Double the Love.

There are so many stories about people returning the animals that they adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. They claim that since they are going to be in the office all day they won’t have time for the animal, or it wouldn’t be fair to the animal to be left alone all day. Well, we would

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Kitten Season Is Upon Us!

‘Tis the Season The flowers are blooming, the days are longer, and Spring has Sprung! With that comes one more thing: KITTEN SEASON! We just love tiny kittens. They are cuteness over load with their round little bellies and eyes that are just starting to peek open. But Kitten Season is a very tough time

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Why is it so hard to adopt lately?

Why is it so difficult to adopt an animal lately? In a word: COVID. The world changed in March 2020.  You and your family stayed in quarantine, and even now don’t go out nearly as much as you have in the past. The kids have a new and ever-changing school schedule which often includes remote

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A Very Happy New Year Indeed!

Whenever I tell anyone that I volunteer at an animal shelter, the first question I am inevitably asked is “Is that a No-Kill shelter?” I then launch into my explanation that the VAO strives to meet a live release rate of 90% or better, which is the definition of “no-kill”. I explain that as a

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Why All the Woe?

You might be wondering, why are we making such a big deal with all of this Woe is Woofstock stuff? This is the first time in twenty-four years that we will not have a Woofstock Festival.  It was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We know that, in the interest of public health and safety, we

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Kitten Season is Here!

What is kitten season? Well, simply put, it’s the time of year when litters of kittens are born. But there’s nothing all that simple about it! The VAO’s Feline Care Manager, Bill Romaine, has this to say about kitten season: “We are in the midst of what could be the biggest kitten season that I’ve

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