March 31, 2011

Update On A Bedford Biscuit

A sweet kitty named Sugar was one of 103 dogs and cats that was rescued from a double wide trailer last fall. Every one of them came to Angels of Assisi, and most have been adopted with a few still waiting for their forever families (hint hint).

The Bedford animals had one thing in common- they were all really sweet. Sure, there were some issues to resolve, but for the most part they had wonderful personalities. And, as far as adoptions go, we could always say they got along well with other animals, having lived in close quarters with 102 others for so long.

We got an email about one of the cats, and we could not be happier. A huge thank you to Alice's new family ♥


My husband and I recently adopted "Sugar," a lovely tortellini rescued from Bedford last fall.  She's going by Alice these days, and she is doing great.  She loves to be petted and loves rubbing her nose on my nose.  She's starting to get along better with my other two cats and she doesn't even get upset if they hiss at her.  She is such a little trooper! 

She is enjoying the life of luxury with as many toys as she can handle.  I have never had a cat that loves to play with toys as much as she does.  We took her in to our regular vet a while back and she is in perfect health.  Thank you so much for allowing us to provide Alice with the home she has always deserved!



A special thank you to the people that attended the Roanoke No Kill Coalition meeting last night. We appreciate your care and concern, and a demand to stop the status quo.

Our truth in Roanoke is that nearly 5000 homeless dogs and cats were killed last year.

Our truth in Roanoke is that animals housed at the Roanoke Pound never get fresh air or exercise.

Our truth in Roanoke is that the one time the nearly 5000 dogs and cats were taken out of their kennels, it was for a trip to the euthanasia killing room.

Our truth in Roanoke is that while volunteers give love and attention to the dogs and cats at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, the animals housed on the same property at the Pound are not allowed to have volunteers walk them, brush them, spend time with them. Why some and not others?

Our truth in Roanoke is that the Pound "was not set up to be an adoption center" and a refusal to change this mindset.

Our truth in Roanoke is that the leaders at the Pound view setting up extra cages and crates as "looking like hoarders" even when there is is space to do this.

To join the No Kill Movement, and follow leaders in Virginia including Richmond, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, please join us at City Council meeting:

Monday, April 4th
2 pm
City Council Chamber
Fourth floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building
215 Church Avenue SW

Come and speak up for Eddie; he was killed at the Roanoke Pound last week. His last days on earth were spent confined in a noisy kennel, without a walk, without a volunteer to spend time with him, and without a decent photo to post on the internet. Since the Roanoke Pound does not have open hours for adoption, this photo was the only chance he had. How fitting that he looks like he is crying. 

Join us and be his voice. It's OK if your voice shakes... together we can be loud and clear. 


March 30, 2011

Hope For Draco

A few days ago, we put a 'rescue request' on Draco, who was recently turned in to the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection (Roanoke Pound).

As the details were being worked out by his new foster mom, we learned that he was not feeling well. A test for parvo came back "strong positive" and some hefty decisions had to be made. His foster mom had already made a commitment to him, a rescue was already interested in taking him. Parvo treatments can be lengthy and expensive. And leaving him at the RCACP would be giving the thumbs up sign for euthanasia.

Thankfully, the commitment his foster mom made was a strong one, and she picked him up within a few hours and took him to Vinton Veterinary Hospital. He was started right away on IV therapy and meds, and so far, so good.

A huge, huge thank you to Tina for walking the walk. She has been networking the animals in danger at RCACP and we are thankful to have her join the team.

Please keep Draco in your thoughts and prayers, and we'll give the updates on him as they become available.


Rainbow Biscuit

This little puppy was found under a tree at Rainbow Baptist Church last night. We don't know how she got there, but obviously someone very special was looking out for her.

A good Samaritan called Botetourt Animal Control, and Officer Kevin Crowder immediately took her to Emergency Vet Services. The good folks at EVS cleaned her wounds, and started her on pain meds and antibiotics.  From there she arrived at Angels of Assisi, where she is receiving additional medical care and a whole lotta TLC.

We've named her Rainbow, and she is as sweet as can be. Besides the puncture wounds, scrapes, and missing ear parts, you can feel each rib and her coat is a mess. However, we believe that in time she will bounce back and become the beautiful dog she was meant to be.

