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!



I'm Cheerio. To know me is to love me! The people here at RAL say I am a pretty fabulous guy! If you are looking for a totally awesome house mate, occasional couch potato buddy, walking buddy, play mate, or plain ole best friend, then you have found your man! I would benefit from an owner who would continue working with me on my best doggie manners but I know I could learn quickly, and will be the best I know how for you. They say I play well with other dogs but cats and I are not friends - I don't know, I guess I'm just not a "cat guy". But that's okay, I would love to hang out with my people anyway, and I think mature children would be okay, too. I just want to be loved and treated well and I know, if given the chance, you will fall in love with me right away. In addition to all the other great things I've said about myself, what makes me the perfect dog for you, you might ask yourself? Well, I'm pretty handsome, I love to have fun and run around in the back yard, I'm fun to be with and I will give you all the love and company you could ever want. So, I know that you now want to meet me and I'm so looking forward to seeing you. It would be great if you could come today! For more information about me you can email RAL at I can't wait to see you!


I'm Most in Need Because: I would do best in a home without young children or cats! 



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!



Hey there, I'm Tio! There isn't much that gets me down, so if you're looking for a happy-go-lucky new buddy who'll always be by your side, look no further! I love to play (who doesn't??), and I love treats (I'm a dog, duh!). I'm an all-around nice guy who isn't possessive of my food or toys, doesn't mind being handled, is gentle and outgoing...the list goes on! I don't mind cats, although I think they're a little weird, and would make a great family pet for a few lucky humans. Since I'm a beagle, of course I love spending time outdoors, and would love a fenced yard to run around in, or at least some regular visits to the dog park. I'm also looking for some kind people who will look past my current outward appearance: the nice folks at RAL are trying to figure out what's causing the skin irritation around my eyes, and haven't quite gotten to the bottom of it yet. I'm probably allergic to something--hope we find out what it is! I might need medication or a special diet to keep it in check and to keep me comfortable and happy. I think that's an ok trade-off for a catch like me, personally! The RAL adoptions staff would be happy to talk to any interested parties further. Then come talk to me, ok?? I'm a great listener, and I'll be a great friend for you.

I'm Most in Need because: I have an allergy to something that made my eyes all icky, but I know someone will look past my outward appearance to see just how great a dog I am!



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! 


Agatha Christie

Hello! My name is Agatha, Agatha Christie! I am a super sweet and gorgeous lady who came to RAL with a myriad of treatable and manageable health issues. I arrived at RAL's Loving Spay and Neuter clinic with a bladder full of stones (one was the size of a plum! That's really big!), ears full of yeast and a mouth full of funky teeth. Out of concern for my general health, all of these concerns couldn't be rushed on me all of once. That said, I have a comprehensive medical treatment plan based on 3 different vets' professional opinions, and with a special urinary health diet I expect to pull a full recovery. At 9 years of age, I am ready for a sweet retirement pad to call my own with good food and company to match. Please come by and meet me today-- you won't be sorry!

I'm Most in Need because: I had a rough start, but the folks at RAL are working to get me patched up. You won't regret bringing me home - I'm so ready to be your new best friend!


Kristen Wiig

Helllooooooooo, everyone, I am Kristen Wiig!  You will probably not mistake me for the actress, though I am a devoted fan of "Bridesmaids." I like it because she plays a cool chick who hits her bottom and sort of meanders back up.  I can relate to that.  I’m a little "Wigged out" here at the shelter because I have been through a lot. It takes me a little time to trust and I really like things to stay the same. I like to find my corner of the world and just hang out there and observe the world around me, maybe take a nap once I get comfortable.  I am a smart girl who has seen a lot and I think I’d like a human of my own like that.  Once we independent gals (or guy!) get to know each other, we can binge watch my namesake and eat mackerel together (good stuff!). I am ready to meander back up into a safe place with you. So come and get me already!

I'm Most  in Need because: I need some time to get to know a person before I open up, but if you're patient I promise I'll be worth it!



 Hi everyone, I'm Prism! I just had FHO surgery on both of my back legs. I had a really bad case of "luxating patella" on both of my knees; this means that my knees don't bend in the right direction. The vets think that I was probably born this way (cue Lady Gaga!) and although it wasn't causing me pain it did make it hard to walk, and it sure did look funny, too! The staff at RAL thought I looked a little like a chicken, but I'm sure they meant it in the nicest of ways (let's face it, I'm kind of adorable). My foster family is working on fattening me up a bit in addition to helping me heal from the surgery, so I'll be looking and feeling good and ready to find a permanent home! When you meet me in person, my funny charm will be so hard to resist, I promise you'll totally love me! Can't wait to meet you! 

I'm Most in Need because: I'm currently healing up from FHO surgery on both back legs--my legs are slightly deformed and may always be that way!

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Richmond Animal League
11401 International Drive
Richmond, VA  23236

Phone: 804-379-0046
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