June 30, 2010


These guys came through the spay/neuter clinic yesterday. Normally animals make all our hearts smile a little more, but helping them recover and wake up from anesthesia gives an extra tug on the heart strings. These two were awesome patients, and we hope they got an extra special treat last night.

June 29, 2010

Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore.  
~ Franz Kafka

Scarlet Begonia...formerly known as Peggy Sue

Wow- a very special thank you to Connie and Eric for sending in these photos of Miss Scarlet Begonia. You would never know that this pooch was a hunting dog reject, that she was brought to Angels of Assisi thin and totally dejected. A little love goes a long way; she certainly looks spoiled, happy and totally at home with her new brother Sam.

Connie and Eric- we appreciate you very much. Not only have you saved the soul of this wonderful dog, but you've put the wings of hope on ours as well.

June 25, 2010

On This Day

A typical day at Angels of Assisi involves about 35 spay and neuter surgeries, 40 pets seen throughout the day for wellness visits, numerous admissions to the adoption center and pets sent to their new homes from the adoption center. Here are a few faces that came through today, Thursday, June 24, 2010.

Gus- rescued from the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection in Roanoke. We picked Gus up this morning for a family that was interested in adopting, brought him to Angels of Assisi for a check-up, and sent him home this afternoon. He is a wonderful guy who was on is very best behavior at the clinic!

This big boy came in on the Assisi transport with other dogs and cats from the Bedford area early this morning. After getting checked in, each made their way through the spay/neuter clinic. After recovery, the transport vehicle took them back to Bedford where they will either go home or be put up for adoption by the Bedford Humane Society.

Meanwhile, back in the lobby, a lady brough this tub o' kittens in. They were in a plastic bin, with plastic wrap taped to the top as a cover. Talk about hot! While the tub did have some air holes, we were very relieved to see that they were all alive and well.  

These 3 newcomers were admitted to the adoption center, and will be available to go home next week.

Take the above stories, times them by about 30, add in a few extra requests for pet food, feral cat situations, senior horses in need, barn cats needing homes, puppies and senior dogs being admitted to the adoption center, event scheduling, and a few sweet volunteers and foster parents pitching in, and you have a typical day at 415 Campbell Avenue.

June 23, 2010

QUESTION: How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a burned-out bulb?

Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Dachshund: You know I can't reach that ****ed stupid lamp!

Rottweiler: Make me.

Lab: Oh, me, me!!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I?

Siberian Husky: Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.
Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Doberman Pinscher: While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark......

Mastiff: Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.

Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Irish Wolfhound: Can somebody else do it? I've got this hangover.....

Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there....

Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle....

Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb?

German Shepherd: Alright, everyone stop where you are! Who busted the light? I SAID,"STOP WHERE YOU ARE!!!"

Hound Dog: ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

Cat: Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So the question is: How long will it be before I can expect light?

June 22, 2010

The Object of Their Affection

The O'Neill household has a new foster tucked away behind Door Number 3 (or perhaps they are just plain old french doors leading into the sun room). Either way, Tucker, Shiloh and Jessie are quite fascinated by what is happening behind those darn barriers keeping them from all the fun.

So who in the world is providing all these hours of entertainment? Is she really all that? Well, we think so. Meet Seven (crazy name, but Seinfeld fans will understand). She certainly is all that, and maybe even a little more.

PS- she will be ready for adoption in another week! ♥


June 18, 2010

You've Made A Believer Out Of Us

This cuter than words puppy was admitted to the adoption center last week with her litter-mates. Here she is getting a little extra TLC from the Angels of Assisi staff after her spay surgery. Notice the word "believe' on Bobbi's scrub top.

Looking at those sweet, innocent eyes, not only makes us believe in our mission of preservation of life for all animals, but it makes us work even harder to make that mission come true.


Neuter Your Neighbor!

Please don't take that literally. However! Angels of Assisi's spay and neuter clinic is running a Tom Cat Special all summer. One male cat neuter for $40, 2 male cats for $75 (cats must come on the same day). Please call 344-8707 for an appointment.


Alumni Friday - Cats

Bear, formerly know as Stewie at Angels of Assisi, really enjoyed riding in the car with his new family. His family had another mode of transportation, and thought they'd see how Bear liked it. Check out the video below~

Alumni Friday- Dogs

Meet Rudy- formerly known at Angels of Assisi as Speckle. Rudy had a good start in life since he was in a foster home. Foster homes provide so much more than any shelter can, and we appreciate each and every one of our foster moms and dads.

Here is the email sent from Rudy's new owner to his foster parents, Amanda and John.

Amanda and John,
Hey, I hope you two are doing well. I know it's been quite a while since I sent you guys an update on Rudy. He's doing so well and he continues to amaze me almost everyday with how smart, loving and loyal he is. My girlfriend and I took him to the beach last Saturday. I was a little nervous about how he would do around so many people since he can get easily excited. He did better than I had hoped and we were even able to get him in the water. He slept pretty much the entire way home but he seemed like he had a great time. He has calmed down so much since I first got him. He now sleeps in a pen in my bedroom every night. He even knows when it's time for bed. When he sees me making my way upstairs he runs and gets in his pen without me having to tell him to. He's so smart! I've boarded him a few times in the past two months or so when I've gone out of town and he seems to enjoy that and getting to know other dogs. Thank you guys again so much for letting Rudy come into my life. He has been such a blessing and a great friend. I've included a few more pictures that I think you'll enjoy.

Take care,


Looking good, Rudy! We are so happy to see you are doing well. Have a great life, buddy ♥


June 14, 2010

Proving the System Wrong

Here is what happens when you take an "unadoptable, feral-like cat", a scared out her mind puppy mill dog, and put them in a loving home. Lexi the cat was one that sat in the back of her cage and hissed at everyone. She started as a barn cat, and soon worked her way into the home and heart of her new owner.

Suri is a puppymill survivor: she had to learn how to go potty outside, and not shake every time someone approached her. She did figure that out and much more, although she is still terrified of steps for some reason. That's OK, because it gives her mom another reason to pick her up and snuggle.

June 8, 2010

Tastes Like Chicken: The Quest for Fake Meat

Maybe one day you'll order a chicken fajita at Chili's that is made with soy. You almost certainly won't notice the difference, but the planet will.

Tastes Like Chicken: The Quest for Fake Meat

June 3, 2010

A Good Friend

Nona Nelson of the Roanoke Times has a strong and kind voice for the animals in our community. She is a huge supporter of rescue work, and we all enjoy her blog, The Happy Wag, very much.

Nona and her husband Phil lost their beloved rescue greyhound, Dexter, this morning. He suffered a brain aneurysm and was taken from them far too soon. I experienced the sudden death of my dog, Smokey, due the same thing last summer.

We'll never what is worse- losing a beloved pet very suddenly, or walking them through a prolonged illness. Either way it hurts like nothing else, and we send Nona and her family every good wish there is.

Rest in Peace, Dexter, you are loved very much.

We Have a Secret

We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.

~Author Unknown