Rainbow will benefit from the Biscuit Fund, and, as always, we appreciate donations for these animals in need.

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." 
~Robert F. Kennedy


March 29, 2011


Hudson came from the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection last week. He had been there for almost a month, after being picked up by Animal Control in Vinton.

We had never met him in person, but fell for him from the photo below.

When we picked him up from the pound, he trotted happily out to the car, taking in all the smells and sounds along the way. Dogs at the RCACP do not get any outside time. They spend each and every day and night in their kennels, so you can imagine how happy they are to get into the fresh air and sunshine.

On the car ride to Angels of Assisi, he was a good boy, and sat wide-eyed looking out the window, still taking it all in. You have to wonder what is going through their minds; even though he had no idea of where he was going, who we were, or what his fate may be, Hudson trusted us. He was along for the ride and happy to be there.

We are happy that his journey will end up with a loving new home,  one that has yet to be decided, but that we trust will happen. Until then, he will stay at Angels of Assisi where he is safe and cared for.

Hang in there, buddy, good things are coming your way.


March 28, 2011

Someone For Everyone

Donald is an 11 year old black cat, who was left to fend for himself after his original owners moved and left him behind. His age and his color are 2 major strikes against his 'adoptability', but hope springs eternal when precious lives are at stake.

Yesterday, a wonderful couple came in to see Donald, and a match was made. They knew his age and said that was one of the reasons they picked him, to make sure his last years are the best that they can be.

And once again, we are grateful for our community's support of the pets in need. Old, young, black, white, big, or little- each has a beating heart and is worthy of humane love and care. A big thank you to Donald's new family for giving him a home- we wish you all the best.



March 27, 2011

Dedicated To A Good Friend

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"”

~Winnie the Pooh


March 25, 2011

From The Front

We did a post on Roy a few days ago, and got a lot of feedback on how handsome he is. Looking at his bio photo, we sure do have to agree.

Roy knows how to sit and shake, and is taking visitors everyday at the Assisi adoption center between 2-6 pm ♥

Jo Jo

Josephine's story, as told by her foster mom. Josephine was found in the middle of the road by a Botetourt Animal Control Officer, who thought she may have been dropped off in a nice neighborhood when her original owners were unable to take care of her.


Over the last few years, I have known love, comfort and plenty of food.  I slept in your bed and laid on your lap and sometimes wrapped myself around your neck like a fur collar.  Remembering back when I lived with you, my life was good and I loved you very much.  

You thought I was beautiful, even though when I lost you, I am sure you were the only one that thought I was beautiful because my long soft, dark grey and white coat was all matted up and dirty.  My eyes were crusty and my skin ws covered with some kind of scabby stuff that made me crazy.  The worst thing was that great big tumor right on top of my big that it was pulling my eyelids back.  

You felt so bad for me because you didn't have the money to fix me and I am still young so you made a decision that you thought was the right one for me.  I understand that but it was a very dangerous thing to do because I could have ended up in the wrong hands and been killed.  As my good luck would have it, it turned out to be the right decision because my life has been saved and I am happy and healthy again. 

When you opened the car door in that beautiful, upscale neighborhood, you told me that you were doing the best you could and I tried to undertand that but when the car door closed and you were on the inside and I was on the outside watching you drive off, I have never been so scared in my life!!!  It was cold and dark and I didn't know where to go.  I saw a light and I just stood there in the middle of the road waiting for something terrible to happen.  

Instead a man got out of his car and leaned down and I was so glad to see him that I ran right to him.  He was a kind man and he took me with him in his car and took me to a safe place called Angels of Assisi, where some nice people gave me a nice, warm bed and some food and lots of kind words.They didn't care that there wasn't money to help me...they just did it because they knew I didn't have much of a future without their help.  It wasn't you and I was in a cage but I knew I was safe for now and boy, how I missed you and our warm bed! 

In the place where I was living, there were lots of people there....kind people...and lots of other animals.  They all seemed to be in the same predicament I was in so I really didn't worry but I just kept wondering what was next.  A nice woman looked at my tumor on my head and said she could fix it and some other stuff to make me better and happier. The kind doctor at Angels made sure I would never have to have puppies and she microchipped me so if I ever get lost again I can find my way home.  My skin issues have been treated and I don't scratch anymore and I don't have to worry about getting heartworms or any other disease because I got shots and am on heartworm prevention.   

