For Immediate Release: 11/15/2019

Contact: Lauren Early

Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital


Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital To Provide Free Spay/Neuter For Richmond's Pit Bulls

Richmond, VA: Today Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital (PAL) is happy to announce a grant in the amount of $9,500 from The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia to provide free spay and neuter for any dog that falls under the umbrella term "pit bull". 

With this grant, Prevent A Litter will provide free spay and neuter surgeries to anyone in the Greater Richmond area whose dog falls under the category of a "pit bull". By providing these services, Prevent A Litter will be significantly decreasing the number of unwanted litters potentially landing in our city shelters, on the streets, or in the hands of animal abusers. 

Executive Director Susan DeFazio had this to say about the valuable grant: "With pit bull and pit bull type dogs being the number one breed euthanized in animal shelters across the United States, we can make a significant impact on the number of these dogs that needlessly die every year, thanks to the Animal Welfare Fund grant. Veterinary care can be costly, but this grant will not only make it possible for us to help more animals, but it will ultimately help more people in our community as well". 

Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital is a non-profit, fully licensed facility whose mission is to end pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter without regard to income or geography. Since opening in 1999, PAL has performed over 115,000 surgeries. In 2016, they introduced their Feral Cat Fund, which provides free spay or neuter for feral and community cats. They also offer low cost vaccines on a walk-in basis to any animal that is already spayed or neutered. For more information, please visit their website,


Thank You Petco!


Contact: Lauren Early, 804-359-6369,

Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital

Grant of $15,000.00 will extend efforts to save more animals lives in the state of Virginia and beyond.

Richmond March 7, 2017 – Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital of Richmond, VA, today announced it has been awarded a $15,000.00 grant investment from the Petco Foundation to support its efforts to end animal overpopulation through affordable spay and neuter surgery.

Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality, low cost spay/neuter surgeries serving the entire state of Virginia. Since 1999, Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital has spayed and neutered over 100,000 animals as well as performed countless other procedures such as tumor removals, hernia repairs and other soft tissue surgeries.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to provide free and discounted services to individuals in need of financial help for their beloved furry family members whether it be through surgery, vaccines or otherwise. In addition, it will also allow Prevent A Litter to continue offering the highest quality care to their patients and the people who love them.

“The Petco Foundation’s grant will not only allow us to continue to save the lives of animals all over Virginia, but also allow us to provide their guardians with affordable treatment options in lieu of euthanasia.  With their belief in our mission, we are certain that by working together we will one day end the tragic practice of euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals,” said Susan DeFazio, Executive Director.

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About Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital

Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating euthanasia of healthy, otherwise adoptable companion animals simply because they are surplus and cannot be placed in loving homes.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $175 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find new loving families, and we're just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved. 


In The News

Richmond Times Dispatch 

March 18, 2017