Monday will mark the first day that the Roanoke Valley SPCA and the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection will work separately.
"We're still very much committed to the animals in that facility and how we can help them find committed loving homes," says RVSPCA CEO Denise Hayes.
While the Regional Center will be under new management, the SPCA will have more time to focus their mission in a different way, like on spay and neuter programs, and making sure pets of low-income families don't go hungry.
"If we can prevent those things from happening, we feel we have the opportunity to make a larger community impact," Hayes says.
As both gear up for their first day as completely separate entities, they're also getting ready for a big event on Monday.
"We just wanted to do something nice to celebrate the wonderful working relationship we've had in the past, as well as the strides we've made for animal welfare and where we're headed together in the future," Hayes says.
They'll hold an open house event for the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection.