April 27, 2012

You're Invited

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday April 28th, at the Roanoke Civic Center Pet Ex. We have a very special speaker coming at 11 am.

Susanne Kogut joined the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as Executive Director in March 2005. Within two years, she brought the SPCA, an open-access pound for the city and county, to No Kill status. She will be presenting ways to save these animals and how her community does it, including some really neat ideas on marketing and adopting cats!

Click here and here for more info!

“We Can and We Should Save Them All”

Presented during the Roanoke Pet Ex
Roanoke Civic Center
April 28th, 2012 at 11 am

Hosted by a partnership between Angels of Assisi, Barn Cat Buddies, Bedford Humane Society, Franklin County Humane Society, and Lynchburg Humane Society.


Later in the day, we will head up to the Botetourt Wine Trail, for some much needed rest and relaxation (click here for additional information)!
There will be music, wine, beer, good food, and wonderful friends; sounds like a fitting reward for a job well done. 

Hope to see you all tomorrow! 

Kids Doing Good

Angels of Assisi had some very special guests yesterday, over 40 students from the Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration in Franklin County. They had a tour, learned about the importance of spay/neuter, discussed vocational opportunities in Veterinary medicine, watched a dog training demo, and, best of all, got to give the Assisi animals some TLC!

Thank you all for coming, we were very impressed with the both the students and the staff, and you are welcome back anytime!

The Boss Man

Boss was having himself a grand old time yesterday, and benefiting from our additional efforts to provide shelter enrichment for the dogs. I don't think there is anything in this world this dog loves more than his Kong ball, and we appreciate the donations so very much!

A special shout out to Assisi staff member, Bobbie, for all your hard work with the dogs. You make it look easy and fun, but then again, in your heart that's what it is.

Playology is about waking up our senses, infusing our organs of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting - and the higher cognitive senses as well, with the spirit of play. Play ignites creativity and spontaneity. Playing together leads to trust and cooperation.

~Ellie Katz

April 24, 2012

Biscuit Update!

Remember the Bedford Biscuits? 104 animals rescued from one trailer. Here is an update on Lucky, number 39, a senior beagle with the booming bark:

Dear Angels:

I just wanted to give an update on this handsome ol' man...  he has made my pack complete. I thank you all for allowing me and my pack the opportunity to bring this great fellow into our lives!  He enjoys riding about town every day. We all have gotten to go "creek stomping" twice so far this year and look forward to going to the beach in the summer.  Lucky continues to battle yeast infections in his left ear; which he battled when he was adopted from AA. Other than those and the sneezes, he continues to have great health. Well maybe he could spare to lose a few pounds, but eh could not most do the same? ;-). 

Any way I just wanted all of his fans to know the Luckster is doing great and has fallen in love with a lovely beagle named Lil Bit. She too was rescued from a horrible family about 7 years ago by me and
EVERYONE ... UNCONDITIONALLY.    with much respect for you all continue the fight for the voiceless.         

With much love, Tina, Lil Bit,
Louise, Buster, Samoa and in memory of Patti

And here he is, proudly defending his trench handcrafted with nothing but love.

Thank you, Tina!! We are thrilled for him and forever grateful to you. Give ole' number 39 a big smooch from us.

April 23, 2012

Monday Morning Cuteness, And He Can Be All Yours!

Thank you to the talented and creative Jess Kraybill for making this video of her foster boy. We love it, and we love you as well! .

April 18, 2012

With A Little Help From Our Friends

It seems to happen every few weeks, the Roanoke Pound "urgent" list. Dogs who are going to be killed. (Unfortunately, the pound is not to the point of cats getting the same courtesy, but we are working on that.)

Thanks to some very hard working volunteers, these 5 lives were transferred to Angels of Assisi in the last 2 days. Others will be transferred to Franklin County Humane Society.

It is a wonderful thing to see folks from the Roanoke Pound, Franklin County Humane Society, and Angels of Assisi working together. Anymore it like we are all blended into one, and you know what? It feels just right.

Busy Dogs, Happy Dogs!

Thank you to all who donated Kongs, toys, and treats! The Assisi dogs have been very busy with their new schedule of walking and training, and these donations have made a wonderful addition in the goal of shelter enrichment.We appreciate all the donations and volunteer time very much!

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.  ~Terri Guillemets

April 9, 2012

Floyd County Biscuits Making The Rounds

Little Abigail did great on TV this morning! A big thank you to Fox 21/27 for having us every week!

April 7, 2012


Never give up on someone you can't go a day without thinking about.  
~Author Unknown

April 4, 2012


Take a look at who is headed to one of the best foster homes in the world! It's little Sassy, and she is headed to County Pet Grooming with her brother, Snowball. We're anticipating a super new hairdo soon.

Sassy was left at the Roanoke Pound when her owners could no longer care for her. A huge thank you to Crystal and Tony Wright for opening up their home once again; we're looking forward to some 'after' photos!

April 1, 2012

Floyd County Biscuits

The dogs we received from Floyd County are improving.

Words that come to mind to describe their condition upon arrival are horrified, shocked, and heart broken. We'll let the photos tell the rest.

Yes, that is a dog; look for the eye.

Hanging from an ear.

Shaved from a foot. 

During the shave down process.



Note the left front foot on sweet Freddie. He was so matted his circulation was cut off, and bone was protruding through.


And another.

Shortly after they arrived, staff and volunteers kicked into high gear and worked until after 9 pm providing medical care and making them more comfortable. 

Words that come to mind include humbled, grateful, and overwhelmed by the kindness that you all have shown to these Biscuit Dogs.

As promised, here are some "after" photos.

We still have one in the clinic, little Freddie. Dr. Spangler had to amputate part of his front leg yesterday, but with all those toxins gone he seems to be feeling better. He's got a new bed, and receiving pain meds and antibiotics. We'll finish the hair trim as soon as he is ready. 


Many have asked how these dogs got into such horrible shape. Their owner died last week, and we don't have much additional information. We have to assume mental illness was involved, and hope we can all learn from their plight.

Treatment for these dogs will fall under the Biscuit Fund, and we appreciate donations very much.

Thank you for working so hard to make these little critters feel better. The Assisi staff was already on  overtime last week, and turned it up another notch when the Floyd County Biscuits arrived on Friday. As always, volunteers make this world a better place and we love you. A special thanks to Tony and Crystal of Country Pet Grooming- we can always count on you to show up with sharpened scissors and big hearts.

As we start to see little tail wags and a hint of hope in their eyes, it's all worth it. Ya'll done good.


Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  
~James Matthew Barrie