Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
3421 W. Cary Street
Richmond VA 23221-2726
Mission Statement The mission of Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital is to eliminate the killing of healthy, otherwise adoptable companion animals simply because they are surplus and cannot be placed in loving homes. P.A.L. plans to accomplish this goal by providing high quality, affordable, and accessible spay & neuter services to the public without regard to income or location.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Aburn Defazio
Board Chair Ms. Susan Aburn Defazio
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board Chair / Director
Contact Information
Address 3421 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 232212726
Telephone 804 359-6369
Fax 804 358-7486
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
Care About the Strays1992
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $620,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
Additional Documents
Care About the Strays - Certificate of Amendment2011View
Sales Tax Exemption2011View
Nub's Story2010View
Puppy's Story2010View
Phoebe's Story2006View
These are just a few of the many stories P.A.L. has to share. Please visit our website at to see more stories. 
Mission The mission of Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital is to eliminate the killing of healthy, otherwise adoptable companion animals simply because they are surplus and cannot be placed in loving homes. P.A.L. plans to accomplish this goal by providing high quality, affordable, and accessible spay & neuter services to the public without regard to income or location.

 As an organization dedicated to ending companion animal overpopulation, Prevent A Litter's greatest accomplishment each year will always be the number of animals we have spay/neutered. Our 2014 statistics are:


283 - free spays or neuters

6,307 - total spays & neuters 

 87,747 - total of spays & neuters since opening in 1999


For many of our clients however, we are more than just a spay/neuter clinic. We are often the only vet their animal will see all year. We provide yearly vaccinations and testing for animals that are already spayed & neutered and get to see many of our furry clients year after year. As a fully licensed hospital, we are also able to offer medical treatments such as hernia repair, tumor removal, eye enucleation and many other surgeries to improve and often save an animal’s life.  


We offer our animal clients and their human companions heartfelt care and compassion. We provide a 24 hour emergency number for surgical patients and offer rechecks free of charge. Our small staff could be seen by some as a fault, but if you ask any one of our clients they will tell you they love the personal one-on-one attention they and their animals receive. Our receptionists are knowledgeable and caring, our surgical staff are trained and licensed, and our veterinarian has been with us since opening in April 1999. We love what we do and we would love your support!


1. We are looking for a volunteer with graphic art skills to help us with our website as well as a PAL T-Shirt design.
2.  We would like to hire an additional vet to provide high quality surgery for 30 to 35 animals a day and other services.
3.  Since the cost of operating the hospital is not covered by the fees for service, we need donations in any amount to the General Fund, Coins for Critters, and the Special Surgeries Fund.
The General Fund is not glamorous but it pays for the lights that enable
the surgeon to see his patient, phone, computer service, payroll, insurance,
building maintenance, as well as medical and office supplies to name a few.
Coins for Critters  enables us to offer surgery to animals whose caretakers cannot afford our already low fee.
Special Surgeries Fund allows us to provide life saving surgery and treatments at no cost or reduced cost for animals whose caretakers cannot afford the fees at a full service veterinary practice. 
4.  We always need items such as blankets, flat sheets, distilled water, paper towels, etc.  Please see our website for a complete list.
5.  Volunteers are needed for special events and programs during the year. Anyone with special talents (painting, plumbing,etc.) are also welcome!

Care About The Strays (CATS) was founded in Virginia in 1992. CATS’ mission was to provide low cost spay/neuter and emergency veterinary care through referrals and financial support to participating full service vet hospitals.


In 1992, rescue and adoption were the only services available for stray animals in Richmond. While adoption of stray animals is essential, it only deals with the symptom of the problem. Spay/neuter is the solution to companion animal overpopulation. Helping people find affordable spay/neuter prevents unwanted births, thereby lowering the number of animals who end up in shelters waiting for a home.


CATS founder and CEO, Susan DeFazio, realized the most efficient way to provide the community with high quality, low cost spay and neuter services would be to build a clinic dedicated to that idea. In 1999, after several years of fundraising, Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital was born! Prevent A Litter was the 1st non-profit spay/neuter clinic in Virginia and over the last 16 years has developed a reputation for excellence, dedication, and most importantly compassion.


