Most In Need

Meet the  RAL animals who are most in need of loving homes. If one of them is a match for you, you can Name Your Own Adoption Fee to take home your new best friend!

Through no fault of their own, these wonderful pets have made it onto our Most In Need list: some need the one-on-one attention they can only find in a home, some are getting stressed by the shelter setting, and others have simply been waiting a very long time. Check back all year: as each animal gets adopted, we’ll use their space to save another life and add someone new to the list.

Please help us find homes for these wonderful pets, so that we can save ten more in their place (and ten more after that, and ten more after that. . . ).



Lover Boy

Lover Boy is a very aptly named cat! This big boy loves giving affection and getting it back in return. Some of his favorite daily activities include sitting in your lap, snuggling with you, or just being by your side. Lover Boy also loves his food, although we’re trying to help him understand that getting some of that extra weight off will make him feel much better! This is especially true because this handsome kity arrived at RAL with an old hip injury, and has since undergone surgery to correct it. He still walks with a limp, and some daily exercise and playtime in his home will help ensure he works those muscles and stays limber and lithe. He spent some time in a foster home after his surgery, where he made friends with the foster’s other cats and her dogs! There’s one more thing that makes Lover Boy special: he is an FIV+ cat. This does not mean that he can’t live with other animals, or that he won’t live a long and healthy life. It does mean he would do best as an indoor-only cat and should get regular check-ups at the vet. Feel free to contact RAL for more information on FIV in cats! Because of this condition, Lover Boy is one of our “Most in Need” pets, meaning his adoption fee is an amount of his adopter’s choosing. 

I'm Most in Need because: I'm FIV+, and I'm healing from a surgery to my leg!





Hey there, I'm Katie! I may be past my puppyhood but I sure do still have plenty of pep in my step! I love to go on walks and explore, sniff all the new smells, greet all the neighbors, and enjoy the fresh air (and the squirrels!). I'm great about telling you when I need to go out. But I also like to hang out inside with my family. I may sound tough at first when meeting other dogs, but I'm all bark--and the bark doesn't last long at all! I love to sleep (who doesn't??) and am a champion napper. I don't mind a crate, either. Basically, if you're looking for a sweet little companion who's content to follow along with you throughout your day and sleep soundly with you at night, I'm your girl! 


I'm Most in Need because: I have all the regular aches and pains of senior-hood, and will need regular vet care for dental checks and such. I've also had some masses removed already and may need more removed down the road--ask an adoptions staff person for more information!





Hi everyone, my name is Harrison. I'm a fluffy, orange, handsome gentleman. I'm very special, and have a few ongoing medical conditions. One is known as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). The effect of the virus reduces my immune system, making me more susceptible to infection - put simply, I can't fight off infection as well as a non-FIV cat. Because of this, I would probably do best in a home without other kitties and should be kept indoors. My FIV may lower my ability to fight off germs, but I promise it won't lower my ability to love my new family that is out there waiting for me. I also have diabetes, which means I may need insulin injections long term. I am a great patient, and it's easy to learn how to give me my meds--they don't cost a bunch, either! If you would like to know more about me, or more about my conditions, feel free to contact I'm sure they will tell you just how wonderful I am!


I'm Most in Need because: I am FIV positive and would do best in a home either without other cats or with other FIV+ cats! I also have diabetes and may need long-term insulin injections, but I'm a great patient!



Post It

Say hello to Post It! He is an energetic and active boy who is ready to fit right into a new life with his new family - one who could help him learn and grow and become the best dog he can be. He would love to be with a family who could give him the exercise any dog needs. Daily walks, exercise and play in the back yard playing ball, hikes in the park, those things would be wonderful for Post It and he would be most grateful. We would recommend an experienced dog owner since, like so many of the dogs who come into the shelter, basic training would be great for him to learn the ropes of normal good dog manners and to be the best dog he can be. He would do well with older, mature children and MUST have a cat-free home. Full of life, Post It is going to bring love and smiles into your life from the first time you see him. He is handsome, eager, happy, and waiting to meet you. If you can provide Post It with the structure he needs and the life he's been waiting for, please come by and meet him today.


I'm Most in Need because: I would do best in a home with an experienced dog owner who can give me structure and rules and who isn't into cats, please!





I'm a sweet adult cat with a big heart! I'm about 4 or 5 years old, but young at heart and eager try the new experience of having a forever home. I was rescued from a hard life outside on a farm where I was all alone taking care of my five kittens. My foster family helped me to learn how nice being a pet can be. I'm loving all the people affection and having regular meals. I've been good at taking care of myself, but I've found I really love having someone to rub up against who will stroke my back and scratch my ears and chin. I definitely have a purr-sonality all my own, and I sure do OWN it! If you're looking for a fun-loving and feisty gal to play with, I could be it!


I'm Most in Need because: I have a strong and feisty personality that can sometimes be misinterpreted, but I'm just trying to play and communicate with you the best way I know how! 






When you first see Picasso, you might be confused-is that a cat or a fox?? Picasso is one tall, long, lanky, and super handsome guy! Before he came into our care, he spent some time fending for himself outside, and has some residual medical issues probably stemming from eating things that were not so good for him. But his previous circumstances certainly have not dampened his outgoing disposition! Still young and quite playful, Picasso would do well in a home with other cats to romp and play with (he would probably be fine with dogs too!). He's a curious kitty who like to explore and can entertain himself as well as play with his special human. He has a lot of personality and isn't shy about telling you whether he's in a cuddly mood or more of an independent one. But he's easy to understand, and generally loves to be petted, scratched, and played with! He'll make some lucky person a wonderful, funny companion.


I'm Most in Need because: I can have a feisty personality at times so would probably do best in a home without young children. I also have some residual medical issues from my time eating whatever I could find on the street--ask an adoptions staff person for more information!



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Richmond Animal League
11401 International Drive
Richmond, VA  23236

Phone: 804-379-0046
Fax: 804-378-7507


Located on International Drive directly behind Martin's at Chesterfield Crossing Shopping Center, Midlothian Turnpike across from Chesterfield Towne Center.

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Tues. - Fri.
4:30 pm - 8 pm
Sat - Sun.
12 pm - 4 pm
Closed Monday

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