A nonprofit, charitable organization supported by donations that is dedicated to promoting animal welfare and maintains a ... More
Peninsula SPCA & Petting Zoo
A nonprofit, charitable organization supported by donations that is dedicated to promoting animal welfare and maintains a petting zoo and exotic animal area that is open to the public. The petting zoo is populated with goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, and other animals, while the exotic animal area houses leopards, mountain lions, jaguars, bald eagles, Canadian lynx, foxes, otters, and more.
We went to the petting zoo and you waste money to go see nothing!!! All you could really pet was like 5 goats and 2 llamas i mean the petting zoo was extremely lame and I wouldn't waste my money going there its better to go to the bluebird gap farm which is free. plus to get through the building to get to the petting zoo stunck sooooo bad and we felt like we smelt like it for the rest of the day.
I was a little disappointed. Based on their website, I was expecting more animals in the petting zoo part. There was no otter, no mandril, and no peacock, and there were other empty cages as well. The adoptable pets seemed lethargic, and the part where the adoptable dogs were smelled really bad. I could not wait to get outside. I understand that keeping many animals in the same room will lead to a smell, but more needs to be done to keep it to a minimum. In its favor, though, the room where the cats, rabbits, and hamsters, etc were kept was just fine. Overall, the facilities were clean and neat.
I went to the SPCA three days ago to get a kitten for my birthday. Not even three hours after I brought him home he satrted sneezing and sounded extremely congested. I made an appointment for him scheduled for two days after this occured. The next day my boyfreind and I noticed that he was not neutered when his records showed he was. Then on top of everything else the day of the appointment I come home from work and find he has fleas, mind you I am extremely OCD on hygiene and dont have anyother animals. His record showed he had gotten frontlined four days prior but after doing some research I found that if this was true the fleas would be dead within 18 hours. I am trying right now to have the spca pay for all the bills I have to put toward catching him up to par because they lied in their documentation. So far no luck. I don't recommened going to the spca for adopting an animal.
The goats, little deer, and other birds were very friendly and fun to pet! My child loved them! The rescued tiger was beautiful and the river otters were very fun to watch! Some may be farm aminals, but they were very people-friendly! The staff was constantly walking the dogs from inside the shelter and did the best that they could with such a large number of animals. All of the dogs being walked were very friendly, even the pit bulls! I plan to adopt a dog from them very soon! Prior reviews may complain about the smell, but if you don't like it then donate some cleaning supplies to them! Give the place a break, it's an animal shelter!
My kids love it. They have a petting zoo where you can pet goats,deer, chickens and a LLama. The animals can get a bit over zealous trying to get the feed that you buy from candy machines, but the kids just think it's great. Use caution if you have little ones though. Then they have other injured animals that they take care of and you can see, but not touch like a panther, tiger, bobcat, and others. And if you want to adopt a pet check out the SPCA for many dogs and cats just waiting for a forever home.In the area you can also check out the VA Living Museum which is right across the street for even more fun with animals.
What I like best about the SPCA is that it provides a place for the animals to stay until they find a home. I understand that eventually, you run out of room for all of them and the un-adopted ones get put to sleep. I disagree with this strongly. Not all can live to find a good home but it should be set up as that none, no matter if adopted or not, shall be put to sleep. But other than that, I would say that the SPCA is a great place to have around. Not only for animal-loving people, but for the animals itself. And especially since I'm really big on dogs.
I was here 10 yrs ago and for a day out with my son, I took him to the SPCA. He loved going because he was able to ' pick ' out his favorite puppy and then see the animals in the back. He was always so joyful to feed the goats, and have them feed on him... :)
Now that he is older, he still likes to go but he takes his sister who now loves to see the puppies in the SPCA and loves to see the different animals in the zoo. She loves to feed them.
The people are always so nice and unlike other pounds, these puppies seem to be in a good and caring and clean enviroment. They also carry kittens, birds and hamsters.
I don't mind spending 6 or 8 dollars to see the zoo animals because I know it goes for their care.
We bought our dog over in Belgium at a local pound for 150 euro's. That is about $200. here in the USA. When I found that the SPCA here cost about $60.00 to take a pup home, I was ready to take them all home. When we get ready to buy another pup, we will most likely get him from the SPCA.
I understand how everyone feels, but if you don't like the situation at the SPCA, then donate money to help them, or organize fundraisers to make money to donate to them. You can complain all you like, but until everyone starts doing something besides complaining, nothing will change. To the person who lost their dog there, I am sorry, this was not meant for you.
Horrible, terrible smelling. The poor, pathetic animals seem just as bad off there if not worse. It seemed every animal I looked at was sick, eyes bulging out, tired and hungry. When I asked the people at the desk about the situations I saw, they shrugged it off saying there isn't any money to give the needed medicine or attention to them. I will never take my children there again.
I did not enjoy going to the SPCA. Taking my child to a "Petting Zoo" were animanls not keeped up with. It looked like the animals there haven't eaten in days.....I felt like I was taking my child to another country, were animanls come last.....Don't go. The animals run after you and trys to bite...please beware!!!
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