August 22, 2013

Kids Doing Good

Friends Haley and Mia just dropped off the proceeds from their Lemonade stand to help the animals at Angels of Assisi. We're very appreciative, and also very impressed with the caring kids in our community!

So be sure when you step,
Step with care and great tact.
And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)
Kid, you'll move mountains.”
― Dr. Seuss,
Oh, The Places You'll Go!    

August 18, 2013

Life Shots

Yesterday was International Homeless Animals Day, and suggestions from the sponsoring society included candle light vigils, heartfelt speeches, and award ceremonies. Staff and volunteers concurred that the very best way to honor the animals was to go ahead and change their status from homeless pets to family pets, and so we did.

Adoptions were facilitated from both Angels of Assisi and the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection, and it was a happy flurry of parents, kids, single guys, and older couples, all looking to add a member to their family.

The perfect Going Home images are always awesome to get and to share, but, as mentioned, the day was whiz of activity, and there were more bloopers than portraits. Our photos memorializing the day are blurry, imperfect, and wiggly, and yet full of hope for the future. In essence, they symbolize life, and we are just fine with that. Congrats to all!

August 14, 2013

RCACP Alumni

We received the following update on a cat adopted through our new partnership with the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection.

Watson aka Conan loves his new family sooo much (everyone but our dachshund Sir Sherlock Bones). He is such a great kitty and we are so lucky to have found him at the adoption special you had with the local pound. Thank you for all you do!

It's been an amazing journey from holding candlelight vigils for the homeless animals at RCACP to seeing happy endings like this one. Seeing this little cat, safe and sound in a family, makes it all worthwhile. We are eternally grateful for the caring people in our community who make it happen everyday.

Well done is better than well said.
― Benjamin Franklin


The Resume


Matt and Amanda Hoffman are volunteers and foster parents for Angels of Assisi. They do wonderful things for all of the dogs in our care, but none has benefitted as much as our goofy hound dog, Trooper. This dog has been there and done that, and the Hoffman's have hung around for the ride.
In the beginning, Trooper seemed to be in the driver's seat, but with some training, patience, and love, it looks like things have shaken out nicely.
Below you will find Trooper's Resume, and it is a true testimony to the creativity that volunteers bring, and how they are the heart and soul of our organization. Matt and Amanda, you are the best, and we appreciate you so, so much.   

Trooper, Super

415 Campbell Ave. SW Roanoke, VA | (540) 344-8707 |

·   To obtain a full time position filling the home and hearts of my new family with laughter, devotion, and never ending love

·   I’d rather not talk about it

Bobbi wiggins High school of excellence
·   Major: Sitting/Down/Leash Walking-ology
·   Minor: Leaving It-Studies (Had to re-take a couple courses and did not achieve enough credits for a Major)
·   Related coursework: Canine/human (including children) interaction, general obedience, and life skills

Foster community college – currently enrolled
·   Major – Family Improvement Engineering
·   Minor – Exercise Science
·   Minor – Phycology and Mental Well Being

Skills & Abilities
attention to detail
·   Your details to be exact. There is nothing I want more than to be with you and make you happy.

·   I approach every day with the same vigor and happiness for life.  You must be warned that it is very contagious, and you will have a tough time feeling any type of negativity while I am around.

·    If you’ve never heard a hound dog like me howl while sniffing the backyard, you’ve never lived.  Some may say I have too much of a good thing on this one, but I have so much joy I want to share with everyone that sometimes it’s difficult to hold it all in. 

Physical trainer

I will ensure you are in proper physical condition via daily, and preferably multiple per day, walks and jogs.  You will never be in need of proper motivation as I will be right there with you the entire way and never let you forget.  My instructional style is to provide a complete body workout and vary the activity intensity.  I will normally let you choose the speed and will lead the way sweeping the ground to ensure it is safe for you to proceed.  Every now and then I do find a potential threat to your safety and decide to incorporate the removal of that threat with my physical training duties and make sure you understand the importance not neglecting your upper body during your exercise.  Deer in particular must be tough a lesson

Life coach·   I am a firm believer in getting yourself out there and meeting new people.  With me by your side, you will never be in shortage of people coming up to you to say hi (and of course to tell you how handsome I am).

Come on, just look at me!  One glance into my deep, soulful eyes, you will spill your guts about your mom, your boss, and that date in high school who never called you back.  I am a great listener and only want to hear about you.

FDA Certified Food Tester
To ensure you are eating only the highest quality foods, I am available to sample to give my approval to any and all meals you may partake in.  In full disclosure, I have received a negative evaluation at a previous employer for going above and beyond my work description and sampling foods which I was not scheduled to.  It could have been sitting on the counter for days going bad and I was only looking out for their health!!  Even though I only have your best interest at heart, I am working on sticking to pre-approved testing plans but still have some more progress to make.

Stand-Up comedian
Those people on TV got nothing on me.  I am the master of prop and physical comedy.  I never work blue, and my act is approved for people of all ages.  My specialty is asking members of the audience to come on stage and perform with me.  When that time of the act comes around, you’ll definitely want to be the one chosen

Varmint control and Home security officer
·   Rest assured that I will be on the case night and day keeping any un-wanted critters out of your yard, and protecting my loved ones.

