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!





Hey there, I'm Katie! I may be past my puppyhood but I sure do still have plenty of pep in my step! I love to go on walks and explore, sniff all the new smells, greet all the neighbors, and enjoy the fresh air (and the squirrels!). I'm great about telling you when I need to go out. But I also like to hang out inside with my family. I may sound tough at first when meeting other dogs, but I'm all bark--and the bark doesn't last long at all! I love to sleep (who doesn't??) and am a champion napper. I don't mind a crate, either. Basically, if you're looking for a sweet little companion who's content to follow along with you throughout your day and sleep soundly with you at night, I'm your girl! 


I'm Most in Need because: I have all the regular aches and pains of senior-hood, and will need regular vet care for dental checks and such. I've also had some masses removed already and may need more removed down the road--ask an adoptions staff person for more information!





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!



Post It

Say hello to Post It! He is an energetic and active boy who is ready to fit right into a new life with his new family - one who could help him learn and grow and become the best dog he can be. He would love to be with a family who could give him the exercise any dog needs. Daily walks, exercise and play in the back yard playing ball, hikes in the park, those things would be wonderful for Post It and he would be most grateful. We would recommend an experienced dog owner since, like so many of the dogs who come into the shelter, basic training would be great for him to learn the ropes of normal good dog manners and to be the best dog he can be. He would do well with older, mature children and MUST have a cat-free home. Full of life, Post It is going to bring love and smiles into your life from the first time you see him. He is handsome, eager, happy, and waiting to meet you. If you can provide Post It with the structure he needs and the life he's been waiting for, please come by and meet him today.


I'm Most in Need because: I would do best in a home with an experienced dog owner who can give me structure and rules and who isn't into cats, please!





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! 





I'm Dale, and I've got a heart of gold if ever there were one! Just look into these big caramel eyes and you'll see for sure. When I came to RAL, I was totally matted and needed a spa day to get myself looking fresh and clean. But that was the least of my worries! Although I can't tell the folks at RAL my story, it's pretty clear that my past care has been less than ideal. After my grooming, I then had to be neutered and treated for heartworm. The vets also discovered that I've had chronic untreated ear infections for so many years that my ears are pretty much beyond help now. I will need ear ablation surgery, which will take some time and means I will be deaf when the surgeries are completed. But honestly, I can't hear much now anyway and I'll be way more comfortable afterwards so I'm looking forward to getting it done! I am hoping that I will find a nice person willing to see me through my recoveries, first from my heartworm treatment, and then for my ear surgeries. Although RAL will cover the cost of treatment at their recommended vet, I will need a comfy place to nap in the meantime and a kind hand to give me lots of pats to help me through until I'm feeling 100%! I'm such a loving, good-natured guy--even though I'm uncomfortable right now, my little tail still wags non-stop! I will make the best, most loving companion for some lucky person or family with the patience to give me the time I need to feel all better. Give me a chance and you won't regret it!


I'm Most in Need because: I am being treated for heartworm currently and when I'm all healed from that, I'll need to have ear ablation surgery on both ears--I am looking for a wonderful human to help me see me back to good health!




Hello my friends, I am Thumper!  Not to brag, but I’ve got the reach of Igor Vovchanchyn, the charisma of Muhammad Ali and the good looks of Oscar De La Hoya.  I will TKO you with my fierce play prowess and my love of all things toy-like (show me your keys!). I can leap tall buildings (or boxes-I love a box fort more than any cat!) in a single bound, scale or climb any vertically-inclined thing faster that the eye can follow, backflip like an Olympic gymnast, and I'll play with anyone who wants to play with me, cat or human (not dog, though, they're not my thing). If you want to be entertained by my antics aaaaallll day long (maybe I'll get tired eventually), look no further to find your brand new best friend! 


I'm Most in Need because: I'm a go, go, go kind of guy and I'm looking for a home where my athleticism will be appreciated! 





 Hi everyone, I'm Prism! I am currently recovering in foster care from 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!




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!

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