PHOTOS: PETA’s 2022 Poochella Festival Helps Virginia Dogs Find Loving Homes

Published by Rebecca Maness.

We’re all in need of a little peace, love, and tail wagging these days—and this weekend had all three! Following a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, multishelter adoption event returned, with five local shelters participating in the fun. Here’s a quick recap of Poochella 2022:

We played with plenty of adorable, adoptable dogs …

woman petting dog lying on grass at PETA adoption event

… helped dogs find permanent homes …

Man in red shirt sitting and petting large brown dog

… and, of course, played with more dogs.

person in PETA shirt petting dog on green grass

The day was a major success!

Chesapeake Animal Services, the Norfolk SPCA, Virginia Beach Animal Control, and the Virginia Beach SPCA all participated in this year’s event along with PETA. Our shelters are bursting at the seams with wonderful dogs who would love to become great companions, encourage you to get some exercise, and love you to pieces. PETA’s Poochella festival offered a chance for attendees with room for another family member to meet their perfect canine match.

Cute dog at PETA Adoption event

Couldn’t Make It to Poochella This Year? Here’s What You Can Do

Every year, animal shelters across the U.S. are forced to euthanize millions of cats and dogs for lack of suitable homes. Countless other animals are abandoned to fend for themselves outdoors. We encourage all guardians to have their animal companions spayed or neutered and never buy animals from breeders or pet stores, which only exacerbate the homeless-animal crisis.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind