Voices for Animals President Stacey Norris Receives 2016 Advocacy Award

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.

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

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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 who believed in the human-animal bond, was known as a progressive in the field of mental health, and was perhaps the first highly credible voice against biomedical research in the modern animal rights movement.

The foundation now focuses its work on funding affordable spay/neuter projects in the Appalachian area.

Voices for Animals is very grateful to Two Mauds, Inc. for recognizing the vital importance of spaying/neutering in reducing animal suffering and for supporting our work in achieving that goal.

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