Dog vaccine

RCACP prepares for adoption, vaccination events

(WFXR) — Do you love worshiping dogs? Wednesday is the perfect day to do this because it’s “National Puppy Day!”

The party was invented to raise awareness of helping orphaned dogs across the country. In fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says that more than three million dogs enter shelters each year, many with litters of puppies on the way.

Some of the best ways to commemorate the occasion are to give your pooch a special treat, as well as sharing photos of them on social media tagged with #NationalPuppyDay. You can also send these photos to [email protected] if you want to see your dogs on TV.

In honor of National Puppy Day, Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) Director Melinda Rector brought two precious pooches named Ben and Cleo to meet Amanda Kenney and Kara Thompson of WFXR News on “Good Day Virginia!”

The shelter says Ben is a three-month-old pittie mix who was given to RCACP because his owner couldn’t care for him. Meanwhile, Cleo is a five-month-old spaniel mix who came stray with a collar, but no one ever claimed her.

These two puppies will be available for adoption at the 50th anniversary “It’s All About Living Spring Home Show” this weekend. They will be sterilized before the event, but they still need to be clean.

The Spring Home Show will take place at the Salem Civic Center at the following times:

  • Friday March 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday March 27 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The RCACP will be at the event on Saturday and Sunday while another Roanoke animal sanctuary, Angels of Assisi, will participate on all three days. Both facilities have been packed with animals lately, so they’ll bring plenty of furry friends looking for a forever home to this weekend’s show. However, before you commit to adopting, the RCACP urges you to consider whether you are ready to bring a pet into your family.

To view a list of other exhibitors planning to attend the Spring Home Show – such as vendors from the local homebuilding community and vendors selling various products – click here. There will also be giveaways every 50 minutes of the show in honor of its 50th anniversary.

RCACP and Angels of Assisi are also teaming up on Friday for a free drive-through parvo vaccination clinic for dogs of all ages, thanks to a grant from Petco Love.

According to Angels of Assisi, the first parvo vaccine requires a booster, but it prevents parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza and infectious hepatitis. The shelter also offered the following information about the dangers of parvo:

  • With each bowel movement, unvaccinated dogs expel millions of virus particles.
  • Virus particles are very stable in soil. Not only can they withstand heat and cold, but these particles can stay in the ground for years.
  • Unvaccinated dogs that walk on contaminated ground and then lick their paws ingest the virus.

During this vaccination event — which will take place at the Berglund Center in Roanoke from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday — pet owners are asked to stay in your vehicles and not let your dog(s) out of the vehicle at unless they are run by a staff. member. All dogs are welcome, no registration necessary.

In addition, the RCACP will have both dog food and cat food to distribute to pet owners who are struggling to feed their four-legged friends.

For more information on Friday’s parvo vaccination clinic, follow this link.