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. . . ).


Kit Kat

My name is Kit Kat! I love to rub up against you and have my ears scratched.I get along well with other cats, and I seem to do okay with dogs as long as we are introduced properly. I came to RAL with some nasty bladder stones and I was in a lot of pain, but now that those are gone I feel like a kitten again! Don't be fooled by my age, I still love to play and run around. I was recently given free run of the shelter so I can stretch my legs. In the mornings, I like to chirp at all of the volunteers and staff as they come in. I've also taken up pen collecting - someone has to clean up around here! I would love to spend my golden years curled up in your lap. Come hang out with me today and I'll win your heart with my bright eyes and sweet face.


I'm Most in Need because: due to my history of bladder stones, I need to be on a prescription diet for the rest of my life, but I won't let that stop me from having fun every day!



Charlie is patiently waiting for his forever home with kind and caring people who will make him part of their family.  Like many shelter dogs, he is somewhat uncertain about his surroundings here, however, he is a sweet and laid back fellow, who very much enjoys some downtime, sitting on the couch with his human(s). Charlie would love to be outside and explore, but he would also enjoy settling down for a nap.  Charlie might be a little timid at a first meeting, but comes around with kind, gentle handling and nice words.  He is so easygoing that cats should be just fine and people of all ages, shapes, and sizes would be great as well.  The more people to love on Charlie the better.  Being in a home of his own would certainly help him become more confident, too.  Please come meet him today and spend some one on one time with him.  You might be just the right person for Charlie!

I'm Most in Need because: I'm an older guy who has been here at the shelter for awhile. I'm also overweight and need to go to a home where my diet can be monitored! 



I am Jiggy, and I've been breakin' it down since the Will Smith song came out all the way back in the dark ages of 1998. I survived Y2K. I was there during Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction and Britney Spears' break down in '07. I saw the rise of the smart phone and I can still remember the dial up sound... but none of that matters now. I have come a long way to make it to RAL, and the only thing I am concerned with is the future -- The next home I will live in throughout my golden years. Who is to say what's around the corner? Flying cars? Cyborgs? Maybe even time travel. I know one thing is sure, there will be plenty more cuddles to be had, and I can't wait.

I'm Most in Need because: I'm an older gal.

Virginia Ham

I'm Virginia Ham! I'm a relaxed, friendly gal. I also LOVE being outside! While I enjoy being around people, I've never been a house dog before. I don't understand what it's like to live in a home, which is why my ideal home would be one that allows me to spend a great deal of time outside. Due to my age, it's unlikely that I will ever learn to be 100% an indoor dog, though I would still love a family to pet me and play with me! I get along fine with other dogs, I generally don't pay them much attention. Come meet me today and I'll charm you with my sweet hound dog eyes and soft fur!

I'm Most in Need because: I need a special kind of home that allows me unlimited access to the outside, and a family that is willing to love me just the way I am! 




Hey there! My name's Raindrop. I am a short haired black and white male. My fur is very thick and plush so it is great to brush which is awesome because I love being brushed, anytime and anywhere. I also love to cuddle whether it be on a couch or in bed after a long day. I am kind of just a lazy boy who likes to lounge around in the sun. I am also kinda chatty and like carrying on conversations with my foster parents. I can be particular about my feline friends so I need good introductions if I go to a home with other cats. I am also a diabetic but that just means I need an injection twice a day (I am great with these, I don't even notice because the needle is so small). I am content with the simple life, the only thing I still want is a home. Will it be with you? 

I'm Most in Need because:  I am diabetic, but my glucose levels are under control and I'm doing very well with my current treatment plan! Ask the folks at the shelter for more information!



Howdy! My name is Skullcap, and I love to snuggle! I am an affectionate fellow, and I'm also good on a leash! I am active and require lots of exercise. I enjoy exploring, and playing with toys. Sometimes I like my toys a little too much, and I guard them from people and other dogs. I will also guard my food. Because of this, I need firm rules and structure to teach me the proper way to play with toys. I know how to sit, and I appear to be fine with cats. If you're looking for a sweet cuddle buddy who also likes to run around and stay active, come meet me today!

I'm Most in Need because: I am possessive of my toys and food, and will need a forever home that can manage my guarding behaviors. 

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Richmond Animal League
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