February 19, 2015


It's been a heck of week weather-wise, and our intakes have increased with those needing shelter from the cold, including 5 cats living in a car, and a mama who had 7 kittens outside on one of the coldest nights of the year. By some miracle she managed to save 5 of them, and the little family is now safe and sound in a foster home.

Between handing out coats, food, beds and supplies to help people give their pets much needed inside time, we got a call to help this fellow. Circumstances as extreme as our current elements made coming inside not an option, and so he came to Angels of Assisi to find his shelter.

Right now he's all long legs and hip bones and improper house manners, but he is leaning quickly. Our hearts have easily been won over, and we're looking forward to this boy getting adopted and out of the cold once and forever.

Thank you to all for the donations that have been used to keep pets in their homes and that help us find new homes for those who need them most. As we work hard to protect the animals in our community, it is never forgotten that our community makes it all possible.

February 14, 2015


Last month, we were asked to help with several small dogs from a rural shelter. Space was tight, but we told the hopeful volunteer to bring 'em on up, and we would make room.

Accompanied by the shelter's animal control officer, she arrived a few days later, with precious cargo in tow. The precious cargo, however, had a few more heartbeats than we anticipated, including a lovely mutt named Isabelle. The animal control officer explained that he just had to take a chance that we would take her, as it would break his heart to put her down.

A dog that took up so much space in his his heart would simply have to fit in our building; paperwork was signed and a spot was created. Isabelle proved to be an easy keeper. Her whole butt tail wag and friendly ways quickly earned her a "staff and volunteer favorite" title.

Soon enough, the animal control officer's dream came true- she found herself a person. Isabelle gave us one last butt tail wag and stuck out her tongue before she marched on up the stairs and headed home. Her mom has reported that she is a perfect fit, and we are grateful to the officer who took a chance and loaded her in his truck, and to you, our supporters for making it possible to find the room.

February 11, 2015


With a lot of hard work over the past few years, the Live Release Rate (number of animals leaving our local pound alive) has improved tremendously. Along with a new name, the Regional Center for Animal CARE and Protection, they have made a lot of changes, with the most significant of those being that pretty blue section of the graph below: RCACP Adoptions. Dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, heading out the front door and into new families. Progress.

The rest of the graph shows how many animals were transferred from RCACP into area rescues, and here at Angels of Assisi we are thankful to the municipalities who fund the shelter for making the process smooth and easy; over 33% of the animals transferred from RCACP to rescues came to us.

We are even more pleased with the trend of pet adoptions in our community. See that upward green line? That shows the total number of adoptions in our area (with the exception of a few home-based rescues who do not have numbers posted yet, so that number may be even higher). 

LAP: League for Animal Protection
FCHS: Franklin County Humane Society
RVSPCA: Roanoke Valley SPCA
RCACP: Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection
AOA: Angels of Assisi

Congratulations on a job well done. These stats show us that our community is embracing the concept of adoption, and we believe that you adopt your way to no kill. We're closer than ever to that goal, and are looking forward to an amazing 2015.

When you do what you love, the seemingly impossible becomes simply challenging, the laborious becomes purposeful resistance, the difficult loses its edge and is trampled by your progress.
— Steve Maraboli