Gracie’s Guardians

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation Grant To Aid Pit Bull Spay/Neuters

We're excited to share that the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation has generously granted us $2,500 in funding to support our ongoing efforts at providing free spay/neuter services to low income pit bull owners in the Greater Richmond, VA area! We'll use these funds in conjunction with RAL's Loving Spay and Neuter clinic to prevent a lot of unwanted pit bulls in 2014. If you know of anyone who requires financial assistance getting a pit bull spayed or neutered in our area, please contact us at




Learn about Gracie's Guardians special fall/winter initiative.


Gracie’s Guardians, is an initiative of the Richmond Animal League specifically focused on improving the welfare of pit bulls in the greater Richmond area.  The group's name is taken from "Gracie", one of the many dogs from the Michael Vick case who was adopted by a Richmond Animal League board member. We have chosen her as our namesake in tribute to the perserverance of her and countless other pit bulls who have suffered or continue to suffer at the hands of people, yet whose spirits and love for humans remains untarnished.

Gracie's Guardians takes multi-faceted approach to address the plight of pit bulls in our community. Our organization offers limited, traditional fostering and adoption of pit bulls rescued from public shelters, combined with proactive spay and neuter support to pit bull owners in need along with targeted education and awareness outreach to the community in general. Through spay and neuter and educational outreach, we seek to address the human causes that drive ongoing overpopulation and suffering of these dogs.


We are always seeking help from the public at-large.

Foster Homes - We are always seeking good, responsible homes that would be interested to open your doors to a pit bull in need until we can find a permanent home.

Public awareness presentations - We're always looking for audiences that may be interested to learn more about pit bulls, animal welfare or even how to spot dog fighting. If you run an organization or work with a group of people who may be interested in one of these subjects, please let us know, we'd love to talk to you.

Volunteers - From time to time, we need volunteers to support various initiatives. If you have skills that may be helpful such as fundraising, marketing or organizational skills, feel free to complete a Volunteer Application to the right and send it to us.

If you can help with any of the following, or if you would like more information on our organization, please contact us at


Courtesy Listings These pets are not at the RAL shelter but are in the community and looking for loving homes. Please contact the person listed directly to inquire about adoption

Gracie’s Guardians Contact

Gracie's Guardians

Office: 804-379-0046
Fax: 804-267-3430

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Foster Homes Needed

We Need Foster Homes
If you are interested in 
providing a temporary
foster home for a pit bull,
please contact us.

Gracie's Guardians
Foster Homes Application