February 28, 2011

Update on Noble

Looking good!! Thank you to all that never ever gave up on him. ♥♥♥

Good Stuff Happening In Franklin County

Yesterday we posted a story that included information on the Franklin County Humane Society. As a group, they have made tremendous progress in becoming a No Kill community. This involves a spay/neuter clinic (Planned Pethood), foster homes, volunteers, and a commitment to the vision of saving the pets in their community.

Did they have some bumps in the road along way? I would imagine so, that's what you call growing pains. Change can be hard, but it can be oh so good.

Nadia, pictured below, was transferred to a No Kill rescue group in Connecticut along with 27 other dogs from Franklin County Humane Society. She arrived safe and sound last night. 27 lives saved, and now 27 more spots opened up to save 27 more. Awesome!

“Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse, while all the others were making ships” ~Charles Simic


Microchips Available 5 Days a Week

Did you know you can have your pet microchipped at the Angels of Assisi wellness clinic for $15? Please call us at 344-8707 to schedule your pet today ♥

PS- And how great is Vickie Holt's photo of Mallory? Mallory is already microchipped and ready for adoption!


Shoeshine went home! Some nice folks met him at PetSmart yesterday and that was all it took. Have yourself a happy life, buddy!

A Room With A View

Wow! The cats in colony room number 3 are enjoying their extreme home makeover! With the creative minds of Diane Novak and Vickie Holt at work, good things happen. Thanks to them and Mattie and her family for all the hard work! Looks great!


The Face of Our Community

Lately there has been a lot of debate on the number of homeless animals put down in Roanoke each year. Many people are saying that irresponsible pet owners are to blame. Here is the story of one dog that easily could have ended up one of those dismal statistics.

Joan and her husband will soon have to move to a continuing care facility, and Anna cannot go with them. The family is running out of options and is looking for any advice, guidance and suggestions to help Anna.

Joan wrote:

"Surely other pet parents have faced the same dilemma about finding a home for their beloved dog when the continuing care facility can't take her. Anna is nearly 12, arthritic and going deaf, but still loves playing ball, is great watch dog and would be perfect for someone with no other pets.

She was a rescue, saved from an abusive owner who chained her in the yard, where she was attacked by other dogs, so our vet opines. As a consequence, she has to go to a home without other pets".

Anna's family is moving November 2nd, and they have been trying to find a home for her since June. She just went to the Vet and got her shots, and a supply of heartworm meds to bring with her.

Angels of Assisi will sponsor her yearly shots if someone can help this wonderful girl and her dedicated owners.

Here is some additional info on Anna (this was taken from the Happy Wag)

Anna's Story

"Let's look at that German Shepherd", my husband said, after we'd checked out the dogs at the Salem Animal Clinic. I agreed, but none too enthusiastically, since I'd always been a tad afraid of shepherds - police dogs, you know. Then came some strange sounds, a scraping and clicking, like toenails against the floor.

Peering around the corner, I saw the sad-eyed shepherd refusing to budge, firmly planting all four feet so clinic helpers had to literally drag her into the waiting room. This was my introduction to Anna, a beautiful and loving companion who has brightened our lives for the past nine years. I quickly learned it was fear, fear of humans, not unfriendliness, that made her resist meeting us.

When we drove her to our home, she trembled every step of the way, and once there, would not come near us. Anna had been abused, chained in the back yard night and day, no shelter, no protection from thunderstorms or merciless heat, prey to neighborhood dogs who probably attacked her, generating a lifelong fear and hatred of other dogs. She conquered her fear of humans fairly quickly but never got over her fear of other dogs. What else can I tell you about this lovely creature?

Treated with care and compassion, she blossomed into a loving companion, equally at home outdoors and inside, smart, loyal and obedient, an excellent watch dog. She loves to play ball, take short walks; before arthritis set in, she adored riding in the car but as she aged and developed arthritis, that became difficult. She's amazingly disciplined; once when I was tenderizing a steak on the kitchen counter while she lay at my feet, I left the room and came back to find her still quietly lying there, steak untouched.

Now my husband's ill health requires us to move into a continuing care facility which won't take large dogs, period, and I'm trying to find her a home for her declining days. The animal shelter thought she was two years old when we got her in 1990, but my vet who spayed her thought she was probably three, so she's approaching 12 years old.

