Roanoke Valley SPCA creates matchmaking service and expands pet retention programs to combat the impact of COVID-19


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Valley SPCA established a pet matchmaking service to provide companionship in light of the health crisis and social distancing efforts.

Anyone interested in adopting should call the office at (540) 339-9247, Monday through Saturday between noon and 7 p.m. to speak to a personal matchmaker. Staff will then schedule an appointment for adopters to visit, and the adoption fee will be waived. For those not interested in adopting, you can also foster an animal, donate supplies, or donate funds.

Running an animal shelter during a time of global pandemic is not something one can prepare for … but we are keeping our focus on the pets in our care and ways that we can continue to help the community while honoring guidelines from authorities. Now more than ever, it’s important to have the resources available so that pets can stay in their homes and out of shelters in our community.”

Denise Hayes, Roanoke Valley SPCA CEO

The Roanoke Valley SPCA offers various services:

  • Pet Food Pantry: The Roanoke Valley SPCA supplies dog and cat food to local food pantries, Meals on Wheels recipients, and hospice programs across the valley. They will supply individuals with a week of food at a time.
  • C.A.ReFund: The Companion Animal Relief Fund or C.A.ReFund helps individuals struggling financially to pay for veterinary experiences for their pet. This fund is available to assist with emergency care, diagnostic treatment and more.
  • Transitional Foster Program: This program allows the public to foster pets so they are returned to their families when they are back on their feet again. This program also provides temporary fostering during times of hospitalization, domestic violence, and more
  • Pet Deposit Assistance: To combat the cost of moving for many families who may have to downsize at this time, the Roanoke Valley SPCA offers pet deposit assistance. Depending on the income of the individual, assistance can vary from partial to full coverage.
  • Behavioral Training Assistance: To prevent pet relinquishment, the Roanoke Valley SPCA offers behavioral assistance through specified local trainers. Depending on income of the individual, assistance can vary from partial to full coverage. Many trainers and behaviorists are providing individualized consultation or web services during this time of social distancing.

All pet retention programs are managed by Ruth Pierce who can be reached at (540) 339-9506 or Ruth is available Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to work with pet owners to help keep their pets.

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