June 30, 2013


Angels in Action was launched yesterday, with the goal of using neighborhood outreach to offer free or very low cost pet services including wellness care, spay/neuter surgeries, and humane education.

We started with a free rabies clinic and free spay/neuter vouchers at Fire Station Number 5 (216 12th Street, NW).

The Angels in Action program is designed to keep a consistent presence in our partner neighborhoods, and as trust builds and the word spreads, pets get healthier. 

One thing we learned yesterday is that a smile means the same in any language, and that a common human bond is a love for animals.

A million thanks to Tiffany Bradbury with the Roanoke City Fire Department for all her help. We'll be back at Fire Station Number 5 soon, and hope to see our old friends and meet some new. 

Funny thing how when you reach out, people tend to reach right back.
Richelle E. Goodrich


June 24, 2013

We’re Taking It To The Streets!

Block by block, Angels in Action to help pet owners in overlooked neighborhoods

Angels of Assisi is launching a new community outreach program to provide free services to low income communities, called Angels in Action. The program is modeled after the Humane Society of the United States “Pets for Life” initiative, with the goal of providing veterinary services directly to low income communities.  This program has been very successful in large cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

Angels in Action will provide ongoing neighborhood outreach and offer free or very low cost services including humane education, spay/neuter surgeries, and wellness care.

The program is based on the fundamental understanding that where there is human need, there is animal need. To respond effectively to this, outreach efforts are focused on an audience that has the least access to information about animal wellness. Angels in Action embraces the human component by approaching people in a respectful way and recognizing that people love their pets, no matter what their socio-economic circumstances or cultural differences may be.

Staff & volunteers will get the word out by canvassing targeted neighborhoods, and begin with a partnership with the Roanoke City Fire Department on June 29. 
Angels of Assisi will be providing free rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter vouchers. Free pet food and other products will be donated by Purina.

Member One Federal Credit Union has provided tremendous marketing & branding support, and Animal Farm Foundation has awarded a grant to help start the program. This innovative program has been made possible by the generosity of the community & the support of our amazing volunteers.  

Updates on the program will be posted on our website, and those interested in helping may donate to Angels of Assisi at or by mailing or visiting us at 415 Campbell Ave Roanoke, Va 24016.  Please make a note that your donation should be earmarked for Angels in Action.  For inquiries, please contact Chaz Bousman 540-797-0155. 


We believe people with passion CAN change the world for the better.
-Steve Jobs

June 15, 2013

Peace at Harmony

"A painting is more than the sum of the parts,” he would tell me, and then go on to explain how the cow itself is just a cow, and the meadow by itself is just grass and flowers, and the sun peeking through the trees is just a beam of light, but put them all together and you’ve got magic.
― Wendelin Van Draanen

That Broadening The Horizons Thing Seems To Be Working Out

This little guy got himself into some trouble, and had emergency surgery at Angels of Assisi yesterday. We're grateful for the donations that allow us to help people when they need an extra hand, and for the lives that are saved because of it.

Dear Angels of Assisi,

Thank YOU! You saved my dog Chill Pill's life today. We didn't know how we could afford or get him the emergency surgery he needed, but you made it happen! I was so scared of losing our sweet boy, but your staff was friendly and fast. You blessed us with many more years with Chill and we cannot thank you or bless you enough!

With much love and appreciation-

June 14, 2013


It has been a week for emergency surgeries, and this little fellow was another who benefited from the additional services offered in the Angels of Assisi clinic.

He is up and about now, and feeling much better. Your donations make these happy endings possible, and we'll work hard to keep the good stories coming.


Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection
Euthanisia Review: 6/13/2013
Senior blind dog
Euthansia list reason: quality of life issues

The Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection has started to notify rescue groups and volunteers 24 hours in advance of animals put on the euthanasia list. Yesterday, number 975316 was on it. Reason: quality of life issues.

Volunteers had met number #975316, and said she was a wonderful and sweet dog. One who would stay by your side, even though she was blind. One who had a great little smile, and one who would break your heart when she blindly stumbled over her bed, but did not let it phase her one bit.

Once again, they got to networking, and Angels of Assisi put a hold on her, promising to pick her up by noon. A potential adaptor was found, and while paperwork was being processed, another offered to foster her. Progress.

Meanwhile, as her photo circulated, a pet sitter saw it, and contacted her client who had been missing her dog for 3 weeks. Number 975316 arrived at Angels of Assisi this morning, and her owner arrived not too long after. She was afraid to get her hopes up that it really was her beloved Charmin, but within minutes the reunion was on.

As it turns out, Charmin had gone missing in a thunderstorm 3 weeks ago. Her owner, Mary, had looked for her everyday by walking the neighborhood, and had to come to terms that her dog was gone. She did not know about the pound, and we are finding that to be the case with many people.

