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. In addition to spaying/neutering, vaccinating, microchipping cats and dogs before adoption, we offer a range of programs that serve animals for the sake of humanity.
Companion Animal Relief Fund: RVSPCA provides financial assistance for veterinary expenses to assist owners experiencing financial hardship to keep pets healthy and at home with their owners. In 2015 RVSPCA provided $8,000 of assistance to needy residents.
Pets Eat Too Program: Partnering with Meals-On-Wheels, RVSPCA provides supplemental food assistance to the pets of homebound individuals, patients of Carilion Hospice, and low-income community members receiving food bank assistance. In 2015 22,000 pounds of pet food distributed, the equivalent of 105,600 meals, to 4,000 residents.
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. In 2015, 57 kids went to camp and we have even bigger plans for 2016!