Toy tester·   Have worked with the top dog toy manufacturers of the day, testing the durability and enjoyment of their products prior to hitting the market.  My specialty has become testing their aerodynamics as I toss them over my head and into walls.  Sadly, my negative feedback regarding some of the toy toughness has ended my previous positions.

Salary/Work Requirements

·   You’ll find my services come at a very reasonable price.  I only require adequate food, care, a soft place to sleep, plenty of head scratches and chin rubs, and occasional (or frequent would be ok with me too) treats.  I do not come cheap in the love department though.  My love for you will be never ending, and will be needing the same, but I do not anticipate any problems there.

Work environment
·   To properly perform my duties as your ever loving companion, I must ask for a nice yard with a 6’ fence to roam around in.  The only things close to the size of my heart, are my legs and sense of adventure.  Shorter fences and even electric ones have not provided a proper creative environment in the past.  A loving home environment, with access to toys, loved ones to play with, and at least one section of a nice carpeted floor for me to roll and scratch by back on.  An ample supply of towels must be on hand as I am a little bit of a sloppy drinker and drooler, but trust me when I tell you it’s completely adorable and hilarious. 

Co-workers·   I am fully capable of completing projects efficiently on my own, but work best as part of a team.  Competent in working with groups consisting of four legged and two legged members especially children.  My current team consists of two dogs (one of which insists on being group leader and bossing my around, which I have dealt with quite well), and a 2-year old toddler who I adore working with.  Along with my goofiness comes my clumsiness, and I am working on being a little more careful when she is around.

ReferencesI would say available on request, but if you pretty much just talk to anyone who has ever met me they will tell you how awesome I am and would be perfect to fill that availability in your heart.  Please contact the information above to schedule an interview.



August 13, 2013

All In A Day's Work

Earlier today, Officer Stewart from Botetourt County brought us a mama cat and her 2 day old kittens. As he unloaded them from their travel crate into one of ours, he took the time to show Jaelyn how to properly carry such a tiny a kitten, and explained what these babies would need for the next few months

We are so fortunate to live in an age when gone are the days of the dog-catcher, and that the officers in charge of the animals in our community play such an important role. Protectors, enforcers, teachers, and role models- we appreciate each and every aspect of what they do and our partnership with them. 

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
  = Benjamin Franklin

August 10, 2013


Shelter dogs need consistent physical and mental exercise. Typically we think we are doing the very best thing by getting them out for walks, runs, dog park time, and play groups. The one piece of the puzzle we have not always accounted for is their need for quiet time.

Fortunately for the the canines in our care, the Angels of Assisi staff has tuned into this need. They are even more fortunate to have some very wonderful volunteers who make it happen. From little old dogs who need couch and cuddle time, to big old hound dogs who need to learn how to settle down in a home-like environment, our "meet and greet" room has doubled to serve this need, and seen it all.

Assigned quiet time is especially helpful for shy dogs, like Raisin, shown here.

In the stillness of this room, coupled with the patience of a volunteer, Raisin was hand fed, allowed to belly crawl across the floor freely, and introduced to human kindness, all in a safe place.

This aspect of shelter enrichment is a testimony to how each of us plays a role in the lives of shelter pets, and the quietest of us are equally important. We are forever grateful for each and every one of you.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp,
but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Slumber Kitty

This little sweetheart is waiting for a home at the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. He was difficult to photograph because he was trying so hard to squeeze through the metal bars of his cage to get some attention.

He's the kind of cat that captures many of the senses: sight by watching the tiny head butts to the cage door, sound by the purr button fully charged, and touch by his former owner's note describing in shaky handwriting that he is used to eating Meow Mix, and sleeps on the bed.

He needs a new one now, and can be adopted through Angels of Assisi. Contact us to see how.

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
~ Jean Cocteau

August 3, 2013


fa·cil·i·tate transitive verb \fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt\
To make easier : help bring about __________________________________________________________

Angels of Assisi has recently started facilitating adoptions at the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. As of now, the RCACP cannot adopt out animals on their own (yet), but have allowed us some office space in the building to keep a desk and paperwork. With help from kind hearted staff and volunteers, animals off of stray hold are allowed to be seen by members of community, and walk right out the front door with their new families.

It's not always an easy place to be, working out of the pound. There is always a suppressed sense of dread that the animal you see one day, will be killed the next. It bubbles up more when you look into their eyes an extra moment longer, or notice the way certain kittens tuck their feet up, very proper like, giving themselves a little dignity in a very undignified existence.

And the sense of urgency never lets up.

Angels of Assisi is combating it with creative ideas on keeping animals out of the pound, like low cost medical services, working with people on ways to keep their pets, and expanding our foster program. We are dedicated to keeping our staff and volunteers at RCACP to help facilitate adoptions, for as long as they need us, and make it as easy as possible.

For dogs like Trixie, shown here as one of those dogs that got to walk out the front door, simplifying the process meant everything. It did to her new owner as well.

Until the time comes when there is no more killing of animals for space, "lack of interest", or treatable illness, count us in to help.

Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.
― Ann Voskamp