July 31, 2011


We got a wonderful email from Midnight's new best friend, Jonathan. She is doing great and fitting in perfectly at her new home.

Many thanks, Jonathan- we know Midnight was pretty stressed at the adoption center, and we appreciate your patience in bringing out the best in her ♥


July 30, 2011

Biscuit In Waiting

This handsome guy is needing some major help. He is suffering from very painful ear issues, and will require surgery that will cost around $2000. The surgery will leave him deaf, but free from pain.

Right now, we help with 3 things: 
  1. Some creative brainstorming to raise money for the surgery.
  2. A good foster home
  3. A new name! Right now he is referred to as "The Bulldog", and we know ya'll can do better than that! 

Beagle Biscuits

To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other's hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time. 
~Clara Ortega

The beagle biscuits are healing more and more everyday, and Vickie Holt somehow managed to get a photo of them all together.

Thank you to everyone who has inquired about them- we should know more early next week!


July 27, 2011

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. We can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one being we’re safe in our own paradise.

~Richard Bach

E Komo Mai

We're expecting Yota to arrive this weekend. This handsome boy is a native of Hawaii! Aloha!

Yota's owner is in the army, and has been called overseas. His story made it's way to Danny over at K92, and we appreciate him making sure Yota is safe. Danny will soon be a foster dad, and we can't wait to follow his stories on the morning show  ♥

To Danny and Yoda: E komo mai - welcome, our house is yours.


July 26, 2011

Peace For Buddy

A sad ending for the little stray dog with no lower jaw. After a struggle to eat, being very weak, and receiving IV fluids, we lost Buddy this afternoon.

At Angels of Assisi, a wide variety of homeless animals pass through our front door, and many are sick, old, and weak. As much as we try to save them, sometimes the best thing we can do is make them comfortable, loved, and safe. After that, the next best thing we can do is let them go. This was the case with Buddy.

A huge thank you to his foster mom, Annette. She came to pick him after hours, fed him, took him to her personal Vet, and wrapped him in blankets and love. Buddy did not leave this world in a cold kennel, or out on his own. His last days were spent in a home, with a family who loved him. He was given compassion and dignity, and, when all is said and done, you can't ask for more than that.

Rest in peace, little man.

"There's an important difference between giving up and letting go" 
~ Jessica Hatchington

July 22, 2011

Heroes- Part 2

Karen is an Angels of Assisi volunteer who burst onto the scene last spring. She came on full force from day one, helping whenever we needed her, and always showing up at opportune times loaded with supplies.

A few weeks ago, she assisted with a stray that was found in her neighborhood. The dog went to the Roanoke pound, and Karen was diligent in keeping an eye on her, and was thrilled when the owner came to claim his dog.

However, the happiness did not last long, when the same owner turned her back into the pound a few days later.

At 13 years old, this was no place for a senior dog to be. Luckily, she had a hero in her corner, named Karen, who is picking her up from the pound as this is being written.

Another hero, named Melissa, will be fostering Gabby through Angels of Assisi. We can't wait to get a better photo, but for now, this one will do.

You get the point- cataract clouded eyes, a confused heart. And now network of heroes to see her through her last chapter on this earth.

Did Gabby end up at the pound because of the irresponsible public? We don't know the circumstances, but probably.

Is she being saved by a network of responsible volunteers? Absolutely. Karen, Melissa, Chaz, and Jill... awesome job. Gabby has a bright future, and along the way new friendships were made, the network of rescue grew stronger, and we've got some new heroes to appreciate. And you know we do.

A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help. A hero to me is someone who really deeply cares.
~Debi Mazar

Thank you also to Trish at RCACP for all your help!


The following article was written by Inglath Cooper for the the Franklin News Post. It is another shining example of how hard the Franklin County Humane Society goes to save and enrich the four legged lives in their community. The staff and volunteers at Planned Pethood and FCHS are very special, and it is a privilege to call them partners and friends.


Two dogs who were rescued by the Franklin County Humane Society have been chosen as dogs-in-training candidates for a Virginia police dog program.

"Corona" was taken from the Franklin County Animal Shelter, while "Shannon" was rescued from the Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter. "These are dogs we took from a pound situation when no one else would take them. And we couldn't stand to leave them there," said Anita Scott, volunteer rescue coordinator for the local humane society.

