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.



Voices for Animals is proud to announce that our very own Stacey Norris, Houses of Wood and Straw (HOWS) Project Leader, is the 2016 winner of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS) Advocacy Award!





Stacey founded the Houses of Wood and Straw Project (HOWS) in 2008 and built a dedicated team of volunteers over the years. Each year Stacey and the HOWS volunteers deliver insulated weatherproof dog houses and straw bedding to neglected outdoor dogs in Central Virginia as well as non-tippable water bowls, comfortable collars, lighter and longer tethers, toys and other comforts to an average of 80 dogs each year in addition to cats, rabbits, goats, and other species.

Thanks largely to Stacey’s efforts, in February 2011, Albemarle County’s board of supervisors unanimously approved improvements to the county’s animal ordinance, including a ban on heavy chains and higher standards for sheltering outdoor dogs.

Among her many accomplishments, Stacey was also named one of our region’s Distinguished Dozen by the Daily Progress and was featured in Animal Sheltering magazine.

Stacey received the Advocacy Award at the VFHS Conference held on April 1, 2016 in Charlottesville.

“Thank you Stacey on behalf of all the animals whose lives you have improved or saved, and the many who will benefit from all you’ve done in the future!” – For the Cats’ Sake

“A very well-deserved award. Thank you, Stacey, for bringing your boundless energy, compassion and talent to helping animals in Central Va.”
– Julie Falconer


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Voices for Animals is thrilled to be recognized by the Petco Foundation for our work to end cat homelessness in Central Va. The Petco Foundation recently awarded us a $2,500 grant to support our community cat spay/neuter program, through which more than 12,000 cats have been sterilized and vaccinated to date. This grant will enable Voices for Animals to expand our efforts to humanely manage outdoor cat populations while preventing the births of future homeless cats.



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!

You are invited to join us for our next volunteer meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Northside Public Library on W. Rio Road in Charlottesville, VA. Our meeting are informal — bring your … Continue reading

Voices for Animals Receives a Generous Grant from Two Mauds, Inc.

Voices for Animals is pleased to announce that it has received its first-ever grant from Two Mauds, Inc. for $3,000 to support our Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project! Two Mauds, Inc. is a foundation established by Dr. Dallas Pratt, a psychiatrist … Continue reading

Affordable VIP Pet Care in Our Area

VIP Pet Care is available in Charlottesville at Pet Supplies Plus and some nearby Tractor Supply stores. Pet Supplies Plus 1240 Seminole Trail Charlottesville, VA 22901-1737 434-979-2009 From 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Sunday May 01, 2016 VIP Pet Care … 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.