February 2017 Around Town 2

Roanoke Valley SPCA, 
100th Anniversary

For 100 years, the Roanoke Valley SPCA has been “improving the quality for life of animals and the people they touch.” This year the RVSPCA increased adoptions by 26% with an additional 273 dogs and cats finding their forever homes. An anniversary well celebrated!

Denise Hayes, CEO of RVSPCA, shares the foundation of their mission includes Adoption, Intervention and PreventionAdoption is the best way to fill your heart and home with a pet to be a perfect companion.

Intervention programs assist in helping pet owners.  Last year alone, over 80,000 pounds of pet food was provided to needy pet owners in our community, helping them feed their pets.  RVSPCA partners with area food pantries, Carilion Hospice and Meals on Wheel to distribute pet food to families in need.  In addition, $10,000 was provided to pet owners struggling to cover the costs of veterinary expenses. Not only does the Intervention program assist pet owners in need, it provided a safe shelter for over 500 pets, after being turned in by their owners.

Prevention programs are the focus on the future, through the services for tomorrow’s generation of animal welfare advocates.  The programs focused efforts are on spay/neuter services through their sister organization, Mountain Valley Humane, an affordable, high-volume spay/neuter clinic.  RVSPCA cultivates the next generation to ensure unwanted pets are not born and placed into area shelters. Furthermore, the Prevention programs  offer a hands-on approach in providing humane education and materials to area schools, delivering countless youth programs to area youth organizations.  In addition, the Prevention program hosts pre-veterinary and veterinary science camps each summer.

All in all, the Roanoke Valley SPCA is a proud charity whose mission is to create a community where there are no homeless cats or dogs.

Visit RVSPCA.org to learn how a century of caring in our community makes a difference.