Animals in Harrisonburg Need Your Help!

As a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide care and well being to as many animals as possible, Anicira and our amazing community of local supporters have awaited a day when we could bring our "no-kill" mentality to a shelter in Harrisonburg that shared our goals. That day has come! This past week, Anicira submitted a proposal for a public private partnership (P3) for animal services for the City of Harrisonburg - an opportunity to change the outcome for thousands of animals in our city.

Quick Facts About The Proposal:

  1. The new shelter is already open and staffed. We've been running a pilot program to learn the ins-and-outs of adoption and how best to apply our decades of combined veterinary experience in order to save the MOST animals! So far the pilot program has been very successful at getting animals adopted and is ready to take on the weight of the city contract. 
  2. Anicira is willing to take on the city contract at a cost that will save the city (that means you, taxpayers!) 15% from the financial demands of their current contract with the SPCA.
  3. Our goal is a 90% or better live save rate and we are actually asking the city to hold us to a higher standard with quarterly performance reviews!
  4. VDACS has officially approved our new shelter.  
  5. We are officially asking the City Council to vote to APPROVE the proposal at their June 27 meeting.
  6. There are things you can do to help! See below to get involved.
  7. Read the full proposal here. 

This P3 project is an opportunity to use the experience and knowledge of Anicira - a recognized animal welfare and veterinary medical services leader - to improve and expand the quality of these services for the residents of Harrisonburg. 

A Few More Important Facts:

  • Based on its performance history, the services currently provided to the City by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA are substandard. State-level data shows that the Harrisonburg metro area has one of the highest euthanasia rates in Virginia. Similar sized shelters with similar numbers are performing at much higher rates. 
  • We know the folks at the SPCA are good people who care about animals! Anicira hopes to lessen the load placed on the SPCA by alleviating their requirement to the city. Since they will still be the county provider, this will give them more time and more resources to focus on lowering euthanasia rates in the county!
  • Our end goal, just like those at the SPCA, is to save as many animals as possible. Often times, we have different schools of thought on how that goal should be approached. We believe that this proposal is an outstanding way for two groups with very different ideas to work together and engage as many people as possible to achieve our common goal.

Are You Ready To Get Involved?

Your voice is important! Here are a few quick and easy ways you can help right now to save more animals:

  • Like, Share and Post! Use social media to help us let people know what's happening in Harrisonburg and their opportunity to make a change. SHARE our facebook posts in groups and on your personal timeline and encourage EVERYONE you know to do the same. We need to reach AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE in the next few weeks! Click Here To Start Sharing!
  • Email City Council! Send an email to each of our City Council Members to vote to APPROVE the proposal to award Anicira’s new Open Admission shelter with the City contract. Click Here for the Council Members' email addresses and a short note you can copy and past in an email to them.
  • Join us for a Rally for Rescue! On Tuesday June 27 at 6:30 pm we'll be gathering at City Hall, wearing white, to show our support for change to City Council.

Email Your Council Members!

Feel free to copy the text below to paste in an email or write a message of your own:

Dear Harrisonburg City Council Member,
I am a Harrisonburg resident who is concerned about the number of animals that are killed every year in our city. I encourage you to approve Anicira’s recent proposal to replace the underperforming RH-SPCA as the County’s open admission shelter. Anicira is willing to be held to a higher standard and provide the shelter that our community has been asking for and that our animals deserve.

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