UPDATE 5:04 p.m. (5/13/22): Have you been looking for a new furry friend? It just so happens that plenty of incredible pets from two overflowing shelters will be gathered in northeast Roanoke on Saturday, eager to find a forever home!

Angels of Assisi and the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) — both of which are at capacity, leaving them with no space to take in more animals — are teaming up for the ‘Summer of Love Adoption Event.’

“The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection is required to house all stray animals from Botetourt County, Roanoke County, Roanoke City, and the Town of Vinton. Because of this, they are often faced with heartwrenching decisions to make space for stray animals,” Angels of Assisi said in a statement about the event. “All local shelters and rescues are at capacity, so the RCACP hopes that they can avoid these heartwrenching decisions by finding these dogs loving homes.”

According to organizers, both shelters will approve applications on the spot, which means you could go home with your new family member for free on Saturday for free

The ‘Summer of Love Adoption Event’ will be held at the RCACP at 1510 Baldwin Avenue NE from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

“The organizations ask that the community come together to help find loving homes for these amazing animals,” Angels of Assisi stated. “Note: While Angels of Assisi is a no-kill facility, freeing up kennel space allows the organization to pull directly from the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection. Any adoptions will help save lives.”



ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Nearly a week after issuing a plea to the Roanoke Valley community to help find families for the furry friends filling up Angels of Assisi, the shelter says it still has around 30 dogs in-house and more in foster homes.

‘Athena’ is one of the dogs staying at Angels of Assisi. She was dropped off about six months ago because her owners were moving and couldn’t take her with them. However, there are dogs who have been at the shelter even longer than Athena, some up to a year.

Between Athena and the other pooches being cared for the Roanoke shelter, Angels of Assisi is now at max capacity.

“For the last couple of months, every time we get space, we do get full again,” said Dayna Reynolds, director of community engagement at Angels of Assisi. “We’ve been seeing it across the region and really across the country. Adoptions are down, intakes are up.”

According to Reynolds, inflation is one cause for rising numbers. She says owners are having to surrender their dogs to deal with the rising cost of living.

“When people are faced with homelessness long-term — we have been seeing a lot of that — or just people who don’t have the money to care for their animals anymore,” said Reynolds.

Angels of Assisi does have a program where it takes dogs in for a short time while their owners secure housing, but right now, the shelter can’t take in anymore animals.

Reynolds adds that Angels of a Assisi a no-kill shelter. However, due to the current capacity issues, the shelter is not able to bring in dogs from the overflowing shelters that do have to euthanize their animals.

To help with numbers, Angels of Assisi is kicking off its “Summer of Love” with an adoption event this weekend. You can find plenty of adoptable pets — just like Athena — at the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

On top of that, Angels of Assisi says it is completely out of canned dog food and kitten formula, so if you would like to help feed the animals in the shelter, follow this link to learn how.