2017 Pre-Vet & Vet Science Camp

Summer will be here before you know it and that means another opportunity for your budding veterinarian to attend either Pre-Veterinary or Veterinary Science Camp at the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

Roanoke Valley SPCA Pre-Veterinary Science Camp
This program is designed for rising 4th through rising 6th graders.

Does your child wonder what it takes to care for animals or to become a veterinarian? If so, this camp is designed to help them find out by doing hands-on activities that may include visiting an equine vet, using microscopes to identify parasites, giving injections, visiting local veterinary hospitals; making safe animal toys; learning animal training; a visit to Kentland Farm at Virginia Tech, and more.

Pre-Veterinary Science Camp is held the weeks of June 12, June 26, July 10 & July 24.

Roanoke Valley SPCA Veterinary Science Camp
This program is designed for rising 7th through rising 10th graders.

Does your older child seriously love caring for animals or wants to become a vet? If so, this is the program for them. The Veterinary Science Camp is a more in-depth vet science experience for rising 7th through rising 10th graders that includes many off-site field trips. The participants may have the chance to, work with veterinarians, visit the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, learn surgical procedures by attending a live surgery from start to finish, practice surgery techniques in a mock surgery, shadow careers at local veterinary hospitals, and more.

Veterinary Science Camp is held the weeks of June 19, July 3, July 17 & July 31.

For more information on camp dates, times, registration fees, etc. check out our Camper Registration & Health Information Sheet.   Payment may be made via check, cash or credit card.  Credit card options include contacting the staff below, coming into the shelter or using this link.  Please note, attendance is not guaranteed until the payment and registration form have been received and the recipient has received a confirmation email.  Payment using the Donate button on the website is not accepted.

Be sure to also check out a few of our Facebook Albums from the summer of 2016 for the inside scoop on what campers do.

Session # 1 Pre-Veterinary Science Camp

Session # 2 Pre-Veterinary Science Camp

Session # 1 Veterinary Science Camp

Session #2 Veterinary Science Camp

Applicants are considered registered once the registration form and payment have been received.  Each session is limited to 12 participants to allow for hands-on application of skills, appropriate animal interaction time and for safe transportation to and from offsite field trips for Pre-Veterinary and Veterinary Science Camp.  Participants must be at the grade level indicated on the form, no exceptions.  Early bird fee applies to registration and payments received prior to April 1, 2017.  Some scholarship assistance is available. Contact Sylvie Peterson for scholarship application.  For questions about Pre-Veterinary or Veterinary Science camp, contact Denise Hayes.


Tail Chaser 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk

Lace up your running shoes, grab the leash and get ready for the 5th Annual Tail Chaser 5K and 1 Mile Walk at Wasena, Smith and Vic Thomas parks along the Roanoke Greenway. This race is one of the first spring races in Roanoke and an annual family and community event as well as one of a few races that allow you to participate with your pet.  The race this year will be held on March 25, 2017 at 10:00 am.  After the race, join us as we celebrate the service performed by official duty canines in our K9 Veterans Ceremony. And just before we begin our family friendly festival with canine demonstrations, vendors and food, we will announce the Category Winners for the Pet Hero Awards!  New this year is also the opportunity for you to purchase  Memory Mile Marker.  For a $25 donation, you receive a memory marker that you can pick up at the shelter in advance and decorate in memory of a beloved pet.  These memory markers will line the 1-Mile Walk Route.  Find more information here.

Capable, well behaved, canine companions are welcome in the run and walk! Proof of current rabies vaccination must be provided at packet pick-up or check-in NO EXCEPTIONS! Please remember that dogs must remain on leash (no retractable leashes) at all times and owner is responsible for cleaning up if nature calls.

Medals will be awarded to top three Overall winners (both male & female) as well as the top three in each age division (both male and female)!

Register online.

Registration fees are as follows:
– Early Bird Registration (by March 11th): $25 per person, additional $5 for canine companion 
– Registration (March 12th – March 23rd): $30 per person , additional $10 for canine companion 
– Last Minute Registration (March 24th & 25th): $35 per person, additional $15 for canine companion

The first 150 dogs registered will receive a free dog bandanna courtesy of WSLS10.

T-Shirts will be guaranteed to the runners/walkers that register by March 11, 2017.  After March 11th t-shirts will be given on a first come first served basis at Packet Pick up.

Also this year, you can help the Roanoke Valley SPCA reach its Tail Chaser 5K and 1 Mile Walk fundraising goal to continue its mission to create a community where there are no homeless cats or dogs.

There are many ways to participate in the fundraiser challenge: as an individual, on a team or as a corporate contributor.

There will be prizes available for each tier of the fundraiser challenge. In addition to the prizes below, any person (individual, team member or corporate contributor), who raises a minimum of $250 will receive a pack of RVSPCA notecards.

You can register as a fundraiser online.


1st Prize: A Fleet Feet Sports program registration (valued at $125)

2nd Prize: An RVSPCA sweatshirt and mug


1st Prize: A Fleet Feet Sports $15 gift certificate for each team member!

2nd Prize: A Spay-ghetti ticket for each team member (max. 10)


1st Prize: A Party Suite for your corporate team at a Salem Red Sox Home Game (valued at $500)

Roanoke Wedding Crawl

On April 2, 2017, you’ll see five different Downtown Roanoke wedding venues set up as actual wedding receptions, complete with full florals & decor and catering. You’ll be able to talk to DJ’s and musicians performing as they would at a wedding, taste wedding cakes, have fun in our photo booths, see the work of photographers and videographers, partake in hair & makeup demonstrations, get the latest trends in bridal gowns and wedding party attire ….. and so much more!!!! Come ready to crash some weddings, eat some food, load up on sugar and get lots of ideas for your big day.

There will even be a live wedding taking place at the Taubman Museum at 4:00 pm!

100% of the ticket sales go to the Roanoke Valley SPCA!!!

Downtown Roanoke venues will include:

* Charter Hall

* Center in the Square

* Patrick Henry Ballroom

* Taubman Museum

* Corinthian Ballroom

Check in and day of registration is from Noon to 1:00pm inside the Roanoke City Market Building. Vendors available at registration to chat with you about your big day. The “crawling” begins at 1:00pm. You’ll be given the first venue you are to visit but from there, you can move around downtown at your leisure. Transportation will be available with buses, shuttles and vans. Look for the BUS STOP! THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT! See you on April 2nd!

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door with 100% of the ticket sales staying with the Roanoke Valley SPCA!

To purchase your advance tickets here.

Adoption Ambassador Program

aa-photoAre you well connected?  Do you want to help hard-to-place pets in need?  Do you enjoy opening your home and heart to animals in need?  Is your business willing to open its doors to a cat?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Adoption Ambassador Program may be just for you. 

Adoption Ambassadors are dedicated fosters who open their heart to adult cats, hard to place dogs, and pets with medical conditions that are challenging to manage in the shelter environment.  Thanks to a grant from the ASPCA, we are able to provide all the supplies and you simply provide the home, love and networking for the pet to find his or her forever home.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is this program different than in-shelter adoptions?
A: The Adoption Ambassadors give dogs and cats a better chance at finding homes by expanding your reach and engaging volunteers as adoption counselors, talent agents and foster parents at the same time. It lets adopters get more detailed information about an animal’s behavior in a home environment and improves quality of life while awaiting adoption.

Q: Are the requirements and adoption processes different for Adoption Ambassadors?
A: No, the processes mirror those done in the shelter.

Q: What animals are eligible?
A: Adult cats and dogs who can benefit from the program include those who may face a longer length of stay based on their breed, color, age or energy levels.

Q: How long is the average stay in an Adoption Ambassadors home?
A: ASPCA research into the program found that most dogs found homes within three weeks after being placed in a foster home, and some stay just a few days! We do not currently have research on cats, but hope to get data on felines as more shelters include them in their Adoption Ambassadors programs.

Q: Where do the adoptions take place?
A: Adoptions can occur on the spot, at a public place or in the foster’s home – it’s up to the Ambassador and the adopter. From there, Ambassadors are responsible for returning the payment and adoption application/survey to the shelter.

Q: Can this work in rural as well as urban settings?
A: Absolutely! Just about every town has places where people gather, and a street or two with a little foot traffic. And with Internet access becoming increasingly available in even the most rural communities, there’s always social media as a tool to help an Ambassador find a home for their foster pet.

Q: How do I sign up?
A: Contact Amber Miller, our foster coordinator via email or phone.


Roanoke Valley SPCA Birthday Parties

Your child’s next birthday party at the Roanoke Valley SPCA? You bet! We have games, decorations, invitations and party favors. We even have a party hostess to do all the set up and clean up!

Below is additional information on the various birthday party options or you can download our brochure.  It is recommended that parties be scheduled at least six weeks in advance for best date availability. 

Birthday parties can take place on:
Saturdays at 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. or 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

The Celebration of Charity RVSPCA Birthday Party Package
$100 for 10 children (including the birthday child), $10 for each additional child up to a maximum of 15 children.