Besides arthritis, for which I give her glucosamine/chondrition, she has some hearing loss, but is otherwise healthy, to the best of my knowledge, and up on all her shots. But obviously, she doesn't have much more time, so it's doubly important to find her a loving home. My neighbors know her and would take her in a heartbeat, but they all have other animals. Can anyone out there save Anna?

More info, Kids are fine. Cats, I'm not sure but don't think there's a problem. I chatted with a neighbor who had a cat in her arms while I was standing there with Anna (on her leash) and Anna didn't pay much attention to the cat.

However, she doesn't get along with other dogs. She was tied up by her original, abusive, owner and was attacked by other dogs while defenseless, so she's afraid of other dogs and can't get along with them.

Joan was a responsible pet owner. So much so that she had Anna's shots updated 2 weeks before knew she had to move, and Anna may have been out of options.

After extensive networking, Anna went to an Assisi foster home (thanks to volunteer Wendy, who never, never, never gives up). She has since been adopted to a family with kids, a cat, and no other dogs. Anna is happy and will be safe for the rest of her life.

A little effort goes a long way. Just ask Joan.


February 26, 2011

The Face of Our Community

Below is a story posted on this blog last January 6, 2011:

A really nice man showed up in our (Angels of Assisi) lobby last night. For the last few months, he has been trying to place his two very large dogs, as he is moving today. The move was not necessarily his choice, but more one that was made for him due to illness.

Angels of Assisi was his last stop before the pound, and he was devastated. Unfortunately, it's been a busy week with many new dogs, and we are (really!) out of room. However, we told him to let the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection know that volunteers were networking for the dogs, and to hold them as long as possible.

And once again, networking works, or maybe it was the fact that after all these years Wendy's dad obviously can't resist her. When she asked him to foster a 120 pound English Mastiff and an 80 pound lab mix he agreed. "For 2 weeks!!"

Wendy is one of our very favorite, best of best, most awesome volunteers and foster mama to many. She's got a heart of gold and rarely takes no for an answer- she is one of those that figures it out.

Pictured below is the Mastiff. The lab was too wiggly for me to get a good shot, because, let's face it, I'm no Vickie Holt. We'll get some better photos up soon. These dogs are really attached to each other, and it would be awesome to place them together.

Who doesn’t need a combined total of 200 pounds of hunka hunka canine love, right?

A special thanks to Wendy, her most awesome dad, and the RCACP for having them ready for us this morning. We appreciate you all, but not nearly as much as their owner does. Now he is able to focus on getting better, and is at peace knowing his beloved friends are safe from harm. We wish him the very best.

Update: Zita amd Iris were adopted together and went home last weekend.

They now live in a suburb of Washington DC, and we got this email last night:
"I thought I would drop you a note to let you know how Zita and Iris are doing.
On the ride back to Alexandria, Iris sucked up as much attention as she could riding in our van between my son and daughter. Zita was content to check on Iris every once and a while and enjoy the breeze from the open vent windows in the back of the van.

Sunday night Zita was a little restless until I went out and slept on the living room sofa next to her (she was on the floor).

Monday we spent the day together and Zita became much more sociable. Tuesday I gave them both a bath. Zita really enjoyed it, and has been very outgoing since then. (I may have created a monster - she keeps going back to the tub)

They are both adjusting well and seem pretty happy to be here. Thank you!"

We sent a message to their former owner that they are safe and happy, and in a new home. He is a nice person. He took care of his dogs. He had them spayed. He had them up to date on their shots.

But he got sick and lost his house- things like this happen. (There but for the grace of God, go I). If as a community we cannot rally around to protect the innocent animals when we have the resources to do so, something is wrong.

There may be a shortage of homes vs available pets in the Roanoke Valley. Maybe. However there are options to transfer pets to rescue groups in other areas- did you know that people in New England have a fondness for hounds as pets? And in SW Virginia we have an overflow of hounds in pounds? And that there are volunteers who are willing to transport the hounds up north to reputable No Kill rescue groups?

Just ask the Franklin County Humane Society; they have done a lot of homework in this area, and in 2009 transferred 381 dogs and cats to out of state rescues. They do this because they care, and much of the work is done by volunteers.

We keep hearing that people are the problem, well Iris and Zita's person was not a problem. He got sick and lost his house after being a responsible pet owner.

