RCACP - Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection - Roanoke, Va Area

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This is the only official website for the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection


Search Our Database of Animals in the Shelter


Use the above link to seach our database for stray animals, animals available for adoption and animals needing rescue.  See below for our adoption application and fee schedule.

Mission of RCACP

To provide temporary shelter for stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals to return them to their owners or find them permanent suitable new homes.  To provide cost effective sheltering through a regional partnership to insure the highest live release rate practical for our community.



The Regional Center receives stray and owner relinquished animals from Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County and the Town of Vinton.

The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection serves the City of Roanoke, the Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke, and the Town of Vinton, and is an “open intake facility”.  The Regional Center primarily handles stray animals picked up by the Animal Control Officers employed by the municipalities, but also accepts strays found, and animals owned, by citizens of the municipalities.  Each year the Regional Center receives between 5,000 and 6,500 animals. more >

Click below for more info on the localities. To contact animal control officers for your area, click on the link to the appropriate police department for your area.
City of Roanoke             City of Roanoke Police
Roanoke County
            Roanoke County Police
Botetourt County
           Botetourt County Sheriff
Town of Vinton
              Town of Vinton Police


Information Topics:

  • Adoption Information
    What you should know before your adopt.

    Every third Friday and Saturday, RCACP will be reducing the adoption fees on our longterm residents.  You can name your own price for animals who have been in the shelter 45 days or longer.

    Check out our new Adoption Application. Our fee schedule can be found here.  Animals adopted out of state must be "adoption ready."

    Pet owners do not always reclaim their pets, so RCACP will accept adoption applications during the stray hold period.  Adoptions are performed in the order of first approved application. 

    Adoption Sponsorship
    If you wish to sponsor an adoption, please make checks payable to RCACP, or pay with cash or credit card at the facility.  We cannot hold prepaid cards or hold cash.

    Foster Information

    Do you want to help animals on a temporary basis? You must live in the jurisdictions that we serve and not exceed your pet limit.

    Foster Application
    Before you Foster
    Foster Candidates
    Foster Contract
    Wait Until 8 Program

  • Oversight Commitees

    The financial  and administrative operation of RCACP is overseen by the Fiscal Affairs and Administrative Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from the four municipalities served by the Regional Center.  A list of members of the Committee can be found by clicking here.

    The Executive Committee oversees the operations  of RCACP.  Minutes of previous meetings of the Executive Committee may be viewed by clicking the links below:
    January 2016
    April 2016
    July 2016
    August 2016 - Special Meeting Report, Slides
    October 2016
    January 2017
    April 2017
    July 2017
    January 2018
    * Minutes are not yet available.

    Notice of next scheduled executive committe meetings can be found here: Public Notice Flyer | Meeting Agenda

  • Volunteer Information

    Please join our staff as a volunteer.  For more information email volunter@rcacp.org or call 540-344-4922 ext. 300.


Regional Center for Animal Care & Protection

1510 Baldwin Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24012
Phone: (540) 344-4922

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Sat 11:30 AM - 6 PM


2017 Holiday Closures


Jan 2 - New Year's Day

Jan 16 - Martin Luther King Day

May 29 - Memorial Day

July 4 - Independence Day

Sept 4 - Labor Day

Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Day

Nov 24 - Day after Thanksgiving

Dec 25 - Christmas Day

Dec 26 - Day after Christmas


2018 Holiday Closures


Jan 1 - New Year's Day

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May 28 - Memorial Day

July 4 - Independence Day

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