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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Angels of Assisi and Harmony Farm Sanctuary are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and care of all living creatures. We provide reduced cost medical care to companion animals with special emphasis on spaying and neutering to prevent pet overpopulation. We provide shelter, care and sustenance to companion and domesticated farm animals in need, including an adoption center for homeless dogs and cats and a farm animal sanctuary. Our mission is to two fold- to increase awareness that companion and farm animals are not objects for human use but are living, sentient creatures deserving respect and kindness. Angels of Assisi is also dedicated to providing much needed services to pet owners to make caring for their pets easier and lasting relationships are formed.

Results: With community support, accomplishments to date include: •80,000 low cost spay and neuter surgeries •7,500 low cost wellness visits •4,000 feral cat sterilizations •8,000 adoptions •900 animals rescued from puppy mills, animal control seizures, and hoarding cases

Target demographics: the people and pets of Roanoke.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,700 animals find homes, 10,000 animals get spayed/neutered, and 40,000 pets with wellness care

Geographic areas served: the Roanoke Valley

Programs: Pets for Life, the Community Pet Clinic, Community Outreach Programs, and a no-kill adoption center

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Nine years ago, I adopted a dog from Angels of Assisi. I was so impressed with the work of this organization, that I became a volunteer. I have been with them ever since.
Angels of Assisi believes that pets improve our lives. The adoption center is open seven days a week and mobile adoption events are scheduled several weekends a month. They maintain satellite adoption centers. It is easy to find a pet to adopt. Based on this belief, that pets improve our lives, AoA works not only to help animals, but also their people. They offer affordable medical care seven days a week. They are partners in the Pets for Patriots program. Their Guardian Angel program helps people struggle to care for their pets due to domestic violence, hospice, or homelessness. The compassion this organization shows to all living things is something I am most proud of.
Angels of Assisi works tirelessly to fight the pet overpopulation, both in our city and in communities throughout southwest Virginia. They offer affordable pet care, including low cost spay/neutering, in their clinic. They transport animals from rural areas, where veterinarian services are not readily available, to the clinic for spay and neutering. More than that, Angels of Assisi sends veterinarians to these rural communities for mobile pet health clinics Offering low cost spay/neutering services, as well as affordable medical care is reducing the number of wanted pets in many communities.
#helpishere in not just some motto, it is the focus of this organization. Angels of Assisi makes a difference.

Patti C G.


Rating: 5

They are awesome ! They save so many dogs ! Volunteer there and have adopted a dog there!! They have a great clinic that is open to all dogs in the community. They have a lot of adoption events in the community.

Tracey Marr C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only have I been a volunteer for this organization, I have also used their services for my own pets, one of which was adopted directly from Angels. I have never met so many caring, hard working individuals who go way above and beyond the call of duty! Every person who works and volunteers here cares about these animals from the bottom of their hearts. Whether the adoption center or the pet clinic, they love what they do and it truly shows.

1 Diane N.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I discovered Angels of Assisi when I moved to Virginia and my first friend in the state found out she was dying of Pancreatic Cancer. It was an emergency to re-home her cat,and I reached out to Dr. Kelly Farrell who was the medical director at the time. Understanding the severity of the situation, Dr. Farrell took the cat into the adoption center and invited me to participate in the adoption process. It didn't take me long to fall in love with this organization and I offered to volunteer writing bios for the animals on their website. That led to other volunteer positions and a few years later I was invited to serve as a board member. Since that time I have watched Assisi grow exponentially. It is amazing to see the incredible work this small group of tireless individuals have accomplished in the years I've known them. This work includes but is not limited to rural outreach to communities with little or no veterinary services, mentoring rural shelters, frequent participation in ASPCA and HSUS hoarding situations, reducing euthanasia in local shelters by accepting animals into their adoption center. Offering safe haven for animals of domestic violence victims, and matching veterans and animals through their Pets for Patriots Program. They also run a daily low cost spay neuter clinic and often receive grants for Trap Neuter/Return of community cats. Angels of Assisi is led by a creative and compassionate Executive Director who has amassed a dedicated staff of individuals in its clinic, surgical and adoption center. And their volunteers are the most dedicated individuals with boundless energy.
The motto 'Help Is Here' is not just words on a piece of paper but a true operational philosophy. I am proud to be affiliated with this wonderful organization.