‘We can’t make any more cage space’: Roanoke animal shelters push for adoptions to prevent euthanization

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Multiple animal shelters in the Roanoke Valley are full, which may lead to euthanization at the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Mike Warner, the Interim Executive Director for the RCACP, says fireworks startle a lot of animals, which means a lot will run and be turned into them as strays.

According to Warner, because the facility is government-funded, “We have to have cage space available for the animals that are coming in. We can’t make any more cage space. The shelter is the size of what it is. And it’s just important that we keep moving those animals out through adopters or partners.”

The facility is also short staffed, so workers ask for patience when setting up adoptions. Currently, they are housing more than 300 animals, many of whom are available for adoption.

Other shelters are trying to alleviate the strain — with some even offering adoption discounts as extra incentive — but now they are filling up, too.

Julie Rickmond, the Marketing and Communications Director for the Roanoke Valley SPCA, says their shelter currently has more than 100 animals.

“We would never euthanize for space, so you know, but unfortunately they’re in that difficult position where they have to make those choices,” said Rickmond.

If you would like to help, you can by adopting or fostering pets in our area.

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