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In the Arms of a Wasp

Photos and Story by: MC3 Michael Forbes Day in and day out dogs, cats, and other animals across the country enjoy the comfort of a warm home and a good owner. Unfortunately many of these animals don’t have either; this is where the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) steps in. The SPCA in Virginia Beach has

provided shelter for many of these animals over the years. Some of the animals that come into the shelter have been abused or their owner can’t afford to keep them. SPCA volunteers work with these animals to help them become adoptable by socializing with the animals. Volunteers from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) spent time with some of the animals to give them much needed human

Center: BM3 Torres plays with a puppy during Wasp’s visit at the Virginia Beach SPCA. Top Left: CS3 Wingfield spends time with his favorite dog by giving it a piece of a hotdog. Bottom Left: YN3 Will and SN Rodriguez spend time learning more about the dogs at the SPCA. Top Right: ABF3 Harrell gets her face licked by one of the SPCA’s dogs. Bottom Right: YN3 Will hands a dog a treat in an attempt to get the dog to become used to humans.

Wasp volunteers were great. Today we tried to do socialization with our dogs, that’s one thing we really never have enough people to do.” For some Wasp Sailors, volunteering at the SPCA is more than just spending time with animals.

interaction. By socializing with the animals, the animals are more likely to become adoptable. “The best part about coming out here is the animal interaction,” said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Clarissa Medrano. “In PPV we can’t have any animals, and I miss my dog and my cat back home.”

The SPCA is a privately funded organization and relies solely on donations from the community and fundraisers. Volunteers are always welcomed into the SPCA to help out in any way they can. “Volunteers are what really drive the SPCA,” said Tim Molina, Virginia Beach SPCA Adoption Manager. “The

“It’s good to see a lot of people come out to something to volunteer, and not to get paid for it,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kevin Tillage. “It’s good to see the sacrifice.” For more information on the SPCA visit

In the Arms of a Wasp  

Wasp volunteers visit the Norfolk SPCA to help familiarize the animals to being around people, and the cuteness ensues!