And even if he was an irresponsible jerk, is it fair to the animals for the rest of us not to work on a solution?  
"You become responsible forever, for what you have tamed"
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

February 25, 2011

Bunny Love For The Kitties

Ginger was in for spay surgery last week, and today her owner came back with a donation of kitty litter. 600 pounds of kitty litter!  We are thankful for the bags, and especially appreciate her hard work in hauling it to us! Thank you so much!!


Thank You Orvis!

A super nice lady from Orvis stopped by the Angels of Assisi clinic and dropped off a $500 donation today. We appreciate the thoughtfulness of the employees very much, and the money was applied to the spay and neuter clinic. Thank you!!

More On The Lynchburg Humane Society

Very nice opinion story on the success in Lynchburg-


The Elephant In The Room

I'm sure most of us saw the news last night airing the statistics of the RCACP (Roanoke pound). Suffice it to say, Roanoke, we've got some work to do.

While no formula is perfect, at Angels of Assisi we're pretty sold on the No Kill Equation:

Feral Cat TNR Program
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
Rescue Groups
Foster Care
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
Pet Retention
Medical and Behavior Rehabilitation
Public Relations/Community Involvement
Proactive Redemptions
A Compassionate Director

The good news- communities can and do fix those statistics. Take a look at Lynchburg- awesome work! In its first year since announcing its transition to becoming a no-kill shelter, the Lynchburg Humane Society says it reduced its rate of euthanasia by 61 percent over 2009.

From their executive director: “We honestly can’t do this life-saving work without help from the community,” Yarbrough said in the release. “That includes everything from donations and volunteering, to owners willing to wait to bring us their pets because they know it gives their animals a better chance."

I think Roanoke's got some life saving work in us as well. Time to roll up the sleeves. More to follow...


How Cool Is Betty White?

Be The Change

February 24, 2011

Update on Healey

Healey is still in foster care, and trying very hard to understand that people can be nice. Besides having a troubled past, he is totally blind, and that adds a whole extra layer to work through.

We appreciate Teresa and Ray for working with him, and introducing him to a safe and loving home. Healey is what you call a starfish, and we're all pulling for him.

The Starfish

An old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.

As the old man approached the young man, he asked; "Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?" The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. "But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish, exclaimed the old man. "How can your efforts make any difference?" The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said;

"It makes a difference to this one!"

Partnerships Important To Achieve No Kill Communities

The below article from MSNBC news highlights the partnership between the Richmond SPCA and the Richmond Animal Care and Control, the city’s "pound".

Pretty cool that a Virginia agency would be highlighted in a news story titled "No-kill shelter nation? Maybe in 5 years. Adoptions rise as cities, shelters form partnerships to reduce euthanasia"

Last year in Roanoke 64% of the animals taken in at our RCACP (city "pound") were euthanized. If you subtract out the number of pets reclaimed by owners, the kill rate increases to 73%.

We believe that more of these partnerships across the nation are possible necessary, and need to combine with low cost spay neuter, trap neuter release, pet retention programs and proactive adoptions to achieve a No Kill Community.

Is it a lot of work? Yep. But boy could it be fun. Just ask Shoeshine, he'll tell ya.


No-kill shelter nation? Maybe in 5 years
Adoptions rise as cities, shelters form partnerships to reduce euthanasia

By Kim Campbell Thornton, contributor

When the Richmond SPCA in Virginia announced plans to become a no-kill animal shelter beginning in 2002, there was one thing that CEO Robin Starr didn’t expect: vocal opposition from local rescue groups.

Opponents argued that the change would mean a disproportionate amount of unadoptable animals would end up at the city’s animal control shelter — possibly leading to more animal deaths.

“It was sort of like we did a really good job of euthanizing animals, and it was our job, and we needed to see it as our place,” Starr said. “I just didn’t accept the notion that we were derelict in our duty if we didn’t kill animals.”

So the Richmond SPCA, a private organization, entered into a partnership with Richmond Animal Care and Control, the city’s shelter, with the joint goal of ending the killing of healthy, homeless animals in the community.

The Richmond SPCA began limiting the animals it accepted, opened a spay/neuter clinic, implemented a foster care network and instituted new programs emphasizing adoption and responsible pet ownership. Richmond SPCA also created programs to help pets remain with their owners, including a pet food bank and animal behavior-training classes. Richmond Animal Care and Control, in turn, pledged to focus on public safety issues.

