Roanoke Valley Leadership: Stop the killing! Make RCACP an adoption friendly facility.
  • Petitioned Chris Morrill

This petition was delivered to:

ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL / CITY MANAGER
Chris Morrill
ROANOKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS / COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
Clay Goodman
BOTETOURT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS / COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
KATHLEEN GUZI
VINTON TOWN COUNCIL – TOWN MANAGER
CHRIS LAWRENCE
Mayor, City of Roanoke
David Bowers
Council Member, City of Roanoke
Bill Bestpitch
Catawba Magisterial District
Joseph B. "Butch" Church
Chairman - Boutetourt County Board of Supervisors
Steve Clinton
Vice-Chairman - Boutetourt County Board of Supervisors
Terry L. Austin
Boutetourt County Board of Supervisors
L. W. (Jack) Leffel
Boutetourt County Board of Supervisors
Dr. Donald M. (Mac) Scothorn
Councilmember- Town of Vinton
I. Douglas Adams, J.
Councilmember- Town of Vinton
William “Wes” Nance
RCACP Advisory Board Member- Roanoke City
Andrea Trent
RCACP Advisory Board Member- Botetourt County
tzerrilla@BOTETOURTVA.US
Chairman -RCACP Advisory Board Member-Roanoke County
Brent Robertson
RCACP Advisory Board Member - Town of Vinton
Barry Thompson
Vice-Mayer, City of Roanoke
Court Rosen
Council Member, City of Roanoke
Ray Ferris
Council Member, City of Roanoke
Sherman Lea
Council Member, City of Roanoke
Anita Price
Council Member, City of Roanoke
David Trinkle
Roanoke County Board of Supervisors
Roanoke County Board of Supervisors
Mayor- Town of Vinton
Bradley Grose
Councilmember- Town of Vinton
Robert Altice
Councilmember- Town of Vinton
Matthew Hare

Roanoke Valley Leadership: Stop the killing! Make RCACP an adoption friendly facility.

    1. Petition by

      Cathy Smith

      Roanoke, United States

  1.  
  2.   
November 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Cathy Smith: This morning local officials held a press conference and to announce that RCACP would split from the Roanoke Valley SPCA and become its own entity. A separate executive director will be hired and medical care will be provided for the homeless animals. While all of the changes will take time, we believe that our local government officials are taking the steps necessary to make RCACP an adoption friendly facility.

In 2011, over 52% of the homeless animals housed at the Roanoke Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection (RCACP)were killed- 3,355 dogs and cats.

As concerned citizens, we believe companion animals improve the quality of life for their families and our community. Pets bring comfort, joy and improved health to their caretakers. 
We recognize the plight of the thousands of homeless animals in our region, made even worse by the assumption that there are not enough homes for them all. However, we believe that this assumption cannot be made when adoptions are not being allowed from the regional facility that houses the homeless. Year after year, thousands of animals are needlessly euthanized. It is time to take a different path. 
Proven methods are in place at many facilities in Virginia and around the country, decreasing intake and continually increasing adoptions, saving more and more lives of adoptable pets every day. 
We ask that the following programs and actions, based on the success of other animal care facilities already following these proven guidelines, be implemented at the RCACP immediately:

• A comprehensive direct adoption program including, but not limited to; on-site adoption counselors, processes for completing adoptions and assuring sterilization, real animal interaction, attendance at off-site adoption events, promotion and advertising. 
• A community pet retention program offering counseling, options and solutions to those considering pet relinquishment. 
• A proactive redemption program to facilitate the return of pets to their owners including but not limited to; broader exposure for animals on stray hold, easier access to information on lost & found animals, payment programs and alternatives to fees. 
• Hiring of a compassionate director who is separate from the Roanoke Valley SPCA & focused on the needs of the RCACP. 
• Improved facilitation and working relationships with rescue groups. 
• Increased promotion of low-cost spay and neuter. 
• Expand and promote a volunteer program independent of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. 
• Allow fundraising activities to support medical and care needs not currently covered in the current budget. 
• Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs for free-roaming cats. 
• A comprehensive direct foster care program. 
• Specialized medical & behavior programs.

