RVA Animal Control Has Amazingly Cute Dogs For You To Adopt (with Holiday Special!)
This Memorial Day weekend, you can change a life. At Richmond Animal Care and Control there are about 30 cats and 70 dogs that are waiting to be placed into their forever home. Whether you are a family looking for a new member, a couple looking to test out your parenting skills, or are single and want a buddy, Richmond Animal Care and Control have the right pet for you. Christie Chipps Peters is the Director at this love filled establishment, and she is ready to help you find the dog or cat that will complete your life. It’s as simple as filling out an application here (richmondgov.com/animals) or at 1600 Chamberlyn Avenue. This application has a questionnaire that helps Peters and the other staff decide which of the dogs or cats is right for each individual. “If you come in and say that you live in an apartment,” Peters explained, “we’re not going to adopt you our crazytown pit bull. Unless you’re a runner! We have a dog or a cat that will fit any lifestyle.”
Adopting a puppy or a dog costs $100, but that includes everything that you need to start a life with your new best friend. Your pup will come “spayed and neutered, up to date on all of its vaccines, rabies shot, and a microchip,” said Peters. “You can’t beat that!” This long weekend there are discounts for anyone who is serving or has served our country. “Any active duty police officer, firefighter, or active duty in military, or any retired of the three” will be able to get their bundle of joy for just $20.
Richmond Animal Care and Control is the only open admission municipal shelter in the city. This means that “if animal control calls and says ‘hey, we got 100 dogs from a hoarders house,’ we will take them all in” said Peters. While most shelters are closed shelters and will only take in a certain number, Richmond Animal Care and Control is compassionate enough to care for them all. Because of this, they need all the help that they can get from the public. “We take in about 2000 dogs a year. So, 200 a month roughly. And historically, we adopt out about 60% of that” she explained. For those of you who have difficulty with math that leaves an entire 40% of these loving pups still living in the shelter. Luckily, there is no time limit to a dogs stay in the shelter and they don’t euthanize for space, but why leave Beans and his friends living in a cage when they could be home cuddling with you? Plus, taking home a dog or cat makes room for new animals that have been abandoned on the streets or brought into the shelter.
Of course, not everyone has the time or money to take care of another living being. If this is the case, there are other ways that you can help! Richmond Animal Care and Control are always looking for volunteers. “We have great volunteers,” said Peters, “but we are always looking for more.” The volunteers walk and feed the dogs, as well as dote on them, ensuring that they get the proper attention that they deserve. “We need help in order to make the commitment to save those lives,” she said. The foster program is another way to get involved. Puppies like Pomegranate are too young to be placed in their forever home, but would benefit from a happy and calm environment to start their lives off in. “We provide any medical care or anything that you need. We ask the fosters to just continue with the food, but we do everything. You just provide the space and the love!” said Peters. If you can afford a cup of coffee every day, you can afford to feed a dog or a cat while a permanent home is found. Getting these dogs and cats into the foster program is “imperative” to their well-being.
Peters said of the animals in her care that “They’re here, they’re safe, they’re loved, and they’re cared for,” but what they really need is a loving and stable home. Please come this Saturday and adopt a dog or cat that is in need. Then enjoy Sunday and Monday at home with your newest family member.
The month of June is usually packed with pool days, humidity and BBQs—but why not a new pet? Until the end of June, Richmond Animal Care and Control is hosting “Kittypalooza” in honor of Adopt-A-Cat Month. Visitors can bring home a new feline companion for just $20. “We don’t do this too often, but it really [...]June 19, 2014
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