Pets

Fairfax County police finds 65 pound alligator snapping turtle

Goochland County unveils new animal shelter, adoption center

Goochland Pet Lovers receives $25,000 grant

Prince George County Animal Services & Adoption Center launches pet assistance program

RACC starts shelter pet video conference program

3 miniature horses found living in backyard in Richmond find home in Hanover

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Beloved Virginia Tech therapy dog Moose to earn honorary doctorate

K9 from Department of Game and Inland Fisheries passes away

Baby cow found in Richmond gets adopted

Legend Brewing Company introducing new ale featuring dog adopted from Richmond SPCA

Richmond SPCA needs donations for cat food, supplies

Virginia can do better for local dogs destined for experimentation

VCU medical students volunteer to babysit, pet-sit for VCU healthcare workers

Over 90 VCU medical students are volunteering to babysit and pet-sit for healthcare workers at VCU.

Third positive rabies case confirmed in Henrico

The third positive rabies case in Henrico of 2020 has been confirmed.

  NBC12 celebrates National Pet Day

The response we got was overwhelming with over 1,000 pictures!

Agencies collaborate to create map of pet food pantries in the state

Because of the general shutdown, many folks may have a harder time trying to feed their families. That might also include their pets.

Richmond Animal Care and Control creates food bank for pets

Richmond Animal Care and Control closing due to coronavirus concerns

Legislators pass ban on tethering dogs in extreme weather

RACC teams up with Fox’s Pizza Den to help get animals adopted

Richmond SPCA will be waiving all adoption fees through Sunday

Horse tests positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 in Central Va.

Shelter dog euthanasia numbers dropping in Virginia

Euthanasia numbers of shelter dogs have decreased by 63% in the last seven years in Virginia. According to data published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 8,173 dogs were euthanized in Virginia shelters in 2019.

Good Vibes Needed: RACC caring for puppy unable to use his legs

The Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) says they received a sad puppy who’s possibly suffering from swimmer syndrome.

Danville cat shot with arrow recovering, up for adoption

The Danville Area Humane Society says a cat found in January with an arrow in her has survived and is up for adoption.

  Richmond Ambulance Authority equipping vehicles with pet masks

Having the right equipment to treat victims of smoke inhalation can often save those people from a trip to the hospital and that goes for animals as well, but far too often emergency crews don’t have the specific equipment necessary to treat cats and dogs that are suffering from smoke inhalation.

Staunton-area boxer gets Best of Working Group at Westminster

A boxer dog with ties to the Shenandoah Valley is leaving New York City with two more titles to add to her credentials.

Richmond SPCA holding dog kissing booth fundraiser

Smooch a pooch at the Richmond SPCA for a good cause!

Crews rescue elderly beagle from underground wreckage

Henry's family went looking for him when he didn't return from a bathroom break, and they heard the dog barking beneath the ground.

Augusta County woman and her 2 dogs are headed to Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

An Augusta County woman is New York City-bound for the first time in her life and it’s for a big competition.

Richmond cat will be featured in Hallmark Channel’s Kitty Bowl

“Smushie”, a cat from Richmond, will be featured in Hallmark Channel’s Kitty Bowl.

Hanover County providing rabies vaccines Saturday

The clinic is from 9am-noon at the East Hanover Rescue Squad in Mechanicsville

‘Mean’ duck gets adopted from RACC

A “mean” duck has found its forever home after being adopted from Richmond Animal Care and Control.

Rescued Barred Owl, other birds of prey needs donations for food

A rescued Barred Owl and other birds of prey at the Richmond Wildlife Center needs donations for food.

Chesterfield dog debuts in Puppy Bowl

Rooster, a 14-week-old American Bulldog Staffordshire Terrier from Chesterfield, will be in the Puppy Bowl 2020 competition.

More than 10,000 lbs. of food donated to Richmond SPCA

Furry animals at the Richmond SPCA are having a good start to the year after 10,000 pounds of food was donated by Southern States Cooperative.

  500-pound blind pig named Oscar relocates to Chesterfield animal rescue

Chesterfield County animal control stepped in to help an overweight pig find a new home.

RACC says it had 91% save rate in 2019

Donations made to the RACC Foundation also allowed for 678 animals to receive emergency or specialized care.

25 lbs. cat available for adoption at Chesterfield shelter

Nine-year-old Emma is a hefty girl weighing 25 pounds.

Petco Foundation donates $1,000 to Richmond canine rescue

FETCH a Cure’s Pixie’s Pen Pals was selected based on a submission from one of its adopters

  RACC surpasses #TeamTommie license plates goal

If 450 license plates are sold, the General Assembly has to approve them in the 2020 session.

Pot-bellied pig, ferret available for adoption at RACC

The adoption fee for either of them is $25.

Richmond Police welcome new K9

Officer Rotondi and K9 Dozer were certified in December.

Reduced adoption fees at Richmond SPCA for adult cats

Adoption fees for adult cats over the age of six months are reduced by 50 percent through December 31.

