1966: Liz Sills and B Lovitt form the Virginia Beach SPCA. The first Board of Directors was made up of 10 elected members. The City of Virginia Beach donates land on Farm Road at the intersection of General Booth and Oceana Boulevard.
1968: $5000 is raised to build the VBSPCA’s first shelter. The VBSPCA begins the area’s first humane education program. (Using two monkeys, Simon and Sam, a raccoon, a boa constrictor and a rabbit named Peterella.)
1969: The shelter opens on January 1. The new shelter cares for more than 5,000 animals in its first year of operation.
1972: A spay/neuter clinic is added to the shelter where adopted animals are spayed and neutered onsite in one of the first such programs in the nation.