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Giving a Hand

This fund memorializes former VFHS Board President Debra Griggs who passed away in November 2023. Created on her birthday, November 11th, this fund will provide financial and/or in-kind support to VFHS members tackling an urgent large-scale animal need in their community. 

Debra was a tenacious, fierce and effective advocate for all animals. Whether walking the halls of the Virginia General Assembly to climbing a fence to save a dog in need, Debra's dedication was infectious and her effectiveness unmatched. Debra worked tirelessly with individuals and organizations across the Commonwealth to provide thoughtful guidance and support to a variety of issues, big or small. 


This fund will provide support for VFHS members on an as-needed basis for one-time larger scale animal needs and situations including but not limited to: hoarding, abandonment, and natural disaster. Applications will be considered throughout the year.

Donating to the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies means that you are supporting a vast array of initiatives focused on animals and their caregivers, including education, advocacy and efforts to reduce pet overpopulation in Virginia.

You may make a General Donation or specify that your donation is for High 5 Transport Program, the Spay Virginia project or the Scholarship Fund.

The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies is making a difference for Virginia's animals and we appreciate your contribution to our efforts.

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If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to "Virginia Federation of Humane Societies" and note whether it is a General Donation, The Debra Griggs Emergency Fund, High 5 Transport Program, the Spay Virginia project or the Scholarship Fund. Checks may be mailed to:

Virginia Federation of Humane Societies
P.O. Box 545
Edinburg, VA 22824



Give yourself a tax break!!  If you are expecting a tax refund on your Virginia State Taxes, you may designate any portion or all of your refund to support animal welfare thru the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.  You will receive a receipt for your donation, which you can claim on your next year's tax return.

The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization.

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Honorary, Memorial
& Special Gifts


Honorary and memorial gifts to VFHS are a wonderful and meaningful way to celebrate a special occasion or loved ones who cherish their animals.


  • In Honor of: Show your love and support to a loved one through an honorary gift. Please specify if you are giving in honor of a holiday or another occasion, such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or just because.

  • In Memory of: We’ve all lost someone dear to us. If that someone had a passion for animals, you can commemorate their life with a memorial gift.

  • Special Occasion: Special occasions like weddings or parties offer a meaningful opportunity to support VFHS. Please consider asking your invitees to donate to VFHS in honor of your special day. You will be notified when gifts are made.

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