Roanoke Valley SPCA expands annual fundraiser to help more pets in need

Shelter’s current focus is on pet-retention programs

The Virtual Tail Chaser Challenge is officially underway and the four-week long fundraiser has more options for people to participate this year.

ROANOKE, Va. – It’s time to put your paws to the pavement for the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

The organization’s Virtual Tail Chaser Challenge is officially underway and runs through March 27.

The annual fundraiser has more options for you to participate this year as you can walk, run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon, or even bike 25, 50 or 100 miles.

Right now, the shelter is really focused on pet-retention programs.

“If we can help keep an animal with their person, if they’re already in a loving home and maybe, especially with COVID, there’s just some financial issues or struggles that people are facing now, if we can do what we can to keep those animals in their home, that’s our focus,” said Julie Rickmond, Roanoke Valley SPCA’s marketing and communications director.

The goal is to raise $50,000 and all money raised supports pets in need in our community.

Click here to register and learn more about the event.

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