Need a new pet for the new year? Dog rooms full, pet pantry running low at the RCACP in Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Just a few days into 2022, the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) is asking for help from the Roanoke Valley community as strays and adoptable pooches pack into the shelter’s dog rooms and supplies run low at the pet pantry.

The RCACP first announced on Monday, Jan. 3 that the shelter was completely full of dogs, including more than a dozen strays.

As of this writing, the RCACP’s database lists 22 lost and stray animals — including 16 dogs and puppies, five cats and kittens, and one goat — that were found in Botetourt County, Roanoke County, Roanoke City, and the Town of Vinton.

If you live in the Roanoke Valley and are missing a pet, check with the RCACP because your furry friend might be waiting for you in the shelter.

“Unfortunately, since [the RCACP] must take in all stray animals, they must have space available; if space isn’t made, they will have to make some tough decisions,” Angels of Assisi wrote on Facebook on Monday, urging community members to help the RCACP. “Please consider saving a life and opening your home and your heart to a new furry family member.”

The RCACP also posted an “Adoptable Pet Highlight” on Facebook on Tuesday, Jan. 4, saying that the shelter was still full and in need of new pet parents.

If you want to check out a list of the adoptable animals, fill out an adoption application, or learn more about the adoption process and costs at the RCACP, follow this link.

After you fill out the adoption application, email it to mail@rcacp.org. The shelter will then reach out to you to set up a meet-and-greet with your potential new pet.

The RCACP is also running low on supplies — especially dry food for dogs and puppies — at its community pet pantry in the aftermath of the holiday season. However, wet dog food, wet and dry cat food, cat litter, and treats for dogs and cats are also welcome donations due to their high demand.

“The RCACP’s pet pantry provides assistance to pet owners and their pets when they have fallen on hard times,” the shelter posted on social media Tuesday. “By donating to the Pet Pantry you are helping people and pets in your community stay together.”

You can also support the RCACP’s pet pantry, as well as its foster program and adoption program, by checking out the shelter’s Amazon Wishlist, which features plenty of items that you can donate to the RCACP.

For more information about the RCACP pet food pantry, click here.

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