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Affordable Veterinary Services of Virginia is a low cost option for your dog or cat’s vaccines, heartworm testing, leukemia testing, fecal parasite testing, heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention…..and more.

We accept walk-ins, there are no income restrictions, and there are NO HIDDEN FEES!!


ART focuses the majority of its resources on lifesaving programs such as spay/neuter, medical assistance to keep animals in homes and legislative advocacy to ensure better laws for animals and the people who love and serve them.



A non-profit low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic

Our Mission: to provide low cost spay/neuter services to the public and rescues; to help end homelessness and senseless euthanasia in our shelters.


The Peninsula Pet Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by a group of animal lovers in Yorktown that provides temporary pet food and basic supply assistance to pet owners facing hardship.



This is a program initially designed and begun in late 2014  to provide needed surgical or dental care for pets who may otherwise be unable to receive it due to financial reasons.  We wanted  to use our helping hands to allow people to take care of their furry friends.




Our mission is to see that no animal goes without the surgery or dental care they need due to prohibitive high cost. Why do we do it? Because we believe in what we do, we love the animals and simply put… we don’t want to see an animal put to sleep or go without because of limited finances.

Over 40% of the U.S. Population is within one day’s drive to Helping Hands.


State licensed veterinarians administer high-quality vaccines and microchips in select stores with no appointment and no office visit fees. Simply show up during the clinic hours, it’s that easy.

Note: Do a 25 mile radius search from 23669 for information on locations in Gloucester, Smithfield and Suffolk.


The primary goal of our emergency fund is to help owners in a financial bind preventing their pet from receiving medical care. Our fund is not to be used for routine care such as vaccines, grooming, nail trims, or wellness visits.  The purpose of this fund is to assist pet owners who are needing funds for life saving procedures and immediate urgent care for their pets.




How to Choose a Dog Trainer

“How to Choose a Trainer” from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
“Finding a Dog Trainer” from Best Friends Animal Society

Bringing a new pet home

Dog care and training resources

“Click to Calm” by the Karen Pryor Academy – This book primarily focuses on training exercises to provide dogs clarity about what to do when faced with dogs or strangers. If this book interests you, it is essential to go slow. Some of the exercises in this book are too advanced for some dogs, so when in doubt try not to put your pet in scary situations.
Pet Care and other resources from Best Friends Animal Society
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Resource Center – Contains information about selecting the right dog for your lifestyle, activities you can do with your dog, becoming a dog trainer, choosing a dog trainer and much more!

Training articles

The benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training from The American Kennel Club
The use of dominance theory in behavior modification in animals from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
The use of punishment for behavior modification in animals from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Puppy Socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

Training videos

•Crate Training
Step-by-Step Guide to Crate Training Your Dog
◦Shaping your dog to love his crate – Clicker Training Tutorial
•Treating a mild case of Separation Anxiety
•Loose Leash Walking
Loose Leash Walking Foundations – Starting Positions
Loose Leash Walking with Focus
“Watch me” Game – Training your dog to give you their attention without asking for it

How to choose a good and reputable dog trainer

•Too many dogs are given up after their normal, easily modifiable behaviors are allowed to become problems. But things do not have to end up this way. To prevent your dog from becoming a part of this sad statistic, take your dog to a professional dog trainer. A good training class is a fun, social activity that helps your dog become a well-behaved, safe and valued family member.
•As a dog owner, one of the first questions that you might ask is: does my dog need training? The answer is this: yes, and so do you. Whether you are intentionally teaching him or not, you canine friend is always learning. This holds true not only for puppies but also for older, adult dogs as well. If you do not teach your pet your rules, he will invent his own.
•Training allows caregivers to safely and humanly control their dog’s behavior. Positive training enhances the bond between dog and owner, and helps ensure that your dog will happily respond to your instructions.
•What Should I Look for in a Dog Trainer? It is important that the dog trainer you select uses humane training techniques that encourage appropriate behavior through such positive reinforcement like food, praise, play or attention. Look for a trainer who ignores undesirable responses or withholds rewards until the dog behaves properly.
•Training techniques should never involve yelling, choking, shaking the scruff, tugging on the leash, alpha rolling (forcing the dog on his back, or other interactions that frighten or inflict pain on the dog.
•Where can I Find a Good Dog Trainer? A recommendation from a friend, neighbor, groomer, boarding kennel, veterinarian or humane society would be a great place to start. You can also check the Yellow Pages under “Pet Training.” Do not assume that the membership of a trainer in a dog trainer association qualifies him as a suitable instructor as not all membership criteria in these
•Also, because no government agency regulates or licenses trainers, it is that much more important to investigate their qualifications before enrolling in a class. Find out how many years of experience the dog trainer has had under his belt, how he was educated, and what training methods they use. You might also want to ask prospective trainers for several references from clients who completed the classes.

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