"They are sweet natured and ended up in those situations through no fault of their own," she added. "To see them get this opportunity like this is really what our efforts are all about."

The dogs will go into training for a cell phone detection program, Scott said. "We just don't believe you leave any stone unturned when you're working to save a life. These dogs are deserving of our efforts," she added. "When something like this happens for them, it's like sending a child you've raised out into the world and just feeling so proud for them."

The Franklin County Humane Society Adoption Center is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 11 a.m to 3 p.m on Saturday. Adoptable pets can be seen at www.planned or adoptive families can call 489-3491 for more information on the pets and services provided.

The group also runs an active Facebook page at Planned Pethood-Franklin County Humane Society.

July 21, 2011

Justice For The Beagle Biscuits

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed. 
~Epicurus- Greek philosopher (341 BC - 270 BC)

Patience Biscuit and her nine puppies were signed over to Angels of Assisi yesterday, Their former owner has 10 days to appeal the court's ruling, and we will keep you posted. More to follow...


Chance was adopted a few days ago, and doing well. He looks at peace, and we are so happy for him.

Every single homeless pet deserves to be in their own version of this photo, and that means one thing: there is still much work to do.

But for this moment, we'll inhale, then exhale, all the while thanking the universe and Chance's new family that he is safe.

Home is a shelter from storms - all sorts of storms.  
~William J. Bennett

July 19, 2011

Beagle Biscuits

We are getting closer to knowing the fate of the nine beagle puppies and their sweeter than pie mama. Many people have come together to not only save their lives, but to enrich them, with toys, treats, music, play time, and human TLC. 

To those who have cleaned puppy poop, squirted medicine in their mouths, and done piles of laundry, thank you.

To those who equipped their play area with 31 toys and bones, at first it seemed like a little overkill, but actually, it wasn't. Thank you.

To those who have documented every aspect of their conditions and care, from photographs to written records, thank you. 

To the person who may have caught a little skin infection, psychosomatic or not, we're sorry. And thank you.

To those who have donated supplies, money and resources to give them the best possible chance for a happy future, thank you. 

To those who have the fate of these dogs in your hands during court proceedings, we stand behind you every step of the way. Your expertise is respected and admired more than words can say. We know you are giving it your absolute all, and we join the faces below in thanking you.   

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  
~Margaret Meade



This little dog was found over the weekend in the Troutville area of Botetourt County.

Botetourt Animal Control brought him to Angels of Assisi, where he is waiting for his owner to find him. 

He is literally missing his bottom jaw, and we know someone must be looking for him. Please spread help spread the word, and call 400-2233 if you have any information.

Thank you, Vickie Holt, for coming in extra and getting his photo!

July 18, 2011


Keeping The Promise

Last weekend, a lady walked crookedly into our front lobby, leaning heavily on a cane, and struggling with a pet carrier. Since the clinic is not open for appointments on the weekend, it could only mean one thing... she wanted to surrender a pet.

I looked at her, and three words kept going through my head: we are full, we are full, we are full. At present, the adoption center has 103 cats and 47 dogs, plus about 95 animals in foster care. We are full.

I went to tell this lady this, and hopefully offer some suggestions on keeping her cat. Before I could begin, she asked for a tissue. While I searched for one, the tears flowed and the story started pouring out.

She had lost her job several months ago, then her house. She was being forced to live with her daughter in North Carolina, and had tried for 3 months to find her beloved cat, Willow, a home.

Willow is 9 years old, and has lived with this lady her entire life. She was in a pretty pink carrier, had impeccable Vet records, a fresh bag of food, treats, and toys. Willow was loved.

I took a good look into the carrier as I was explaining to the lady that we are really full. Did I mention that we have a 103 cats for adoption? While doing so, Willow rolled over on her back and starting purring. I asked the lady if she had a friend, family member, or church associate who could help. And Willow stuck her paw out the front of the carrier, and seemed to purr even louder.

I then asked the lady if she had contacted any other no kill shelters, and she explained all the avenues she had tried, how she was devastated about imposing on her daughter already, and how her daughter had said that Willow could not come.

What the lady did not know during this explanation was that I was readying the owner surrender form, and the decision had been made to take Willow.

I probably should have interrupted her and told her this, but I think a part of her needed to get it out. To let us know that she was truly out of options. It went unspoken how humbling it must of been to walk through our front door, pleading for her cat's life.