• Basic pet theme (choose between orange or purple as the primary color).
• 1.5 hours in our party room and a party coordinator
• A fun, age-appropriate craft (choose cat or dog theme)
• Roanoke Valley SPCA goody bag and balloon for each child
• Roanoke Valley SPCA invitations, mailed to you for distribution. Invitations will state that in lieu of gifts to the birthday child, donations are made to RVSPCA.
• A guided visit of the facility, including a behind the scenes tour
• A special visit by one of our shelter animals
• Paper products (cake plates, cups, napkins, utensils and tablecloths)
• Set-up and clean up by the Roanoke Valley SPCA party coordinator

Click here to book a Celebration of Charity Birthday Party.


The Basic RVSPCA Birthday Party Package

$150 for 10 children (including the birthday child), $10 for each additional child up to a maximum of 15 children.

• Basic pet theme (choose between orange or purple as the primary color).
• 1.5 hours in our party room and a party coordinator
• A fun, age-appropriate craft (choose cat or dog theme)
• Roanoke Valley SPCA goody bag and balloon for each child
• Roanoke Valley SPCA invitations, mailed to you for distribution
• A guided visit of the facility, including a behind the scenes tour
• A special visit by one of our shelter animals
• Paper products (cake plates, cups, napkins, utensils and tablecloths)
• Set-up and clean up by the Roanoke Valley SPCA party coordinator

Click here to book a Basic Birthday Party.


The Party Animal RVSPCA Birthday Party Package

$200 for 10 children (including the birthday child), $12 for each additional child up to a maximum of 15 children.

• All items in the basic party package, plus an exclusive Roanoke Valley SPCA “Party Animal” t-shirt for each child and an a selection of one activity from our “Party Animal” Activity list.

Click here to book a Party Animal Birthday Party.


The Adoption Themed RVSPCA Birthday Party Package

$250 for 10 children (including the birthday child), $15 for each additional child up to a maximum of 15 children.

• All items in our basic and party animal packages, plus a stuffed cat or dog that each child will “adopt” and take home in a critter box that they decorate. They will also receive a collar and nametag for their new pet!  AND the birthday child gets to name a future shelter animal!

Click here to book an Adoption Themed Birthday Party.


Birthday Cakes/Cupcakes
An exclusive Roanoke Valley SPCA birthday cake or cupcakes from Kroger’s Bakery can be ordered for your party. Please note that these cake and cupcake designs may only be ordered through the Roanoke Valley SPCA. The cost of the cake (1/4 sheet cake, feeds 16-24 people) or 24 cupcakes is $25.00.

Theme Enhancements
Theme enhancements include enhanced theme-specific decorations, crafts, party favors, additional snack for all the participants and a gift for the birthday child. Theme Enhancements can be purchased for an additional $50.
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Cat in the Hat
101 Dalmatians
Scooby Doo

Entertainment Enhancements
Add additional entertainment to your party. Entertainment Enhancements are booked for an hour and at a rate of $100 per enhancement.
Face Painting

Additional Information
• Parents/hosts will need to provide food and drinks to party guests.
• If you bring ice cream, please bring a scoop.
• We ask that at least two adults stay for the duration of the party and additional adults are always welcome!

Refunds, less at $25 administrative fee, will be granted for cancellations made four weeks or more prior to the party. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations made less than four weeks out, the entire party fee will be forfeited if this is the case.

Where are the parties offered?
Birthdays are located on-site at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, located at 1340 Baldwin Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24012 and hosted in our meeting room. We do not offer at home or off site birthdays.

What ages are the parties geared towards?
Our parties are for children turning 4-12. We will adapt the program to your child’s age when possible.

How many guests may be we have?
The fee includes 10 children (including the birthday child) and an additional fee may be paid for up to a maximum of 15 children. Adults do not count toward the total number of participants, but they do not receive favors, participate in games, etc. We ask that adults present during the party assist with children as needed and help the party coordinator with simple tasks such as holding doors and keeping the party guests together.

May we bring in food?
You are welcome to bring in any outside food. The refrigerator and freezer will be available if you need to store food during the party. We do not have access to a stove, oven or microwave for you.

May we decorate the room?
Decorations are included in the party fee so additional decorations may not be needed. If you wish to hang a personalized banner (which you bring and purchase) you may do so.

In lieu of gifts for the birthday child, may we ask for donations for the shelter?
Yes, of course! We have many birthday guests who want to give back to the community by asking their friends to bring in items for the animals instead of gifts for themselves. We have a full wish list of items that we always need, or you may ask closer to your party and we can let you know what we are most in need of at the time.

May we bring our dog/cat to the party?
No, for the safety of your pet and our shelter guests, please leave your animals at home.

To learn more contact Sylvie Peterson.