Voices for Animals and the HOWS Project have merged!

Voices for Animals has recently added a new dog to our silhouetted animals.

Voices for Animals has recently added a new dog to our silhouetted animals.

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 to address needs that are not traditionally filled by local animal sheltering and control agencies. Voices started the area’s first spay/neuter program for feral cats, and we continue to advocate for all animals, including farm animals and wildlife. The Houses of Wood and Straw (HOWS) Project provides proper housing, straw bedding, and other comforts for neglected outdoor dogs. By combining forces, we can strengthen the leadership of both groups and streamline administrative tasks. We can also harness the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers from both organizations to address the needs of animals in Central Virginia and to expand the number of animals we can help.

We welcome Stacey Norris to the board of Voices for Animals

As a result of this merger, HOWS has become a project of Voices for Animals, and Stacey Norris, the dedicated and talented founder of HOWS, has become Voices for Animals’ co-president. Having worked with Stacey over the past year, we could not be more pleased to have her on the board of Voices. While Stacey is a tireless advocate for neglected outdoor dogs, she is also passionate about improving the lives of all animals, and we are certain her energy and enthusiasm will be a benefit to any of the work Voices undertakes to help animals.

Learn more about the HOWS Project by visiting the website and the HOWS Project Facebook page. We especially encourage you to sign up to receive Stacey’s informative and picture-filled HOWS updates by contacting her at staceyhelpsanimals@embarqmail.com. You’ll learn about the dogs that HOWS is currently helping, check in on some of the dogs who have already been helped, and find out how you can volunteer your time to deliver a warm, comfy house to dogs with inadequate shelter. Some of Voices’ long-time volunteers have already gotten involved with the tireless folks at HOWS and have been impressed and inspired by their work.

You can direct your donation to the project of your choice

We will continue to maintain separate bank accounts for Voices for Animals and the HOWS Project so that supporters like you can direct your donations to the cause of your choice. If you write a check to Voices you can specify in the memo section whether you wish to donate to the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project or to HOWS. We will be working to integrate the HOWS Project into our website, but at this time you can donate via Paypal at voicesforanimals.org for the cat project and at www.howsproject.org to help outdoor dogs. Either way your donation is tax-deductible and is helping animals in need.

What should you expect now that the merger is complete?

Good things! Voices for Animals will continue to focus on feral cat spay/neuter and advocating for all animals, while the HOWS Project will continue its work with outside dogs. Behind the scenes this synergy should make all under the Voices’ tent become more efficient. And that should allow for more time and energy to be spent helping more animals in our community. Stay tuned …

We are truly thankful for the opportunity to merge forces with the HOWS Project and so excited about what we are going to be able to accomplish together.

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Mark Your Calendar!

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!

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