April 29, 2011

Friday Morning Couch Love

Tucker lost his love for the couch for a few weeks, while exploring all the comforts of a king size bed. Fortunately they were reunited this morning, and all is back to normal.

April 28, 2011

Peace at Harmony

Harmony Farm Sanctuary is called home for many different types of farm animals. Our Farm Manager, Jason, keeps them all in a daily routine, which consists of eating, sleeping, grazing, napping, snacking, sleeping... you get the picture.

Here are a few of the faces we love:

June Bug- napping. She snores and prefers to sleep surrounded by pig friends.

Stevie- a new guy. Stevie arrived last weekend, and is fitting in well with the others. He is tall and very gentle.

Tom the Guard Turkey. Tom plays well with others, but not so well with people. He feels it is his duty to guard the pigs and protect them from us. Neither pig nor humane find this necessary, but it's hard to reason with a turkey.

Boxley- the farm dog. Boxley originally came from the Roanoke pound. We did not have room at Angels of Assisi at the time he was released, so he came to the farm to be fostered. That was six months ago, and he has since been adopted by Jason. During the day, he gets the run of the farm, and at night a nice soft couch inside the farm house. That's what we call a win-win situation.

April 26, 2011

Update On Pumpkin Biscuit


Pumpkin continues to do well. To date she has taken over most of the big dog beds in the house, barks when you talk to her, and the tail is up and wagging. Progress.



Office Dog

Moz is the latest dog to move into the upstairs office for a little down time and extra TLC. Bless his little heart, he seems happier than a pig in slop surrounded by all those toys and blankets ♥



It was a pretty spring weekend for outside play time, and it looks like a good time was had by all!

Our building may be old, but it's filled with love, dedication, and a sense of belonging. Thank you to all who make it a transitional home for those in need.

PS- and a special thank you to Vickie Holt for the awesome photos :)  

Good For The Soul

Healey was rescued from the Roanoke pound a few months ago, after being found tied to a fence pole and abandoned. He came to us covered in outer sores and inner scars, and a lot of "baggage". Being blind complicated things even more. 

Fortunately, his foster mom and dad have a lot of patience, because as they were to find out, Healey was going to test them in many ways. He did not get along with their other dogs, hated his indoor digs, constantly ran into things, and growled alarmingly at strange sounds.

Not to be deterred, they set up a beautiful outside run complete with fancy dog house and cushy bed. They encouraged him to come in the house to learn some manners. They worked with his food aggression issues, how to sit, and how to navigate without smashing his head into things. 

And in between all that, they walked.

Ray, Healey's foster dad, found that he loved to walk and it calmed him down. The more they went out, the better Healey behaved. As he gained weight and his body healed, so did his soul. 

We have seen this time and time again with the dogs at the Angels of Assisi adoption center. Dedicated volunteers have tackled our hardest and worst behaved dogs, and walked them. And walked them more and more, and while doing so were able to witness a change. A doberman named Fuchsia, who was labeled as horribly dog aggressive, was one of the first "projects" the dog walkers took on, and she now lives in harmony with another dog in a happy home. 

And as Fuchsia healed, so is Healey. A few months ago, it would have been impossible, dangerous even, to let him near another dog. Last night, he went for a walk with his 2 foster sisters. 

And then enjoyed some supervised play time. 

Teresa and Ray, thank you. In between full time jobs, family responsibilities and working hard for the homeless pets in Roanoke, you have welcomed this damaged canine into your home. Healey is happy and adjusting well. People say things about talking the talk and walking the walk- well, you have done that, literally. It's made a difference in the lives of many animals, and most of all for the one in your care. 

"Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.  Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness.  I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it." ~Soren Kierkegaard

April 25, 2011

Foster Homes Needed

The following dogs at Angels of Assisi are in need of a foster home! Please contact us if you can help: or call 400-2233.


Stanford is an older dog, and he is blind. Originally brought in by Botetourt Animal Control, he gets along well in the adoption center and with other dogs. You need to go slow with him until he gets used to new things. He would love to have a warm bed and family to call his own.


Helen was also brought to us by Botetourt Animal Control, is older, and blind. She is the sweetest dog ever, and loves to be with people. Her tail is always up and wagging, and she is happiest exploring and getting her ears rubbed. Her photo does not do her justice! You really must meet her to see what a special girl she is.


Hemi originally came from the Roanoke pound (RCACP). He is receiving treatment for a leg and tail wound, and needs someone to occupy his time! He does well with Kongs and toys, but needs a break from the adoption center.

Angels of Assisi can provide food, crates, and toys, if you can provide the TLC these guys need. Please spread the word!

A Thousand Words

If you're alone, I'll be your shadow.  If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder.  If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow.  If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile.  But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me.  
~Author Unknown


Simon's Cat

Meatless Monday!

Reduce your carbon footprint! The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.

April 24, 2011


What a beautiful girl! Josie is in foster care and learning her house manners. She gets along well with the adult dogs in the house is looking for her forever home. For additional information, or to meet sweet Josie, please email Patti at

Check out her video here!


April 23, 2011

Bunny Time

Some of our favorite animals at Angels of Assisi and Harmony Farm Sanctuary are the bunnies. Hip, hop, nose twitch, laid back bunnies, we love them in every shape and size. This is the time of year that rabbits get all the attention, so we took a look into the origin of the Easter Bunny. Pretty interesting stuff, and who would have guessed he dated way back to pagan celebrations?
"In pagan times, the "Easter hare" was no ordinary animal, but a sacred companion of the old goddess of spring, Eostre. The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season. 

Since long before Jesus Christ was born, parents told their children that the magic hare would bring them presents at the spring festival. The presents were often painted eggs, as these represented the new life starting at this time of year." Hares are animals which look like rabbits, but are larger and in many countries quite rare. In most places, the Easter rabbit (bunny) has replaced the Easter hare completely.

The bunny was first used as a symbol of Easter in 16th century Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings. The first edible Easter bunnies, made primarily of pastry and sugar, were produced in Germany as well, during the early 1800s. 

Also in Germany, children made nests of grass and placed them in their yards. They believed the Easter Bunny would fill these baskets with brightly decorated eggs during the night.
The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were good the "Oschter Haws" would lay a nest of colored eggs.
Thus the custom of making nests also spread to America. Children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country."

We wish you all a happy Easter weekend, and will leave you with a photo of Assisi alumni, Moonpie. This lucky fellow originally came from the Roanoke Pound and was adopted from Angels of Assisi last month. He is pictured below with his best friend, and is living the good life!
We're not sure if he'll be out and about hiding eggs tonight, but nevertheless he is an awesome bunny. 

Happy Easter and happy spring, everyone. Hold your family, friends, and beloved pets close, and enjoy this beautiful time of the year. 


April 22, 2011

Update on Another Biscuit

After some creative brainstorming, we were able to pick up 737517  from the Roanoke Pound (RCACP) yesterday. He went straight to Animal Care Center of Salem, where he will be treated for his mange. Although he is not exhibiting any signs of Parvo just now, Dr. Wadstrom will go ahead and start treatment. (In doing so, he will have a much better chance of survival if he should get sick.)

A tremendous thank you to Dr. Mark Wadstrom for offering his assistance. His staff was ready for our arrival yesterday and started making sure 737517 was comfortable right away. We appreciate all they are going to do to ensure this puppy has a second chance for a new life.

737517 will benefit from the Biscuit Fund, and he reminds very much of Scout and Frost who suffered from the same painful skin condition.

 Obviously we could not keep this sweet boy's name a numerical digit, so he now goes by "Bergh", after Henry Bergh (August 28, 1813- March 12, 1888).

Bergh was know as the "The Great Meddler” for his aggressive actions to protect animals, frequently interfering with the standard thinking of the time that animals were property and owners were free to treat them in any way that they desired. After a lot of hard work and dedication, he founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Today we are again faced with standard ways of thinking: 'there are not enough homes for them all" "people are too irresponsible" "nothing can be done without more spay/neuters".  And we also know of some Great Meddler's in our very own community who are challenging these standards, and working hard for change. Our hearts are grateful and our minds inspired by what they are accomplishing, and we have the upmost respect for them.

Ya'll know who you are, and we back you 110%. Thank you. The Bergh's of the world, past, present, and future, thank you too.


April 20, 2011

Behind Closed Doors #737517

This 3 month old puppy was brought to the Roanoke Pound (RCACP) on April 13th. He is suffering from a skin condition called demodectic mange. While being annoying and painful, this mange is relatively easy to treat.

#737517 was seen by a Vet yesterday, April 19th, and started on medicine.

Unfortunately, he is being housed in the same room as a dog who has a deadly and contagious virus, called Parvo. This makes it very difficult to place him in a rescue group for a least a few weeks.

#737517 was listed on the Roanoke Pound's lost and found website, and has been taken off since his hold time is up.

#737517 has not been listed to Petfinder or any other website. Therefore, no one in the public knows he is there, and that he needs help. Please note, we are not pointing fingers at the staff for this happening; it is a shame they are in the position of making these decisions. We do, however, question the policies, procedures and leadership that allow this to happen. 
At this time, #737517's status at the pound is day to day, depending on space issues.

This 3 month old baby would be able to be fostered in the right home; please contact us at if you can help.


April 18, 2011

A Monday Clinic

Stories on this blog usually revolve around the adoption center and animal rescues, but a very important part of the Angels of Assisi mission is our low cost spay/neuter clinic.

Arriving this morning was a group of feral cats from Alleghany County. These cats were trapped last night, and brought in for a $25 spay/neuter, rabies shot, and general check up. (Through this Trap Neuter Return method, cats can live out their normal lives without adding to the cat overpopulation. TNR is also extremely important in the No Kill Equation.)

Added to the feral cat mix were beloved family pets, like this sweet pooch below. (She was probably wondering how she got surrounded by so many cat smells!)

The day wrapped up around 8 pm with a visit from Animal Control Officer Kevin Crowder, who brought us this pretty cat. She will be checked by the clinic staff tomorrow, and be ready for adoption soon.

A typical Monday? Yes.

Yet the one thing that always touches our hearts is the individual ways people in our community work so hard for these animals.

There are good folks taking care of wild cats: trapping them, driving them to Angels of Assisi, providing a safe place for them post-op, and making commitments to keep an eye on the colony and provide food and shelter.  

There are also the extraordinarily responsible pet owners, many of you, who fill our lobby day after day with pets waiting for spay, neuter, or wellness visits.

On the professional side is a dedicated group of Animal Control Officers, who work very hard to care for the animals you have been entrusted with.

Put this all together, and we have absolute hope that our community can become a No Kill one. We appreciate each and every person who has contributed to the health and well being of an animal in your care, and often to animals who are not.

One step at a time, we're making progress. Thank you.

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work" 
~Vince Lombardi


April 17, 2011

Update on Pumpkin Biscuit

Pumpkin continues to feel better, and even gave us a few muffled barks yesterday. She got a sample taste of pizza, and loved it. The plan ahead is to evaluate her thyroid blood tests, adjust her eye meds, and start some specialized food.

She has yet to wag her tail, but it'll happen soon ♥

Extreme Makeover

Last week was a busy and hard one at Angles of Assisi, with the arrival of numerous small dogs needing medical care, grooming, and TLC.

One of the last to arrive on Friday was this shaggy guy, named Buck. He smelled as bad as he looked. The clinic staff gave him a quick evaluation, and sent him straight to the groomer.

 And....finally....ta da! The big reveal.

A huge thank you to Crystal Wright for always being there for us. We called her at 3:30 pm and within 2 hours Buck was a new man, and feeling so much better. He even got to spend the night, and get some much needed outside and family time.

Welcome to your new life, Mr. Buck. Thanks to the compassion of people like Crystal, you've got a brand new shot at a good one. 


April 14, 2011


Boris is a Karakachan Guardian Dog, and he is coming to Harmony Farm Sanctuary this weekend! This big fella is an outside dog and used to guarding sheep and goats. 

We hear he is pretty darn good at what he does, and if you are looking for a big ole' protective lug, drop us an email!

April 13, 2011


Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. 
~Mary Anne Radmacher

And A Little More Love

We have been anticipating the arrival of this poor soul for over a week. Today was finally the day, and within minutes of arriving at Angels of Assisi, he was seen in the clinic and sedated.

The clippers and scissors came out full force. and his transition has been amazing.

He is still a little groggy in the "after" photos, but we know he must feel better. A tremendous thank you to Assisi Vet Assistant, Trish, for taking care of him. Trish is the kind of person that always has a smile on her face, and a helping hand to pets and humans alike. She sure made a difference in the life of this little pup today, now named Rasta.