We love kittens. They’re playful, curious, and so much fun! But as cute as they are, shelters like ours are inundated with cats and kittens each year during kitten season. Typically kitten season used to last only through the warm summer months. Now kitten season is beginning earlier and lasting longer than previous years. We’re receiving calls multiple times every day asking us to take in cats and kittens from community members. We know it’s

Queen Khloe

Posted on August 13, 2021
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Khloe began her stay with us in February of this year. When she first arrived at our shelter, she was a little shocked at the change of environment and did not appreciate being confined to a kennel without the ability to roam freely. After a month of being in our care, she still didn’t allow our staff to handle her and so we decided to place her in a quieter space in the shelter in

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Posted on July 3, 2021
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We want to ensure that pets stay safe and healthy during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. According to the ASPCA, 1 in 5 pets goes missing after being scared by loud noises and firework displays can be seriously distressing for pets. Local public animal shelters often receive an influx of stray pets during the Independence Day holiday weekend as animals are scared and run off due to the loud noises from firework displays. We
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The Pet Return Rate Myth

Posted on June 5, 2021
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Many of you may have heard news reports about adopters returning shelter pets in record numbers.  And while this may be happening in some select communities, it is not a nationwide trend and it is not something we are seeing here at the Roanoke Valley SPCA.   This issue has recently risen to such a level that both the ASPCA and Best Friends conducted a national poll of the general public on the topic of
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What does “Foster to Adopt” Mean?

Posted on May 6, 2021
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At the Roanoke Valley SPCA, we take pride in the amount of care and support we provide to our pets. The shelter, despite all of our best efforts, is a scary place for a lot of animals. Most of the dogs coming through the shelter are able to adjust their circumstances and are adopted to great homes quickly. However, there are some that end up needing an extra bit of support. This does not mean
Wanted Cat Fosters

Feline Fosters Wanted!

Posted on April 28, 2021
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Kitten season is upon us and we’re looking for fosters! We need folks willing to foster a variety of situations for our feline friends including: Pregnant catsMother cats with multiple kittens in the litterSickly kittens who need extra careLitters of kittens who haven’t made weight requirements for spay/neuter surgery It is very rare that we receive a litter with only one or two kittens, so we’re really needing folks willing to foster mothers with litters
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Pet Proofing Your Home

Posted on April 14, 2021
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Check out the Redfin article we were featured in: “Adopting a Shelter Pet: Expert Advice to Prepare Your Home for Your New Furry Friend” Adopting a shelter pet is an exciting and fulfilling experience. Not only will you be helping an animal in need of a loving home, you’ll be gaining a new family member. However, it’s important to pet-proof your home, get their space set up with the essentials, and do a little research

Unexpected Delivery

Posted on April 4, 2021
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If you subscribe to our newsletter, you know that we recently had an unexpected, but pleasant delivery! A transport from another local facility containing a very pregnant dog arrived at our shelter. This girl had been picked up as a stray and no one had come to claim her. We were able to arrange a foster family for her, so she was brought to us. As the transporter took our staff around the back of

So Many Cats!

Posted on March 29, 2021
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Last week we had the privilege to assist a neighboring facility with a large intake of cats from a pretty unfortunate situation. Many of the cats were sickly and underweight. Some were pretty social and others were not. A few were pregnant, several were kittens, and their ages varied. One young mother had seven kittens around two weeks old. The mother herself weighed only six pounds. We were able to bring twenty cats into our


Posted on February 17, 2021
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Our shelter is so appreciative to WFJX Fox radio 910am and 104.3FM for hosting a radiothon to benefit our animals! Tune in on Tuesday, February 23rd from 10am – 4pm to learn all about our shelter operations and our PAW-some adoptable pets, and to help us celebrate our105th anniversary! That’s right – our shelter is turning 105 this February! We at the Roanoke Valley SPCA believe that pets and people belong together and your support

Calling All Artists!

Posted on February 9, 2021
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We at the Roanoke Valley SPCA are launching our new humane education outlet in March called Shelter Squad! Parents will be able to order Shelter Squad boxes for their kids that include all sorts of fun activities, crafts, and service projects. One of the additions to the Shelter Squad box is a booklet that contains coloring pages.  That’s where you come in! We need talented artists to create humane education themed coloring pages to include in our

Introducing Shelter Squad

Posted on February 3, 2021
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COMING SOON: summer camp 2021 may have been cancelled… but fun humane opportunities have not! Bring humane education elements home to your child in the form of an exclusive box! Become part of our Shelter Squad and complete activities, projects, crafts, and more to earn awesome prizes, help the community, and stay connected with other members of the Shelter Squad crew. Be sure to check our website and other social media platforms for more information

Partnering with Target Circle!

Posted on January 6, 2021
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We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us! Now through March 31, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle We’re asking our supporters to
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New Year, New Safety Protocols

Posted on January 4, 2021
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    With the steady increase in positivity rates and the likelihood for continued increase in Covid-19 cases after the holidays, we want to do all that we can to ensure staff and visitor safety as well as the continuity of care for the pets in our shelter while still providing services to our community.   To ensure that we will always be here to care for the pets, we are moving to a modified


Posted on November 23, 2020
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Thanksgiving is upon us and we certainly have lots to be thankful for – including you, our loyal supporters! We couldn’t be more grateful to our community. You adopt, you foster, you volunteer, and you donate to help better the lives of our local pets. To put it simply, you are amazing. But we also want to take this opportunity to thank our animal care technicians, our veterinary staff, our office staff, our delivery drivers,

Coronavirus Confusion

Posted on November 10, 2020
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A foster kitten is held by Roanoke Valley SPCA staff. At this point, we’ve all heard about Covid-19 more than we ever cared to, but we wanted to clear up some potential confusion about feline coronavirus or FeCV. Covid-19 and FeCV are completely different viruses. According to the Cornell Feline Health Center: Most strains of feline coronavirus are found in the gastrointestinal tract and do not cause significant disease. These are referred to as feline
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From Pregnant to Puppies Overnight

Posted on November 3, 2020
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A Roanoke Valley SPCA Board Member comforts a new arrival. We recently took in four dogs from a pretty unfortunate situation. They came from a nearby county in Virginia and were part of a larger group of eight dogs. Prior to meeting them, we were told that one female appeared to be very pregnant, but without knowing her history, no one had any clue when she was due. Roanoke Valley SPCA staff begin bringing the

Violet’s Second Chance

Posted on October 23, 2020
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Violet is now looking for her new home! Violet originally came to the Roanoke Valley SPCA in 2010 as a puppy, was fostered until she was old enough to be spayed and was adopted in early 2011. In September 2020, we received word from the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection, the municipal pound for our community, that Violet had landed herself at their facility. Violet, a nearly 10 year old vibrant and friendly
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Roanoke Valley SPCA is at Cat-pacity!

Posted on October 21, 2020
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We will be waiving fees for cats that are 6 months or older for this weekend only. On Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2020, adopters can donate a 14 pound or more bag of cat food or kitty litter in lieu of the normal adoption fee. “All of our cat condos are currently full,” said Denise Hayes, CEO of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. “Our hope is to find loving homes for all of

Happy National Vet Tech Week!

Posted on October 16, 2020
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Thank you to our amazing Veterinary Technician! It’s National Veterinary Technician Week, and we’re lucky to have an extraordinary veterinary technician on our staff! Tammy never wants to be in the spotlight and she may even be a little upset that we’re featuring her in our blog, but we can’t let this week go by without thanking her. We could tell you how much we appreciate Tammy for performing all of the technical aspects of