ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Starting Thursday, Oct. 13 the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) and its rescue partners will be hosting an Adoption event.

According to the RCACP, the amount of animals being surrendered is increasing and adoptions are decreasing.

They say the reason for the uptick in surrenders is the economy and owners cannot afford to care for their pets any longer. Another big reason is that people are moving to new homes and apartments, and landlords are not allowing pets.

The RCACP and their rescue partners say there is an urgent need for adopters in the Roanoke Valley. They are unable to transfer many of the homeless animals because they are consistently full. They also say every shelter is struggling for space to keep the animals and enough staff to care for them. Just a few years ago most shelters were rarely full, however, now it is a daily occurrence.

“Well partnering with the four other agencies we are hoping that, that will stimulate people throughout the Valley whether you live in Roanoke, Botetourt, Vinton, Salem, wherever we’re just hoping you will find the shelter of your choice, go down and take a look at what they have available and adopt out and this will free up space so they can pull from the regional shelter here which is the government shelter,” said Mike Warner the Interim Executive Director at RCACP.

They are currently asking the community for help, specifically to open their homes to these animals.

The combined adoption event will be held at all five shelters, including RCACP, Angels of Assisi, Franklin County Animal Shelter, Franklin County Humane Society, and the Roanoke Valley SPCA Thursday through Saturday, October 15th.

You can come to any of the five shelters and they will help connect you and your family with a furry friend. If you come out and cannot find your forever friend at the first shelter they will help connect you with one close by.