The American Veterinary Medical Association has adopted the following five basic principles for humane animal treatment. They are both simple and profound. We know too well that many animals live without the benefit of these simple freedoms, which extend beyond just food, water and shelter.

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst – by providing ready access to fresh water & a diet to maintain full health & vigor.
  2. Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis & treatment.
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and the company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions & treatment which avoid mental suffering.

We at the Roanoke Valley SPCA are committed to improving the quality of life for the animals in our care and have adopted the Five Freedoms as the guidelines for the care given. All receive the best care we can provide, but it is no substitute for a loving home and family.

Adult animals are often overlooked by potential adopters, in favor of the cute, fluffy puppies and kittens at the shelter. Older animals have much love to give and often seem to appreciate the second chance they are given.