Once these actions are taken, the animal care operations in our region can truly benefit all citizens and also be a source of great pride in our community and leadership. 
By allowing more homeless animals to move quickly on to rescues or adopters, by returning more lost animals to owners and by providing more options and solutions which enable pet owners to keep their pets, fewer animals will need housing at RCACP, and for shorter periods of time. This means less expense to the taxpayers, more space available and more lives being saved.

Not only can it be done, it is being done, right in our very own state of Virginia and across the country. The RCACP can do it as well. 
Please sign this petition asking for the RCACP to become an adoption friendly animal care center reflecting the core values of our community.

After signing the petition please contact your local government officials to ask for these changes NOW! Time wasted = lives lost. 
Please contact your local officials below:

ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL / CITY MANAGER - CHRIS MORRILL 540-853-2333 chris.morrill@roanokeva.gov

ROANOKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS / COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR -CLAY GOODMAN 
Phone: 540-772-2004 Email: administration@roanokecountyva.gov

BOTETOURT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS / COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR - KATHLEEN GUZI 
Phone: 540-473-8223 Email: kguzi@botetourt.org

VINTON TOWN COUNCIL – TOWN MANAGER - CHRIS LAWRENCE 
Phone: 540-983-0607 Email: clawrence@vintonva.gov

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    News

    1. RCACP Volunteer Suspended for 'Interfering with Euthanasia'

      Cathy Smith
      Petition Organizer

      When one of the RCACP volunteers arrived at the pound to find euthanasia cards on a cage with two tiny kittens, she started contacting rescues in an attempt to save them. She found a rescue who would take them - and also take 2 cats who were to be euthanized that day. She ran through the pound trying to stop the killing, but was too late. All 4 died.
      Did the management of the pound thank her for her efforts? No. Yesterday she was suspended for interfering with euthanasia.
      It is critical that the government officials who promised to make RCACP an adoption friendly facility hear from you. I couldn't open the original petition for signatures again, so I've created a new one. If you are as horrified as I am that a volunteer would be suspended for trying to save lives, please sign! http://www.change.org/petitions/roanoke-valley-leadership-stop-the-killing-make-rcacp-an-adoption-friendly-facility-3
      Thank you for signing and sharing our petition - lives depend on it.

      Cathy Smith

      Roanoke Valley Leadership: Stop the killing! Make RCACP an adoption friendly facility.

      Recently, Roanoke Valley leaders held a press conference to announce that RCACP would split from the Roanoke Valley SPCA and become its own entity....

    2. Decision-maker Billy W. Martin, Sr. responds:

      Billy W. Martin, Sr.

      We are working on a plan that will take care of the problems that have surfaced. A solution is forthcoming that will hopefully resolve this problem. I know many people are concerned about this but flooding our emails with this petition...


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    • daniel corral jr HOLLISTER, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      all pets have the right to live!

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    • Sherrill Toscano TEMPE, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      These animals are precious and deserve the opportunity to find loving homes

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    • VICKI HOWARD SEFFNER, UNITED STATES
      • almost 2 years ago

      why is it wrong for us to murder people but not other beings you should be ashamed and you will remember these lives when you are on your death bed you dont want to die either do you neither do the animals

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    • Sherrill Toscano TEMPE, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe that every pet should have every chance to find a home with loving owners

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    • Emalee Hall ROANOKE, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Richmond SPCA has been a no kill shelter for at least ten years. I believe at the time they became "no kill" they were only one of two in the country(Sacramento being the other) . What allowed them to achieve that was tremendous financial & community support led by the Robins family of the pharmaceutical company. Money is the only way that happens, unfortunately. That is the first step & then laying out the framework for housing, fostering & promoting adoptions. All of our rescue organizations here in the city are "no kill" & they depend heavily on foster homes to help manage their expenses. Social networking has helped them all immensely in attracting fosters. If you will "like" Gateway Pet Guardians & Stray Rescue of St. Louis , you will see how they do that.

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