RVSPCA in the Community
Community Outreach Programs
PET (Pets Eat Too) Community Outreach Program
The Roanoke Valley SPCA provides services to keep people and pets united in the Roanoke Valley. Home-bound senior citizens can receive a supplemental supply of pet food delivered to them along with their protein-rich food from Meals-On-Wheels. Patients of Carilion Hospice can rest easier, knowing their furry companions are being fed. Low-income people with pets can receive pet food that we have delivered to our Food Pantry Partners - Bethel Baptist Church, Botetourt County, Lake Christian Ministries, and Manna Ministries.
We want to ensure that at-risk community members will not have to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their pets.
More people than ever need this service as they struggle to meet their basic expenses during this troubling economic time. The PET Outreach Program serves about 500 senior and low-income clients every month.
More than 80,000 pounds of pet food is needed annually by our Food Pantry Partners for distribution to their clients with pets. The Roanoke Valley SPCA conducts pet food drives, solicits funds and secures grants to purchase and supplement the donations we receive. Our volunteers measure and bag meal-sized portions of pet food so seniors can easily feed their pets. The bagged food is then delivered to the Local Office on Aging to be delivered along with food from Meals-On-Wheels. RVSPCA staff collect, load, and deliver dry pet food to our Food Pantry Partners, whose volunteers mix, bag, and distribute pet food weekly to their low income clients with pets.
From its inception in 2007, more than 2.7 million pet meals have been provided by the PET Program.
You can help us to keep pets and people united by making a tax-deductible gift to the PET (Pets Eat Too) Program. We are able to purchase pet food at nearly wholesale cost - making your contribution go much farther in our quest to feed the hungry companion animals being served by our pet food partners in the community. Click here to be directed to a secure donation site.
RVSPCA Teaching Kids to Care
The Roanoke Valley SPCA provides in-school and on-site programs to teach students in our area about responsible pet ownership, the humane treatment of people and animals, and pet overpopulation.