By 2006, two years ahead of schedule, the partners had achieved their goal: an adoption rate of 75 percent or more, with no more healthy but homeless animal dying in the city. That’s up from a save rate of 56 percent in 2001.

“We’re no-kill within the organization,” Starr said. “And last year, our citywide euthanasia rate, including all animals taken in anywhere as homeless, was 19 percent, which I think puts us within the top few in the country.”

In contrast, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that approximately 60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats entering shelters are euthanized each year, mostly due to a lack of space or resources to care for them.

Animals still may be euthanized when they are highly aggressive, severely injured or have an untreatable medical condition, says Jody Jones, operations manager for Richmond Animal Care and Control. However, she adds, “we have not euthanized a healthy adoptable animal since 2006.”

A no-kill nation?

While no hard statistics are kept on the number of no-kill animal shelters in the U.S., the number does appear to be growing — and the number of animal adoptions rising in those cities.

Many cities, animal control agencies and private shelters in the U.S. are forming alliances that they hope will lead to a no-kill nation in half a decade.

The Nevada Humane Society based in Reno, Nev., adopted a no-kill policy in 2006. In less than a year, cat adoptions nearly doubled, from 2,100 in 2006 to 3,745 in 2007. Dog adoptions increased 51 percent, from 2,439 to 3,707.

Executive Director Bonney Brown credits the improved numbers to a focus on saving the lives of animals as well as a good relationship with Washoe County Regional Animal Services, which has one of the highest returned-to-owner rates in the nation — 65 percent of dogs and nearly 7 percent of cats.

We’ve been blessed with the rescue groups in the community,” Brown said. “They take animals that need a lot of extra care or behavioral rehabilitation.”

Heavy reliance on volunteers, convenient shelter hours and fun community fundraising events — such as trick-or-treating for pets at Halloween and furry speed dating on Valentine’s Day — have made a difference in Washoe County. Brown, who has a background in retail, runs the organization like a business.

“You look at what needs to be achieved and figure out how to do that. Maybe it means letting go of some programs that don’t have a lifesaving impact or shifting the hours that the shelter is open,” she said. “We’ve actually reduced our budget during the same time that we were achieving no-kill success.”

At the Nevada Humane Society, the average length of stay for a dog is about 16 days; for cats, about 23 days. The organization also has improved its adoption screening and matching process.

“Animals that have been in the shelter longer are moved into the most prominent adoption places, and we make a push to get them out,” she said.

However, not every community has the resources to form such partnerships that make no-kill shelters successful, says Misha Goodman, president of the National Animal Control Association and director of animal services for Iowa City, Iowa.

“Some locations in the country may have a very small shelter or animal control agency and not have the resources of local rescues or other shelters or humane societies,” she says. “I’m in the Midwest, and I can tell you that it is hugely lacking agencies to deal with animal-related problems. There are a whole lot of rural areas that don’t have accessibility to even the minimal amount of services.

Every animal moves out of here'

Critics charge that no-kill shelters accept only the most adoptable animals, but Richmond SPCA's Starr refutes that. Unless animals are too sick or injured to recover to a quality life or are so aggressive that they are dangerous, “every animal moves out of here,” she said.

And many shelters are coming up with innovative programs to facilitate adoptions of hard-to-place pets, such as older animals, pit bulls, and pets with disabilities or health problems.

“With older cats, we always do a reduced adoption fee,” says Ken White, president of Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, Calififornia.

“And we work with a lot of senior advocacy groups. Older animals are sometimes a really excellent choice for older people.”

Some organizations also tap donor-supported funds to help with medical bills even after adoption. Many share the animals' names and stories in an effort to make them more adoptable.

White firmly believes in giving every animal a chance at a home.

“We’re diving deeper into our own local dogs and cats that have medical and behavioral problems and trying to make ready for adoption dogs and cats who in past years would have been euthanized immediately,” he said.

Kim Campbell Thornton is an award-winning author who has written many articles and more than 20 books about dogs and cats. She belongs to the Dog Writers Association of America and is vice president of the Cat Writers Association. She shares her home in California with three Cavalier King Charles spaniels and one African ringneck parakeet.

Click here link to story


Bella was rescued by Botetourt Animal Control several weeks ago, and brought to Angels of Assisi along with her housemates. She suffers from cardiac problems, and although she has stabilized with medications, her life expectance is not long.

Once again we are thankful to the Assisi network of volunteers and foster homes. Diane Novak (of Barn Cat Buddies) has offered Bella a quiet place in her home. Bella will be safe and comfortable- perhaps for the first time in her short life.

Again, thank you to Diane and to all who donate to the Biscuit Fund to make happy endings a reality.


February 23, 2011


Jason, Farm Manager at Harmony, and Quinn sharing a moment this morning.


February 21, 2011


This paw belongs to a 14 week old Great Dane pup who came in for spay surgery today. She's gonna be a big one!

Clinic Cuties

Brittany, Vet Assistant Extraordinaire ♥, preps a bunny for spay surgery as Office Manager Deb look on.


Not Their 15 Minutes

Channel 10 came in today to film for a story airing at 6 pm tonight. Benji and Granny were outside playing, but kept trying to peek in and see what all the fuss was about. Apparently Scott Leamon's camera was much more interesting than the purple bunny they left behind!


Friendly Reminder! Today is Meatless Monday!

Meatless Monday also made the nightly news- click here to see-

February 20, 2011

Good News For The Salem Animal Shelter

Plans are in the works for a new dog park in Salem. According to the Roanoke Times, it will be close to the Salem Animal Shelter:

The city is also hoping the park's proximity to the animal shelter will create opportunities for synergy between the two facilities. "This park will provide citizens a safe place to let their dogs play off leash and exercise, while simultaneously increasing our shelter's adoption and outreach abilities," wrote City Planner Ben Tripp in an e-mail Friday.

The Roanoke Dog Park has been wonderful for the dogs and volunteers at Angels of Assisi. The dogs get to go out and play, and often meet potential adoptive families.

We're happy for the homeless dogs at Salem shelter, and a huge shout out to the city officials for thinking of them!


Handsome Healey

Below are the photos Vickie Holt took of Healey yesterday before he went to his foster home. We're not sure why, but you can often see a reflection in his eyes. His foster mom says he is is completely blind.

Otherwise, he getting used to be being pampered, and seems to have a great fondess for bones and Kongs ♥

"Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope."
~Author Unknown



We spotted Healey on the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection's website last week, and could not get him off our minds. Thanks to his new foster parents, Teresa & Ray, for naming him, worrying about him, and picking him up from Angels of Assisi today. We heard he even got a trip to PetSmart!

Healey has had a rough start in life, but things are certainly turning around.

Donations to Angels of Assisi and The Biscuit Fund make rescues like this possible. Thank you.


February 17, 2011

One At A Time

This sweet little gal was just transferred from the RCACP (Roanoke "pound") to the Franklin County Humane Society. She came to the pound a little scared and a lot skinny, but we know the good folks caring for her will rectify both situations.

Thanks to Patti and Inglath for making this happen. Thanks also to Trish and Carol at the RCACP for all their help in saving her life. Networking works!

Every Home Needs A Harvey

February 16, 2011

How 'Bout One Day A Week? No Tree Hugging Required!

Below is the story of Portia de Rossi's Aha! Moment when she stopped eating meat (taken from

I've always seen myself as an animal lover, but honestly, my affection didn't extend to all animals. I categorized them: Dogs were smart, loyal, and loving, so they were more valuable than, say, goats or pigs. I think that's why I never thought twice about eating meat. Steak and burgers weren't an everyday meal, but I definitely accepted meat as a necessary part of life. That all changed five years ago, when Ellen [DeGeneres] and I moved to a farm in California.

The property was beautiful, with plenty of land for our animals: We had four cows and two calves, and after a few months, we took in a 4-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare named Diva. The night she arrived, I was so worried about her that I couldn't sleep. She had been hauled several hours to our farm, and I feared she might have colic. So at 5 o'clock in the morning, I went out to the pasture to keep an eye on her. I sat very still, watching her until sunrise. Everything was so quiet that I think the animals forgot I was there. Then I witnessed something extraordinary: The cows formed a single-file line, and one by one they touched noses with the new horse as a greeting. The calves wouldn't approach on their own, so one of the cows nudged them forward. Each of the babies touched the horse's nose, then jumped around and played like little children.

I started crying and thought, I can't possibly keep eating these animals. Before that moment, I wouldn't have fathomed cows doing something like that. I was forced to confront the fact that I had chosen to remain ignorant of their nature because it was just easier that way.

That evening Ellen and I went to dinner at our favorite restaurant, where I often ordered the spaghetti Bolognese. I almost asked for it out of habit. But then I realized I had actually changed. I had no appetite for meat sauce. Giving up beef wasn't just some fleeting idea. Over the next year, I stopped eating all animals and animal products. I always thought going vegan would be difficult, but I genuinely don't crave meat or cheese. And I feel happier, like I'm contributing to making the world a less violent place. Before that morning on the farm, I ranked an animal's value based on how "human" it was. Now I don't judge other beings that way—every animal has its own intelligence and sensitivities. They're all lovely, worthwhile, and deserving of our respect.

Pictured above: Holy - Portia and Ellen DeGeneres' Cow
(only Ellen would come up with such a name!)

My personal Aha Moment came one afternoon in late October in 2002.  We were driving from Virginia to Chicago; it was pouring rain and freezing cold. Stop and go traffic was heavy going through Indianapolis, and in front of us was a trailer with 2 young black and white cows.

The cows were struggling to stand and kept bouncing off the walls. Every few minutes they would slip and again and again struggle to stand and keep their footing on the metal floor. They were soaking wet, and looked bewildered about the traffic, horns honking, accelerating and braking over and over. We ended up stopped next the trailer, and I could see their soulful brown eyes and long eyelashes.

That was it for me. As a dog, cat, guinea pig and rabbit lover, who was I to contribute to the suffering of any animal?

As an added reinforcement, just last month, the large trailer shown below was parked in our local Dollar General parking lot. We've all seen them driving down the highway a million times, but only from the outside. This time I wanted to see what, make that who, was on the inside. 


Meet the meat. And those eyelashes get me every time.

Seriously folks, we're not here to point fingers and make everyone into tree hugging vegans (yeah, we know all about being labeled as such, but it's all good). 
However! How about this... Meatless Monday. By cutting out meat once a week, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change.
And save a few of those baby brown eyes with the long eyelashes as an added bonus. Click here to learn more.


"I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls. God knows that I've crawled on occasion, and I'm glad that no one ate me."
~Alex Poulos


Botetourt Biscuits

Two weeks ago, Botetourt Animal Control Officers seized 14 cats from unhealthy living conditions and brought them to Angels of Assisi for immediate medical care and rehabilitation. Since that time, the cats have been legally turned over to the adoption center.

We are now in the process of treating them for various conditions and illness, including one who needed oxygen for a period of time, one with a neurological condition, and fragile newborn kittens. Most have been treated for skin, respiratory, and ear ailments.

For now, they are starting to feel better and will be available for adoption soon. Meanwhile, we appreciate any donations to the Biscuit Fund for their medical care. More to follow...

This last photo is # 2 of the rescue. She has a heart and lung condition, and is picturted here coming back to Angels of Assisi after spending the night in the Emergency Vet Clinic. At the time, she needed oxygen therapy and we wanted to make sure she had medical supervision overnight. She is more stable now, but still in need of extra medical care.

A big thank you to Dr. Spangler, Dr. Gallagher and the staff at Angels of Assisi for taking the extra time with the new Botetourt Biscuits ♥


February 15, 2011


Noble's new family came in and signed his adoption papers today, and there was a collective exhale from those that love him. I think we were all holding our breath; would the dogs get along? Would Noble fit into the household routine? Would his new canine brother accept him?

Paperwork was signed, and text messages flew- "Guess what?!?" "He is here to sign Noble's adoption paperwork!" "Shut UP! "Yippee" "Make sure to ask for photos!"

As his new owner left with microchip info and heartworm prevention in hand, there were a few more tears shed, a flooding sense of relief, and more than one person saying, "yep, this is why we do what we do".

My last wish is that his former owner, the lady that passed away from cancer last summer, somehow gets word that he is safe. Then again, I bet she knows. And we are forever grateful to his new family for making it happen. 

Pictured below is Noble with his new brother- honestly I'm really not sure who is who, but it's all good when you can sleep on your buddy's butt.

Home is not where you live but where they understand you.
~Christian Morgenstern


New Guys

Thanks to the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection for the help transferring these critters to Angels of Assisi today. They'll be ready for adoption soon!

PS- did you see the look on that cat's face in photo 2? :)