Volunteer At Your Local Animal Shelter


You don’t have to be a pet owner to have a special place in your heart for domesticated animals. While you may not be ready to take on the responsibility of adoption right now, when you volunteer at the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection, your help is greatly appreciated. Here are some ways the RCACP could use your help.


RCACP’s mission is to take stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals and find them new homes. In the short term, however, they seek to provide cost-effective sheltering. In order to help accomplish their goal, RCACP needs people like you who have a passion for helping out homeless pets. To participate, you need to be at least 18 years old, attend a new volunteer orientation, and commit to at least eight hours of service every three months.  Here are a few ways in which you can help if you decide to become a volunteer at RCACP:

  • Cat Socialization
  • Dog Walking
  • Off-site Adoption Events
  • Rescue Networking
  • Shelter Photography
  • Front Desk Assistance

Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry is for pet owners who have fallen on hard times and are struggling with the expense of owning a dog or cat. The Pantry is constantly seeking dry dog food, dry cat food, wet cat food, wet dog food, cat litter, dog treats, and cat treats. Whether you need pet food assistance or you are looking to give, stop by their location at 1510 Baldwin Avenue NE, Roanoke, Virginia, 24012, during regular business hours.

Foster A Pet

If you are not ready to adopt a pet, you can still show an animal love by fostering one. In fact, taking a dog or cat into your home on a temporary basis can be a rewarding way to help a homeless animal until permanent shelter is found.

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Roanoke Adventure Dogs

Want to take a dog out for a walk? The RCACP’s Roanoke Adventure Dogs program is set up to let you take adoptable dogs offsite for day-long field trips. It can be an ideal way to be a part of a dog’s life if you cannot adopt. Best of all, you can sign up easily in as little as 15 minutes. Simply show up at their facility, let them know about your plans for the day, handle some paperwork, then off you go. Remember, your adventure could be anything: walks, hikes, a trip to a dog-friendly restaurant – you name it. Dog parks and a select few other places are not allowed, however. For details on volunteering, donating, fostering, or a dog adventure, contact RCACP at 540-344-4922.

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