Community steps up for Norfolk SPCA


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The washer worries are over for the Norfolk SPCA. 

A little more than a week ago, 10 On Your Side reported that the washer broke.  It left the shelter without a way to clean items needed to care for the pets up for adoption.

“Timing was perfect,” said George Polyzos, owner of Soaps N Suds. “We had the machine.”

In a place called Soaps N Suds you’d expect to be surrounded by washers and dryers, so when word of a dirty situation at the Norfolk SPCA spread, owners George and Anthony Polyzos jumped into action.

“We heard the story and immediately within minutes we had a call to bring them a machine,” added owner Anthony Polyzos.

They took one of their machines and delivered it to the Norfolk SPCA.

“Hopefully they are getting blankets and stuff washed,” said George Polyzos.

Staff contacted 10 On Your Side unable to fix broken washers and the community responded.

“It was actually before the story even aired once the teasers started going on, we had people walking through the door and calling wanting to donate,” said Melissa Heard with the Norfolk SPCA.

The laundry room now looks different.  There are several new washers giving volunteer Ann Wright some work to do.

“This is a 24-7 operation,” said volunteer Ann Wright.  “You miss a day, you miss a half and you have mountains of laundry.”

The SPCA tells 10 On Your Side one company has committed to remodeling the laundry room providing extra space for all the new equipment.

“We can spend less time worrying about our giant mounds of laundry and more time caring for our animals on hand,” Heard added.

Call it a clean sweep for the staff.  Well almost.

“Now we need help in the laundry room,” Wright joked.

It all happened with the help of 10 On Your Side.

“We will take you on our side any time,” Wright said.

“10 On Your Side,” Heard added.  “That’s the reason why we got all the support.”

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