February 28, 2013



True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which is deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
― Milan Kundera


Partners and Friends

Pet Food Drive

 Items Requested:
Pet food (canned or dry)
Pet treats & toys
Kitty litter
Leashes, collars
Clean blankets, towels
* Please place items on the racks
outside the cafeteria,
or other designated area.

In Honor of Pat Woltanski, 2011 Humanitarian Award Winner – Employee Category


This opportunity was given to the employees of LewisGale Medical Center, and they accepted the challenge wholeheartedly. So much so that we had to send the box truck over to gather all the donations, and we are happy to report that the cupboards are officially stocked to the max!

A very special thank you to our generous community and all the wonderful LewisGale employees for the donations, and especially to Sharon McGee for organizing everything. You all sent us hundreds of pounds of supplies, and we send you back eternal gratitude.

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

February 21, 2013


We had a visit from Botetourt Animal Control last weekend, bringing us a new dog. His name is Bruno, and he will benefit from the Biscuit Fund.  

Usually when animals fall under the Biscuit Fund, they are in pretty bad shape - we're all used to the photographic documentation of emaciated, hurt, or sickly animals. Bruno, however, is different. While he needs to be checked by the Vet, given some worming medicine and gain a little weight, overall he is OK. However, given a little more time, that may not have been the case.

When Officer Stewart went to check on him this morning, he realized that Bruno was not a good fit for the human folks caring for him. They talked it out, and it was decided that Bruno would come to Angels of Assisi to find a family better suited to his needs.

The job of an Animal Control Officer sometimes get a bad rap, but through the good work of Botetourt Animal Control, and the backing of the Botetourt Commonwealth Attorney’s office, we have gotten to know them as liaisons between pets, their people, and the law. They strive to find the balance between education where needed, and enforcing the law when it has been broken. That takes a commitment to both the welfare of animals and humans, and we respect them very much for taking the time to do so.

For animals like Bruno, it means prevention, rather than neglect and suffering, and we are all for that. Thank you to Officer Stewart and all those working to make this a better community for our animals!


February 19, 2013

Operation Shy Dog: Day One

Echo came to us not long ago, and he is terribly afraid. He has the kind of fear that won't let him make eye contact, keeps his ears flat, and tail tucked. When walking, he keeps very low to the ground. We moved him from the hubbub of the adoption center floor, to a quiet back office, where he is going to hang with me for a while.

So far, he has not moved from his bed, not touched his bone, and shrinks when I try and pet him. But that's OK, we'll ride it out together, no matter how long it takes.

Life is all about timing...
the unreachable becomes reachable,
the unavailable become available,
the unattainable...attainable.
Have the patience, wait it out.
― Stacey Charter


February 16, 2013

Special Delivery

Over the last few years, Angels of Assisi and the Spartanburg Humane Society have partnered to help with numerous dogs. The staff at the Humane Society does a wonderful job of getting them ready, sending us all the medical information, and arranges for them to be flown up by from South Carolina by volunteer pilots in private planes.

One of the more infamous dogs from the Spartanburg Humane Society is little Swift, aka the Gremlin, aka the cutest, most personality filled dog on earth. She brings a sense of joy to all who meet her, either in person or by following her on antics on the internet.

Although quite mischievous, there is never a sense of anything but good hearted fun about her. In human form, she'd be the person you would look forward to meeting up with in the pub after a long week to help restore your drained spirit. She'd be the one who makes you smile- a real smile, the kind that deepens the dimples and reaches all the way down to the bottom of your heart. She'd be the one who stays away from all the pointless drama, and understands that life is short, so you may as well have fun with it.

Today, Angels of Assisi received four more dogs from Swift's hometown, and they are just as wonderful. Meet the guys, just in via plane from South Carolina.

We have a feeling they will be just as wonderful as Swift, and are thrilled that will be receiving a second chance at a new life. Thank you to all the good folks who made it possible.

