ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Community members chowed down on spaghetti and more to help get animal rescues ready for their forever home at the Roanoke Valley’s SPCA 16th annual “Spayghetti” fundraiser.

The Roanoke Valley SPCA says that every six meals that are sold covers the cost of spaying and neutering one adoptable cat or dog. The fundraiser included a bake sale, tickets for various raffles, and merchandise that was available for purchase.

On Tuesday afternoon, Suzanne Cresswell the Director of Philanthropy at the Roanoke Valley SPCA says this year’s goal is to reach $25,000 dollars, and they were already about three-quarters of the way there. She says the money raised allows them to care for as many animals as possible.

“Not only do we have the animals at the shelter, but we help people who might be facing financial difficulties in caring for their pets — whether it’s veterinary care, whether it’s maybe helping them get a fence for that dog that keeps escaping, if it’s pet food — we can also help with that,” said Cresswell.

She added that on Tuesday afternoon they had already sold about 250 tickets so far, and they anticipated another 150 tickets to be sold by the end of the day. This brings them back to almost pre-pandemic numbers.

The lunch took place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the dinner took place from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm. People were able to buy tickets in advance or at the fundraiser for $10 each. You could get a ticket for in-person dining, carry-out lunch and dinner, as well as drive-through contactless pickup. Each meal included spaghetti with marinara, bread, salad, and a beverage.