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RCACP Holds Empty the Shelter Event


Who: The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) wants to empty the animal shelter prior to the holidays.
When: November 26, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Why: During the holidays, RCACP fills to capacity with unwanted or homeless pets. RCACP staff wants to empty the shelter by finding permanent homes for all of the animals currently housed there. This will help the shelter make room for the animals that will be coming in during the holiday season.
“Everyone should have a place to go”, says David Flagler, Executive Director for the shelter. “What a wonderful experience it would be for the animals in the shelter to start a new life in a loving home during the Thanksgiving holiday.” RCACP always has a wonderful selection of pets to choose from.
What: RCACP staff will be staying late on Wednesday, November 26, in hopes of allowing people to stop by before the Thanksgiving holiday to adopt a pet (or two). During the event, people will be able to name their own price for their new pet. RCACP staff hope that increasing the hours of operation and decreasing adoptions fees will help to empty the shelter of animals needing new homes on November 26th.
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 5,000 and 7,000 animals. 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, contact

David Flagler, Executive Director of the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection

(540) 339-9514