June 28, 2012

The Kitten In The Lobby Atrocity

We've got a lot of kittens. And even more cats. One thing we have realized over the years is that that, given the chance, people in the community will step up and foster, volunteer, and adopt. Some of these folks were never in the market for a new pet, but those big brown eyes can very easily break down the barriers and lay the groundwork for everlasting friendships.

So, in order to give our felines a little more exposure, we off offhandedly tossed out the idea out of putting up a kitten cage our very busy clinic lobby. To soften blow, we followed the idea up with touting it as a trial period.

Reactions varied:

"You can't do that. The dogs coming through the clinic will scare them"
We asked the Vet, and she said that if they were well socialized, the kittens would be fine.

"They are going to kick litter all over the lobby"
We can put a small litter pan inside of a bigger, empty one to catch the litter. 

"People coming in may be allergic to cats"
Well, we are a Vet clinic and adoption center.

"No one will know they are up for adoption"
We can put a sign on the cage.

"People may ask for a two for one price, since they are together and get along so well"
Great idea- we could call it a BFF special. If I was ever needing a new home, I'd sure as heck want my BFF coming with me.

"We have never had kittens in the lobby before"

Let's think of it as utilizing our retail space to it's fullest potential.

"It is really going to stress them out" 
Let's give it a shot. Worse case scenario is that we move them back out of the lobby.

And so, we gave it a shot. The kittens are having a blast, and find the dogs very entertaining. The folks coming through the lobby love seeing them, and the staff get a kick out of their crazy antics. We have a feeling they will be adopted very soon, and that is what it is all about.

June 25, 2012

Dog Around Town!

Brock, previously known as Rock. Turned into the RCACP last month, and given one day to find a rescue because he has issues in a kennel. Our good friend Hany took his lunch hour and went to evaluate him. I will never forget the phone call. 

Hany: Hi Lisa- I'm going to start at the end of a rather long thought process, so here goes. He is not a good dog.

Me, with mind racing: OK,,,,,

Hany: He is a great dog.

I know that Hany went on to tell me all the ways that Brock was a great dog, but when your heart is all swelled up and relief is washing over you, well, your ears don't always work so well.

Brock is a great dog, and the last time I walked him he trotted along perfectly, giving me a good look every 10 steps to make sure we were on the same page. Little does he know how many of us are on the same page, for him and the thousands of homeless animals in our community.

Thank you to Hany Hosny for his artistic eye in getting these photos. We also thank Teresa Powell, Leanna Nichols, and Lori Fusaro for all the back up. Loving it!

World's Best Dog

Clancy got to meet some Miss America pageant ladies while he waited for his TV debut this morning. No one is more deserving of some extra TLC than this little guy, because he loves everyone right back! A big thank you to the special folks who ensured his transfer from the Pound to Angels of Assisi- as always, we appreciate all you do.

And now, without further adieu, check out this wonderful little friend. Clancy is ready for adoption and you are welcome to come meet him any day between 2-6 pm.

Sneak Peek

Hany and Teresa headed out last night for another Dog Around Town photo shoot. We can't wait to see the rest!

June 24, 2012

Sunday Night

7:30 pm on a Sunday night, and our doors have been closed for an hour and a half. Behind those closed doors, however, volunteers are still at it. Some are working with dogs, some are doing extra special photo shoots, some are taking adoption videos of cats, some are even organizing our closets.

What they all have in common is a tremendous dedication and love for the homeless animals in our community, and they are appreciated beyond words.

Thank you Chelsea, Megan, Jess, Leanna, Hany, and Teresa for coming it tonight, and to all those who helped throughout the weekend!

June 22, 2012


What's happening over here on 415 Campbell Avenue? It's this thing called a play group, and research shows how important it is for dogs to be able to romp and play with each other. While human time walking on a leash is also important and necessary, it is very beneficial for canines to have some dog on dog time.

Introducing these play groups is another step in our staff and volunteer goal of shelter enrichment. Many thanks to Hany and Bobbie for getting the ball rolling, so to speak. The dogs are loving their yard time, and we love seeing them happier and more relaxed.


There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate being, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.  
~Edith Wharton


Jason, Manager of Harmony Farm Sanctuary, got caught giving Heidi and little extra TLC the other day.

June 19, 2012


Trinity Biscuit is in recovery, and seems to be doing well. Keep those good thoughts rolling! 

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the
opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
~ Elie Wiesel

Good Vibes For Trinity Biscuit

The Veterinarians in charge of Trinity decided that today was the day for her surgery, and will amputate her leg this afternoon. Send her all your good vibes, and we'll give her a smooch for you!

Here she is on June 9th, after her transfer from RCACP.

She has been on antibiotics and pain meds, and ready for surgery today.

Thank you to all who have been so supportive! We'll keep you posted!

June 13, 2012


On the other hand, I think some cats have Asperger's.
Like me, they're very smart.
And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.

~ Jodi Picoult, House Rules

June 12, 2012

One By One

Just One Day was celebrated nationwide as a day asking animal shelters across the USA to take a pledge not to kill any savable animals on June 11, 2012.

For Just One Day, euthanasia technicians were asked to put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they were asked to photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter.

On June 11, 2012, they were asked to market their animals to the public, reach out to rescue groups, host adoption events with discounted rates, stay open for extended hours, and ask their communities to help them empty the shelter the good way.

The Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection did just that, with the help of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. They stayed open late, offered adoption specials, and 16 animals went home, four from the Pound side of the building. Staff and volunteers had a great time, and we can't wait until next year!

Angels of Assisi also offered special adoption fees and stayed open late, with a guarantee to transfer a homeless RCACP pet for every Assisi pet adopted.... and we had five pets go home!

Meet the first transfer, Nell. She was literally dragged into RCACP by her former owner, who said she was not any good for field work. She is not the first dog he has surrendered in the drag them through the front door manner, but we hope she will be the last.

When we met Nell late last week, she was trembling in the back of her cage. Volunteers report she perked up some after leaving the building on her way to Angels of Assisi this afternoon, and we are ready for her to get some TLC and a new home!

Thank you to RCACP, RVSPCA, and Angels of Assisi staff and volunteers for making Just One Day happen here in the Star City. We are getting closer to our goal of a No Kill Community everyday.

June 9, 2012

Super Cool Kids

We had a good time at the Kids and Kittens gathering last night! Kittens got some play time, and we loved meeting Ty, the special needs kitty who had to have his eyes removed.

We also had a surprise guest, Botetourt Animal Control Officer Horton, who brought a dog needing care to Angels of Assisi after hours. The kids were able to help prepare a kennel for the dog to stay, help give him a much needed drink of water, and watch the intake process.

We discussed how sometime people are bad, and don't take care of their animals, but sometimes people get into bad situations, and are not able to take of their animals. Officer Horton showed them the new dog, and explained that he will be a court case dog. It will be up to the Judge to decide what happens. Either way, it is important for Animal Control and rescue groups like Angels of Assisi to be there to help the animals.

Officer Horton described the duties of an animal control officer, and then, the highlight of the night, we all got to check out his vehicle.

Thanks to all who attended, and an extra thank you to Officer Horton for a taking some time out for an impromptu Humane Education session!

June 8, 2012

Dog Around Town

We've started a super cool new feature! Dog Around Town is a way to showcase the dogs for adoption at Angels of Assisi in a beautiful and eclectic setting, our clinic's hometown, Roanoke.

Words cannot express enough appreciation to the very talented Hany Hosny for his dedication to the animals in our community. See all that beauty in the photos? That's an external portrait of his inner soul. He's got a way with dogs behind the camera, and an even more extraordinary way with them one on one.

Thank you also to one of our most favorite ladies ever, Teresa Powell. Her talents are shining through more and more each day, and we love seeing her in action! Capone was one of the dogs rescued from Dinwiddie County, and was one of 5 that tested positive for heart worms. His treatment will start soon, and he will benefit from the Biscuit Fund. He is an easy, wonderful boy, and so very handsome!

OK- enough with the chit chat.... Enjoy!

The last photo is of Capone and Roanoke City Police Officer Combs. We got an email later that night, and apparently the two made quite a connection- enough of one to last a lifetime. Officer Combs will be officially adopting Capone next Monday.

And that, my friends, is how a community works together. We are proud to call Roanoke home.