Angels of Assisi, a local non-profit with a focus on controlling pet overpopulation and finding homes for animals in need, has been selected by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to be a local liaison for a nationwide program called Pets for Life. The program aims to reach members of under-served communities by providing care for their pets at little or no cost. The Humane Society selectively extended this program to 19 charities and communities coast to coast that it feels are most able to utilize it, and Roanoke’s foremost animal welfare organization has been chosen.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” said Lisa O’Neill, the director of Angels of Assisi. “We believe in the HSUS’s philosophy of connecting with this often–missed audience of pet owners, and we believe that when trust is built and compassion is extended beyond the pet, spaying and neutering comes more easily.”
Pets for Life will make several services and resources available to pet owners in the Roanoke Valley, including vaccinations, pet food, as well as spaying and neutering services. Angels of Assisi will be offering resources from their local pet food bank in addition to medical services aimed at helping people keep their pets happy and healthy.
Angels of Assisi and the Humane Society of the United States strive to reduce the population of stray and abandoned animals by empowering pet owners to responsibly care for their pets. Through programs like Pets for Life, both organizations hope to control the population of domestic animals while also preventing the unnecessary euthanization of pets.
For more information about Angels of Assisi and Pets for Life contact Lisa O’Neill at 540-400-2233.
Submitted by Lisa O’Neill