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Emergency Resources for Feeding/Caring for Pets and Strays

Howdy Neighbors! This list of resources for our furry friends was written up by Melissa Gropman. Thank you Melissa for putting this together!!!!!


Update 3/28/20: Food Pantry is well stocked for the moment.

Update 3/25/20: Only accepting emergency calls for animals in distress. Not picking up strays at the moment.

RACC has created a pet food bank for pet owners who are struggling financially to feed their pets. A small food pantry will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The pantry is located in front of the shelter: 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23222. Phone: (804) 646-5573.

The RACC is asking citizens who are able to donate to much needed items. Items most needed are cat, kitten, dog and puppy foods, kitten formula and turkey/chicken baby food. Orders can be placed ONLINE from any major pet supply store or from Amazon and SHIPPED directly to the shelter (address below). At this time, are unable to accept items purchases in stores and brought to the shelter. Click on link to view the RACC Amazon wish list:


At this time, adoptions and pet redemptions are by appointment only by calling 804-521-1306. There is a re-homing page on their website:

More information can be found at:

The SPCA has a regular Pet Pantry Program for people in need of pet food/cat litter assistance and is done by appointment only. Call to schedule a time to pick up needed items at the facility, 804-521-1306. Please leave a message. Messages are usually returned within 24 hours.

There is an even greater need for donations to the Pet Pantry. The SPCA can only accept donations purchased ONLINE from any major pet supply store or Amazon and SHIPPED directly to the shelter. Most needed: unopened dog, puppy, cat and kitten foods and cat litter. Due to current emergent conditions, additional donations are greatly needed and larger donations from businesses are welcome. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter:

2519 Hermitage Rd.

Richmond, VA 23220.

Follow link to their Amazon Wish List:


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Henrico County’s State of Emergency, the Henrico Police Animal Shelter, will be accessible by appointment only until further notice. Residents may contact the shelter at (804) 727-8807, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule the drop off of a stray animal and for the release, redemption or adoption of an animal. Pets available for adoption can be viewed online at or The Henrico County Animal Shelter is located at:

10421 Woodman Road

Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Phone: 804-727-8800. After hours call 804-501-5000, Emergencies – call 911.


The shelter is currently closed to the public. Anyone who wishes to adopt a pet can do so by calling between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM, Mon.-Sat. to schedule an appointment. If no answer, leave a message. Appointment times available Mon. – Sat., 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. People who need to bring in a STRAY pet should call first. People who need to relinquish a pet may do so by calling for an appointment. Sick or injured pets will be prioritized. The shelter offers a Pet Pantry located in a large plastic bin front of the building. If you need assistance in the form of pet food or cat litter, you may visit the pantry any day at any time. Please only take what you need short term. Animal Services ALWAYS ACCEPTS DONATIONS of pet food (unopened only) and cat litter. There is a much greater need for donations at this time. Donations may be placed in the outside Food Pantry any day at any time. Donation can also be ordered online from any major pet supply store and from Amazon and shipped directly to the shelter (address below). This is the link to their Amazon Wish List:

Items most needed are cat, kitten, dog and puppy foods; kitten formula, chicken or turkey baby food and cat litter). The shelter is located at:

9300 Public Works Road,

Chesterfield, VA 23832.

Phone: 804-748-1683.

Chesterfield Animal Services is also seeking a DONATED weatherproof bin (w/ doors) for the collection of donated items. If any area hardware stores (e.g. Lowes, Home Depot, Pleasants, Ace, Walmart) wishes to donate a bin, please email


Starting Tuesday, March 17, RAL has temporarily closed the Adoption Center to the public. Their staff is continuing to adopt pets through pre-scheduled appointments and will be sending all others into temporary foster homes. At this time, the Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic continues to provide surgeries, but to a limited number of clients. While they are closed to the public, their staff will continue to work with our animal control partners to help pets in need. Please stay tuned to the RAL website ( and our social media channels for information regarding virtual adoptions, online fostering classes, and additional ways to help support pets in need in our community. Ways to help: 1) Adopt: We have many wonderful pets waiting to be adopted. You can browse on-line and even send in an application from home. 2) Foster: RAL is always in need of new foster homes, especially at this time. They are currently looking for temporary, emergency foster homes. Email or fill out their form online. 3) Create a plan: RAL encourages all pet-owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets. Make sure pets are wearing proper identification and/or are microchipped; have crates and extra food or supplies on hand; and identify a trusted family member, friend or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you or a family member become ill or are hospitalized. The shelter is located at:

11401 International Drive,

Richmond, VA 23236.

Phone: 804-379-0046. Email:

That’s all for this one, folks! Remember to give your furry family members some extra love during this time! For a bit more info, here’s an earlier article regarding microchipping your pets!

6/29/2020 Update: Here’s another resource for you to view:

This guide contains plenty of helpful information such as:

  • Everything you need to know before adopting a rescue animal, the benefits of adopting, common myths and facts about pet adoption, and how to know if it’s the right move for you.
  • An overview of the adoption process: how to choose the right pet, what to expect, and important questions to ask yourself to know if you’re’ ready to re-home a pet.
  • How to prepare your home for your new rescue animal, understanding your pet’s unique needs, typical costs of pet care, and helpful tips and advice from experts.
  • Other useful links and resources to help people who are seeking to adopt and care for a rescue animal.

1 comment

Jennie 04/02/2020 at 9:01 AM

Thank you shelter workers, rescuers & animal-loving neighbors like Melissa Gropman for alerting us to opportunities for protect our vulnerable community members. Now is a good time to consider fostering a pet, filling our isolation with fuzzy delight, and relieving the burden for our shelters.


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