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!



Howdy! My name is Raul and I LOVE to play! I enjoy toys and can entertain myself with them. I also know how to sit! The folks at RAL have been working on teaching me some manners and I'm learning "stay" and "come." Since I'm so strong and active, I need some training to learn boundaries. I really like playing in the backyard with other dogs, especially my new friend Yaya. You can see a video of us playing if you click on the "play" button under my pictures!

When you first meet me, I will seem very excited. I just love to get out and run! Once I've had some exercise, I calm down and find a nice shady spot in the grass to relax. A home without cats would be best suited for me, and I wasn't a huge fan of being in the crate. Although, I didn't seem to mind being left alone in a room. I would love to be your new running or hiking buddy, come meet me today

I'm Most in Need because: I'm high energy and need someone who can devote some time to training so I can become the best dog I can be!



I am a big kitty in a small kitty world. I think...if you know what it feels like to be frustrated, if you know what it feels like to be sad, if you know what it feels like to be a little different...then I might be your soulmate. I am curious and I like to be helpful. I'm special because I don't have a cage here at the shelter, I get to roam as I please. I also like to make the rules about me because, hey, I think I should get to decide when I am in the mood to be pet. Shelter life is very stressful for me, which means I can be grumpy sometimes. You can win me over with treats and catnip, though. If you appreciate a firm-minded spirit then take me home and love on me (when I say so). I need someone who is just my size. Xoxo, VERONICA

I'm Most in Need because: I've got a big personality. I put up a tough front, but I really just want the same things as every other cat! Love, treats, and wet food pleeeease!


Charlie is patiently waiting for his forever home with kind and caring people who will make him part of their family.  Like many shelter dogs, he is somewhat uncertain about his surroundings here, however, he is a sweet and laid back fellow, who very much enjoys some downtime, sitting on the couch with his human(s). Charlie would love to be outside and explore, but he would also enjoy settling down for a nap.  Charlie might be a little timid at a first meeting, but comes around with kind, gentle handling and nice words.  He is so easygoing that cats should be just fine and people of all ages, shapes, and sizes would be great as well.  The more people to love on Charlie the better.  Being in a home of his own would certainly help him become more confident, too.  Please come meet him today and spend some one on one time with him.  You might be just the right person for Charlie!

I'm Most in Need because: I'm an older guy who has been here at the shelter for awhile. I'm also overweight and need to go to a home where my diet can be monitored! 

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!

I'm Walden and I'm your new best friend! Don't let my age fool you, I'm still quite an active fella! I absolutely LOVE toys and exploring in the backyard. I also know how to sit! I did display some guarding behaviors during my behavioral assessment, so a home with small children would not be the best fit for me. I get along with the other dogs at RAL, and I love to play chase!

I'm Most in Need because: I am a resource guarder and I need a structured routine to help manage this.






Hey there! My name's Raindrop. I am a short haired black and white male. My fur is very thick and plush so it is great to brush which is awesome because I love being brushed, anytime and anywhere. I also love to cuddle whether it be on a couch or in bed after a long day. I am kind of just a lazy boy who likes to lounge around in the sun. I am also kinda chatty and like carrying on conversations with my foster parents. I can be particular about my feline friends so I need good introductions if I go to a home with other cats. I am also a diabetic but that just means I need an injection twice a day (I am great with these, I don't even notice because the needle is so small). I am content with the simple life, the only thing I still want is a home. Will it be with you? 

I'm Most in Need because:  I am diabetic. The folks at RAL are working to get my glucose levels under control. Ask the folks at the shelter for more information!

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