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

Recently, Roanoke Valley leaders held a press conference to announce that RCACP would split from the Roanoke Valley SPCA and become its own entity.  We were told that separate executive director would be hired  and medical care would be provided for the homeless animals. Sadly, our local leaders have put the announced changes on the back burner and helpless animals continue to die.

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

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. 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. Before long she found a rescue who would take them - and also take the cats who were to be euthanized that day. She ran through the pound trying to stop the killing, but was too late.
      Did the management of the pound thank her for her efforts? No. Yesterday she was suspended for interfering with euthanasia.

      Thank you for signing and sharing our petition - lives depend on it.

      Cathy Smith

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kathy Williams ROANOKE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have a soft heart for all animals and especially for homeless animals that need a home. Euthanasia is definitely not the answer for these poor, defenseless animals who only need our love and attention. I only pray that RCACP will become an adoption friendly animal care center.

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    • Patsy Poindexter ROANOKE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      It would certainly make a positive and responsible change in the values represented by the community.

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    • Rita Lovell ROANOKE, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I adopted a calico kitten from the SPCA years ago who was scheduled to be euthanized that day because she was sick with an upper respiratory infection. I explained that all she needed was antibioics, but was told by the staff, that there was not enough money to take sick kittens to the vet. They let me adopt her even though they did not like the idea of releasing a sick kitten. She received the vet care that she needed and recovered. She turned out to be a beautiful calico who was always friendly to everyone. I had her for fourteen years. She is jsut one example of why euthanasia is not necessary.

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    • Anita Foster SALEM, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I currently own two shelter dogs and have made the committment to adopt not shop

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    • TERRI STCLAIR VINTON, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I love animals!

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