Richmond Animal Care And Control Is A Viable Adoption Option
For a few weeks, the good people at Richmond Animal Care And Control have been seeing new owners trot out the door and lost souls trot in at the usual (although its busy season) rate. However, instead of paying the (already reasonable) 100 dollar adoption fee on all dogs and cats, these new owners only paid 50 bucks, and that bought them shots, tags, spay/neuter and a new friend.
I had heard of the Richmond SPCA doing similar promotions, but not the city’s Animal Control. Director Christie Chipps-Peters saw this season of returning students and recurring stray cat litters as the perfect time to both further their cause and help folks recognize that, while the city-owned Animal Care and Control may be viewed by Richmonders as the folks who drive vans and lasso strays, they have over 150 adoption-ready cats and dogs in need of a home.
Liverwurst, an adorable puppy
I was impressed by the spirit of the volunteers, and it was clearly impressed by the animals. 12-year-veteran volunteer Kimmy Letellier showed me around, and the bond the staff and volunteers share with the animals was immediately apparent. From abused animals who had come a long way and were ready for people again, to fluffy creatures that I simply couldn’t picture anyone giving up- all of the dogs lit up with anticipation hearing Kimmie’s voice as we made our way through the facility.
I met the adorable Luna Cabanna whose desire to love far overshadowed the “toughness” the previous owners had hoped to bestow upon him by cruelly slicing back his ears. Like I said, the spirit of these animals was incredible.
Luna Cabanna, abused but full of love
As soon as we took The Gooch, a playful and well-trained pit mix, out of his cage, the previously quiet kennel exploded with jealous barks. The Gooch has been at the facility for a few months, while some dogs have been there for the better part of a year. The number of people adopting right now is on average with previous years, but partly because this awesome promotion isn’t as known as it should be.
Oh also, cats! Simply adorable kittens in spades. The two snuggle monsters pictured up top are too young to be adopted, being under 8 weeks, but I imagine they will find a home soon after they turn 8 weeks old. There were a ton of other cats as well, and they all seemed either happy or asleep, save for the 2 or 3 scared looking newcomers.
Centrum Silver needs a good home
The promotion, dubbed “Adopt a Study Buddy”, is by no means just for the studious. The variety of character, breed, and size as well as the abundance of love means that most folks looking to adopt will fall in with any animal here.
People for whom the fee is a hurdle who want to adopt should at the very least stop by Richmond Animal Care and Control while it’s half-price. I’d say do it before the promotion ends in November, but the animals I met today want me to tell you that today is as good as any to check it out. The website is also extremely useful, but as most people know, you should meet these animals in person at 1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new love from Richmond Animal Care and Control! During this special weekend event, pets can be adopted for half the adoption fee, and pets that have lived with RACC for more than three months can be adopted for free. RACC guarantees that all pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and [...]February 12, 2014
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