How we give back

We’re givers. We support the Winter Haven community through the care we provide to pets and people, but we're also firm believers in giving back to those who give so much to us. Our community involvement efforts span multiple local organizations, businesses, and events, reflecting our dedication to the place that VHA is lucky to call home.

We're always looking for new ways to lend a hand to individuals and organizations in and around our community. If you become a part of our team and have ideas to help us expand our outreach efforts, we’d love to hear them!

Below are just some examples of how we contribute.

Bark in the Park

We’re proud to have sponsored this annual community event on several occasions over the years. Bark in the Park is an event where pets and their families come out for fun, vendors, weiner dog races, and goodies.

EMT Program

Graduating classes through our local EMT program have the opportunity to come in and intubate cats, because it mimics the intubation of an infant. Anyone who has come in and done the program has accomplished intubating an infant for the first time with great luck and ease.

Toys for Tots

Every year at our annual Christmas party, we accept donations from our clients and staff to support the Toys for Tots program, which provides toys for children whose families cannot afford them.

VHA Cares Program

Dr. Nations generously contributes $7,000 a month towards the medical care of stray animals that have been brought to our hospital. After helping them heal and recover, we work with shelters and rescue groups to get them adopted.


We have participated in a lot of SPCA fundraisers and charities, including Pints for Paws, Howl at the Moon, and the Dog Day event at Bok Tower.

Falcor’s Feast

Through Falcor’s Feast (named after Dr. Nations’s daughter’s bearded dragon that passed away close to Thanksgiving), this program provides disadvantaged families with everything they need for a complete Thanksgiving meal. We work with local churches and schools to make sure we’re reaching the families that need our help.

Give Kids the World Village

We’ve donated to Give Kids the World Village, a non-profit resort and amusement park for disabled and critically ill children and their families. We recently had the opportunity to give a little girl an annual wellness exam for free for her new kitten.

Great American Teach Inn

We visit schools throughout the year and speak to students about how to care for their pets, and how to become a veterinarian.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

To help Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts earn their animal care badges, we invite them into our facility for a tour and to answer questions about our hospital and what we do.