Virginia Beach SPCA needs help after taking in more than two dozen dogs

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VIRGINIA BEACH Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach SPCA is in need of assistance after answering a rather large call for help.

“They reached out to us in need of help and we had some space,” said SPCA marketing manager Mike Lawson. 
 
An out-of-state shelter was overcrowded, and the rescue group that was supposed to take some of the dogs backed out at the last minute. 
 
From there, SPCA staff members loaded up their vans to the brim with dog crates and made their way to Mountain City, Tennessee.
 
“This shelter in Mountain City needed a little bit of space and we were able to help out,” explained Lawson. 

They came back with 26 pups on board.
 
“Anytime we can get animals into happy, loving homes that’s a win for us at the end of the day,” said Lawson.
 
But now they’re the ones who need help, starting with lots of dog toys.
 
“It’s a big influx of dogs we’ve had come in we could certainly use hard toys such as Nylabones would be fantastic, dog treats, water buckets, and wire dog crates,” he listed.
 
Lawson says a recent increase in adoptions opened up the space for the four-legged in need.
 
“We generally have been really consistent with our adoption numbers but we’ve seen a little bit of an uptick and so yeah, whenever we’ve got the room we like to keep our shelter full so more animals can find their forever homes,” he said. 
 
He says that could be credited to their increased outreach efforts because they’ve been trying to get out in the community more. 

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