Our goal is to provide alternatives to pet relinquishment. As part of our safe shelter initiative, we have developed numerous programs that enlist the public as allies in keeping animals out of shelters. By creating a safety net through programs like these, we save lives while educating our community in a meaningful, supportive way about the responsibilities of pet ownership.
Free and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
For information about free and low cost spay and neuter services, visit our sister organization, Mountain View Humane or call them at (800) HIP-SNIP.
Pets Eat Too (P.E.T.) Program
The Roanoke Valley SPCA provides services to keep people and pets united in the Roanoke Valley. Home-bound senior citizens can receive a supplemental supply of pet food delivered to them along with their protein-rich food from Meals-On-Wheels. Patients of Carilion Hospice can rest easier, knowing their furry companions are being fed. Low-income people with pets can receive pet food that we have delivered to our Food Pantry Partners – Bethel Baptist Church, Botetourt County, Lake Christian Ministries, and Manna Ministries. For more information on the Pets Eat Too program, click here.
The Companion Animal Relief (CARE) Fund
Ideally, a loving and responsible pet owner would never have to give up their companion because of the cost of veterinary care. To ease the financial burden for pet owners who have an ill or injured pet, the Roanoke Valley SPCA’s CARE Fund is designed to assist with emergency medical needs, diagnostic testing and other major medical needs of pets. Assistance is granted through an application process and receipts must meet specific criteria. To apply for this fund, contact our shelter between Noon and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
What’s really the cause for the surrender of an animal? Taking the time to find out and talking through solutions to the problem allows, in many cases, the pet to remain at home rather than entering a shelter.
Recognizing behavior issues as the number one cause of pet relinquishment, the Roanoke Valley SPCA endorses two area dog trainers and an animal behaviorist that encourage owners to resolve their pets’ behavior problems and keep them in their homes. Visit Field of Dreams, High Hopes and Pet Behavior Change, LLC for more information.
Pet Friendly Housing Guide
Review the list of rental properties in our community that permit pets so that moving need not be cause for giving up a beloved pet. Click here to view the guide.