|Why the Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters (VAAS) was Formed...|
There are very few people in the world who completely understand what it’s like to work at an open-access shelter or as an animal control officer. In fact, the only ones who can really understand are your fellow-workers in the animal control/open-access shelter field!
The Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters has been formed by a group of animal welfare professionals who believe that a reasonable, compassionate voice needs to be heard to improve the lives of the thousands of animals we serve each year. We want to ensure that the unique responsibilities of regulated public and private entities, which cannot or do not “pick and choose” the animals they receive, are respected and that these organizations are supported in their efforts to improve their operations compatible with the constraints imposed on them.
For a more detailed history of the animal welfare movement and the need for VAAS, please read our VAAS Case Statement.
Statement of Purpose and Goals
The purpose of the Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters (VAAS) is to enhance animal welfare in the Commonwealth of Virginia through the collective knowledge, experience, professional commitment and sharing of resources of our organizations and agencies. We are dedicated to supporting member shelters on behalf of the animals we serve; to advance the standard of care and level of knowledge within our shelters. We are committed to working together to:
Educate member shelters on behalf of member communities and Virginians state-wide on animal welfare issues and concerns;
The Executive Committee
J. Benny David, Campbell County Animal Control Officer
Kathy J. Strouse, Retired Chesapeake Animal Services Superintendent
Jenn Toussaint, Chief Animal Control Officer Arlington
Jeffry S. Parker, Chief Animal Control Officer Hanover County