ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- There’s an envelope at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA waiting for you to adopt it.

The CASPCA unveiled a program this week for people who want to support homeless animals but can’t actually take one home.

Each adopted envelope and corresponding donation ranging from $1 to $250 will help cover medical expenses for animals in the CASPCA’s care. 

“Behind every envelope is an animal in need,” said Emily Swecker, Director of Development and Communications at the CASPCA. “Together we can place more healthy animals in loving homes.” 

Each animal at the CASPCA must be spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccines before they can be made available for adoption. It costs an average of $105 to provide each cat with these routine services and $155 for each dog. In 2022, 3,806 animals were adopted out, and it cost more than $399,000 to provide each of those animals with basic medical care. 

Those interested in adopting an envelope can do so online at or visit the CASPCA’s lobby. Once an available envelope is chosen and the corresponding donation is made, the CASPCA will mark that envelope as adopted and then send the donor a letter detailing how the donation helped a homeless animal at the shelter. 

Envelopes have been available to adopt since Wednesday. The fundraiser will conclude once all envelopes have been adopted. The CASPCA will then randomly select one lucky winner to receive a CASPCA tote bag full of merchandise and goodies.