Welcome to Voices for Animals

Voices coordinates a range of activities throughout the year. Our Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project provides sterilizations and vaccinations for feral and unowned free-roaming cats in Central Virginia. Our Houses of Wood and Straw (HOWS) Project provides proper housing, straw bedding, and other comforts for neglected outdoor dogs. Voices for Animals also organizes tablings at community events, action alerts on a variety of animal protection issues, and pet food drives for the needy, doing all we can to create a better world for animals.

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The Saddest Show on Earth!
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be performing at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville from May 1 through May 4, 2014. To raise awareness about the documented charges of abuse, neglect, and deaths of Ringling’s animals over the decades, Voices for Animals will hold peaceful, legal demonstrations and leafleting outside the Arena on Thursday, May 1, and on Saturday, May 3, from 5PM to 7:30PM.

What Are We Protesting?
Among the issues that Voices will be protesting are the following:

1) Forcefully removing wild animals from their natural habitats and separating mothers from their babies.

2) Depriving wild animals of their complex physical and psychological needs to exercise, roam, socialize, forage, and play.

3) Cramming animals into small, barren cages and jolting boxcars.

4) Chaining animals for up to 21 hours a day.

5) Using whips, muzzles, electric collars, and electric prods to train animals.

6) Forcing animals to perform frivolous, behaviorally unnatural, and often perilous tricks.

Please Join Our Protests
Help us convey the groundswell of public support against animal-based circuses. We need a strong showing at the May 1 and May 3 protests to prove to our community that these barbaric spectacles are not welcome in Albemarle County. Protest posters will be provided.

Please click on this link for details on how you can help!: (265650142) Ringling_Protest_Flyer_May_2014

News & Events

Voices for Animals and the HOWS Project have merged!

We are delighted to announce that the merger of Voices for Animals with the HOWS Project has been approved by the State Corporation Commission. This is the culmination of a year of discussion, planning and organizing, and we are convinced that Voices and HOWS could not be a better fit for one another.

Both Voices for Animals and HOWS exist … Read the rest

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Voices for Animals’ next open volunteer meeting will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at Charlottesville’s main public library on East Market Street (on the 3rd floor in the Madison Room). Come join us! Let 2014 be the year your make a difference for animals in our community!… Read the rest

10,000th Cat Has Been Sterilized!
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In April, a long-haired calico named Ginger was the 10,000th cat to be sterilized and vaccinated through Voices for Animals’ Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project. Bubbles and Oscar, black-and-gray male tabbies, became the 10,001st and 10,002nd sterilizations.
Many thanks to the Companion Animal Fund and Dr. Chuck Wood of Old Dominion Animal Hospital for sponsoring our 10,000th cat sterilization celebration. Read the rest