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.


We would like to express our gratitude to the Unity Church for hosting the Blessing of the Animals event on Saturday, May 2nd. Voices for Animals partnered with Unity for the event, and it was a big success! Reverend Betty Jean Hammond administered an individual blessing to the 25 or so canines and 2 felines there that day and said a blessing for those animals who could not attend, those who had passed on from this world, and those in distress (i.e. loss, afraid, hungry, endangered). The Reverend was all inclusive – from family companions to elephants and tigers. The animals present seemed so calm and at peace after their blessing; it was fascinating to see, and the weather was perfect for the occasion. Voices for Animals made some new friends, too; what a lovely group of people and critters! Thanks to Reverend Dan and Kiera for inviting us; and to Sigrid, Mary, Adriana, and Susan for volunteering to help that day.

Blessing of the Animals, Unity Church 05-02-15 11 What a wonderful event!

Voices table at the Blessing of the Animals event, 05-02-15 11 Voices’ table at the Blessing of the Animals event


On Sunday, May 3rd, HOWS (Houses of Wood and Straw) held its 3rd Annual HOWS Project Party at Pen Park. Another great day of mingling with kindred spirits, human and canine! Neither the weather nor the company could have been better. Thanks to all who attended. The attendees were fortunate to have the opportunity to view the newest HOWS photo album, created by Seamane, the HOWS photo album coordinator.

It’s become tradition at the HOWS party to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond for HOWS. In no particular order, here’s our list for our 2014-2015 season:

Nancy Burr, Jackie Walsh, Betsy Ballenger, Lisa Hyatt, Adriana Cohen, Cindy Anderson, Sheila Parker, Kimberly Hawk, Andrea Arango, Dian Howe, Delia Laux, Boo Barnett, Julie Falconer, Sharon Shafer, Marianne Roberts, Brian and Jeanine Werner, Seamane Flanagan, and Ted Norris.

These folks are at our core and the HOWS animals are blessed to have them on our team!

Beautiful Koti


The recent economy has not been kind to any of us, but some people are struggling now to find the resources to feed their pets. Voices for Animals is currently holding a pet food drive to assist low-income people with pet food donations. Can you help us with this pressing need?

Please stop by Pet Supplies Plus in Charlottesville and drop some pet food of your choice in the bin just inside the door for pets of people in need in these difficult times.

Come on out, do some shopping, and help the cats and dogs!


Have you borrowed Voices for Animals’ traps and forgotten to return them? Do you know anybody who has forgotten to return our traps? We are running really low on traps, and we would appreciate it if you would please return them. Call: 434-979-1200 or Email: info@voicesforanimals.org to make arrangements to get them to us. Thank you!

Other News & Events

Mark Your Calendar!

Voices for Animals’ next open volunteer meeting will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the new Northside Library building next to the Daily Progress building on West Rio Road. Come join us! Let … Continue reading

Compassionate Care Clinics

We wanted to let you know that the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is providing a great opportunity to get a wellness exam for the pets of anyone receiving public assistance. Compassionate Care Clinics Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM September 27th … Continue reading

Walton Middle School Students Build Dog Houses for HOWS Project

Eighth graders at Walton Middle School are building dog houses in connection with the Houses of Wood and Straw project or HOWS. The goal is to help families out in the winter months that have dogs outside in the cold. … Continue reading

Peaceful Protests Against Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

Voices for Animals is happy to say that we coordinated two well-attended protests of Ringling performances in May 2014 and are continuing to lobby John Paul Jones arena to stop hosting circuses with exotic animals.

Press Release – Voices for Animals Receives Grant from the Bama Works Fund

Voices for Animals was recently awarded a $4,000 grant from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF). The grant will support Voices for Animals’ progressive cat spay/neuter and vaccination program that has … Continue reading