It’s National Pet Day! We adore our furry family members, but this day is also meant to encourage people to show love for the animals that need some extra…those in foster care and the adoption system.


Erin & Rooney

In honor of the wannabe pets, we’re spreading the word about adoption. If any of you have been thinking about adding a canine, feline, or other pet to your family, consider adopting and help an orphaned animal find their forever home! Erin Walsh’s dog, Rooney Blue, was actually adopted by she and her family from the Richmond Animal League during Christmas 2014, so she knows first hand how amazing adoption is! Here are some Richmond area shelters, including RAL, for you to check out if you’re searching for the perfect pet.

Richmond Animal League


Conan-available for adoption

Richmond Animal League is located near Chesterfield Towne Center. With a small staff of 8, along with many volunteers, they are dedicated to reducing euthenasia in our community and helping as many animals find homes as possible. Their adoption process is a first come, first served application based system. They conduct an interview with you to find out what you’re looking for in a pet to match you with the perfect one. The cost for puppy adoption is $200 and they are open for adoptions Tues-Fri from 4-8 and Sat-Sun from 12-4. For more information on adoptions, available pets, events, their in house clinic, and community involvement, click on the link above.

Richmond SPCA


Blueberry- available for adoption

The SPCA is located downtown on Hermitage Rd. It was founded in 1891 and is a non-profit, no-kill humane organization dedicated to the principle that every life is precious. According to their website, “The Richmond SPCA is a national leader in humane care and education, having developed numerous lifesaving programs and services including those dedicated to adoption, rehabilitation, sterilization and education.” They save the lives of over 3,600 animals each year. The SPCA gives each potential adopter a survey to fill out to determine the best animals for their lifestyle and they give a color coded pass to see certain animals based on answers. The cost to adopt varies by age and animal and adoptions are Mon. 12 to 5, Tue. – Fri. 12  to 7, Sat. 11 to 6, and Sun. 12 to 5. Click on the link above for all the details and to see available pets!

Henrico Humane Society


Paisley- available for adoption

This organization is unlike most others in that their animals aren’t kept in a shelter, but in foster homes across the area. They are a volunteer only organization who takes in strays, rescued animals from shelters and pets surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them. Thanks to the hundreds of hours worked by volunteers and generous donations, the organization raises sufficient funds to provide for hundreds of animals each year. They hold an adoption event every Saturday at the West Broad Petco next to Trader Joe’s in Short Pump where their available dogs can be visited from 11:00 – 2:00pm. They will also arrange personal visits with animals if they are contacted directly. The adoption fee is $150 for dogs over a year old, $200 for puppies under a year, and $95 for cats/kittens which pays for all medical services provided to the animal.

Check out these other area adoption locations as well!

F.L.A.G.- For the Love of Animals in Goochland

AARF- Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation of Richmond

BARK- Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9s

However you choose to celebrate National Pet Day; donating to a local shelter, buying your pet a special toy or treat, or even welcoming a new one into your life, just remember to show a pet some extra love today!