The Richmond Animal League (RAL) is the area’s oldest non-profit “no-kill” organization committed to reducing the homeless pet population in the Richmond area. Founded in 1979, RAL provides temporary housing, medical treatment, sterilization, and quality care to over 1,700 companion animals each year until they are adopted into permanent and loving homes.
Our adoption process is application based, and first-come, first-served. Applications are available for download on the righthand side of your screen, or you can pick one up in person at the shelter. If you would like to submit an application before you've found the right pet for you, we are happy to hold active applications for 90 days while you continue your search. If you see a particular pet you are interested in, please submit the application and either email, fax, or hand it back in to us at the shelter. This allows us to hold the pet for you while we complete the adoption process - it does not obligate you to take the pet. We MUST receive a completed application before we are able to put a pet on hold for someone, or arrange a meeting with any pet in foster care. We are only able to hold one pet at a time, unless you are interested in taking home more than one. We do not adopt out two puppies at once. Once an application has been recieved and the pet is ready to go home, we can place the pet on hold for a maximum of 24 hours to give the applicant time to get supplies, etc. We cannot guarantee we will be able to complete a same-day adoption. Approval to adopt is contingent upon completing an informal interview with an adoptions staff member. We reserve the right to refuse an adoption at our discretion. Once the application is approved, we have the applicant sign an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee to officially transfer the ownership of the pet over to the new family.