Roanoke Valley SPCA launches new behavioral assistance fund

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In order to help financially challenged pet owners access behavioral resources, Carol and Albert Prillaman have created the Judith Goins Behavior Assistance Program at the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

According to the Roanoke Valley SPCA, nearly half of the cats and dogs brought to the shelter each year are brought in due to behavior issues, such as trouble housetraining, excessive barking, or aggression.

The animal shelter says many of the owners relinquishing their pets cannot afford the training and behavior specialists who can help correct such behaviors and, therefore, keep their pets in loving homes.

“The Roanoke Valley SPCA is looking to be the first resource for those struggling in our community, not the last resort,” said Denise Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. “The Judith Goins Behavior Assistance Program will allow us to keep more pets and people together while also helping to ease the stray population and space at the shelter.”

The Roanoke Valley SPCA says Judith P. Goins was a lifetime animal lover and advocate who worked tirelessly to rescue dogs and cats and help them find loving homes so they did not have to spend time in the shelter.

In Goins’ memory, her family has created the Judith Goins Behavior Assistance Program to help keep more pets in their homes by addressing behavioral issues.

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