Thousands of animals walk through the doors of the Roanoke Regional Center for Animal Control and protection every year, and in some cases need medical care. Ensuring the service is available at the pound is a priority for David Flagler, the new executive director for the facility.
"I want a vet to walk the kennels every day to look for symptoms and be assisted with staff. It is nice to have an outsider to double check what we are doing to the animals," says Flagler.
Currently a veterinarian is not part of the staff for the pound. Sometimes in the past other clinics or the vet with the SPCA filled the role. All that is changing with the pound and the SPCA getting ready to split in two months. Since starting April 8th, Flagler has worked to ensure the service will be there.
"It is priority for us to make this happen, and it is our expectation the vet will be on board for the transition July 1," says Flagler.
It is a costly addition. Roanoke city already put forth an additional $150,000 to cover the cost, and the other jurisdictions are on board. Now it is finding the right person.
Flagler says they are looking at several groups and vets to apply for the role. One group vying for the opportunity includes angels of Assisi says Lisa O'Neil. In the past they have helped the pound with some animals, including doodle bug who came in recently.
"We have talked to Mr. Flagler with the pound and I know he is talking to the vets and if it is a good fit for them and for us we are completely open to helping animals at the pound," says O'Neil.