The Roanoke Valley SPCA believes that supporting the owners of the many companion animals throughout the Valley is an integral part of its mission to create a community where there are no homeless dogs and cats through adoption, prevention and intervention.
Companion Animal Relief Fund: RVSPCA provides financial assistance for veterinary expenses to assist owners experiencing financial hardship. The goal is to keep pets healthy and at home with their owners to mitigate the added trauma of losing a pet, allowing them to continue to provide a source of companionship and comfort during deep struggle.
Pets Eat Too Program: Through a partnership with Meals-On-Wheels, RVSPCA provides supplemental food assistance to the pets of homebound individuals(elderly, hospice), and low-income community members receiving food bank assistance are eligible to receive dog food, cat food, and cat litter through our program.
Pets Eat Too distributes 80,000 pounds of pet food annually, or 385,000 meals.
Humane Animal Education: RVSPCA educates the public on the tenets of humane animal care in schools, community centers, during public events, and at the RVSPCA Adoption and Education Center. Since 2008, RVSPCA has distributed to KIND News, an award-winning classroom newspaper, accompanied by a cross-curricular lesson plan to 24,115 students in 1,120 classrooms in the Roanoke Valley.
Youth Veterinary Summer Science Camp – Cultivating the Next Generation of Veterinarians:
RVSPCA fosters young minds who dreams of working with animals as a lifestyle and a career. Our camp provides an exploration of humane animal interaction and veterinary medicine. Students learn to identify parasites, conduct mock diagnosis, running a mock veterinary hospital – while visiting real equine hospitals and learning from veterinarians to spur their interest in the field. Students experience fascinating guest speakers and field trips that bring them in-touch with animals and to the facilities at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. They believe that this program will help foster the next generation of veterinarians and I do too!