What Are Some Animal Rescue Options in Richmond, VA?


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Some of the animal rescue options in Richmond, Virginia are the Richmond SPCA, the Richmond Animal League and the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation. These organizations were founded in 1891, 1979 and 1993, respectively.

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What Are Some Animal Rescue Options in Richmond, VA?
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The Richmond SPCA is a non-profit, no-kill humane organization in Richmond, Virginia. Its mission is to practice and promote the principle that every life is precious. It became a no-kill shelter in January 2002, meaning it never euthanizes animals due to lack of space or length of stay. The organization treats any sick or injured homeless pets in its care and only euthanizes if a veterinarian deems it medically necessary.

The Richmond Animal League is the oldest non-euthanizing shelter in metro Richmond. The shelter takes in as many stray pets as its space allows, but does not typically take owner-surrendered pets due to the large number of requests and limited facilities. This shelter also operates an on-site clinic called the Loving Spay & Neuter Center, where it offers free services for feral cats and low-income pet owners.

The AARF of Richmond, Virginia is an acronym for the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation. This non-profit, non-euthanizing organization is run solely by volunteers. The pets it rescues are housed in foster homes until they are adopted. The AARF operates regular Adoption Stands where people are able to view and interact with the available animals and begin the process to adopt one if they so choose.

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