Pets

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

Hanover holding rabies vaccination clinic Dec. 14

Volunteers fly deformed baby pig to animal hospital for help

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

Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods

RACC looking for fosters for Thanksgiving

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

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Henrico Animal Shelter in desperate need of newspapers

RACC waives fees for US service members

  Tommie Fund to help animal shelters across Va.

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

  Tips on keeping your pets safe during Halloween

RACC collects donations for dog with rock-filled 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

Missing tortoise in Dinwiddie is back home

SPCA waives pet adoption fees through Saturday

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

Florence man rescues beagle tied to tree during Hurricane Dorian

Richmond SPCA offering 2-for-1 cat adoptions

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.

‘Paddle for Pups’ to benefit parvo treatment at RACC

A $30 donation to RACC is required to participate and includes an event T-shirt. Registration is open through Sept. 13.

  Pet owners on alert for toxic algae after NC dog deaths

Three dogs died after exposure to a toxic blue green algae bloom in North Carolina.

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

RACC commented on its Facebook page that the mass could be cancerous, but hasn’t confirmed that.

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

Leslie walked into the Asheville Humane Society July 24 with a question and a request: “Which two dogs have been here the longest, with the most special needs? I’m here to take them both home with me.”

Dog blood drive held at Richmond veterinary clinic

Donor animals will receive a free annual vet exam and blood screening, plus “affection and treats.”

Chesterfield rat mascot gets a new rat friend

Animal Services said Rizzo is dumbo rat, which is identifiable by its big ears.

Puppies exposed to rabies in Sussex County

Two to three puppies were picked up and the Department of Health said the animals and their owners are safe.

Lost dog rescued after 11 days in Shenandoah National Park

Flyers posted around the park said Max went missing July 4. He was found July 15.

  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.