Emily’s Christmas

Emily's Christmas



Emily's Map

Meet Emily.  She’s 10 years old, a fourth grader, a fan of cats and dogs, and is “giving up” Christmas for RAL this year. 


We learned about this incredible gift when a $500 donation from Emily’s aunt and uncle came in with a note that said,  “Emily Newsom gave up her Christmas gifts this year to have all the money go to the Richmond Animal League.” 


Last January, Emily and her family adopted a puppy from RAL they named Harley.  According to Emily, Harley has spent the last year “growing a bunch, learning how to sit, not really staying, getting belly rubs, and learning to sleep in a bed.”  Emily can’t imagine life without her.


This year, RAL rescued and found homes for more than 1,300 animals.  Like Harley, most of the animals we bring to our shelter have at one time been in danger of being euthanized simply because they had not found someone to love them yet. 


We’re so proud of the work that we do—and when compassionate and generous young people like Emily show this kind of support, well, we are both humbled and buoyed—and full of hope for the future of homeless animals everywhere.  


Emily came to visit us to explain her decision.  “I just didn’t have any ideas for what people could get me.  I have a lot of things.  I wanted the animals to have all the presents.”  She might be a little kid, but Emily is making a very big difference in the lives of homeless pets this holiday season. 


We thought it would be a great idea to help Emily have the biggest and best Christmas ever by asking you to join her in supporting RAL.  You can get in on the fun by donating HERE and entering MERRY CHRISTMAS EMILY in the note field.  We’ll post a daily total on our Facebook page every day leading up to Christmas. 


I got to spend an hour or so with Emily, and she’s got all the magic of an elf, and the brain and heart of someone who will change the world.  I’ll be the first to donate (behind Emily’s aunt and uncle that started it all) to wish Emily a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.  I hope you will join me.







So far, a total of $10,004 has been donated to support Emily and RAL.  An email from Emily early Saturday morning says it all,  “Thank you not only for being for dogs and cats but for making me have the best Christmas in the entire wold!" 


It’s a big “wold” Emily, and you are bringing us all together to save cats and dogs who are counting on us. 


We're starting a map to show Emily that she's having a nation-wide impact!  We are going to have the map put in a shadow box and give it to Emily for Christmas!  WE HAVE RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM EVERY STATE AND SIX COUNTRIES.


Donations from Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Lima Peru, Bucharest Romania, and Burundi Africa have made Emily’s Christmas an INTERNATIONAL story!



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Richmond Animal League
11401 International Drive
Richmond, VA  23236

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

Email: adopt@ral.org

Located on International Drive directly behind Martin's at Chesterfield Crossing Shopping Center, Midlothian Turnpike across from Chesterfield Towne Center.

Regular Adoption Hours:
Tues. - Fri.
4 pm - 8 pm
Sat - Sun.
12 pm - 4 pm
Closed Monday

Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic

Phone:  804-379-9725
Fax:  804-379-4096
Email:  clinic@ral.org