World Center on Route 29. Locally made crafts to include woodwork, pottery, jewelry, children’s clothes, dolls, gift cards, baked goods, handbags and more. There will also be a raffle to benefit the SPCA, and a face painter for the kids. Adoptable SPCA dogs and cats will also be at the event.
  • Saturday, May 5th at 11 a.m.:
    The SPCA will be participating in the Southwood Community Fair with a pet petting area and spay/neuter information booth.
  • Saturday, May 5th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
    Got a dirty dog? Charlottesville’s Roots & Shoots (a youth-led environmental organization) is holding a Dog Wash at The Dogg House to benefit the animals at the SPCA
  • Sunday, May 6th at 9 a.m.:
    Lace up those running/walking shoes for the Bark for your Heart 5K Run & 1K Walk to benefit the Banfield Charitable Trust and the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA! Runners/Walker registration begins at 7:45AM at the Doubletree Hotel, and the race starts at 9AM. On-leash dogs with proof of current rabies vaccine are welcome at the event. Prizes donated by Ragged Mountain Running will be awarded for top finishers in each age group.

For the entire month of May:
The SPCA is celebrating its Lovely Ladies! All fabulous felines over the age of six months can be adopted for just $10. Find details for all of the above events on the SPCA website The mission of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the lost, abandoned, and homeless animals of the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle and to increase the number of these animals being placed in appropriate, loving, and permanent homes through adoptions, foster care, and outreach, and to set a standard of excellence and leadership in shelter animal care, humane education, and progressive animal welfare programs. For more information about the SPCA call 434-973-5959.

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