Animal shelters across southwest, central Virginia offering adoption specials due to full kennels

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(WFXR) — Have you been thinking about adding a new furry friend to your family? Now is the perfect time to follow through on that because a number of animal shelters across southwest and central Virginia are packed with pets and offering adoption specials to free up some space in their kennels.

Here is a list of the shelters, humane societies, and SPCA organizations currently promoting discounted or free adoptions around southwest and central Virginia:

Bedford County

With such low adoption rates and such high intake rates, the Bedford County Animal Shelter has filled up. Therefore, the shelter is offering 50% off adoptions — including vaccinations and spaying/neutering — from now through Saturday, June 26.

In other words, if you’ve been thinking about getting a new furry family member, you can bring home a dog for $30 or a cat for $20 with an approved adoption application.

For more information about adoptions at the Bedford County Animal Shelter, call (540) 586-7690 or email You can check out the other animals available for adoption on the Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. Facebook page.

Franklin County

The Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood and Adoption Center is offering $10 off the normal adoption fee for each month that “a fabulous Fido” has been with the center. However, you must mention this ad when you swing by the shelter between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 through Friday, June 25, or between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.

Meanwhile, the Franklin County Animal Shelter is also full and will bring dogs, cats, and kittens to Barkley’s Pet Market in Rocky Mount for a free adoption event from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27. Not only will pet adoptions be free, but you will receive a free bag of pet food with every adoption from Barkley’s, but also a free ID tag and 10% off your new collar, leash, and harness.


If you don’t like the thought of coming home from the office to an empty house, the Lynchburg Humane Society is offering a 50% off adoption special from Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27 for cats, kittens, and dogs.

Martinsville/Henry County

The Martinsville Henry County SPCA is offering an adoption special until Wednesday, June 30, which will allow people with approved applications to adopt all dogs who are at least four months old or weigh at least 30 pounds for $25.

Pittsylvania County

In honor of “Adopt a Cat Month,” the Pittsylvania Pet Center will cut cat adoption fees in half from now through July 31. This $40 adoption fee for both kittens and adult cats will also cover the cost of all vaccinations and spaying/neutering.


As part of the “Help Us Help Them” adoption special, all cat and kitten adoptions at the Roanoke Valley SPCA will be half price from Wednesday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 30. This comes after the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection — the public animal shelter in the Roanoke area — announced it was at maximum capacity, which means animals are at risk of being euthanized to make room for other animals.

“Our hope is to find loving homes for all of the cats currently in our care, so that we can provide temporary shelter for more homeless cats in our community,” said Denise Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. “By making room in our shelter, we will be able to pull in more cats from the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection and help them to free up some space.”

With the “Help Us Help Them” special, the Roanoke Valley SPCA says the adoption fee for cats over six-months-old will be $25 while the adoption fee for kittens under six-months-old will be $49.50 for the next week. That fee includes spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccination, and testing appropriate for each pet’s age.

If you are interested in adopting from the Roanoke Valley SPCA, follow this link to see the available animals or to book an appointment to meet a pet between noon and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Angels of Assisi is also helping out with the RCACP’s full capacity problem by reducing the adoption fees for adult cats to $20 and adult dogs to $50 for the rest of June in order to free up some space in their kennels. You can view the adoptable animals at Angels of Assisi by clicking here.

Meanwhile, there are a number of animal shelters that are not offering discounts, but are in need of people willing to adopt or foster pets because the kennels are so full.

For example, the Friends of Halifax County Animal Control posted on Facebook on Tuesday, June 22 that the facility is filled with cats and kittens that and still dealing with requests to take in more.

However, if you are interested in adopting a new furry friend, call the facility at (434) 572-4292 or swing by Halifax County Animal Control at 1040 Farm Road in South Boston.

Over in Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center has “a whole ‘kitten’ caboodle” who need foster homes.

If you are interested in fostering a feline friend, either follow this link to fill out an application and email it back to or stop by the center and fill one out in person. The center will then give you all the supplies you need to keep a kitty happy and healthy.

As previously mentioned, the RCACP — which serves Botetourt and Roanoke counties, as well as the City of Roanoke and the Town of Vinton — announced Tuesday that the kennels are at full capacity for dogs and cats of all sizes.

The RCACP has seen a high number of intakes for dogs, cats, and kittens — both strays and those relinquished by their owners — over the last two weeks. If you are missing your furry friend, you are asked to make an appointment to see if your pet is at the shelter at 1510 Baldwin Avenue NE in Roanoke.

If you are interested in adopting a dog or a cat from the RCACP, you can either send an email to or call (540) 344-4922 to start the adoption process.

Here is a breakdown of the RCACP’s pet population as of Tuesday:

  • Breakdown of dog population:
    • Available dogs: 19
    • Dogs on stray hold: 15
    • Dogs in foster: 14
    • Dogs off stray hold or “Owner Relinquished Waiting on Vetting”: 40
  • Breakdown of cat population:
    • Available cats: 7
    • Cats on stray hold: 26
    • Cats in foster: 77
    • Cats awaiting transport: 23
    • Cats off stray hold or “Owner Relinquished Waiting on Vetting”: 88

In addition, the shelter has three chickens, four parakeets, two rabbits, and one guinea pig that need adopters since the Exotics Room is also full.

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