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! 





The saying "Give Peace a chance" is not any truer than right now, with Peace. He is longing for his home where he can be loved on, reassured, cared for, can play with toys, and just feel wanted and loved again. Peace has been one of the lucky ones - he has been in foster now for a few months and is doing great! Sure, he may have a little bit of continued learning to do on a few things, and an experienced, caring and patient dog owner would be ideal, but Peace is pretty awesome! While in foster, he has proven himself to be a super guy with lots of love and affection to give. He certainly loves to be near his people and bonds quickly. He is housetrained and would love a fenced backyard to run and play in. He goes into his crate beautifully while his foster parents have to leave home. Peace is working on how to be calmer and sit for treats (he gets so excited for treats and is very food motivated) and he knows how to come when called - imagine all the other great things he can learn with you. Peace is a smart boy! He is always, always happy to see people - to be close to them, to have them touch him. Regular exercise would also be great for Peace to get some energy out and so he can feel 100% confident again. He even enjoys a good massage and belly/chest rubs. He has learned how to play with toys and to enjoy nylabones. He plays very well with his foster canine brothers/sisters. His smiles will tell you how happy he is to be with you. He has gotten along well with the cats in his foster home as long as they don't invade his personal space too much and might do just fine in a home with cats. Older, mature children who would know how to treat him well and give him space sometimes when he needs it, would be ideal. 

I'm Most in Need because: I've been working on a few minor behavior quirks in foster care, and will need someone who is wililng to continue working on this with me!



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!



Super cute, spunky, energetic and alert -- that's our Alice. She is an active younger girl (only 1.5 years old) and likes to play and have fun. A fenced backyard would be awesome for her so she could run around and play with her new family and she would very much enjoy going for walks in the neighborhood or hikes in the park or down by the river- she'd love it all. Alice already knows how to sit for treats, she loves to play ball, and it appears that REALLY likes the water. She recently got to go on an adventure walk with Canine Adventure. Here are some excerpts from their write-up of their amazing time together: "Alice is very sweet and the world is a new and exciting place. She was a busy little bee in the car on the way to park and paced from side to side checking out the cars drive by. She loves cruising!! When we got to the park, she didn't hesitate to start exploring. She's not afraid of anything and wants to be everyone's best friend. She is very good with people and didn't react at all when we passed two unfriendly dogs. She's still learning her leash skills a bit, but she is very eager to please. She's such a character and has so much personality. I took her down by the water and she had the best time! She plunged into the stream and romped around and jumped from rock to rock. This girl is young and all about staying active and someone who likes getting out there exploring the city would be her perfect match!" Even though Alice gets along well with most everyone, that probably would not include felines, so we strongly recommend a cat-free home. Alice so deserves a forever home of her own! Today is the perfect day to meet her, so please come and spend some time with her outside of her kennel and she will show you just how awesome she is! She is waiting to meet you!

I'm Most in Need because: I've been at RAL for so long! Somehow I keep getting passed over, but I promise to love you if you give me a chance! 

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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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12 pm - 4 pm
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