Angels of Assisi deals with increasing intake numbers - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Angels of Assisi deals with increasing intake numbers

Meadow just came to Angels of Assisi. She was first taken to the Roanoke Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection but needed medical attention, so she was brought here to angels.  It is a sight seen twice this week by adoption coordinator Chas Bousman.

"Lots of situation like that, where there are minor medical or even major medical issues the dog we pulled from the pound today has a bloat condition and need surgery upon coming over," says Bousman.

However more and more animals are showing up at angels, and less at the pound. Here are the facts according to numbers reported to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by both organizations. Since 2006 intake the pound has dropped by 1077 animals. At angels of Assisi, their intake has gone up 718 animals.

As to why angels is seeing its numbers trending up, director Lisa O'Neill says she keeps hearing the same thing over and over again.

"I think people in the community are becoming more and more aware that the pound is not a no kill facility. There are no adoptions from the pound and no foster programs from the pound and people do care about the pets," says O'Neill.

The increase in animals is financially adding up, and there are only so many cages and rooms to hold the cats and dogs. Extra programs have been added to bring in volunteers, but O'Neill says without the community working together with them space would be near impossible to find.

"It is a big effort. We have around 200 animals in foster care, and before have had up to 300 animals in foster care, and it is just huge community support and people come and help us," says O'Neill.

And help animals find a forever home.

We did contact the pound about this story, but so far have no heard back.

____________________________________________________________________________________

If you would like to help Angels of Assisi you can visit their website for more information: http://www.angelsofassisi.org/_index.php

For information about the intake rates, they can be found at this website: http://www.vi.virginia.gov/vdacs_ar/cgi-bin/Vdacs_search.cgi

 

Intake numbers:

Roanoke Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection:

2006 – 7,754

2007 – 7,875

2008 – 7,574

2009 – 7,573

2010 – 7,299

2011 – 6,677

Angels of Assisi:

2006 – 483

2007-551

2008-632

2009-917

2010-973

2011-1,201

 

  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:23:17 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
  • Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:05 GMT
    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much...
  • Alexis Murphy's family speaks about Taylor sentence

    Alexis Murphy's family speaks about Taylor sentence

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:23:07 GMT
    Randy Taylor was sentenced to two life sentences today in a Nelson County court.
    Randy Taylor was sentenced to two life sentences today in a Nelson County court.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.