January 28, 2013

Donations At Work

Last week, we received an email asking for help with a little dog. He had hurt his leg terribly, and his owners were faced with the hard reality that they could not afford his surgery, and needed to rehome him. Needless to say, they were heartbroken.

After getting some more information, we learned that he needed a leg amputation. We could do that. He would then need a safe place to rehabilitated and live out his life. His owners wanted nothing more than to do that. A few more conversations led to an appointment for the surgery in our clinic, and he came through the operation with flying colors, and is healing very nicely.

The mission at Angels of Assisi is developing more and more into helping people keep their pets, by offering additional assistance through medical and behavior programs. We'll continue to count on your help, and for little guys like Bandit, it will make all the difference in the world.

I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people."
- Eduardo Hughes Galeano

January 27, 2013

Boy and Dog

Debo (one of Cheekie's puppies) was adopted from Angels of Assisi, and has been fortunate to grow up with a wonderful family, with his very own boy. Double the trouble, double the fun!

January 25, 2013


Our friends at the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County are initiating a no-kill community by 2015! We're behind you all the way!!

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January 22, 2013

With A Cluck Cluck Here

A house fire brought us 10 new members to the Angels of Assisi/Harmony Farm Sanctuary Family this afternoon. The hens arrived smelling of smoke, a little scared, and in surprisingly good shape, with only 2 needing medication and burn ointment.

Thank you to Dr. Phillips, Jess, and Frances for treating them this afternoon; we appreciate the entire staff for adjusting to whatever crises the day may bring. At this point, nothing really surprises them anymore!

The last little hen shown was the worst as far as singed feathers, but gurrrl could she strike a pose that would revival some on America's Next Top Model. Smiling with the eyes, elongating the neck, and a connection with the camera. We shall name her Tyra.

Our hearts go out to the family who is in transition for the next few months as their house is rebuilt. Thankfully, all humans and pets came out safe and sound. Hug your loved ones tight and be good to each other, because we never, never know what the future may bring.

January 15, 2013

Welcome Friends

Our friends from the Martinsville SPCA made their second trip to visit Angels of Assisi last week; the first time was to see shelter enrichment in action, and this time to observe the Wellness Clinic routine.

We loved having them, and more than anything appreciate the relationships with fellow rescue groups that share not only the mission, but the vision. There is strength in numbers, and together we are making a better future for the animals in our communities!

I don't know who the good guys are anymore. But I do know what the enemy is. It's the compromise of principles. You lose the war when you lose your principles. And the first principle is to look out for your comrades.
-Karen Traviss

January 9, 2013

New Girl

Lucy is on her way to Angels of Assisi from the Bedford Pound, and this what we know so far: She is around 12 years old, deaf, and has deep scarring from wearing a muzzle. We understand she wore a muzzle for years because she lived in house full of other animals. So far, she has been very friendly with people.

Angels of Assisi staff will be evaluating her needs today, and soon she will be ready for foster or adoption. Please send any and all good vibes and prayers her way- we think she needs every single one of them to put some sparkle back in those eyes.

What's Up With Kids These Days?

Thank you to Angie Ramsey's Girl Scout Troop 434 for the wonderful surprise last weekend!

The cats absolutely love these sock toys, and the "adopt me" bandanas will be put to good use- starting this weekend at the Roanoke Home and Garden Show!

So, what's up with kids these days? From what we can see, there are a whole lot of them volunteering, crafting, making themselves aware of the issues, and trying to help those less fortunate. And to that, we say, keep up the good work! We're proud of you!

January 8, 2013


It's no secret that the Angels of Assisi building on the corner of Campbell Avenue and 5th Street is an older one, and one that we have outgrown. Our downtown site was originally picked so that people would have easy access to low cost spay and neuter services, and to this day we still have folks who arrive via public transportation. Keeping up with the physical building, along with stress of human, feline, canine, and leporine traffic that enters either to visit or temporarily call home is no easy task.

Enter William. He's our painter, tiler, plumber, keep everything up to standards guy, and then some. He keeps the oxygen tanks running, and the surgical tubes and tables in good working order. He's the "hey, we randomly decided we want a ga-jillion paper towel holders hung all throughout the adoption center" guy.

He's the guy we went to when we decided we needed a living room in the middle of our wellness clinic.

Such a room in such a place seemed a little out of the ordinary, but, by now, William is used to these requests. While he rightfully thinks we are a little crazy at times, he also realizes that we are making the very best with what space we have, and he makes it happen.

This particular room had a window and the potential to be the perfect "meet and greet" room; a quiet place for potential adopters to get the know the animals in a home-like environment. We armed him with nothing more than the usual: a little vision and some petty cash. He got to work and we could not be happier with the results- a wonderful place for new families to connect.

A sweet little puppy named January was one of the first to meet her new family in the new room, and we quickly learned that she was a big fan of the couch. 

Since William has joined our Assisi family, he has tremendously reinforced our physical structure, and in so doing, made it a better place for both the people and animals who call it home, and a safe place to house our hearts.

The real things haven't changed.
It is still best to make the most of what we have;
to be honest and truthful; 
to be happy with simple pleasures;
and have courage when things go wrong

- Laura Ingalls Wilder

January 5, 2013


Two bonded cats- one older and blind, depending on the other, arrived at Angels of Assisi last month. We got the word about them when one half of the duo was scheduled to be euthanized, leaving the blind one behind. Volunteers jumped into action, and Little Cat and Peanut were transferred to our care.

If you heard a loud cheer from the corner of Campbell Avenue and 5th Street this afternoon, it was because they were adopted. And never did the word "together" sound so wonderful.

Friends will keep you sane, Love can fill your heart. 
But lonely is the soul without a mate.

― David Pratt