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Angels of Assisi is the biggest private shelter and low-cost clinic in Roanoke and is constantly challenging traditional expectations for what an animal shelter should and should not be. Their clinic offers discounted services ranging from medical imaging to dentition. This shelter is intimately engaged with the community and firmly believes that their services drastically reduce rates of surrender. Programs like Guardian Angel, which provides refuge to pets of domestic violence victims, or Pets for Patriots, which offers discounted adoptions to veterans, are what makes Angels of Assisi so widely loved. Operating from a massive 200 acre animal sanctuary, they have aided in the rehoming of thousands of animals since they opened their doors.

The official shelter for the valley of Roanoke, the Regional Center for Care and Protection receives over 5000 animals each year. Being that they see so many animals each year in their limited capacity, RCACP works closely with the local organizations to ensure that as many adoptable animals find their forever homes as possible. While their main objective is the return of lost pets, RCACP are also responsible for all pet licensing and responding to instances of disaster and neglect.

Working closely with both Angels of Assisi and RCACP, the Roanoke Valley SPCA strives towards a community without homeless pets. They offer low-cost microchip, neuter, and spay services. When they are hosting educational events at public schools during the academic year, they put on summer science camps full of activities to keep the kids busy. RVSPCA does not just cater their programs to youth, they also provide the elderly with pet food for their pooches through Meals on Wheels. Because of their robust community program list, they are always looking for more volunteer power!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Roanoke

  • Admission $5.00
    Month April
    Duration 10AM-5PM

    #1 Woofstock

    Each spring at Dr Pepper Park, Dodson Pest Control puts on a huge event for all things dog. It's called Woofstock! People and their pooches come from far and wide to enjoy a number of live bands while they shop the local products for both person and pet. There are even animal agility expos to check out. With so much to do and so little time, guests should remember to grab something tasty from one of the many food vendors to stay energized. Woofstock brings the spirit of Woodstock - community, music, and good energy - to the Roanoke Valley for folks and mutts of all ages. Tickets are only $5, and the first 200 hundred people to arrive receive a bag of freebies!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 9AM-5PM, Yearround

    #2 Black Dog Salvage

    Everyone loves a good treasure hunt! If you’re one to appreciate a timeless antique Coca-Cola sign or a vintage gramophone, you will have died and gone to doggone heaven at Black Dog Salvage. You might have seen Black Dog Salvage on one of their eight seasons of the DIY Network show, “Salvage Dogs.” As long as your dog is friendly with the resident black lab, they are welcome to come on in! And when you bring a dog food donation to Black Dog for Roanoke SPCA, you will get 10% off of your purchase.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 7AM-12AM

    #3 Go Outside Festival


    The Go Outside Festival, hosted by Anthem Blue Cross is without a doubt the event of the year in Roanoke Valley! This free weekend-long festival has an expansive schedule for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy. The outdoorsman's dream, there are vendors and expos for paddlers, BMX cyclists, climbers, and slackliners amongst many others. For those of us who are less inclined to extreme outdoor sports, there are craft beer tents, a silent disco, and lumberjack Olympics. Go Outside Fest is an excellent opportunity to find a new hobby, and see what the vibrant Roanoke Outdoor community has to offer!

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  • Admission $25.00
    Month November
    Duration 7AM-12PM

    #4 Drumstick Dash

    Want to feel significantly less guilty about the six plates you are going to indulge in on Thanksgiving Day? The Drumstick Dash 5K is a dog-friendly walk/run that draws all of Roanoke in before the holiday festivities for a morning of exercise and community. If you register early, runners pay $25 and walkers pay $12. Runners receive a bag full of goodies including a shirt and products from the race sponsors. Upon finishing the race, participants are welcome to a complimentary breakfast before going home to cook up the real fest. So throw on your shoes, grab your leash and go!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 11AM-6PM

    #5 Horse & Hound Wine Festival

    Hosted by Peaks of Otter Winery and Johnson Orchards, the Horse and Hound Festival is a dog-friendly summer festival for a cause. Tickets for tasters are only $15 and dogs get in for $3, with a portion of proceeds going towards local rescues for both dogs and horses alike. Situated with the stunning Blue Ridge Mountain range in the background, Horse and Hound hosts a number of local wineries for sample along with live music, food vendors, and a children’s section. This festival is known for its quirky spectator events like the muskrat race and the horse parade. You and your doggo won’t want to miss it!
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