Next thing I know people are all around and some lady came in to look at me.  She promised me that if I got better, she would take me home to recover in her home with a warm bed like yours.  Boy, did I want to get better and fast!

Well, long story short....I did get better and she came to get me.  I have lots of friends to play with even though I liked having my human to myself with you.  I love my human that brought me home...I snuggle up with her at night with my head on her pillow and we cuddle all night.  I love having that again.  She has me on a diet though; she doesn't spoil me with too much food but I love my healthy food.  There are toys and beds everywhere and there is a big fenced in yard that I can come and go whenever I want.  Thank you for housebreaking me because it really helps here and my human makes such a big deal over that! 

I just wanted you to know that I am happy and very well cared for and in the long run, it was a good decision for me. When I fully recover, I will be able to be adopted into my forever and ever can see my picture on Angels of Assisi website in a few weeks when my scars have healed.   I hope you never have to do that again to someone you loved as much as you loved me.   Next time just ask for help because this taught me there are some REALLY good people out there that will help! 

With A Little Help From Our Friends

All too often, Angels of Assisi gets cats in that will rip your hand off are less than friendly. These are cats who have not had proper socialization as kittens, and are very hard to place inside a home as a family pet.

Fortunately, there are some good folks out there, especially Diane Novak, who work very hard to place them into barn homes, where the cats are assured proper food, shelter, and care. The following 4 cats left last week for new barns, and we know they are so much happier. Thanks to all who helped - we appreciate you!

Couch Love

Tucker is tuckered out from a big adventure yesterday, and is making the most of his beloved couch time.


March 21, 2011


Roy came to Angels of Assisi from the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection, and he is this week's pick for best photo.

Vickie Holt got to spend some time with him over the weekend, and discovered he knows how to sit and shake. Roy has also learned how to worm his little way into our hearts, and we can't wait for him to find a loving family ♥


Pet of The Week!

Click here to see more on Mozzy, who has no adoption fee!


Foster Home Needed

This little mama beagle needs a foster home. She came from a questionable household after a kind neighbor stepped in and saved her.

The puppies should arrive within 2 weeks, and the Vet believes there are 5. Mama and babies will need to stay in foster until they are 8 weeks old. Her name is Lil Bit and she is very sweet. Please email us at if you can help ♥

March 20, 2011

Look Who's Coming To Dinner (and Breakfast, and Lunch)

We've got a "rescue hold" on this senior hound at the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. If no one claims him by March 22, he'll be transferred to the Angels of Adoption center. Something about that face just reaches out and grabs ya. Can't wait to meet him!


March 18, 2011

Update on Fuchsia

Fuchsia is the white Doberman that was found last year tied to a tree. She had been there so long, her collar became embedded in her neck and needed medical intervention to be removed.

Along with her outside scars were many internal ones. She was horribly aggressive with other dogs, and had to be monitored closely. After she had healed physically, some brave volunteer dog walkers took her under their wing, and started working with her.

They went for long walks, and her stress level decreased. They went for more long walks, and she continued to improve. Eventually they were able to take her to the edge of the dog park, and walk her around the outside with a protective fence between her and the others. Progress.

About the same time, her story ran in the Roanoke Times, and Dobie Rescue got involved. Fuchsia went to foster in Maryland, and has now been adopted to a wonderful home in Illinois. Wow! Does she look good! And about that dog aggressive thing? Seems like she worked through it with her handsome canine brother, with the support of a loving family.

Did an irresponsible person do this to her? Absolutely.

Did many caring, concerned, willing and able people step to help? You bet.

Given a chance, would they do it all over again? In a heartbeat.

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.  
~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

March 17, 2011


May the road rise up to meet you.


May the wind always be at your back.

 May the sun shine warm upon your face,


and rains fall soft upon your fields.

 And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand

Dedicated to the over 89,000 animals who have been through the front doors of Angels of Assisi, either through the spay/neuter clinic, wellness clinic or adoption center. 

From the biggest cow at Harmony Farm Sanctuary to the tiniest newborn kitten, we've been blessed to be part of your journey, and done our best to make it a good one. 

