Pet Stories: Lucy’s Back!

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) You may remember Lucy from her visit in September. They have not given up on finding Lucy the perfect fur-ever home. Since her last visit, Lucy has been spending time with her foster family since the Home for the Holidays program, where Danna Owen's family became her Adoption Ambassador.

Danna brought Lucy in with Sylvie Peterson to talk about how well Lucy is doing outside of the shelter setting.

As a reminder, Lucy is a 4 year old tan boxer mix with the cutest doggie smile. She loves people. Seriously, she ADORES humans! Lucy is very gentle and is very responsive to humans, especially if there is a treat involved! She prefers her company to be of the human variety, and not with cats or dogs.

This sweetie suffers from separation anxiety when her humans leave her alone so we have a way to help her through this. With a foster-to-adopt scenario, and the Roanoke Valley SPCA is providing training with Dr. Megan Maxwell, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, who will train the foster to help Lucy get over her separation anxiety.

Don't forget, fosters are provided with all supplies needed to care for their pet while they are in foster.

And since Danna Owen started the Foster Ambassador Program with Lucy, her separation anxiety has improved so much. In fact, Lucy has attended doggie school and was the star of the class!

Lucy has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and heartworm tested, and is ready for her fur-ever home!

If you’re interested in learning more about Lucy, call the Roanoke Valley SPCA at 540-339-WAGS or .

While Sylvie Peterson and Danna Owen were in studio with Lucy, they discussed the Foster Ambassador Program Owen is involved in. Here’s what they had to say:

Foster Ambassador Program

"The Adoption Ambassador program asks for the help of select volunteers and businesses in Roanoke as well as the surrounding areas to help the Roanoke Valley SPCA find loving forever homes for our shelter pets. This program works similarly to our Foster program and turns the Adoption Ambassador into an adoption advocate for their shelter pet.

Unfortunately, some of the animals that come into our facility do not thrive in the shelter environment. This can cause a decline in their health and wellness as well as negative changes in their behavior. By allowing these animals to wait for their forever homes outside of the shelter we are decreasing stress and the negative behaviors that tend to linger in animals that have had long shelter stays.

Much like the normal Foster program, we provide all the supplies you need to care for your shelter pet in your home or business, but instead of the foster period ending after 2-3 weeks, the foster period is indefinite until your pet is adopted or they return to the shelter for adoption.

As an Adoption Ambassador, you will act as an adoption liaison for the Roanoke Valley SPCA by being the point of contact for your shelter pet’s adoption. Sometimes it is the simplest activities that give our shelter pets the exposure to potential adopters that they would not receive while in the shelter. This could be going for a walk on the Greenway with an “Adopt Me” vest on, making posts about your pet on your social media profiles, or doing meet and greets with potential adopters outside of the shelter."