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'Paws for Charity' raises $22,000 to help abused, neglected animals in Hampton Roads

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, 13News Now and Priority Automotive's “Paws for Charity” has raised more than $22,337 for Hope for Life Rescue.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — 13News Now and Priority Automotive's “Paws for Charity” raised more than $22,000 to help abused and neglected animals in Hampton Roads, $2,000 past the original fundraising goal.

The event raises funds for a special nonprofit animal shelter in Virginia Beach called Hope for Life Rescue. Here's why.

Over 18,000 of Virginia’s dogs and cats were euthanized in 2022, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. But Hope for Life is trying to combat that statistic. 

The no-kill animal shelter rescues abandoned, abused, and neglected animals, many times coming from high-kill facilities, and nurses them back to health. And they've maintained a 98% save rate for the animals they take in.

The shelter is also cage-free, which means animals have spaces to roam free within the facility.

Last year alone, Hope for Life rescued 1,268 animals from across Hampton Roads and beyond, and their vet bills totaled over $350,000.

RELATED: This Virginia Beach no-kill shelter takes the animals no one else will and nurses them back to health. Here's how you can help.

A group of dedicated volunteers and donations from the community are what keep the doors open.

That's why 13News Now and Priority Automotive partnered this month to “Paws for Charity” and raise donations for Hope for Life Rescue. Our goal was to raise $20,000 between March 13 and 22 – here’s where you can donate online!

You can also donate by visiting the shelter during operating hours.

And there are other ways you can help Hope for Life: you can volunteer at the shelter, foster animals or host a puppy sleepover, help transport animals, adopt a pet, or you can buy items off their Chewy wish list.

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