League for Animal Protection

Pets of the Month

Our pets of the month introduce themselves...

Get to know Faith

Get to know Blake

Get to know Mr. Kitty

Get to know Oliver

Click here to see all of the cats and dogs available for adoption at LAP


Mark your calendars! On October 19 from 4 to 10 PM, a portion of every dollar spent at Hollywood's Restaurant at 7770 Williamson Road will be generously donated to LAP, so come on out and bring your appetite.

Wish List: Purina One (red bag) dog food,good quality grain free dry cat food, bleach, Top Job, Mr. Clean, paper towels, laundry detergent, good quality canned cat and dog food, cat and dog treats, dog pooper scoopers, cat litter and of course chocolate for the volunteers

Please come and visit the shelter over the holidays. We love visitors and walk a few dogs if you have time.

Special Appeals


Thumper is a long haired gorgeous grey kitty with a funny little turned over ear. He's UTD with all vaccines and has been neutered and tested for feline diseases. Sadly his owner passed away and he was brought to the shelter along with his sister. Sissy is quite shy but Thumper is outgoing and loves to be brushed and loved on. Thumper and Sissy are six years old.


We've not had a Basset Hound at LAP for quite some time. Monica entered on May 27, 2016. She is an owner release. Monica was adopted from the Roanoke SPCA six years ago as a small pup and has lived in a loving home all her life. She is about 70 pounds, house trained, chipped, spayed and has her needed vaccines. Monica is a bit confused right now, but not at all timid. She is in the lobby with the beagle clan and made herself a nice bed for her first night of arrival. Monica is gentle, sweet - in fact she's a little lady. Very polite and gentle.


Even if you can't adopt right now, you can still help the cats and dogs at the LAP shelter with your direct donation. You can also help our mission by donating to LAP's spay/neuter fund at Mountain View Humane. Because most of the animals that enter the shelter have not yet been spayed or neutered, this gift helps us accomplish this vital task that must occur before we put an animal up for adoption. Click the button below to get started on your direct donation, or follow the link to donate to Mountain View Humane, who will put the funds towards low-cost spaying and neutering of LAP's newest residents... and thank you!

Donate to Mountain View Humane

LAP is also a sponsored charity through Amazon Smile, so please consider making your usual purchases through Amazon Smile and designating LAP as your charity of choice. Click below to sign up and support us every time you shop!

Adopting a friend

If you are interested in a dog or cat on our Pet List, you may request additional information by email or by phone.
We do require that you visit the shelter and fill out an adoption application form. If an adoption is approved, we will deliver the pet to your home.
We do ask that potential adopters live within a 50 mile radius of our shelter as we do stand firm on home delivery and a home visit after placement.

Adoption Fees:


spayed/neutered and current on vaccines



current on vaccines and worming



spayed/neutered, current on vaccines and tested for feline diseases



current on vaccines, worming and tested for feline diseases


*Spay/neuter will be required by the new owner on or before the pup or kitten reaches the age of six months

About Us

League for Animal Protection (LAP) is a non-profit, no-kill shelter in the Roanoke Valley. LAP was formed in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens in response to an especially cruel situation in which 40 pets were deliberately trapped in an abandoned house and left to die. Our volunteers and supporters help rescue abandoned dogs and cats, giving them medical treatment, shelter and care until they can be given a second chance in a new home. To date, LAP has helped find new, loving homes for more than 2,000 pets. LAP services are funded by private donations, membership fees and fundraising events.

How You Can Help

There are several ways you can get involved with LAP. Call us and we can give you more information. Better yet, come visit! You can see for yourself what a wonderful place this is for the animals and what a great feeling you can get by helping.

  1. Adopt an animal. Include LAP on your list of places to look for your next adopted dog or cat. You can come for a no-pressure visit, play with the animals and ask the volunteers for input based on your particular wants and needs. Please keep in mind that because these animals have often been in abusive or difficult situations, we must be firm about our adoption guidelines, which may be more detailed than other adoption facilities.

  2. Volunteer your time. If you are an adult searching for rewarding volunteer work, LAP is a great place to pitch in! (and the dogs will love it if you can pitch a ball, too!) The shifts are short (8-11 am and 3:00-5 pm) and you can choose weekly or monthly time slots. Most of the cleaning is done during the morning shift and both shifts are responsible for feeding. The work is somewhat strenuous and dependability is very important. If you want an opportunity to help animals, meet great people and fall in love with a new face, please give us a call.

  3. Make a donation. Your donation will help LAP make a difference in the lives of abandoned and mistreated animals.

  4. Sponsor an animal. Not ready for another pet? If you can’t have a pet, or another pet, just now, for whatever reason, you can still provide for the shelter and care of an animal in need. Please consider sponsoring a LAP cat or dog for $30 per month.


Please come visit the LAP. We are open seven days a week, 8-11 AM and 3-5 PM You'll get a great deal... in more ways than one!

  1. Exit 150B off Interstate 81
  2. Take 220 North approx. 9 miles.
  3. Turn right on E. Main St. (Rt. 606) through the town of Fincastle.
  4. Follow E. Main St. about 0.3 mls and turn left onto N. Hancock St.
  5. Drive 0.6 mls (past the elementary school) and turn left on Poor Farm Road.
  6. The shelter is on the left about 0.3 mls there is a LAP sign at 603 Poor Farm Road.
(The shelter does not always show up well on GPS. Use the Botetourt Technical Ed Center, Poor Farm Rd)

Contact Information


P.O. Box 561
Fincastle VA 24090

Phone: 540-473-3853
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter