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 Clinics
For information about free and low cost spay/neuter services and pet wellness care, visit our mobile clinic site. For information about free and low cost spay and neuter services in the Christiansburg area, visit our sister organization, Mountain View Humane Clinic, 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, and Lake Christian Ministries. For more information on the Pets Eat Too program, click here.
The Companion Animal Relief (C.A.Re.) 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 learn more, click here.
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.
Rehoming Your Pet
Life can take surprising and difficult turns for all of us. Loss of a job, having to move, allergies, divorce, and even death sometimes results in a wonderful pet needing a new home. For those families or individuals with no other options than to re-home a pet, we are here to help by offering guidance to you. We encourage you to devote at least a month to finding a new home for your pet before considering surrendering your pet to a shelter. To help find a safe, loving home for your companion, review this information or post your pet on Adopt-a-Pet free adoption re-homing service.