January 31, 2012


Warm winter days on the beach are a thing of wonder, as are these spectacular images of sea creatures. How anyone can do anything but admire and be in awe of them is beyond comprehension.

Enjoy this most beautiful day.

Six Little Biscuits

It's been a busy few days at Angels of Assisi, with the arrival of six animals needing some major medical care and documentation for possible court cases. Here they are: 

Amos- brought to us by Botetourt Animal Control. He spent the weekend on IV fluids, and has finally progressed to small meals.

Chelsea: this pretty little kitty was brought in by Botetourt Animal Control, with a back leg broken in 3 places. Although her body weight is good, she seems to be starved for attention. The bum leg is not stopping her from purring and trying to reach out and grab us from her kennel. She will most likely have her leg amputated this week, but we're confident that her spirit will expedite her recovery.

Two more dogs also from Botetourt Animal Control. They were abandoned without food and water. We are feeding them several small meals throughout the day, and making sure they are hydrated.

Stevie came from the same house as the two above, but is in much worse shape. He is on IV fluids while trying to manage small amounts of food at a time. This morning we opened up his kennel to let him out, and he tumbled to the door with a wagging tail and big smile. His weak legs could not not hold him up, and he crumpled to the floor. Looks like he is a fighter, though, and he struggled to get back up. We eventually had to carry him outside, but tomorrow will be better.

Finally, meet Romeo. He was found on the side of the road in Campbell County by a good Samaritan. She nursed him through the night, and made sure he got to Angels of Assisi the next morning. He is possibly the sweetest being on earth.

All of these animals will benefit from the Biscuit Fund, and we appreciate donations towards their medical care. Despite enduring some pretty horrific treatment, they are happy to be with people and humbly soak in all the attention and kind words bestowed on them.

These six souls have certainly seen some of the worst in human beings. But in a few short days they have already seen the best, and it is heartwarming to see the community outpouring of love for them. They are feeling it too, and the healing process has begun. Thank you.

To all who have helped- Dr. Spangler, Dr. Phillips (happy birthday!), Trish, Jenny, Michelle, Alex, Bobbie, Zach, Andrew, Bo, Frances, Vickie, Chaz, Melissa, Jill, OJ, Amanda, John, Kevin, David, Charlie, and many more, you are the best! 

We also appreciate the care and concern Botetourt Animal Control has for those in their community so very much.

January 28, 2012

Amos Biscuit

Amos arrived at Angels of Assisi yesterday, skinny, hungry, and begging to drink out of the sink. According to his blood work, he has an awful infection brewing, and it's hard to say when his last meal was. We've had to feed him small amounts of food at a time, and are concerned that he is not keeping all of it down.

A special thank you to Amanda and John for taking him for x-rays, and giving him nourishment in the form of TLC until we figure out what is happening and he can eat like a real dog again.

Like many before, Amos was brought to Angels of Assisi by Botetourt Animal Control, and will benefit from the Biscuit Fund. Thanks to all who have been and will be involved in his rescue.

January 26, 2012

A Lovely Biscuit

Pandora was turned in to the Roanoke pound, covered in sores that were bleeding. She needed medical care, and they gave us a call (thank you). Here she is on day one, after a bath and medications. Despite being in a lot of pain, she was always quiet and sweet. 

Turns out, this little gal is allergic to just about everything, including some stuff found on human skin. Hence the big question: how is a human supposed to take care a neglected dog, when such a dog is allergic to such a human?

Well, there are these little things called allergy shots. Angels of Assisi provided those, and a very awesome lady named Toni provided special food, a lot of TLC, and now a foster home. Looks like it was just what this girl needed; take a look at her today. Under Toni's gentle care, she is flourishing.

Pandora is yet another who has been helped by all those who donate to the Biscuit Fund, all those who helped care for her in the adoption center, and now by her loving foster home. In short, the kindness of people in the Roanoke Valley saved her, and we think you all rock. Big time. 

Faith is raising the sail of our little boat until it is caught up in the soft winds above and picks up speed, not from anything within itself, but from the vast resources of the universe around us.  
~W. Ralph Ward


Update on the Christmas Biscuits

Right before Christmas, we put out a plea for 2 dogs at the Roanoke pound, who were thin and heartworm positive. You all answered loud and clear, and their plight even hit K92's morning show (thank you, Danny!). Many offers of help came in, and the girls were whisked off into foster homes within a few days.

One month later, the girls are back, and doing great! Maggie is sweet and laid back, and is a quiet, old soul type of dog.

Ellie, on the other hand, is a bundle of happy energy. Her tail was wagging in her original intake photo above, and it rarely stops.

