vanessa-newVanessa Remmers covers Stafford County government and schools for and The Free Lance-Star.

Check here for the latest reports on news from Stafford County. You can email her at

RSS feed of this blog

SPCA sets up Animal Angel Trees

The Stafford SPCA is putting its spin on the traditional Angel Tree for the holidays.

The no-kill, nonprofit animal shelter has set up trees at retailers around the area. Animal photos, biographies and wish lists are featured on the ornaments that are designed to then hang on your own tree.

Here's one tree at the Spotsylvania Mall. You can keep the ornament of your angel after you send a monetary donation or call 540/657-7387 about a physical donation to drop off or pick up.

Those who pick up the ornaments are asked to donate money in the attached envelope, or to call the shelter at 540/657-7387 to make a physical donation.

“Animals are forever friends, regardless of where you are in your life, the troubles you’re having, they’re always going to be there for you,” said Sarah Ritchie, the SPCA’s fundraising and marketing director. “We’re trying to do our best to help them out in the best way we possibly can.”

The trees will be set up through the end of the year—but the SPCA needs donations year round.

Here are locations for the Animal Angel Trees: Quaker Steak & Lube in Central Park, Two Left Feet Dance Studio in Stafford, Lee’s Hill Golf Course in Fredericksburg, Impact Homes LLC in Fredericksburg, Present & Past Treasures in Chatham Heights, Stafford Transportation Office and the Spotsylvania Town Center Mall.

The other day, I went over to the SPCA, which is off Andrew Chapel Road. They’re still growing and facing many struggles. You may remember that it became a divisive issue during the 2009 Board of Supervisors race. I’m writing an update on their situation, and it will hopefully be in the paper in the next couple of days.