Thank you to the people that make it all possible- volunteers, foster homes, dog trainers, kitten bottle feeders, transporters, photographers, bio writers, facebook networkers, TV, radio, newspaper coverage - we appreciate you all more than words can express. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

March 16, 2011


Fast forward to the end of this video: CNN and the UK Telegraph have both reported that the dogs have been rescued since the footage aired, and are both receiving veterinary care; the more seriously wounded dog is at a clinic in the city of Mito, while the protective spaniel-type dog is receiving care at a shelter in the same town.

Now take a look. What a lesson can be learned from these 2 dogs. Be good to each other and never, ever, forget that each day is a gift.

Here is an English translation of the voiceover exchange between the two reporters in the clip (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura):

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.
He has a collar. He must be someone's pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.
Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.
Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.
The dog is protecting him.
Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.
I can't watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.
Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.
Yes! Yes! He is alive.
He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He's getting up.

It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It's just amazing that they survived through this all.

Look Who's Back To Visit

Several years ago, a dog arrived at Angels of Assisi on the transport van for spay surgery. She was so pregnant her belly was literally inches off the ground, and Dr. Farrell took one look at her and said, " ummm, we need a foster home, like now...' She was from a local pound, and they were happy to transfer her over to the Assisi adoption center for care.

A foster home was found, and 2 days later she had 11 sweet babies. Pictured below is one of them, Molly, who came in for a wellness visit. She is every bit as nice as her mama, and we sure loved seeing her ♥

March 15, 2011

Another Spin On The Issue

Posted below is an excerpt from a wonderful article in the Huffington Post about the No Kill movement. The author brings up an interesting angle:

"Dogs are members of more than 43 million households in America, and cats of more than 37.5 million. These feeling, intelligent, loyal creatures give comfort to people of all kinds -- to the young, middle-aged and elderly, to families with children, to couples without children, and to those living alone. When they are brought into hospitals caring for children with grave illnesses, or into nursing homes tending to the aged, they become healers who bring smiles to faces. They defend homes as faithful watchers. They save lives, whether on the battlefield, or as brave aides to firefighters."

He's right, dogs save human lives. An image that comes to mind is the search and rescue dogs after September 11 that had worn the pads on their feet thin, and suffered from exhaustion. All in an effort to please their humans and save humane lives, and how easily we throw theirs away, everyday. 

So far, this year in Roanoke, almost 400 pets have been killed at the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. This has been done quietly, behind closed doors, without any notice, without any press releases asking for help, except one. A plea was put out for cats in danger, the response was "overwhelming" and the cats were sent to foster and saved. We're not sure what made them deserving of the request for help while others were not. 

At this time, the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection does not allow volunteers to help with the animals. We have heard that they are going to allow volunteers help network the animals that have been deemed adoptable, and we'll post more information as it becomes available. Hopefully it will be soon. It has to be.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
~ George Bernard Shaw

In memory of Dexter, who lost his life at the RCACP early in March 2011. He was exposed to parvo, but we do not know if he was sick with parvo or just exposed. What we do know is that he was quietly killed without one request for help- not for a sponsor, not for a foster, not for treatment. Enough is enough.

Dear Japan

It's very easy to get caught up in the daily bustle of life, but every once in a while we need to take a step back and take in the big picture. Life is precious, fragile, and we've only got one shot to make it right.

We're thinking of those in Japan who are going through more than we can even imagine.

In their honor, let's be good to each other, stand up for what's right, and embrace every heartbeat we have the privilege of encountering.

 Please click here to see some of the rescue efforts happening for Japan's pets.

Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others...
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

~Walt Whitman

March 14, 2011

Update on the Biscuit

Josephine is all snuggled up in her new foster home, and doing great. Her surgery wound is healing, and she is getting lots of love and attention from her foster mom.

A huge thank you to all involved, especially Botetourt Animal Control and her new foster family. It's ending like this that make it all worthwhile.

Update on Healey

Healey was rescued from the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection by his wonderful foster mom, Teresa, last month.

We knew Healey would not be an easy foster, as he had a very rough start in life, and is blind on top of other issues. Fortunately, we also knew Teresa is one of those people who never, ever, gives up, especially when it comes to saving a precious life.

Under the TLC of Teresa and her wonderful husband Ray, Healey is learning to trust people again. He is healing inside and out, and we look forward to seeing all that he is going to be.

To those that say our community has too many irresponsible people to make a difference for homeless pets, we say you are wrong. Just ask Healey and Teresa.


March 12, 2011

Living Up To Her Name

Little Lady came to Angels of Assisi after her elderly owner passed away. She is a wonderfully sweet little cat, and has now made her made her way into the MasCat program. (MasCats are cats that are up for adoption, but live in offices and buildings in the Roanoke area).

Our good friends at Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory always have a MasCat at their Airport Road location, and say that the cats help people as they go through the grieving process of losing their own pet. They are also good for the staff, and help keep away the everyday work stress. Sam Oakey is a tremendous friend to the animals in our community, and enjoys meeting the new office cats and keeps close tabs on them.

Pictured below is Little Lady having some quiet time in front of the fire at the Pet Loss Support group tonight. Rumor has it she has a new family in the works, and we know they will love her as much as her Oakey's family does. 

An Update on Josephine

The lab results are in for the little dog (Josephine) posted below. Her tumor was a Trichoepithelioma... a super big long word for... benign! Yay! We are expecting her to make a full recovery, with a great big thank you to Dr. Spangler for doing a great job on the surgery.


March 9, 2011

A Botetourt Biscuit

As you know, Angels of Assisi assists Botetourt County with their neglect and cruelty cases. This little sweetheart was picked up as a stray by Botetourt ACO Charlie Stewart, and her hold time ended yesterday.

She had a nasty tumor on her head, and Dr. Spangler did surgery today. So far, so good, and she should be headed off to a wonderful foster home in a few days.

The before photos are a little hard to look at, so here is an after.

We appreciate the Botetourt officials who care about the pets in our community, and do not want them to end up another dismal statistic. Thanks to their dedication, this little pup, now named Josephine, has a second chance to live a safe and happy life.

A big thank you also to Dr. Spangler and the staff at Angels of Assisi- we know how hard you work and we appreciate your dedication to the mission. It is certainly not an easy one, but we're behind you every step of the way.


Networking For Good

This little gal was originally brought to Roanoke's Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. We're not sure if she was a stray or brought in by Animal Control.

Regardless, volunteer Patti saw her on the website, and started networking to save her and the events followed something like this.

  • Patti networks
  • Catches the eye of Inglath
  • Several emails follow, and probably a few text messages
  • Decision made that Franklin County Humane Society will take her
  • Lisa picks her up in Roanoke, takes her to Angels of Assisi
  • Rodney picks her up at Angels of Assisi, takes her to Franklin County
  • Franklin County does more networking
  • More emails, and probably a few text messages
  • Another transport arranged
  • She is adopted by a nice family in Baltimore
  • She has a new name, Devyn
  • She has a fresh start for a new and happy life
  • Everyone involved shares more emails, text messages: "Isn't it wonderful?" "Thank you!" "Yippee!"
Thanks to everyone involved in helping this sweet pooch. We know it took some work, but we also know given the opportunity to do it again, you would. In a heartbeat. ♥


March 4, 2011

Creativity At Work For The Cats

Last weekend some very kind volunteers painted one of the cat colony rooms, and Vickie Holt helped pick out the colors she thought would photograph well. From the shots below, looks like she was right! .


These cats are all up for adoption- come visit them any day between 2 and 6 pm ♥


March 3, 2011

A Blog Posting From Lynchburg

The below story was taken from the Lynchburgh Humane Society's blog. They have recently been in the news for a 61% reduction in euthanasia and an 84% save rate in one year. (Note their save rate in 2008 was 49% and in 2009 it was 65%)


They know what they know so don’t give them the facts.

I had the pleasure of having an interesting conversation with a member of another humane organization this past weekend. They are an SPCA that takes in animals for a number of localities and operates as the pound for their area. She asked how we were doing in Lynchburg and I, of course, was excited to tell her about our recent success about our save rate being 84% and having no healthy animal lose their life in our shelter in 2010 and how much the community has embraced the changes as we move toward becoming No Kill. She immediately went to defense mode and asked me loaded questions to prove I was wrong and of course explain to me how our programs wouldn’t work for them.