Thank you to all who came to their rescue; we especially appreciate their foster families for getting them into tip top shape. The girls are so much better, and back at Angels of Assisi getting ready to start heartworm treatment. What a difference a month has made, and we can't wait to see the rest of the journey.

Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.  
~William James


January 22, 2012

The Frankster

This friendly little guy was ear tipped somewhere along the way. "Ear tipping"  is the universal sign that a feral cat has been spayed/neutered. 

Frankie is far from feral, and thanks to an awesome lady named Libby at the Roanoke pound, he is waiting for his new home. Please come on down to meet him- any day between 2 and 6 pm!

Dedicated To That One Special Someone, Yours and Mine


Handsome Neo is staying with us until his family figures out their housing situation. He is 10 years old, and since his arrival has been neutered and had some major dental work done. In a few weeks, he will start heart worm treatment, not an easy process. We're hoping he can get back to his real home soon, or the process of finding another will be easier than the time he is having now. Hang in there buddy.

January 19, 2012

Special Kitties Indeed!

Wow! Look what just arrived at 415 Campbell Avenue!

A truck load of kitty supplies! Thank you to Barry Armstrong and Kim Wilson for the unexpected delivery! We appreciate you!


January 18, 2012

An Important Step Towards No Kill

An important bill to support trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs for feral cats in Virginia was recently introduced in the Virginia legislature. S.B. 359, sponsored by Sen. Deeds, is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Agriculture Committee tomorrow (1/19).

Virginia law has long been murky on the subject of TNR. Not long after Voices for Animals began a TNR program, the state vet informed us that we could be charged with abandonment -- for returning cats to their colonies after they were sterilized and vaccinated. And while many enlightened animal control agencies actively support TNR, that's not the case in all parts of Virginia, and many dedicated animal advocates have heard similar threats from their local agencies. 

Needless to say, the last thing any Virginia community needs is barriers to progressive spay/neuter programs.

S.B. 359 would add a new subsection to the animal care provisions of the Virginia Code: "§ 3.2-6504.1. Trap, Neuter, and Return programs. 

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the 
(i) proper trapping or capture; 
(ii) holding; 
(iii) provision of care, including but not limited to sterilization, vaccination, microchipping, or eartipping; 
(iv) release or return to the trapping site or colony; or 
(v) long-term feeding and care at the colony of a feral cat as part of a formal Trap, Neuter, and Return program operated by a pound, animal shelter, humane society, or other releasing agency."

Unfortunately, some wildlife organizations are opposing this bill under the misguided belief that TNR means choosing cats over wildlife. Our state senators need to hear from you today that TNR is both a humane and commonsense approach to reducing feral cat populations in the long term.

Please take a moment today to send an email to the Virginia Agriculture committee members in support of Senator Deeds' Bill.

Senator Deeds -
Senator Hanger -
Senator Watkins -
Senator Puckett -
Senator Ruff -
Senator Blevins -
Senator Obenshain -
Senator McEachin -
Senator Petersen -
Senator Northam -
Senator Stuart -
Senator Marsden -
Senator Stanley -
Senator Black -
Senator Miller -
Senator Ebbin -

Many thanks to our friends at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA for its behind-the-scenes legwork on this legislation! 

Reunited, And It Feels So Good

This adorable Labradoodle was at the Roanoke Pound. He was transferred to Angels of Assisi yesterday, and came face to face with a most pleasant surprise.

His twin! While an Assisi volunteer was picking up Dexter from the Pound, another dog who looks just like him was being surrendered to our adoption center. We don't know for sure if they are related, but they are the same age and sure do look alike. The brothers immediately started romping and playing, and have not stopped since.

They are in foster care now, but will ready for adoption soon. A big thank you to the staff at the Roanoke Pound for transferring Dexter to Angels of Assisi! We love him, and are delighted to have double the trouble!

Partners and Friends

A few days ago, the Roanoke Pound put out a plea for help. They were getting low on space, and needed some big dogs sprung or they would be killed.

No surprise, the Franklin County Humane Society jumped into action. They networked the dogs, they asked others for help, and they transported 4 of them to their No Kill adoption center.

It is very important to note the magnitude of what happens within the walls of the Franklin County Humane Society. On a daily basis, they have their own local pound to save dogs and cats from- many. They routinely find animals at the local dumpster- yes, the dumpster. Last week they found one puppy, and searched frantically for a second that was scared and ran away. They help surrounding high kill pounds. They assist with chained dogs. They have feral cat issues. They have a very busy low cost spay and neuter clinic. They constantly fund-raise, a challenge in the present economy. Yet, with all this going on, they jumped in, crossed county lines, and rescued these 4 dogs, with willing hands and cheerful hearts.

That's why we love them so, and will continue to look at them for guidance and inspiration. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who pitched in. We've got one word for you: hero.

A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.
~Andrew Bernstein