Paperwork was signed, and she bid a tearful to goodbye to Willow. I promised the lady that we would take care of Willow and find her a good home, even though, and especially because, she is an older cat. 

I took Willow downstairs to the adoption center, and saw a room full of volunteers- some taking photos, some cleaning, some doing laundry. It is because of you all that we can make these promises- thank you. With the influx of rescues and homeless pets, we need you more than ever.

If you have been through volunteer orientation, come on in anyday between 9 am and 6 pm. If not, orientation is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm- and that's, like, tomorrow!

Hope to see you either way. Willow and the 103 cats will welcome you with open paws and purrs.


July 14, 2011

And Later That Morning

Speaking of Tucker...

Following In His Footsteps

Lucky, the feline member of the O'Neill household, becomes more and more like a dog everyday. Seems like she is now following in Tucker's footsteps with the onset of NSFW (not suitable for work) sleeping poses.

This shot is the most appropriate of the bunch, but can't promise I will be so generous next time I catch her off guard...


July 12, 2011

Let's Talk Adoption Fees

Over the past year, Angels of Assisi has offered various Adoption Specials. These have included reduced fees on pit bulls, large adult dogs, cats and kittens.

Sometimes we do a two for one adoption fee, sometimes it is a "name your price" adoption fee. Around the holidays, it is a regular fee with a complimentary pet delivery to your house from Santa Claus.

For the most part, the adoption specials have been well received. However, we have had several anonymous letters and nasty voice mails, with the jist being that reduced adoption fees lower the value of the animal.

Here is what it is:

When we run an adoption special, the fees may change, but the adoption process is the same.

We still check references. We still check with the applicant's Vet and landlord. We still talk to the person wanting to adopt and try to make the best match possible. In short, Santa does not randomly drop off cats to boys and girls, naughty or nice. They have to apply for a pet, get approved, and then Santa will be happy to load up his sleigh box truck, and deliver the pet to their new family.

The reduced fees give us a chance, a reason, to put the need for adoptions out to the public. The press gives people an ongoing reminder that adoption is a viable option. It brings them to the adoption center, and the animals do the rest by making a connection with their future families.

Here is another perspective:

I was adopted. (No, I have not been in rescue so long that I have blurred the lines between people and dogs and cats. I know that I am human, have opposable thumbs, and am on the higher end of the intellectual food chain, so to speak.)

I was born on September 6th, and went home on October 31st.

I do not know about the fees involved with my adoption. My understanding is that adoption fees vary considerably, depending on what part of the globe a baby is born in. 

I do know that my parents had to complete and pass the adoption process- extensive interviews, tests, home checks, and psychological evaluations- to be considered a good match for me.

Regardless of what monetary transactions transpired, I went from an orphan to a cherished daughter. They wanted me, picked me, and loved me. I don't know if they paid a million dollars for me or got me for free, but I absolutely do know that I was valued.  (Except perhaps for a few moments during those darn teenage rebellious years.) Nothing can change that.

The adoption process deemed that my parents were responsible and capable of caring for me. A family was made, and my life was changed forever and for the better. 

And here is the bottom line: 

We have to charge adoption fees to cover the cost of running an adoption center.

We also have to be creative and get people into the adoption center, and give our orphaned pets a chance.

When a match is made and a family is completed, the monetary transaction is insignificant as long as we are paying our food and light bills. The important thing is being careful and responsible in screening the applicant, and ensuring the safety of the animal.

Heaven knows my parents spent a lot of money on me throughout the years, and a pet parent will also have many expenses in caring for a dog or cat member of the family. Meeting them half way on the initial adoption fee seems like a win win situation.

The fees may change, but the process is the same. Our job is to make sure the adoptive pet parents are responsible and capable of caring for their new pets. When it is, more lives are changed forever and for the better. Even if they don't have opposable thumbs.


Charger Biscuit

Charger, one of Cocoa's babies, has also benefited from the Biscuit Fund. Seriously, could he be any cuter?

Thank you, Our Blue Ridge and Channel 10 for promoting the pets for adoption every Monday and Friday!!

July 11, 2011

Step By Step

Tina is a foster mom who has permission to transfer dogs from the Roanoke pound to Angels of Assisi. Last Saturday, she did a 'walk through" at the pound and saw Luci, a big black dog...the hardest to find homes for.

Luci was terrified, pressed to the ground and shaking. She would not even raise her head to look at anyone.

This dog's plight was not forgotten, and Tina knew that since she was an "owner surrender" (she was turned into the pound when her owners moved), Luci's photo would most likely never make a website, especially with her fear issues. If Tina had not requested to take a walk through at the pound, Luci's last days would have been spent pressed to the ground. And shaking.

Tina made arrangements to pick her up today. It was then that she learned that Luci would not come out of her kennel, and Tina would have to go back into the noisy corridor of dogs and give it a try herself.

Armed with her wonderful husband and a rescue friend, Tina vowed to give it her best shot. After 10 minutes of coaxing, Luci ventured out.

It took 20 more minutes to get her into the car, but once again, as with most of life's obstacles, baby steps have a way of working.

Tonight, Lucy is settling in nicely at home. She's had a few tail wags, and given a few smooches.

We all know that Luci has a long way to go. Fortunately, she has a loving family to help her every step of the way, one that does not care how long it takes her to get to the car, or how long the healing process may be.

Step by step, change can happen for the homeless animals in Roanoke. But if people do not know about what is happening behind closed doors, they cannot help.

Take Luci: 
  • Tuned in by her owner on July 1st. 
  • No photo posted to any networking or animal rescue site.
  • Spent 10 days at the pound progressively shutting down, to the point where she was pressed to the floor and shaking, and the very short walk from the kennel to the car took 30 minutes.
Tina is not a certified dog trainer. She is not a glutton for punishment. She is not a crazy whack job. She is not Super Woman Possessing Super Natural Powers. Nor does she own a magical wand.

She is, however, a smart, kind person who enjoys working with dogs and finding them new homes. She's good at it. Tina is interested in bettering the plight of the homeless animals at the Roanoke pound. She is a responsible member of our community. And guess what.... she is not alone. There are many others who would like to step up and volunteer, foster, and donate to help the dogs and cats behind closed doors.

What do you say, policies, procedures, and leadership of the Roanoke pound? Want to let the public in? All we're asking for is the chance to take it step by step and give these animals a chance.

Side note to Tina: you are awesome in our eyes- a very special thank you to you and Chris ♥

Side note to the RCACP staff: as always,thank you for all your assistance, we appreciate it.  

Beagle Biscuits

The face below is one who has benefited from your donations of time, supplies, and money for medical treatment.

We will know more about her status next week, and hope she can go to a foster home.

Thank you for supporting the Biscuit Fund, and giving dogs like Patience Biscuit a second chance. She's well worth the effort.


July 10, 2011

Beagle Biscuits

It has been a busy weekend taking care of oodles of beagles! Mama and her 9 puppies are receiving medical care and keeping the staff on their toes.

We will keep you posted on their progress, and will know next week if they can go to foster homes. Mama beagle is more than ready for a break...


July 9, 2011

Dedicated To My BFF And Yours As Well

"Yes we are friends and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn't mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often.  I don't want to lose this happy space where I have found someone who is smart and easy and doesn't bother to check her diary when we arrange to meet."
~Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body, 1992

Awesome photo by Vickie Holt!


July 8, 2011


A big welcome to Alabama, who joined the Angels of Assisi foster program today. She came from the Roanoke pound, and is a true lady. She walks well on a leash, rides great in the car, gets along with other dogs and ignores cats. Thank you to everyone who was pulling for her and will help find her a home; she is well worth the effort.


He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. 

He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) 

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. 

Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. 

He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. 

He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. 

And I expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog."
- Gene Hill

Beagle Biscuits

A few days ago, Angels of Assisi took in 11 animals from various neglect/cruelty situations. 

Pictured below are some of the Beagle Biscuits, who are in isolation and receiving medications, special food, and extra medical care. Plus a whole lotta TLC.

During the entire intake process, mama beagle stayed glued to the Animal Control Officers side (those are his feet in the photo), almost like she knew he was there to help her and her babies. Because of her calm and sweet nature, we're calling her Patience. Patience Biscuit to be exact.

As always, we appreciate any and all support of the Biscuit Fund, designed to help animals like this mama and her pups. They have a long road ahead of them, and we'll be sharing it as much as we can. Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support. 

"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side" 
~Margaret Carty

July 7, 2011


Maddie's Fund has put out some exciting new data on the intake, adoption, and euthanasia numbers from 474 animal shelters across the country.

LRR is a Live Release Rate. To simplify, it is the percentage of animals that left any pound or rescue organization through adoption, return of a lost animal to its owner, or transfer to a placement partner. The percentage of the ones that left alive.

Check out the link here.

A big congratulations to Lynchburg for a Live Release Rate of 71 percent.

And to Charlottesville for a Live Release Rate of 90 percent!

Unfortunately, Roanoke was not included in the Maddie's Fund stats, but you can see here that for 2009 (the year used in the study) our Live Release Rate was 33%.

Lynchburg: 71 percent lives saved.
Charlottesville: 90 percent lives saved. 
Roanoke: 33 percent lives saved.

Pretty sad stats for our wonderful and caring community. The municipalities that send dogs and cats to the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection have assured us that change is coming, starting with the onset of a volunteer program.

Once again, the change cannot come soon enough. It's past time for new policies. procedures, and leadership.

Dedicated to the memory of Barkley, who will not be part of the Live Release Rate stats in Roanoke. He was killed last week. Rest in peace buddy; we'll keep the fight alive for those who follow. 


Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; 
a boss says "Go!" - a leader says "Let's go!"  
~E.M. Kelly


The following article is taken from the October 2010 edition of the  Charlottesville Daily Progress. It is about the Director of the Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA, Susanne Kogut. 

We have had the pleasure of meeting with Susanne several times, and appreciate her willingness to share information about what has worked and what has not worked in their transition and ongoing dedication to a No Kill community.

I imagine someone categorized as a "woman we love" has to be smart, logical, dedicated, and kind. After spending a few minutes with Susanne, you see that she fits the bill.  Thank you, Susanne, for being an inspiration to the rest of us. You've shown us that a yes we can, hands on approach works, and most importantly... it can be so rewarding.


Women We Love: Susanne Kogut

Susanne Kogut wakes up every morning and heads to work at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA to become a hero for those unable to speak for themselves. She doesn’t wear a superhero costume (I don’t believe), but for the dogs, cats and other animals at the no-kill shelter she certainly is one nonetheless. Kogut is the executive director of the CASPCA, and also mother to five dogs and a foster mom to more than a hundred different animals “at different times, of course.”


Kogut, a former lawyer, notes her biggest pet peeve is those who “back seat drive or Monday morning quarterback—people who spend all their time telling other people what they should do when they are not in the game. We need more people in the game.”
That last fact is part of what influenced her to do what she does.

 “When I was still trying to decide what to do with the ‘second half’ of my life, and whining about how overwhelming it was,” Kogut says, “a tenacious, unassuming woman, Natalie Owens, who ran an animal sanctuary in New Mexico, just looked at me and said, ‘You do not have the luxury to be overwhelmed—the animals need your help now.’ She sort of gave the kick in the pants that I needed.”

But, her late dog, Murphy, had a role in pushing Kogut toward animal welfare, too.
“It was after he passed away, when I began looking for another dog, that I became aware of the millions of animals there were being euthanized in animal shelters across the country,” she says. “It was then that I decided that, one day, I wanted to apply my professional experience as a lawyer and business manager to help animals.”

And she has done just that. Under her direction CASPCA quickly became a no-kill shelter and has since become a national model, as well as a model for other countries, in how to operate an animal shelter in a way that saves lives. CASPCA has seen a 600 percent increase in the number of fostered animals and a 70 percent decrease in the euthanasia rate, in less than two years.

“I find it very rewarding to be able to inspire others to take a new approach to running an animal non-profit, and to help them save more animals,” Kogut notes. “It is an incredibly satisfying experience to be able to help others save animal lives in their communities, and to hopefully one day be a small part of ending the needless euthanasia of all animals everywhere.”

Financials, however, offer some of the biggest challenges CASPCA faces. She says, though, the group meets them head-on.

“Because we are fairly successful in saving lives and we have a new building there can be the perception that we do not need additional funding,” Kogut says. “But there is so much more to do—like spaying and neutering more cats to reduce the number of kittens that come in to our SPCA every year, changing state laws regarding how we address feral cats and other animal issues, and creating our organization as a training ground for others. Over the last couple years, we have had to reduce expenses due to the economic environment but yet we need to continue to move forward and take our organization to the next level.”

Kogut says someone looking from the outside in might not see her life as balanced, but “balance is in the eyes of the beholder. If you love what you do, why spend all of your time doing something, for the sake of balance? If I worked nine-to-five every day, animals would suffer and that is hardly a balance I can accept.”

She does rely on her faith, though, that she is “exactly where God wants me to be, doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing at this point in time—for me that is balance.”

Kogut encourages more business women to consider a role in animal welfare.
“Now more than ever we need smart, determined business women to take over and lead animal organizations,” she says. “As Natalie Owens said to me—the animals need your help now. The groundwork as been laid, but we need leaders willing to take over organizations from the tired leaders that continue with failed practices that result in animals being euthanized.

“What you give up in your paycheck, you will make back in satisfaction from the joy of saving animals.”


Taken from the Daily Progress

July 6, 2011

Networking Works

Meet Conrad- brought to the Roanoke pound as a stray in late May.

Thanks to the power of a little thing called the Internet, he is still alive today.

You see, a lady from Botetourt County named Teresa posted his photo. Jess from Pulaski County sent it to a hound rescue group. They said they would love to take him, but needed 2 weeks. So a kind lady named Inglath from Franklin County gladly offered to foster him. 

Conrad was picked up last Friday, brought to Angels of Assisi for the night, then transported by Jess to Inglath.  Jess met up with Teresa after the transport, and shared information on animal rescue.

And here is the real kicker- although they are all from different demographic areas, and all volunteer for different rescue groups, Teresa, Jess and Inglath share a passion for saving lives. In their eyes, we are all on one team, and the life saved is not a Roanoke pound dog, he is OUR dog, a living heartbeat, and 2 soulful eyes.

And thanks to them, he is alive today.

Here is Conrad, freshly bathed and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. (Inglath, the handsome new collar is wonderful, as always).

A big thank you to the team - none of whom are from Roanoke- for saving Conrad's life. We also appreciate the front desk staff (Trish, Candy, and Carol) at the Roanoke pound for making the transition as smooth as possible.

Networking works, friendships are developed and everlasting, and lives are saved.


Thanks to Jess and Coonhound Rescue, this wonderful boy was saved from death in a shelter. As his temporary foster, I cannot begin to say what a wonderful, kind, calm, appreciative soul he is. I don't know who left him at the shelter or never came to find him, but they threw away something amazing. I cannot imagine being the person to take this boy to a room and end his life. It is wrong. I look into his eyes, and see the vibrant life there, and I do not need anyone to tell me that it is anything other than morally incomprehensible. 
- Inglath Cooper

July 5, 2011



"I like her because she smiles at me and means it" 

Jinx loves everyone, come visit her between 2 and 6! 


An Update On Clair Biscuit

Clair was transferred to Angels of Assisi from the Roanoke pound a few months ago. She arrived with terrible skin sores and what could easily be perceived as a snappy, aggressive attitude.

Fortunately, her foster mom Toni snatched her up anyhow, and took her home to heal the outside and inside ailments. While doing so, she discovered that Clair had some serious back and hip issues, causing terrible pain.

Toni continued to work with Clair, adjusted how she picked her up, found a harness that would not hurt her, gave her special food, and networked her like crazy for a permanent home.

And guess what, all the loving care and hard work paid off. Clair was adopted to a wonderful family in South Carolina a few weeks ago, and is doing great. The little dog who arrived at Angels of Assisi miserable and in pain, has flourished into an awesome and cherished lap dog. Her pain is under control,  and her new family is well aware of her health issues and dedicated to keeping her as comfortable as possible.

This past year, there has been a lot of discussion about the number of homeless animals killed in Roanoke (4674 in 2010, to be exact).

A large part of the blame has been placed on lack of spay/neuter and the irresponsible public.

Many successful No Kill communities will tell you that while spay/neuter is an important component of going No Kill, it is not the only piece to the puzzle.

They will tell you that you can foster and adopt your way to No Kill.

They will confirm that, yes, there are many irresponsible people contributing to the problem, but there are also many people who care and want, even insist, to be part of the solution.

Successful No Kill communities work with the pet loving, responsible public who open up their homes and hearts and refuse to give up on little dogs like Clair.

Do we have more people like Toni right here is Roanoke that are part of the solution? We sure do, and the numbers are growing. You are making a difference, and we appreciate you so very much. 

"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom"  ~Author Unknown