In the year 2001 over 9,000 homeless dogs and cats were killed at our regional pound. The task to stop the needlessness of it all was an overwhelming, but very necessary one. Where to start? The logical step was to prevent more from being born, and so the Assisi Clinics of Virginia, Inc, commonly known as Angels of Assisi, came to fruition. We offered one service: low cost or free spay and neuter surgeries. Last year the number of homeless animals lost at our regional pound was 1,769; we're getting there.
Angels of Assisi began with a mobile Spay/Neuter unit, an RV refitted to be a traveling Veterinary clinic. The coach racked up many, many miles, and surgeries were performed near and far, including twice a month stops to our hero shelter, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, now known nationwide for their no kill leadership status.
Since then we have outgrown one small clinic, and moved to the building on Campbell Avenue. This location was chosen because of it's accessibility, and it's amazing how many people walk and use public transportation to bring their pets in for care. (And yes, we are fully aware that we have outgrown this building as well!).
Adoption, foster, volunteer and wellness services have been added, along with programs for hospice patients, under-served communities, victims of domestic violence, and a farm animal sanctuary.
The best part of the journey has been the friends and supporters along the way, who have made it all possible. THANK YOU, and we hope you enjoy this little blast from the past, our humble beginnings from August of 2001.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe