Since 1979, Richmond Animal League has been finding homes for homeless dogs and cats in the Richmond area. Believing in the no-kill philosophy since the beginning, we are the area’s oldest no-kill shelter.
For many years we rented a kennel in Chesterfield County. In 1987 the property was sold to a residential developer and we were asked to leave the facility. Despite this setback, we continued to care for many needy animals and boarded them at veterinarian offices and foster homes. We went to work raising funds for a build a brand new facility.
After seven years of fundraising activities and the generosity of our community, our dreams became a reality! In May 1994, we opened our new kennel near Chesterfield Towne Center. This facility can house up to 30 dogs, and 60 cats and kittens at any one time. This is RAL’s current facility. Though in 1994 it served our animals and community well, it will soon be forty years old.
Since our facility opened, we have helped thousands of animals. We found homes for more than 2,000 animals in 2015.
Though there is now a staff of 15 full-time employees, RAL has always been led by a volunteer board dedicated to reducing euthanasia rates in our community. More than 300 active volunteers come to the shelter throughout the week to care for the animals.
In 2009, we saw the great need for a low-cost, high-volume spay neuter clinic south of the James River. A year later, we opened an onsite clinic. The Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic provides low-cost services to municipal shelters, rescue groups, and private pet owners, as well as free services for feral cats. Free spay and neuter services are available for pet owners who met low-income guidelines. The clinic is now performing 7,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year.
Our history continues to be written as we grow. It’s no secret that we have outgrown our space as we have become more and more efficient at transferring animals in, getting them ready for permanent, loving homes, and getting them adopted. We are very excited about the possibility of building a shelter that will provide a safe and hopeful place for the homeless animals in Central Virginia and the people who love them.
We could not have gotten here without your support. Thank you for being a part of Richmond Animal League.