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Posted on: June 10, 2019

RCACP Has Reached Capacity for Stray Dogs

Roanoke, VA (June 10, 2019) – The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection has reached capacity for stray dogs all sizes. We have received a high number of intakes for dogs (strays and owner relinquished) over the last two weeks. If you are missing your dog companion, please come to the shelter located at 1510 Baldwin Avenue, NE, to see if your dog is at the shelter.  

We are an open intake shelter and, as such, cannot turn any stray animal away. We must have room for the stray animals that arrive daily. This situation puts our owner released animals that are in the vetting process and healthy, available dogs at risk so that room is available for the dogs that legally must have shelter. 

If you are interested in adopting a dog, please visit us so that kennel space will be available for the dogs that have been owner relinquished and the unclaimed strays that are waiting on vetting to be made available.  In addition, if you are considering relinquishing your dog, please talk to us about options to keep your dog in a loving home. 

The RCACP is your local, tax-funded intake shelter.  Dogs that are brought into the shelter 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.  If you are missing your pet, now is the time to come to the shelter to ensure that your pet is safely reunited with you. Owner-released animals are not subject to the 5 or 10 day hold.

Breakdown of Dog Population:
Available Dogs: 26 
Dogs on Stray Hold: 27 
Dogs off Stray Hold or Owner Relinquished Waiting on Vetting: 46 

The animals at RCACP are our community animals that need the community to help them.  Please show your support by claiming your lost pet, fostering, or adopting those animals that are available.   


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