15 dogs, 6 cats and 2 guinea pigs adopted after shelter waives fee

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) officials said Sunday was a major success after the agency waived their $100 adoption fee to free up space after taking in 12 dogs over the past 48 hours.

Officials said 15 dogs, six cats and two guinea pigs were adopted.

Additionally, animal control officials are still asking for the public’s help to identify two dogs found abandoned in a crate at shelter’s back gate on Saturday.

“While I’m trying to be grateful that the dogs will now be cared for at RACC,” officials posted on Facebook. “I’m frustrated that someone would do this. We have found; recently and frequently, people are dumping dogs at RACC that live in other jurisdictions.”

Officials pointed out that the shelter cannot take in animals from outside Richmond city limits.

Two dogs abandoned in crate.

Two dogs abandoned in crate.

“It is paramount that people understand we are unable to shoulder the burden for every animal in need,” officials said. “Our shelter is packed with dogs waiting for court cases and we have taken in 12 “stray” dogs in the past 48 hours.”

Officials said that if folks have been considering adopting or fostering an animal, they could really use your help. In fact,

“There is no vacancy at the inn.”

To adopt a pet from RACC, you must be 18 years of age or older, provide a current photo ID (driver’s license or state ID card), and provide a carrier for your adopted cat or a leash and collar for your adopted dog. You must also complete an adoption application form and interview process to ensure that each pet adopted will be matched to the most compatible new owner.

The shelter is open from 12 – 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about the adoption process click here.

If you have information about the two abandoned pups, call RACC at 804-646-5573.