Prevent A Litter has spayed/neutered in excess of 87,000 animals and relies on the generosity of individuals to continue its important work. 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Susan Aburn Defazio
Company Affiliation Board Chair / Director
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Susan Aburn Defazio Board Chair / Director
Mrs. Lissa Fischer Board Member
Mr. John Fischer Board Member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 67
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Susan Aburn Defazio
Senior Staff
Dr. William F Asbury VMDVeterinarian In Charge
Ms. Lauren Early Clinic Manager
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 3
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 71
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Prevent A Litter's spay & neuter program is affordable, accessible, and open to everyone without regard to income or location! As Virginia's first non-profit spay & neuter clinic, we are proud to say we have spayed/neutered more than 76,000 animals preventing millions of unwanted births and decreasing the need for euthanasia across the state. 

Our fees for spay & neuter are as follows:

Cats - strays and ferals welcome!

$35 – Female

$25 – Male


                                    Female                              Male

Under 40 lbs               $45                                     $35

41 lbs – 99 lbs             $60                                     $50

100 lbs – 125 lbs                                                    $95



$80 – Female

$55 – Male


P.A.L. advocates and performs pediatric spays and neuters. We ask that kittens be at least 8 weeks of age and weigh a minimum of two pounds; we ask that dogs be at least 10 to 14 weeks of age depending on breed and size. 


Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

Spay & neuter has an impact on an individual level as well. Animals, and their caretakers, benefit from this procedure in the following ways:

Cessation of heat cycles 

Diminished desire to roam

Decreased risk for many types of cancer

Diminished aggression

Decreased desire to mark territory (urine marking)

Prevents unwanted litters


In short, spaying and neutering is not only the responsible choice, it also makes for a more harmonious and healthy lifestyle. 

Long Term Success
Spay & neuter is one step, out of many, that must be taken in order to end the needless killing of healthy animals simply because they are surplus and cannot be placed in loving homes.
Although no organization studying the impact of spay & neuter yet exists, we are able to monitor euthanasia statistics through the VDACS website ( It is clear that euthanasia in the Commonwealth of Virginia has drastically decreased over the last ten years. We believe this reduction is due to affordable, accessible spay & neuter services, increased rescue activity, as well as increased awareness and attention paid to feral cats. 
Prevent A Litter plans to continue our efforts to end companion animal overpopulation and sincerely hopes to spay & neuter ourselves out of business! 

The cost of veterinary care seems continually on the rise while the household budget for many American families gets smaller and tighter. What was once considered routine vet care (rabies vaccination, heartworm preventative, etc) has, for many, become an unmanageable expense. 


In an effort to help animals in loving homes stay healthy, Prevent A Litter provides routine yearly vet care at a low cost for animals that are already spayed or neutered. We do not charge an “office visit” or “doctor’s visit” fee so if your cat or dog needs a rabies vaccination it would just cost $15.  We offer these services on a walk-in basis (even on Saturdays!) to make caring for an animal affordable and easy for almost every budget and schedule.


For a complete list of walk-in services and pricing, please visit our website at 

Population Served General/Unspecified

As a fully licensed hospital we are able to offer many other life saving/improving surgeries to animals that would otherwise receive no care. We perform surgeries such as hernia repairs, growth/mass/tumor removals, eye enucleations and many more. We frequently provide this service at no charge and rely on the compassion and generosity of donors to help us continue to help suffering animals. Please take a moment to look over some of the stories in the other documents section. 

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $620,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$519,122$527,706$496,091
Administration Expense$101,309$72,544$67,167
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.101.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%88%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$245,080$259,404$190,612
Current Assets$95,143$136,564$76,173
Long-Term Liabilities$15,000$0--
Current Liabilities$3,152$17,392$12,912
Total Net Assets$226,928$242,012$177,700
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities30.187.855.90
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • IRS 990s prepared by Frank DeFazio, Board Secretary & Treasurer.
  • Organization does not conduct an audit at this time.
  • Profit and Loss statements, prepared by the organization, are also available for your review.