Home for the Holidays Foster

Help a shelter pet rest a little easier this holiday season by signing up to be a foster parent.  

Foster’s will host dogs and cats in their home beginning Dec. 20-23 through Dec. 26-28, depending on what pick up and drop off days work best for the fosters schedule. 

What could be more rewarding than giving a homeless pet a place to rest this holiday season?  To help, contact Meghann Cords, foster coordinator. 

Holiday Open House & Photos with Santa Paws

Join us on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from Noon to 6 pm for our holiday open house. 

We will welcome Santa Paws around 12:15 pm as he kicks off the holiday season.  With advanced registration you can have your pets photo taken with Santa Paws ($20).  

While here be sure to purchase Roanoke Valley SPCA merchandise & accessories…the purrrfect bling to gift to your loved ones.

We will also have a raffle and light refreshments.  

Contact Sylvie Peterson with more questions.

Tail Chaser 5K and 1 Mile Walk

Come join the Roanoke Valley SPCA for a tail wagging good time at our Tail Chaser 5k and 1 Mile Walk on March 24, 2018! Put your paws to the pavement and run for your life at Wasena, Smith & Vic Thomas Parks along the Roanoke Greenway. Sign yourself, and your canine friend up to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration that is only $25 for yourself and $5 for every dog you would like to have join you.

Register for the run/walk here. 

Registration fees are as follows:
– Early Bird Registration (by March 10th): $25 per person, additional $5 for canine companion
– Registration (March 11th – March 20th): $30 per person , additional $10 for canine companion
– Last Minute Registration (March 23rd & 24th): $35 per person, additional $15 for canine companion

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

T-Shirts will be guaranteed to the runners/walkers that register by March 11, 2018. After March 11th t-shirts will be given on a first come first served basis at Packet Pick up.

A special thank you to our Sponsors: Hannah & Friends, Invisible Fence Brand of Virginia, Fleet Feet Sports, Virginia Amateur Sports & Run Roanoke.

For more information, contact Kathleen Tobin.

To Register as a Vendor or Exhibitor, contact Kathleen Tobin.

RVSPCA to Launch Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Roanoke Valley SPCA will be launching a high-quality spay and neuter mobile unit that will serve the Roanoke Valley.

The Roanoke Valley SPCA mobile unit will be able to offer affordable high-quality spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and other services where there can be barriers to travel and veterinary services.

Public surgery prices on the mobile unit will start at $75 for male dogs and $80 for females dogs. Cats starting at $55 for males and $65 for females. In addition, special cat pricing is available for Community Cat TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Programs.

The public will be able to begin scheduling appointments in September and public surgeries are anticipated to begin later that month.  To book appointments contact Amanda Lindsey at (540) 339-9512 or contact her via email.  

The Roanoke Valley SPCA will be hosting a Mobile Clinic Open House in early September and we will post details as soon as they are finalized. I hope to see you there!

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 Meghann Cords, our foster coordinator via email or phone.

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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
$125 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

$175 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

$225 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
Snoopy

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
Caricatures
Magician

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/Cancellations
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.

FAQs
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.