Do you love animals? The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign provides opportunities to support animals through a variety of charities. Here are brief profiles of eight organizations:

Service Dogs of Virginia
Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center employs two therapy dogs trained by Service Dogs of Virginia (SDV) (CVC Code 200117): Wagner, who came on board in December 2018, and Josie, who arrived in May 2021. SDV raises, trains, and places dogs to assist people with disabilities and provides facility dogs for courthouses, counseling centers, schools, and other therapeutic settings. SDV makes a commitment to provide ongoing training and support for each individual or facility with which it places a dog.

Montgomery County Friends of Animal Care and Control
Montgomery County Friends of Animal Care and Control (CVC Code 200090) is dedicated to improving and saving the lives of the homeless animals in Montgomery County. The group works with the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center by providing financial support, foster homes, dedicated volunteers, community education, and outreach.

Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc.
Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. (CARE) (CVC Code 200010) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, care, and adoption of cats and kittens rescued from euthanizing animal shelters in Richmond and surrounding areas. CARE is committed to the highest principles of humane care and obtains professional medical treatment for all animals in its systems.

Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue
Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue (CVC Code 200004), located in central Virginia, is an all-breed rescue working to save equines from a variety of situations, including abuse, abandonment, neglect, slaughter, or when owners can no longer provide care. The organization is also dedicated teaching responsible equine care.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
The ASPCA (CVC Code 200566) is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA assists animals in need through interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, placement, legislative advocacy, and research and training.

American Humane Association
The American Humane Association (CVC Code 200564), founded in 1877, is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals. The association’s team of animal first responders has been on the ground for virtually every disaster in U.S. history.

Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute (CVC Code 201230) works to restore critical habitat to save chimpanzees from extinction, cultivate local livelihoods in harmony with nature, and help young people become an informed generation of conservation leaders.

Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary (CVC Code 200545) provides captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being. The sanctuary operates on 3,060 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

To discover additional animal-related charities, refer to the CVC website’s complete list of charities. This year’s campaign has a goal of $390,000 and ends Dec. 10.

Donate now to the CVC through a payroll deduction or by cash, check, or online donation.

More information can be found on the CVC website

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