RCACP, other southwest Virginia shelters reach full capacity for furry friends

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) announced Tuesday that the kennels are at full capacity — like several other animal shelters in southwest Virginia — 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.

“We are an open intake shelter and, as such, cannot turn any stray animal away. We must have room for the stray animals that arrive daily. This situation puts our owner-released animals that are in the vetting process and healthy, available dogs at risk so that room is available for the dogs and cats that legally must have shelter,” the RCACP stated in a release on Tuesday, June 22. “Additionally, we are coming up on the July 4th holiday weekend where we traditionally intake a large number of dogs that are frightened by fireworks. We will need to make space to accommodate those stray dogs.”

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

By doing so, you can help free up kennel space for the dogs and cats relinquished by their owners, as well as the unclaimed strays waiting to be vetted before they become available. However, if you are considering relinquishing your pet, the RCACP encourages you to reach out to them about options to keep your dog or cat in a loving home.

“The RCACP is your local, tax-funded intake shelter. Dogs and cats that are brought into the shelter as strays must be kept by law for the required stray hold time, which is either 5 or 10 days depending on the information that is brought in with the animal,” the RCACP said. “If you are missing your pet, now is the time to come to the shelter to ensure that your pet is safely reunited with you.

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.

“The animals at RCACP are our community animals that need the community to help them,” the RCACP stated. “Please show your support by claiming your lost pet, fostering, or adopting those animals that are available.”

Meanwhile, some other shelters around southwest Virginia are offering discounts due to their full kennels.

For example, the Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood and Adoption Center will offer to take $10 off for each month a “fabulous Fido” has been with the shelter, but you need to mention this ad between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 25, and between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.

The Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. says the Bedford County shelter is offering 50% off the price of adoptions — including the cost of spaying/neutering and vaccinations — for those with approved applications from now through Saturday to help clear out the shelter.

For more information about the animals available for adoption at the Bedford County Animal Shelter, call the facility at (540) 586-7690, email fobcasfriends@gmail.com, or click here to check out a list of the animals.

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