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'd 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!


Hello! My name is Terrence and I have a lot of energy! I love to play with toys (squeaky balls are the best!) and run around in the backyard. I'm a people oriented dog, so let's go throw a ball around and be best pals! I went home with some RAL volunteers and they learned a lot about my personality while I was visiting. I appear to be house trained, crate trained, and I walk alright on a leash. I need someone who will help me release all of my energy! Need a running buddy? I'm your guy! I can also be a couch potato after a nice romp in the back yard. I also exhibited some guarding behaviors, so I wouldn't do very well in a home with children. My ideal home would be one without cats, with an experienced dog owner. I can get along with other dogs, but it would take time until we could be left alone together. I need a patient owner who is willing to help me become the confident, wonderful pet I know I can be! I'm a fast learner and I already know sit! Come meet me today and I'll show you what I'm made of!

I'm Most in Need because: I am a very intense guarder with food, rawhides and toys. I need someone who will work with me on this, and give me the opportunity to expend some of my energy!


Have you ever seen someone so cute and adorable, or friendly and charming as Taffy? Seriously. Just look at him. I'm sorry but he is hands down the cutest darn thing. And you know what? - He gets along great with other cats! He is like the cat whisperer. He makes friends with shy cats all the time and it is so presh! I just can't even. He also loves toys! Watch him play with a toy once in a while. Oh and his meow is like a little chirp-So cute. OMG! It's too much for me to even handle- I just can't even. So he has a mysterious rash? So what? The folks at RAL are working to figure that out. In the meantime, I just. Can't. Even.

I'm Most in Need because: I've got some skin issues that haven't quite been figured out yet. But don't let that stop you, I'm as sweet as can be!


Like many shelter dogs, I am somewhat uncertain about my surroundings here, but I'm so sweet and enjoy lounging around with my humans! I'm a handsome Beagle boy, and because of my Beagly-genes, I would love a yard to be outside and explore! Once my nose is tired, maybe we can take a nap on the couch. I'm not one for running around and chasing a ball, you see. I might be a little timid at a first meeting, but I'll come around with kind, gentle handling and nice words. I'm so easygoing that cats should be just fine and people of all ages and sizes would be great as well. The more people to love on me, the better! Being in a home of my own would certainly help me become more confident, too. Please come meet me today!

I'm Most in Need because: I'm 7 years young and a little shy. I just need the right person and some patience!

I am the bravest girl in the world! Let me tell you my story. My name is PHAEDRA & I was so anxious when I got here I had to hide in a little cat hut 24/7. I was uncomfortable being touched & didn't have a lot of faith in human types. I would peer out & look around but it was really, really scary. So I watched & I waited.But world, LOOK AT ME NOW!!! This Girl is on Fire a la Alicia Keyes & Jennifer Lawrence & I am ready for the (quiet) utopia you will provide (minus any hunger games if you please...I am very attached to my fishies.) I am beautiful & gentle, sweet & soft. And I want to go home with you. Right about now. smile
I'm Most in Need because: I'm a shy girl, but I've come a long way since I've been here at RAL! Imagine how I can grow in a home of my very own!

Won't you be my Valentine? I'm Happy, friendly, alert, and oh so intelligent!  I'm exuberant and ready to find exciting things to see and to do. I LOVE to play with toys - balls, squeaky toys, you name it! I would fit in best with an active family or one that will promise to give me frequent walks in the neighborhood or park, play time in the back yard to get some energy out, and most of all plain ole lovin and companionship. Oh, and did I tell you how much I love hugs? I would be good with larger, active kids - they can play with her, too! I was a little too interested in cats when tested here at the shelter, so I probably wouldn't do well in a home with cats. I have  the cutest expressions on my face, especially when I play!  I've spent over a year in shelters, and because of this I've had some issues with other dogs on leashes and in the kennel. Being trapped in a kennel for so long has caused me to form some bad habits. But I'm so smart, and I'm sure I can break these habits if you're patient with me!  I'm more than ready to find my perfect companion or family to make some wonderful memories with. Maybe it would be you? Come meet me today and see for yourself!

I'm Most in Need because: I'm very high energy and need a strong, patient person who is willing to work with me on some of my barrier aggression and unlock my true potential!

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Richmond Animal League
11401 International Drive
Richmond, VA  23236

Phone: 804-379-0046
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