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With more than 300 animals, RCACP is now at full capacity for stray dogs, cats

Facility is expecting an influx during 4th of July weekend

A local shelter needs your help! They're at maximum capacity and need a home for these pets.
A local shelter needs your help! They're at maximum capacity and need a home for these pets.

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – A local animal shelter needs your help as it’s now at capacity.

The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection, RCACP, has reached capacity for stray dogs and cats of all sizes.

Over the last two weeks, the center reported that it has received a high number of dogs and cats. Due to being an open-intake shelter, staff cannot turn away any stray animal.

Being at full capacity puts the center’s owner-released animals that are in the vetting process at risk because there must be room for stray animals.

The center is the tax-funded intake shelter serving the city of Roanoke, as well as Roanoke and Botetourt counties.

Dogs and cats brought into the shelter as strays must be kept by law for the required stray hold time, which is either 5 or 10 days, depending on the information that is brought in with the animal.

With July 4 approaching, historically, each year, the center takes in a large number of dogs frightened by fireworks and the center wants to ensure there’s space ahead of that date.

Breakdown of Dogs at RCACP

Total Dogs88
Available Dogs19
Dogs on Stray Hold15
Dogs in Foster14
Dogs off Stray Hold or Owner Relinquished Waiting on Vetting40

Breakdown of Cats at RCACP

Total Cats221
Available Cats7
Cats on Stray Hold26
Cats in Foster77
Cats Awaiting Transport23
Cats off Stray Hold or Owner Relinquished Waiting on Vetting88

The facility’s exotics room is also full as three chickens, four parakeets, two rabbits and one guinea pig need adopters.

If you are missing your dog companion, please make an appointment to see if your dog is at the shelter located at 1510 Baldwin Avenue, NE, Roanoke.

You can also click here to see which animals are currently at the center.


About the Authors:

Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.