February 14, 2013

Special Request

Ginger's owner passed away, and she was left alone for days before she was discovered and taken to the Roanoke Pound last week.

Yesterday, she experienced a medical emergency called bloat (she had the kind where her stomach actually twisted) and was rushed to Angels of Assisi for immediate surgery.

Last night was touch and go, and she was sent to the Emergency Vet for post op care. Fortunately. things started looking up this morning. We picked her up and brought her to the quietest place in the clinic, and let the healing process begin.


Authorities are still looking for family members of her owner, but we have been given the go ahead to find a foster home. The IV's are out, and she is allowed to eat small meals of special food. A couch would be a huge plus, and our main goal right now is to keep her pain free, and take the look of worry off of her face. Please contact us if you can help.

Hopalong Cassidy Comes To Visit

Last fall, Hopalong Cassidy came to us as a stray with the letter 'H' freeze-branded to her ear. Scott Leamon did a news story on her, and shortly afterwards, we found out that she had terminal cancer.

We suspected that this incredibly sweet and humble hound dog had never known a real home in her life. The Websters heard her story and came right down to pick her up and take her home; here she is, in the photo that had thousands of hits on the internet, with her new dad.

Hopalong came in for a clinic visit today, and she looks wonderful. Love has done this girl a world of good.






A million thanks to her wonderful foster family, and to the community who rallied for her- all those good vibes are working.

Love is the only thing in this world that covers up all the pain and makes us feel wonderful again.
- Anonymous

Thank you also to Tina Robertson for the wonderful photos today!




Dear Angels,

We just wanted to say how happy we are to have JAKE aka Zorro in our home.  He is a true delight.

Attached please find an announcement we sent all of our friends and family. Thank you for helping us find the new love our lives.

We especially wanted to send this message on to you on Valentine's Day.

      ~ Pam & Rich


Dear Pam & Rich,

Thank you for the letter, for making our day, and for sharing your love with an animal in need.
We appreciate you all more than words can say.


February 12, 2013

Clinic Cuties

Little Riley came in to get her first set of shots in the Angels of Assisi Wellness Clinic today, and just being around her caused any job related stress to plumet right down to zero.

For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.
― Roger Caras

Partners and Friends

A huge thank you to the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op for featuring Angels of Assisi as a "chips for good" charity this month- we appreciate it!!


We are also looking forward to employees and friends of the co-op volunteering in our adoption center on Saturday, February 23; a good time will be had by all, no doubt about it!
Check out some of the cool stuff happening at the Co-Op here- we are fortunate to have such a wonderful organization in our community.

And good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life. I agree.
― Robert Fulghum,
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten    

February 5, 2013

Unlikely Bedfellows

Gracie is a beautiful pony, and an extension of the Harmony Farm Sanctuary family. She was bred to be a show pony, and has some pretty fancy papers and some pretty fancy footwork to prove it. She lives with her sister and a retired carriage horse on a small farm in Botetourt County. Not too long ago, a wild turkey joined the equines. We thought she was just passing through, but it has been a while, and it looks like she is here to stay.

For some reason, the turkey and Gracie favor each other. They are an odd pair, to put it mildly. Gracie is all smooth gaits, including a very pretty trot, canter, merry walk and pleasure walk, and the turkey awkwardly bobs and weaves next to her when they navigate the fields. Gracie lets out soft pony snorts and whinnies, and the turkey gobbles away. The bird does some, well, dumb turkey stuff, but it's cool. Spilled grain is not fought over; it is an unspoken rule that the turkey has dibs. The warmth and safety of the barn is shared without question.

Perhaps there is a lesson to be remembered from this unlikely pair: be accepting and kind, and share the good stuff, because there is enough to go around. Cherish the ones who make you feel safe.

Sometimes we are lucky enough that the the unexpected friend, the one we originally thought was just passing through, stays, and turns out to be very best one ever.


A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
— Elbert Hubbard