Viral sensation who sleeps in animal shelters to comfort homeless pets visiting Roanoke Valley SPCA on Thursday

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A man who became a viral sensation after sleeping in an animal shelter for days is visiting shelters in all 50 states — including one right here in Roanoke — to raise awareness and money for homeless, unwanted pets.

According to the Roanoke Valley SPCA, Kris Rotonda of Jordan’s Way went viral through The Dodo after spending 72 hours sleeping in an animal shelter.

WFXR News recently shared a story about Rotonda, who provides shelter dogs across America much-needed nighttime company while they wait for someone to offer them a forever home.

Rotonda’s mission, Jordan’s Way, was inspired by the shelter dog he adopted a few years ago, who later passed away from cancer.

This shelter animal supporter will be making his first stop in Virginia at the Roanoke Valley SPCA on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Rotonda is set to stream live on the Roanoke Valley SPCA’s Facebook page from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday with the goal of raising $25,000 for the shelter.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as one of only five shelters featured from the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Denise Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. “We hope everyone will join us on Facebook to see all of the fun things Kris has in store to help raise awareness and funds for the shelter! We’ll even have some really exciting participation with our staff!”

Follow these links to donate to Rotonda’s fundraiser for the Roanoke Valley SPCA or check out Rotonda’s Facebook livestream on Thursday night.

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