ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Less than a week after the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) turned to the Roanoke Valley community for help after reaching full kennel capacity, the shelter announced that more than 130 animals had been taken home by old or new owners, or transferred to other rescue organizations.
By the evening of Monday, June 21, the RCACP says all kennels in the building were at full of cats and dogs — both strays and those available for adoption — leaving the shelter without any space for incoming strays.
“We are an open intake shelter and owner releases and stray impounds were arriving faster than the stray animals were being reclaimed or our available pets were being adopted,” the RCACP explained.
On Tuesday, June 22, the RCACP issued a plea for owners, fosters, and adopters to visit the shelter to reclaim or adopt pets.
Shortly afterward, a number of animal shelters around the Roanoke Valley offered adoption discounts so they could free up space in their kennels and take some of the animals from the RCACP.
“Thankfully, our situation reached the attention of the media which was very helpful in letting the public know that their help was needed and needed immediately,” the RCACP said in a statement on Monday, June 28. “Our wonderful rescue partners began making room in their shelters to move some of our animals over and the community responded with an overwhelming volume of adoption and foster applications.”
The RCACP says the following 138 animals have left the building after being reunited with their owners, adopted into loving homes, or transferred to rescues between June 21 and Friday, June 26:
- Redeemed by owners: 21
- Placed in foster homes: 13
- Transferred to rescues: 72
- Adopted into forever homes: 32
“We also want to thank the Friends of RCACP who provided additional support for meet and greets, paperwork gathering, and providing financial support for those owners who needed help in reclaiming their animals. We are also appreciative of our rescue partners and the new partners that reached out to help because they made a miracle happen.
A huge thank you to all of the wonderful residents that came out to provide a safe haven for our at-risk dogs and cats. We are also grateful for those residents who provided snacks and lunches for our staff who worked tirelessly for long hours for the entire week. The Roanoke Valley is a great place to live, work, and play and we are grateful for the support and love shown to our Valley’s homeless animals.”Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection
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