Charmin is 13 years old, and Mary's husband, James, had rescued her before she went to the Franklin County Pound 12 years ago. She was his constant companion as his kidney's failed, and went on dialysis. She stayed next him when he came home from his exhausting 4 hour treatments, 3 days a week. She stayed next to him when he came home from numerous surgeries to keep his veins open so he could have his treatment. She stayed next to him when the family received the joyous news that he was getting a kidney transplant. As the new kidney failed, she stayed by his side. And after James died from complications of his kidney transplant, Charmin stayed by Mary, and she has been there ever since.

The remaining two family members go for walks on their neighborhood trail every day, and Mary has already called the neighbors to let them know Charmin will be back on the hike tomorrow. She's got a new microchip, and a follow up appointment in the Angels of Assisi wellness clinic next week to make sure all is well.

Mary gives Charmin, her blind companion, a good quality of life, and Charmin gives Mary one right back. Life is like that. Charmin almost lost hers today, and we are eternally grateful to the volunteers who refused to let it happen. Ya’ll done a good thing today, and we love you for it.

June 10, 2013

Broadening Our Horizons

Behind the scenes for the past year or so, the Angels of Assisi clinic has been offering services beyond wellness and spay/neuter, and last month we made it official. Dogs and cats needing to be seen for infections and other minor illness or surgeries can now do so in our non-profit Veterinary clinic.

It is not uncommon for people to be faced with the horrible decision to either euthanize their beloved family member, or be forced to surrender them when they cannot afford medical services- often in an emergency situation. More and more these animals are being sent to Angels of Assisi to receive the care they need. 

One of latest patients came all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina, last Friday. A gunshot shattered his leg, and it was beyond repair. His owners could not afford the amputation, but good Samaritans helped him get to Angels of Assisi where he received his surgery, pain medications, and, best of all, the chance to go home and heal. 

Your donations to Angels of Assisi not only go to helping homeless pets, but to keep them from becoming homeless, and staying with their families. It is something special that we are proud to be a part of, and we thank every person who has helped make it possible! 

Kitten Biscuits

Two kittens have just arrived with broken limbs and infected wounds. They are being treated with antibiotics and pain meds until x-rays determine what their medical plan will be.

These little sweethearts are just two of the many animals currently benefiting from the Biscuit Fund, and donations are always appreciated.

June 9, 2013

Ethan's Story

Ethan, the shy dog slated for euthanasia, is coming along. Under the care and patience of his caregiver, Bobby, at Angels of Assisi, he is doing very well with going outside to use the bathroom, accepting treats, and not escalating into panic mode when he sees a leash.

He has also learned to go up the stairs, but still needs to be carried coming down. This morning he got to hang out in the meet and greet room, and once his initial nervousness passed, he got down to exploring with the amazing hound nose of his.

It looks like he will be heading to his foster home tomorrow, and we could not be happier for him. Keep up the good work, sweet boy, and it is OK to do so at your own pace. We're in no hurry.

To ease another's heartache is to forget one’s own.
― Abraham Lincoln

June 6, 2013

We Agree

A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens - citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.
  - George H.W. Bush

June 5, 2013

Fancy Schmancy Rats- The New Dog?

Mice too boring for you? Maybe you should try having pet rats; they make great pets! Rats have been called "the lower maintenance dog" in the pet world! They're sweet, smart, friendly, social, and active--as well as very entertaining. - WikiHow

Apparently, these little critters can learn tricks and are very entertaining. Angels of Assisi has a few numerous fancy rats available for adoption, and they are easily handled, smart, and gentle. What a great way to kick off the summer with the kids! Check out this link for more information:

Ethan's Story

RCACP Euthanasia Review:

Comments: too scared to vaccinate Seems to be shutting down- staff cannot interact with the dog- does not seem to be sick or in any pain, just very afraid.

After his stray hold time was up, number 973567 was added to the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection's euthanasia list on June 3. He was deemed too scared to be added to a public website of adoptable animals, and that he should not be taking up cage space.

After he appeared on the list of animals to be euthanized, volunteers went in to visit him, and found that he was terrified inside his kennel. However, he gently accepted a few treats, and perked up considerably once he was taken out.

They felt he was indeed adoptable, and deserving of a chance, and we agreed. He was transferred to Angels of Assisi immediately, and began his journey of healing with quiet kennel, a treat filled Kong, and a lot of hope that he'll be at ease with himself and others very soon.

And so begins the journey of Ethan, another shy and timid dog; one that is looking for a foster home to help him be all that he can be. He will never be on a euthanasia list again, and we believe he will be a shining example that dogs who "seem to be shutting down" deserve to go out the front door with people not only willing and able to care for them, but will love each and every moment.