Pets

Florence man rescues beagle tied to tree during Hurricane Dorian

A passerby came to the rescue of a little beagle who he said was tied to a tree and shivering as Hurricane Dorian hit the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

  Animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian arrive in Richmond

  Injured kitten that was thrown from vehicle loses leg

  PHOTOS: Celebrating National Dog Day

  ’It breaks my heart’: Pit bull puppy stolen from Richmond home

Shelter dog with cancer treated to ice cream party

RACC to hold yard sale Sept. 13-14

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More than 70 pets rescued from fire at Va. pet resort

  Dozens of animals across central Va. get adopted through Clear the Shelters event

  Paws to Swim offers safe environment for dogs to swim and play

  Virginia dog dies after contracting disease from river

‘Paddle for Pups’ to benefit parvo treatment at RACC

  Pet owners on alert for toxic algae after NC dog deaths

7 Tips for bringing home a new dog

So you’ve decided to adopt a dog, and you have all the supplies you need, but are you really prepared?

Adopting a dog? These are the 11 things you’ll need

Are you considering adopting a new dog? Here’s a great list of things you’ll need to get you started shopping for your new best friend!

A warning to pet owners: toxic algae kills three dogs in matter of hours

A hot summer evening in Wilmington was made a little cooler for three dogs when their loving owners brought them to a nearby pond to play and swim Thursday night. Just hours later all three dogs were dead, their owner’s lives now shattered.

Cats named Yin, Yang can ‘bring balance’ to their adopter

While the cats have fewer eyes than normal, they also have more toes than normal because Yang is polydactyl.

RACC removes 7.6-pound mass from stray dog’s hip

  Woman requests to adopt dogs with most seniority and special needs from NC shelter

Dog blood drive held at Richmond veterinary clinic

Chesterfield rat mascot gets a new rat friend

Puppies exposed to rabies in Sussex County

Lost dog rescued after 11 days in Shenandoah National Park

  RACC seizes 7 dogs in animal neglect investigation

Seven dogs have been seized from a home on Richmond’s southside, after a concerned citizen reached out to Richmond Animal Care and Control about a dog that was tied up outside in extreme heat.

  30 cats from Louisiana shelter brought to Richmond

Richmond SPCA will provide the cats with medical treatment and then place them up for adoption.

Animal Control issues warning about pets in hot cars

Signs of heat stroke in a pet include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, staggering gait, vomiting and a deep red or purple tongue.

RACC locates owner of rescued tortoise

RACC said it loves its newest non-furry friend, but is looking for the animal’s owner.

RACC sets record with 71 adoptions Wednesday

RACC said summer is an active time for the shelter and it is currently at capacity with 444 pets in its care.

  5 tips for keeping your pet safe on the 4th of July

If you do choose to see the fireworks, we have a full list of places you can go on the 12 About Town page.

Feline feast: Anonymous donation helps feed RACC animals

RACC said an anonymous donor gifted it a $500 gift card to Pet Valu that was spent on several stacks of kitty cuisine.

Peahen loose in Henrico being ‘hunted’ by feral cats

A crew from Richmond Wildlife Center attempted to apprehend the bird, but was unable to do so.

Earring discovered in dog’s matted fur

The dog’s fur was so matted, workers at the shelter couldn’t determine it’s gender.

Rocky the escaped African cat spotted again in Virginia

Rocky, the exotic African cat that escaped from its owner's house, has been spotted again in Virginia, this time more than 150 miles from its North Carolina home

  VIDEO: Miniature pig returned to Louisville pet shop

Pet’s Palace owner Jay Hockensmith said the pig was taken from the store located at 2209 Goldsmith Lane on Monday evening.

  ‘Let a cat be a cat’: Declawing blamed for behavioral issues, surrendered animals

Supporters of the ban say the procedure is painful and inhumane. A cat’s claws are attached to bone, so declawing requires slicing through tendon and nerves to remove the last segment of bone in a cat’s toes, according to a report by the Associated Press.

RACC asks for help naming 3 dogs from Oklahoma

RACC said it wants “super great creative names" for the pups.

‘Exceptionally nice’ rabbits up for adoption at RACC

Dawn and Dusk, named for their coloring, are available for adoption for $25.

8 animals displaced from Oklahoma taken in by RACC

The Humane Society of the United States said 130 dogs and cats will arrive in at Manassas Regional Airport and be transferred to various animal rescue organizations in Virginia and Maryland, including Richmond Animal Care and Control.

  Man needs help giving 40-plus cats new home

Norman Pipkin said his love of animals stemmed from a sexual assault he suffered but he just can't shoulder the responsibility any more.

Cat tests positive for rabies in Prince George

The cat was captured earlier this week in the area of James River Drive.

WATCH: Dog trained to get beer, koozie, throw away cans

A Kentucky man has trained his dog to get him a beer out of the refrigerator. And get a koozie. And throw away the empties.

Henrico Police offering $10 rabies vaccinations

Henrico offering $10 rabies vaccinations for pets on May 18.

Chesterfield County planning new pet adoption center

Chesterfield county plans to build a new pet adoption center on Hull Street Road.

RACC: May the $4 be with you

In order to qualify for the special rate, the animal has to have been at RACC for at least four months.

Cat rescued after almost 24 hours in tree

It’s a story out of a ’50′s TV show, but for a mom and her daughters, having a kitten stuck in a tree was a very real and very worrying problem.

Bow Wow Meow Luau to raise money for RACC

The event will feature pet costume and dog trick contests, silent auction and a pet blessing.

Richmond SPCA holding ‘Eggstravaganza’ adoption special

If you are looking for a new four-legged friend, the Richmond SPCA is running an ‘Eggstravaganza’ adoption special.

Virginia firefighters rescue cat from storm drain

The Brookville-Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department did its good deed for the day Tuesday by rescuing a kitten.

RACC asking for donations for yard sale

The yard sale is scheduled for June 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seventh Street Christian Church at 4101 Grove Avenue in Richmond.

  Owners reunited with dog that was hit by car

A Chesterfield family is thankful their dogs are safe after they escaped from a fenced in yard, and one was hit by a car.

  RPD fosters 2 dogs in partnership with RACC

Richmond Animal Care and Control has partnered with two Richmond Police Departments (RPD) to give foster dogs a new home.

  Knock-off ‘Team Tommie’ shirts sold on Amazon

The fake shirts feature identical designs, down to the RACC logo.

4-week-old puppy that can’t walk gets MRI results

A 4-week-old puppy that can’t walk is being cared for by RACC, and the pup’s MRI results have come in.

Hanover leash law expands to entire county beginning April 1

The law is not new, but Hanover County is reminding residents of its annual expanded implementation.

Spring means vaccinating horses against deadly diseases

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says horses should be vaccinated against West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis twice a year.

Richmond SPCA annual Dog Jog set for March 23

More than 900 people have registered for the event and fundraising has surpassed $165,000 of the $193,000 goal.

  Richmond SPCA needs help with laundry

The shelter is located at 2519 Hermitage Road.

‘Furr-ito’ special: Donate a burrito, adopt a dog

A Chesterfield County police officer's good deed has inspired an adoption special set for March 2.

Virginia dog treat company hits Hollywood in Oscars gift bags

Bay Dog Biscuits is looking forward to the big night and potentially expanding based on the reception it receives.

  RACC prepares for five-day ‘Open House Memorial for Tommie’

Visitors will be able to see the countless donations, love notes and well-wishes sent to RACC in Tommie’s honor from people across the country.

Shelters hold pet adoption specials for Valentine’s Day

Here’s a look at animal adoption specials for Valentine’s Day.

  Pets need extra protection in cold weather just like humans

Some dogs have thick coats that can handle cold weather, but other dogs are not well insulated and need extra help.

  RACC looking for help purchasing new van

The shelter is hoping to find one with low mileage and is willing to work with a dealer on a sponsorship to acquire the new vehicle.

RACC offering $20 adoptions

RACC is located at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue. It’s hours of operation are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

FDA recalls several brands of dry dog food following toxicity reports

The FDA has recalled several brands of dry dog food, and is alerting dog owners and veterinary professionals alike.

Severely injured dog recovering at RACC

The shelter said Crasher was taken in about three weeks ago and is doing well.

  HEARTBREAKING VIDEO: Dog runs after SUV that dumps him at MS animal shelter

They set up traps in the area hoping to catch this forgotten pup.

Pet Expo to benefit Henrico Humane Society

If you’re a pet lover, then this is the event for you and your furry pal!

Hanover County Animal Control offering rabies vaccine clinic

If your four-legged friend needs its rabies vaccination - here is your chance!

  Dog ‘crawling with infection’ taken in by RACC doing well in adoptive home

The dog was found near Rock Church on Richmond’s south side in a garbage bag.

  Animal rescue center sees increase in holiday gift pet returns; SPCA disputes as myth

The holidays are over but some animal shelters are dealing with a leftover impact.

  Chesterfield couple search for missing dog after she runs away from pet-sitter’s home

Andy and Nichole Gill said they left their dog Luna with a pet-sitter before going on vacation in Florida for New Year’s on Dec. 29.

  Dog shot Christmas Eve expected to lose leg; police still looking for person responsible

Richmond Animal Care and Control is asking for the community’s help in finding the person responsible for shooting a dog on Christmas Eve.

Horse freed, euthanized after being stuck in ravine for 4 hours

The horse’s owner said it was 32 years old and had been with her since the 1990s.

4 tons of pet food donated to Richmond-area shelters

Southern States Cooperative made the donations with 5,500 pounds of food going to Richmond SPCA and 2,850 pounds to Houlagans’ Rest in Midlothian.

RACC rescues duck from Chippenham Hospital

Sounds a little odd, but it turned out to be true – a Muscovy duck, to be exact.

  Snowy weather means a few extra hazards for pets

Dogs handle cold weather differently than humans, so pay attention to their attitude and watch for whining or weakness.

  Pets missing after snow storm

All local jurisdictions have procedures for reporting lost and found pets. Check with animal control in your area.

Donations wanted for shelter animals with special medical needs

Four animals that require medical attention beyond the shelter’s normal budgeting were recently admitted.

‘Operation Silent Night’ aims to adopt 200 animals

Adoption fees for adult dogs, cats and kittens will be reduced to $10.

RACC looking for Thanksgiving foster families

The shelter is hoping to have all of its animals out of the shelter for the holiday and is requesting people who don’t have other pets to consider taking in an animal in need.