The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties strives to strengthen the human-animal bond and safeguard animals in transition.
To fulfill our mission, we will follow these Guiding Principles:
• We will practice compassion for animal caregivers.
• We will be a progressive community-based animal intervention and education center.
• We will be an interactive center employing non-traditional means to involve the community.
To honor our mission and our guiding principles we have created the following program goals:
In late 2017, the agency launched the “It’s a new day at the SPCA” campaign. Traditionally, the SPCA provided services to the pets and people within the Winchester City limits. Through the ‘New Day’ campaign, a plan was developed to expand services to ensure a positive impact on the pets and people of Frederick and Clarke Counties and beyond. At the same time, a public awareness campaign to promote the agency’s no kill status was put in place.
The “New Day” campaign also included several operational changes. In 2018, the campus was expanded to include the SPCA Thrift Shop and the agency launched a Kitten Warrior neo-natal foster program to ensure the best possible outcome for the most vulnerable pets.
In 2019, the SPCA developed a long range strategic plan to protect animals and enrich the lives of their humans. To ensure the plan was successful, three committees were formed; The Campus Committee, The Vet Committee, and the Pets for Life Committee.
In 2020, the SPCA fast tracked the Pets for Life program in response to COVID-19. The agency believes that every pet deserves and family and every family deserves a pet and that no family should be forced to surrender their pet due to a temporary financial issue. Pets for Life, a full service pet retention program, was designed to ensure pets stay out of the over crowded shelter system and with the families that love them. The Working Cat Project was also launched during this time to match outdoor cats with local businesses in an effort to reduce unwanted rodents and eliminate the unnecessary euthanasia or cats that may not be suited for a home environment.
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke has an Admissions Center at 115 Featherbed Lane in Winchester, VA. The Admissions Center houses the most vulnerable pets in our care. They are the lost, and injured, and ill, they stay in admissions until they are happy, healthy, and ready for a adoption. As space allows, the SPCA accepts pets from owners who have no other choice but to surrender their pets. Those pets are provided safety during their transition to a new home.
The SPCA campus expanded in 2015 to include the location at 111 Featherbed Ln. Winchester, VA. This is the Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center. The Adoption Center showcases adoptable pets in a bright, friendly environment that is a destination for families seeking a new pet or information on humane animal care. The center also offers classes to the community to enhance the human-animal bond and is the home base for the agency’s pet retention program.
The Winchester SPCA cares for nearly 1,500 animals each year with a dedicated staff of around 20 employees and 50 volunteers.
Created to off-set costs of shelter animal care, the Winchester SPCA Thrift Shop converts community donations to operating funds to support our life-saving work. The thrift store operates with 10 employees and a wonderful force of volunteers.