Norfolk SPCA hosts Salty Dog Beach Walk

All proceeds from the event go directly to housing, feeding and caring for their animals. They can hold 100, but their kennels are always full.

NORFOLK, Va. — There were plenty of paws in the sand in the Ocean View area today as the Norfolk SPCA brought back its Salty Dog Beach Walk.

All this to support the hundreds of animals they house every year.

They celebrated their second year at Cova Brewing Company. This is the first time they have held this event since 2019 due to the pandemic.

“We realized we wanted a family-friendly, all-inclusive, diverse community event where everyone felt welcome to come and bring their dog,” said General Manager Kimberly Sherlaw.

She said all proceeds from the event will go directly to housing, feeding and caring for their animals. They can hold 100 at a time, but she said their kennels are always full.

“Right now in animal welfare, it’s been one of the toughest years across the country. Shelters are struggling with resources,” Sherlaw said. “Our goal is to get them healthy and into homes.”

Between food trucks, adoptable dogs from the shelter and a one-mile walk on the beach, Sherlaw said nearly 200 people joined in the fun.

“Have a good time walking, you know, with animal welfare advocates and other animal lovers.”

If you don’t have a furry friend yet, but want one, Sherlaw encourages you to adopt from a shelter.

Did you miss the walk on the beach? You can show your support next month for their “Witches and Wiskers” event.

It happens on October 21 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.