Monday will mark the first day that the Roanoke Valley SPCA and the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection will be working separately.
"Moving in a different direction," says RVSPCA CEO, Denise Hayes. "We're still very much committed to the animals in that facility and how we can help them find committed loving homes."
While the Regional Center will be working under new management, the SPCA will have more time to focus their mission in a different way, like on spay and neuter programs and making sure pets of low income families don't go hungry.
"If we can prevent those things from happening, we feel we have the opportunity to make a larger community impact," says Hayes.
As both are gearing up for their first day as completely separate entities, they're also getting ready for a big event on Monday.
"We just wanted to do something nice to celebrate the wonderful working relationship we've had in the past," says Hayes. "As well as the strides we've made for animal welfare and where we're headed together in the future."
They'll be holding an open house event for the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection.