I will be dancing or PAWS!
I’ve always envisioned myself at some point taking over a dance floor as John Travolta did in “Saturday Night Fever.” I’m no disco dancer, but I think I can cut a rug, decently. No, seriously, I think I’ve got some moves. I would never say that unless I really thought I was capable of winning this thing. And that’s what I intend to do, win this thing.
I am training to dance in a “Dancing with the Stars” style competition to benefit the Virginia Beach SPCA. I jumped at the opportunity because animal homelessness is a cause I hold very close to my heart.
I had my first dance lesson with Emily last Wednesday. We decided on an updated two-step piece that’ll really get the crowd going. At least, I hope it does. I used to think I knew how to two-step, but the dance has been updated a tad bit. Regardless, we’ll be ready to roll for June 15th.
I’m going to donate my performance to my late dog, Pepper. I first met Pepper when I was a young man, maybe 4. My brother had brought her home and I wasn’t about to give her away to anyone. Little did I know, I didn’t have much say so when I was only 4. We had to give Pepper back to the rightful owners, but I had made a big enough impression on the owners that they let me have Pepper. I had that dog all the way until I was in high school.
“Approximately 6.5 million homeless companion animals enter U.S. shelters each year. 3.3 million of these animals are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Not only does the VBSPCA work tirelessly to help animals find forever homes, but they also provide medical treatment to animals for all kinds of medical issues. But the VBSPCA doesn’t stop there. The VBSPCA believes in providing humane education to the community, bringing awareness to issues surrounding animal homelessness while empowering children to build a more humane future. Last year alone, the VBSPCA cared for over 3,500 companion animals, 1,925 wildlife, and provided Humane Education to over 7,000 children. This is no small feat, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community.”
Mark it on your calendar and plan on coming to show some support for the VBSPCA on Saturday, June 15th. I’m going to leave you with something that I found online that had gone viral. The meme that I found online featured Keanu Reeves as his hit character, John Wick. The meme, “Be Kind to Animals, Or I’ll Kill You!” John Wick would probably do it, too.
See you on June 15th!
VBSPCA stands for Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The mission of the Virginia Beach SPCA is to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering while increasing human compassion. The VBSPCA works to reduce pet overpopulation by spaying/neutering all adoptable animals and offering affordable services to the community through the mobile Neuter Scooter.
If you’re ever interested in volunteering, volunteers play a central role in the delivery of the Virginia Beach SPCA’s mission of compassion, and we strive to create a rewarding experience for those who dedicate their time and energy to our cause. Through collaboration and communication, staff and volunteers work together to create a positive and productive shelter environment, providing quality care to our animals and humane education to our community. Volunteers lend their skills and talents to aid VBSPCA staff in all areas of our organization, proving to be an indispensable resource to the Virginia Beach SPCA and the community in which we serve.