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Dog Kennels are Full at RCACP

October 18, 2018



Roanoke, VA – The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection has reached capacity for large stray dogs. We have received a high number of intakes for large dogs in the last couple of weeks, most of them are either stray or owner relinquished dogs. All kennels are at full capacity at this time in both stray (owner relinquished dogs stay in the stray side of the shelter until they have been completely vetted) and available large dogs for adoption.  If you are missing your dog companion, please come to the shelter located at 1510 Baldwin Avenue, NE, to see if your dog is at the shelter.  If you are interested in adopting a dog, please also visit us so that the kennel space can be made available for the additional dogs that are brought in.  In addition, if you are considering owner relinquishing your dog, please talk to us about options to keep your dog in a loving home.


The RCACP is your local, tax-funded intake shelter.  Dogs that are brought into the shelter must be kept by law for the required stray hold time, which is either 5 or 10 days depending on the information that is brought in with the animal.  If you are missing your pet, now is the time to come to the shelter to ensure that your pet is safely reunited with you.


Additionally, the available dog kennels are also full.  If you are looking for a new best friend, please come to the shelter and let us help you find that match.  By adopting the dogs that are available, it frees up space for stray dogs that are off their stray hold or owner relinquished dogs that are currently awaiting vetting to be made available for adoption as well.


Breakdown of Dog Population:   Available Dogs: 23

Dogs on Stray Hold: 24

Dogs off Stray Hold or Owner Relinquished Waiting on Vetting: 44


The animals at RCACP are our community animals that need the community to help them.  Please show your support by either claiming your lost pet or adopting those animals that are available.




The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection serves the City of Roanoke, the Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke, and the Town of Vinton, and is an “open intake facility.” The Regional Center primarily handles stray animals picked up by the Animal Control Officers employed by the municipalities, but also accepts strays that are found, and animals owned, by citizens of the municipalities served. Each year the Regional Center receives between 4,000 and 6,000 animals. The RCACP primary goal is to return animals to their owners; if an animal goes unclaimed, they are made available for adoption or transferred to other animal welfare organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Warner, Interim Executive Director; or Melinda Rector, Director of Operations, Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP), 540-344-4922.