ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — After 10 years of service to the community, the Roanoke Valley SPCA has officially retired animal ambassador Polly.

On Wednesday, July 6, the Roanoke Valley SPCA says it hosted a retirement ‘pawty’ for Polly and invited members of the community to come and celebrate her years of service.

Polly participated in the Visiting Pet Program, which allowed her to visit assisted living facility residents in the area, according to the shelter. She also visited local schools with the Roanoke Valley SPCA Humane Education staff and volunteers to teach kids about the importance of compassion toward animals and people.

“Polly’s retirement is very bittersweet,” said Denise Hayes, CEO of the Roanoke Valley SPCA and Polly’s guardian. “She absolutely loves meeting new friends, but she is at an age where she’s slowing down. Polly has chronic arthritis in her knees and it is getting harder for her to travel. We know that there are so many friends who will miss her, but we also know that she will be able to spend her golden years relaxing, eating treats, and being very well loved!”

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