Board of Directors

Melissa Hewitt-Grable - President
Deanna Lotts - Vice President
David Didawick - Treasurer
Christine Root - Secretary

Board Members

Janet Balser
Janet Bevins
Lisa Botkin
Joyce Fisher
Deanna Jones
Kim Massie
Sue Overton
Margaret Siman

Mason Smith
Gary Tomlin
Jane Zieman


Debbie Caywood
- Executive Director
Beth Hagberg - Operations Director
Crystal Via -
Animal Care Manager
Stacy Moran - Office Specialist

Animal Caregivers

Stacy Atkins
Charlie Fitzgerald
Nick Hamner
Lydia Lee
Danielle Lovegrove
Sarah McGuffin
Hannah Parrish
Alli Shaffer
Mary Tyler


Spay/Neuter Clinic Staff

Dr. Susan Rieser - Veternarian
Tonya Whetzel - LVT
Jamie Saunders
Shyann Sorrells
Kelly Rivenburg
Teresa Slack

About Us
Augusta Regional SPCA
33 Archery Lane
Staunton, VA 24401

The Augusta Regional S.P.C.A. advocates the humane treatment
of companion animals through leadership and proactive solutions
to pet overpopulation including adoptions,
spay/neuter efforts, and education.

Brief History of The ARSPCA

On April 28th, 1970, three local residents with a commitment to providing shelter for animals in need of
protection decided to take action.  Martha M. Wray, D.C. Wray, Jr., and Josephine J. Marcus signed into
effect the Articles of Incorporation which began their quest to create what is now the Augusta Regional

In April of 1973, their dream was realized when the shelter opened in a leased building on Van Fossen
Lane in the city of Staunton, VA. This facility had 16 runs with a mere 800 square feet left to provide a public
reception room, office space, medical treatment room, rest room and storage space.

As the years passed and the intake number of animals dramatically grew, so did the need for an
adequately sized shelter.  Due to the crowded conditions and lack of quarantine space, a severe outbreak
of distemper in April of 1985 brought the desperate need for a larger, better equipped facility to the
community’s attention.

A fund drive for a new shelter began in late 1985 and ran through 1986. The total raised was over
$142,800 through the generosity of 528 individuals and families and 71 businesses and civic groups
throughout the three municipalities of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.

The move to our current location of 17 acres on Archery Lane took place in December 1986, and the
dedication took place in April 1987.  The original building had 34 individual kennel runs for dogs, a large
area to house cats and puppies, laundry/grooming/medical facilities, a public reception area and separate
offices.  A small paddock to provide shelter to livestock was added in 1999.

In 2000, the animal isolation area, Animal Control holding cages and the crematory were added.  An
outdoor dog recreation area was completed in 2003.

Other recent improvements have been the installation of new cat condos, new cages in the main dog
adoption room, central air conditioning in the dog adoption area and paved parking. We have completed
construction of our new spay/neuter clinic, which is also on the property and opened on June 1st, 2011.  
Read our latest newsletter:
The Critter Chronicle