Opening its doors in 2005, Anicira Veterinary Center was started in an effort to reduce unnecessary euthanasia. By partnering with other local shelters all across Central Virginia, Anicira has touched the lives of over 100,000 animals! This shelter is predominantly a medical facility for the community and many other rescues, but it also provides adoption services to hundreds annually. Anicira hopes for Harrisonburg to one day adopt a stringent no-kill policy and works to alleviate overpopulation issues through catch-and-release programs and desexing all animals they rehome.
The Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA is an open admission shelter serving several surrounding municipalities. This shelter plays a huge role in the community by providing numerous services ranging from bite quarantine and emergency to adoption services and pet ownership classes. RHSPCA stays involved and engaged in the ongoings of the community, particularly in the sphere of animal-related legislation. When they are not working on their own programs, RHSPCA builds partnerships with small rescues to work towards a no-kill Virginia.
This small non-profit was started by one woman to address the unnecessary euthanasia of stray cats just because they had nowhere to go as a result of the growing overpopulation issue observed in Harrisonburg. In order to alleviate this issue, Cat’s Cradle has both adoption services and a robust trap-neuter-release program for the feral colonies. This rescue also works to provide resources to those in need such as veterinary assistance to ensure that cats are not abandoned or surrendered to them. Cat’s Cradle has been at it for almost 20 years, and have had a near 100% adoption rate in recent years!