What pet owners should know this holiday season

As family and friends travel home for the holidays, there are more pet-friendly travel options than ever before.

Holiday portraits in exchange for animal shelter donations

Dog owners can get a festive photo by participating in the Christmas Drive for the Hanover Animal Control and Shelter

’Narwhal’ staying with rescue; role as therapy dog

The extra feature isn't causing any complications.

Hanover holding rabies vaccination clinic Dec. 14

Hanover Animal Control is holding a rabies vaccination clinic on Dec. 14 to help make it easier for pet owners to get their animals vaccinated.

Volunteers fly deformed baby pig to animal hospital for help

A deformed baby pig that was born on a farm in Virginia has been flown to veterinary hospital in Pennsylvania for medical treatment

Louisa County Sheriff’s Office teams up with area animal shelter this winter

With temperatures getting colder, the Louisa County Sheriff's Office has some tips on how to keep your furry friends warm this season. That chilly weather can mean more pets needing to be taken into the shelter.

Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods

Some dishes may be tasty for humans, but not healthy for pets

RACC looking for fosters for Thanksgiving

Richmond Animal Care and Control doesn’t want anyone to spend Thanksgiving alone, including their shelter pets.

Dead raccoon tests positive for rabies after coming in contact with dogs

A raccoon has tested positive for rabies after it came in contact with a dog in Henrico County.

Henrico Animal Shelter in desperate need of newspapers

Henrico police said the shelter was running out and is asking anyone to donate.

RACC waives fees for US service members

A military ID or DD214 is required.

  Tommie Fund to help animal shelters across Va.

The group posted to social media that T-shirt sales alone helped raise nearly $100,000 to create the Tommie Fund.

Shelter takes in 79 cats after hoarding case in southwest Va.

Staff at Angels of Assisi in Roanoke says all of the cats seem to be okay and are now being well taken care of.

  Tips on keeping your pets safe during Halloween

Halloween is a fun time for children and family, but it might not be your pet’s favorite time of year. Here are some tips.

RACC collects donations for dog with rock-filled stomach

Richmond Animal Care and Control is attempting to remove several rocks from a dog’s stomach.

Rats learn how to drive cars at University of Richmond

Rats are learning how to drive tiny cars at University of Richmond.

  Rescue dog inspires children’s book, proceeds help other pups in need

The dog's owner said she never thought she'd be an author, but changed her mind after she met DD.

Transformation Tuesday: RACC treats dogs with overgrown fur

Two dogs got a new “leash” on life thanks to Richmond Animal Care and Control.

  ’She’s very well behaved:’ Petersburg family battles to keep pet pig

Lizzy is a 3-year-old miniature spotted pot-bellied pig, and a part of the Mckee family. Petersburg Animal Control said the pig is considered livestock and not allowed in a residential area.

Disabled animals calendar to feature dogs from Virginia

The dogs were chosen as part of a contest that saw several disabled animals, including cats, goats and a chicken all vying for the honor.

Missing tortoise in Dinwiddie is back home

Animal Control updated its Facebook page on Friday morning that “Frank is home!”

SPCA waives pet adoption fees through Saturday

The special event is in honor of CEO Robin Starr’s retirement.

  ‘Tommie’s Beer’ to help RACC care for animals in need

Three Notch'd brewing beer to benefit Richmond Animal Care and Control.

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.

Richmond SPCA offering 2-for-1 cat adoptions

Richmond SPCA adopted 81 animals for Clear the Shelters Aug. 17, but still has quite a few animals in need of homes.

Former employee says Virginia shelter mistreated animals

Virginia State Police are investigating an animal shelter after a former employee accused it of treating animals inhumanely, including unnecessarily euthanizing some.

  Animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian arrive in Richmond

Richmond SPCA is asking for donations through its Facebook page to house the animals and treat their medical needs.

  Injured kitten that was thrown from vehicle loses leg

This is the second recent incident in which kittens were thrown out of cars and onto the freeway, with another incident last week in Louisa county.

  PHOTOS: Celebrating National Dog Day

It's time to show off your furry friends!

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

A 14-week-old pit bull puppy named Tobias was stolen from his dog crate in Richmond.

Shelter dog with cancer treated to ice cream party

RAL said Bebe is a calm, well-behaved pup that acts more like a cat and is hoping to place him a home soon to get him out of the shelter, which is causing him a lot of stress.

RACC to hold yard sale Sept. 13-14

Richmond Animal Care and Control received enough goods for its June yard sale that it needs to hold a second one.

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

More than 70 pets were rescued from a fire at a pet resort in Charlottesville.

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

Several shelters around central Virginia participated.

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

In Richmond, there is a safe alternative where dogs can go to briefly escape the dog days of summer by splashing around in the water and getting quite a workout while doing it.

  Virginia dog dies after contracting disease from river

An Albemarle County dog is dead after contracting a bacterial disease from the Rivanna River.