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!  

I'm Most in Need because: I'm FIV+, but I can still live a full and happy life!


Sonny is such a handsome, young boy and has a kind heart to go along with those good looks. He certainly deserves all the love and patience any dog deserves. Sonny has only been here for a short time but we can tell he is in need of a loving home and family. Through no fault of his own, he was not treated very well in his past home so he does have some skin issues that can easily be treated with love and attention. Once he has healed and has put on some more weight, imagine how much more handsome he will be! He might be a little timid upon first meeting, however, know that he can be playful and very much enjoys interacting with and being near people. Since he is young, it would be ideal if his forever person will be patient and teach him all good doggie manners so he can be the best boy he can be. We imagine he would love to be able to play outside in a fenced backyard to explore and play with his humans, and take walks thru the neighborhood or park. Since he is young and can be quite active, we recommend a home with older, mature children who can also help him continue to grow and learn. When tested here at RAL with cats, he seemed to have no interest them so he probably would do well in a home with felines. Please come meet him today and see if Sonny might be the perfect match for you and your family.

I'm Most in Need because: I've got a case of demodex mange that the folks at RAL are working hard to clear up! It's not contagious to other pets or people, so come snuggle with me today!

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 adopt 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!


I'm Wishywalks! I'm ready to find my forever family - one who could help me learn routines and know about stability to help me feel balanced and confident.  I like to be close to my person, however, a patient, experienced dog owner is desired to help me with continued training to teach basic good doggie manners so I becomes the best girl I can be. I already knows how to sit, imagine what else I could quickly learn with you as my teacher! Daily walks, exercise and play in the back yard playing ball, hikes in the park, those things would be wonderful for me to get some energy out and I would be most grateful. I would most likely do well in a home with older children who can calmly play with her and give me space, if needed, and I like cats! Gotta love that! I really enjoy being around people and enjoy receiving all the human attention she can get. Come meet me in person today!

I'm Most in Need because: I have some separation anxiety issues and will need someone who is willing to be patient and work through it with me.


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!


I'm Annabeth and I've been at RAL for most of my life, though I'm not quite sure why. I'm sweet as can be and I get along well with the other cats in the cat room. I like to perch up high and observe my surroundings, but I also enjoy rolling around on the floor with toys. I'm very playful! I'm still a teenager and would love the chance to grow up in a home with a family of my very own. I can be a little shy at first, though I do enjoy affection. I have a sensitive side to go along with my sensitive skin, and I just need someone who gets me, okay? Is that someone you?

I'm Most in Need because: I have sensitive skin, which makes me allergic to topical flea prevention. Because of this, I need to be an indoor-only kitty.



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Richmond Animal League
11401 International Drive
Richmond, VA  23236

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


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12 pm - 4 pm
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