Most In Need

Meet the 10 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. . . ).



My name is Riley. I am a three year old Hound mix with very distinct and beautiful markings. I am a kind, gentle, quiet boy that needs some extra TLC, because I have had a rough life. I really like to have my ears rubbed and to just be spoken to and touched, because I didn't seem to get much attention and affection before. I am a little shy, but I will wag my tail and kiss you if you tell me what a sweet boy I am. I am also learning a lot in the obedience classes that I am taking every Saturday. I love all of the nice people at RAL and get along well with the other dogs here, but I would really like to go home to a soft, warm bed and a loving family.


I'm Most In Need because: I have been diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure. For more information on this disease, please visit





Hey there, Shaggy here! I am an FIV+ kitty, just like my buddy Harrison (who's also Most in Need!). FIV is the feline equivalent of HIV, which means that my immune system is somewhat lower than your average kitty's, and so it is important that I am kept up to date on all vaccines and that I live indoors. I would also do best in a home without other cats, or maybe with other FIV+ cats. But honestly, my favorite kind of company to keep is the human kind! I want to be your one and only, because I'm an attention hog and I'm not ashamed one bit! Love and be loved is my motto. So if you're looking for one lover of a cat, I'm your man!

I'm Most in Need because: I'm FIV positive!






Such a friendly and lovable girl - that's our Memo! Very eager to please, she will do her very best to make you happy. Adorable and loving, she is patiently waiting for her forever person to take her home and make her a part of their family. Memo does like to be active and play so she would love to have a fenced back yard to run in or frequent walks around the neighborhood to get some fresh air and exercise--she does need to lost a few pounds! She loves interaction with humans and she would do well with people of all sizes and shapes, including children. She has such a winning personality, you can't help but fall in love with her upon first interacting with her. Memo is a little fearful of her new surroundings here, so a person who can give her patience and kindness at first will surely help in building back up her confidence. She loves to curl up on the sofa here and settles nicely with her person. Memo's heart is very big and she would give anything in the world to have someone she can give her heart to. Please come meet Memo today--you won't be disappointed!


I'm Most in Need because: I've been returned to the shelter through no fault of my own and it's not my favorite place to be--I'd do much better in a loving home again!



Lover Boy

Hi, I'm Lover Boy, and boy does my name do a perfect job of describing me! I'm a definite people person, and enjoy the company of my humans. I also enjoy the comforts of indoor living, including sleeping on chairs, window sills, your lap, and basically anywhere else comfortable! I am a bigger fan of people than I am of other cats or dogs, though, and might do best as an only pet. Another reason I might need to be the only pet in your home (other than wanting 100% of the attention from you!) is that I'm FIV+, and if I get into a fight with another cat, I could give that cat FIV, too. I could be a good candidate for your home if you already have an FIV+ cat and are willing to give me some time to adjust, though. Honestly, though, what I really want is a warm lap to curl up on, and someone to pick me up and give me chin sctriches! That's not too much to ask, right??


I'm Most in Need because: I'm FIV+ and will likely need to be the only pet in my house!




This big guy has a whole lotta love to give in a big ol' package! Although he wasn't feeling very well when he first came to RAL, with TLC from staff and volunteers in addition to some good advice from the vets, he's well on his way to getting healthy. We can't wait to see how his personality blossoms as he starts to feel better and better. Getting out of the shelter would do him a world of good, and getting out permanently would be the best medicine of all! Conrad would do best in a home with an experienced dog owner, maybe one familiar with husky/malamute breed traits. Our adoptions staff would be more than happy to tell you all about this handsome guy!


I'm Most in Need because: I'll need some TLC from my adopter as I recover from an illness, and would do best in a home with an experienced dog owner!






Hey guys, my name is Peaches! Some may call me an RAL Mascot, but I'm entirely too modest for all of that. I am, however, an office cat who loves to lap sit, snuggle, have my chin and cheeks scratched, make strange quacking noises (really! I do!), and perch in my special bed by the window. Some may call it the life. I'd agree with that, but the selfless folks at RAL would love to share me with someone else instead. I have so much love to give, it'd be a shame for RAL to hoard it all. Come by and meet me today- You'll be glad you did! **I'm front declawed!**


I'm Most in Need because: I'm an older gal who needs a great place to spend my golden years. 





Meet Farrah! She is a beautiful, people oriented girl who is waiting for someone to fall in love with her and take her home and make her a true member of their family. When you meet Farrah in person you will be struck by her beauty, her pretty ears, her gorgeous eyes, and her gentle manner. She sits beautifully and takes treats from your hand very gently. She is very alert and makes good eye contact. She might do best in a home with older children. A home with cats might be okay, too. A great adult dog, she hopes every day for her person to come so she can give them her heart. She would enjoy playing in her own backyard, going for walks, but most of all feeling the touch of your hand, and being near you, knowing that at last, she has a real place of her own. More than anything Farrah is hoping for a family who makes her feel safe, secure and special. Could that be you? If so, she hopes to meet you soon here at RAL. Can you come today?


I'm Most in Need because: I would do best in a home with an experienced dog owner who can continue my training, and without younger kids, please!





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!





Key Lime Pie

This little girl has all the potential in the world and just needs someone to help bring it out in her! Key Lime Pie is a sweet little thing who is currently spending time in a foster home while she gets to know the wide world around her, and that people are awesome and bring good things. We're not sure what her life was like before RAL, but we imagine she must have been through some scary things which made her unsure of whether she could trust people. She is slowly learning she can, and is making great progress in her foster home, but she still has a ways to go. Key Lime Pie will need an adopter who understands that they'll have to go slow to form a lasting bond and relationship, to build up her trust and help her learn just how wonderful the world can be! We are hopeful that she'll come to this conclusion pretty quickly, actually! If you're a gentle, kind spirit looking for the same, you'll have a forever friend in little Key Lime Pie, we just know it.


I am Most in Need because: I am learning how to trust people again and need a person who can help me along this journey!






Hi there! I'm Rudi, and I am an adorable, petite little girl with the face of a kitten and some very endearing ears! I love to relax, curl up and nap, stretch a bit and play with a few toys, and then come and find you for some scritches, snuggles, and brushing (I looooove my rubber brush so much I get to take it home with me when I find my forever home!). I have a super sweet personality and I love to talk to you--you'll be charmed by all my little noises! I can be shy around new people and need some time to get comfortable, and I prefer cuddling on my terms rather than being picked up. Most importantly, I have a condition called stomatitis, which is a chronic oral condition that can cause painful ulcers in my mouth if not treated. I am on long term medication for it, which an RAL staff person would be happy to tell you more about! But I think all that is a small price to pay for such an adorable little package! Come by and meet me if you are interested in a sweet faced, gentle, pretty kitty who would love to cuddle up with you so we can watch the world go by together!


I am Most in Need because: I have a chronic condition called stomatitis that will need to be managed after I find my forever home!

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