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 Find the (Animal) Helpers

Rescuing animals is not for the faint of heart. Luckily, Angels of
Assisi doesn't back down from a challenge.

Platinum

Angels of Assisi

Vinton Veterinary
Hospital
Gold

Cave Spring
Veterinary Hospital

Silver

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MAY/JUNE 2020

Pets are a huge part of the family, so it's no surprise that people in our
community love their animals. There's no doubt the pet owners played a part
in awarding Angels of Assisi Platinum in both " Best Veterinarian Services " and
" Most Worthy Group to Donate to " in the Best of Roanoke 2020 reader awards.
Executive Director Lisa O'Neill leads the team in helping our community and
their pets, and says the awards were extra special this year because of the work
they're putting together for a capital campaign. The recognition will help their
campaign, with all donations going towards their new facility.
" We're counting on our community to help us get to reach our goals, " she says.
" We have great faith it will happen because of them. "
At time of press, the team is working on permits and plan to break ground this
spring, followed by a year to a year and a half of construction. As their current
building is almost 100 years old, they work hard to keep it clean, but many
obstacles, including facility size, is a hindrance. Their new building will allow the
team to expand their services to include twice as many surgeries and see twice as
many clients; their adoption center will also include a rehabilitation space, offering
the opportunity to work with animals in need of rehab due to abuse or neglect.
" Our main job is to keep pets in their homes, out of local pounds and off the
chains in the backyard, " O'Neill says. " Sometimes people fall on hard times and
our main mission is to do anything we can to help families keep their pets, and
keep them healthy. "
O'Neill loves everything about her job, from the people who wait for hours in
the lobby for their pet to be seen to those who come in and adopt their homeless
animals as part of their own families. The Angels of Assisi staff works tirelessly
to help animals in need, and is often out in the trenches on properties for hours
rescuing animals on chains or in hoarding situations. 

COURTESY OF ANGELS OF ASSISI

Best
Veterinarian
Services

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