The appointment system, wouldn’t work – pet owners aren’t responsible enough to do the right thing. People must be just “dumping” their animals in other localities.”

Fact: The counties that reported their stats for 2010 in the Lynchburg area saw a reduction in the number of animals they took in and more importantly, a reduction in the number of strays they took in compared to the previous year. The Lynchburg Humane Society also saw a reduction in the number of strays we took in last year with very few “drop offs” being left outside the doors. She felt like their pet owners wouldn’t do the work needed. They were different some how. When I suggested they start by just talking with people and let them know the problem their organization is facing, she said they can’t do it because they take in too many animals and their pet owners don’t care.

Fact: 35% of the people on our waiting list are from other counties, most close by but some pretty far away. 33% of the people who contacted us to surrender their pet, found homes on their own when given the help or decided to keep them, that is close to 300 animals.

The foster program- wouldn’t work for them – their community couldn’t be trusted. One of her questions was “do you put kittens who need to be bottle fed into foster?” I said “yes of course” and her response… “don’t you think it is unfair to the fosters?” which my response was “don’t you think they will tell us if they can’t do it? They are adults, they will let us know if something is too hard for them.” Fact: we placed over 200 animals into foster last year, many of which would not have made it if they stayed in the shelter environment. We hope this year we continue to grow this program.

Create adoption policies and specials to make it easier for people to adopt. Well guess what her answer is here?

What I heard was. “We can’t do it because we don’t trust people.”

The interesting thing is that for 10 years I have heard the same type of response from the naysayers about each of the communities I have worked. They are more interested in finding reasons why it won’t work for them rather than putting that energy into just trying.

First in Richmond where in the first year of going No Kill the community saw a 41% drop in euthanasia and with a save rate of around 76%. The critics said: “Richmond can do it because it is a city environment, they have a new building and a lot of money.” “We can’t do it in rural areas; the people wouldn’t support those programs.”

In Charlottesville, the SPCA is currently saving around 90% of the animals that come to them and they operate as an open admissions pound serving two localities. So the naysayers will tell you it is because they have a lot of money in their community and it really isn’t a rural setting because of UVA.

So now in Lynchburg, we have a 61% reduction in euthanasia and an 84% save rate in one year. (note our save rate in 2008 was 49% and in 2009 it was 65%) So now we hear the other groups or animal controls can’t do it because they are more rural than we are and their community won’t embrace the programs or care, plus they take in way more animals than we do.

I must add here that Charlottesville takes in around 5,000 animals a year, which is more than any other group around us. Oh, but it is Charlottesville so it’s different, I forgot.

I have found that no matter where you live whether that is city or rural, that most people want what is best for their pets and will do the right thing when they understand the problem and they know how they can help. Yes, you have the city jerks and the country jerks- they live in different places but they behave the same way in regards to their lack of concern for their pets. But no organization should develop programs around the jerks of their community but they should focus on those who care and want to do what is right.

What does it take - the willingness to trust people and the ability to talk with them. Foster care program, more friendly adoption policies and process, adoption specials, talking with pet owners about the problems they are having and helping them re-home their pet and finally educating people about feral cats, these are inexpensive programs that work.

Sadly, what I have discovered is if they don’t want to do it then they won’t, but what is so frustrating is that in the face of many organizations in Virginia or even across the nation where No Kill is working in an open admissions pound environment, they still don’t want to listen and learn how to save lives. Why they won’t just try some of the programs is beyond me. Just try them for no other reason then to prove us wrong. If it means lives are saved then please, try and prove us wrong.

So what do we do? We keep doing the great work and continue to educate people and somewhere someone associated with these high killing pounds and humane societies will get a wake up call and be either forced to try the programs, decide for themselves it is time to change or leave the field.

Why am I doing this blog? Because I care about animals not just here in Lynchburg but everywhere and even though I am focusing on a recent conversation, I have had this same conversation over the years with many other organizations. I could have written this blog 2 years ago, 5 years ago, 8 years ago. My hope is that someone out there will read this and think, maybe they should try a different way. I can dream can’t I?

And if someone reading this has new ideas or new ways for us to save even more animals we are always open to hear how we can do better. We have to keep up with change as well and hope that we continue to strive to be a better organization.


Well said, LHS- hopefully one day in Roanoke we'll have the same outlook.