Richmond Animal League
The Richmond Animal League is located on International Drive near Chesterfield Towne Center.  RAL's mission is to provide stray and abandoned dogs and cats with temporary shelter and complete care until permanent loving homes can be found and to decrease the surplus dog and cat population through educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership and the importance of spay/neuter

Regular adoption hours are:
Tuesday-Friday: 4:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Saturday-Sunday 12:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.
Closed Monday

Richmond Animal Care & Control

Richmond Animal Care & Control (RAC&C) is the only open admission public shelter in the City of Richmond. RAC&C provides humane care for more than 4,400 stray, injured, lost, abused and relinquished pets a year. Their professional Animal Control staff investigates animal cruelty, enforces humane laws and issues pet licenses. Assistance is provided to city residents in need of pet lost and found services, low-cost spay/neuter resources and other humane services designed to help pet owners care for their beloved family members!

Henrico Humane Society

The Henrico Humane Society is a non-profit rescue organization that has helped over 2,000 homeless pets since its founding in 1991.

Hanover Humane Society


The Hanover Humane Society was organized in July 1986, and with the support of the public, raised $20,000 toward the construction of the new County Pound, which opened in 1990. Hanover Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizaiton. They are NOT affiliated with Animal Control or the County Pound. Animals enter their system either as strays, owner surrenders, or from the Hanover County Pound. These animals are given medical care, spayed or neutered, then placed in a foster home, and brought to adoption stands and given visibility on their website until they find a “forever” home.

The Hanover Humane Society strives to educate the public on many topics including spay/neuter and proper treatment of animals. This is done through brochures, public speaking, and participating in many events each year that provide them with visibility. The organization is funded through donations from the public and by holding fundraisers.

Petersburg Animal Care & Control

Petersburg Animal Care and Control does not charge an adoption fee, however, they do require that all animals be spayed or neutered prior to leaving their facility.  The cost of the spay/neuter is paid for by the adopter.
They are option to the public during the following hours:
Monday 12 P.M. until 4 P.M.
Tuesday 12 P.M. until 4 P.M.
Wednesday 12 P.M. until 4 P.M.
Friday 12 P.M. until 4 P.M.
Saturday 1 P.M. until 3 P.M.
You can also call them to make an appointment at another time.


Rescuing Animals In Need is a rescue organization dedicated to throwaway, abused, injured, elderly and forgotten cats who are cast aside due to chronic health/emotional problems, severe trauma and lack of understanding.  Cats like these desperately need our help.  R.A.I.N. is dedicated to providing only the best possible in care, love, nutrition and adoption.  R.A.I.N. strives to educate and assist in helping cats and dogs and the people who love them, that it takes all of us together to make a world for all creatures and that it is our job as people to do the very best we can for our beloved animal family as well as our human one.  R.A.I.N. spays and neuters feral cat colonies and supplies food to various individuals who feed these cats.  They focus on education and understanding of animals and their behavior, and provide information on any subject, as needed, relating to animals and their care.  Financial assistance is very limited and they can only help others when they have the resources to do so.  Donations are greatly appreciated and very badly needed.  R.A.I.N. holds adoptions at various Ukrop's supermarkets on Saturday afternoons from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.


H.A.P.P.E. is a group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing, fostering and placing homeless and at-risk cats and dogs.  They are committed to decreasing the dog and cat overpopulation through education regarding responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs.

United States Equine Rescue League


The United States Equine Rescue League is a non-profit organization dedicated to the compassionate care of equines.  Their mission is to save, protect and rehabilitate equines in need.  They rescue abused, neglected, or abandoned equines; provide them with care and rehabilitation; and finally find them a compatible, loving home.  We believe that education is the long-term solution to improving the lives of equines.

This page features information about local humane organizations that are dedicated to helping homeless pets and improving animal welfare in our area.  Make sure you check out my Paws for Pets segments on CBS 6 News Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Adoptable pets are also featured on our Paws for Pets page.  I enjoy hosting many of our local pet-related events.


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Richmond SPCA

The Richmond SPCA is the largest and oldest humane society in Central Virginia, located at 2519 Hermitage Rd. 

Adoption hours are:
Monday 11:00 A.M. until 4:00P.M.
Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.
Saturday: 11:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

Administrative hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.

Richardsons Rescue

Richardsons Rescue is a community dedicated to Richmond area cats.  They are a small in-home rescue whose motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome, Repeat!”  “It takes a village” because without the help of the veterinarians and clinics, donations from the public, dedicated foster volunteers, and a caring community willing to adopt, they wouldn’t be able to save so many lives. Thank you for doing your part.

For more information on adopting or helping them out, visit their website, call them or e-mail them at


Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, care and adoption of cats and kittens rescued from euthanizing animal shelters in the Richmond area.  They are committed to the highest principles of humane care and obtain professional medical treatment for all felines in their care.  C.A.R.E. is an affiliate of Save Our Shelters.

Pixie’s Pen Pals

Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Corrections, inmates at Virginia correctional centers – Buckingham Correctional Center, Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, and Lunenberg Correctional Center – Pixie’s Pen Pals works to train and socialize rescue dogs with the guidance and instruction from two professional dog trainers.  FETCH a Cure’s Pixie’s Pen Pals program not only lowers the rate of euthanasia in Virginia’s city dog shelters, but also provides life skills to inmates.

Cat's Cradle of Greater Richmond

Cat's Cradle of Greater Richmond is a kitten and cat adoption and rescue, non-profit 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization committed to rescuing and adopting cats and kittens, regardless of pedigree, age, physical condition or aesthetic appeal.  Their adoption center is located at the PetsMart at Libbie Place, 5515 West Broad Street in Richmond.  Adoptions take place on Saturdays from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sundays from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.  Special appointments during the week can be made by contacting them at the number above.​​


Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs and puppies in Virginia find safe and loving homes.  They rescue the animals from abuse, off the streets, from local pounds, and do trapping of homeless dogs and puppies to teach them to be good family members.  AARF fosters animals and brings them to adoption stands on Saturdays.  They are running short of foster homes and could use homes and volunteers to help some of our furry friends that are living in a kennel waiting for their forever home.  They supply everything you need to foster!  Their adoption location is located at the PetsMart at Libbie and Broad from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Saturdays.

SomeBuddies, Inc.

SomeBuddies, Inc. provides temporary housing in a warm, clean and safe environment, while also providing professional medical care, sterilization and last but not least LOVE until that permanent, lifetime commitment buddy arrives.  They are also dedicated to reducing the surplus of unwanted animals through the promotion of spay/neuter.  All of their pets are spayed/neutered, tested, wormed and vaccinated prior to adoptions.  You can visit their variety of pets on Sundays from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M. at Betty Baughs Animals--5322 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226.

Chesterfield Animal Control

Indian Rivers Humane Society

The Indian Rivers Humane Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization located in King William County.

Virginia Greyhound Adoption

Virginia Greyhound Adoption is an all-volunteer rescue organization that finds good forever homes for retired greyhounds.  They also educate the public about what excellent pets the greyhounds can be.  Greyhounds are very calm, gentle and loving dogs.  This is why people call them "couch potatoes!"


Friends United with the Richmond Shelter is dedicated to collaborating with the Richmond Animal Shelter to place shelter dogs in permanent, loving homes.  They also aim to further positive relationships with other local dog adoption groups with the goal of coordinating services and facilitating adoptions.  FURS promotes spay/neuter surgery as the single most effective way to reduce the homeless dog population.