Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We are proud to provide a humane education program to teach kids and adults of all ages about the plight of homeless pets, animal safety, and the best ways to ensure a long healthy relationship with animals in the home and out. More here: rhspca.org/humane.html
We have a progressive volunteer program to socialize pets onsite. Check out information about that here: rhspca.org/volunteer.html
We are active on the civic level to promote legislation that supports our mission. We are proud to have been the engine behind changes to Virginia law so that it now requires outdoor pets to have adequate shelter, and we continue to uphold accountability for the well-being of companion animals and wildlife alike.
As an open admission animal shelter, we accept any pet who comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, color, size, health, age, adoptability, or their previous owner’s or finder’s ability to pay for the duration of their stay with us. We do not require an appointment, surrender fee, nor a pre-surrender behavioral assessment. While not every pet we receive is healthy or temperamentally sound, we work with foster homes, limited admission “no kill” rescues, breed-specific rescues, and knowledgeable volunteers and adopters to ensure that as many pets as possible find a home. See our website rhspca.org for more information about us, and to see our list of available pets updated in real-time.
Our website is updated in real-time as pets go up for adoption: rhspca.org
Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday evenings 5 pm to 7 pm (We do close from 4-5)
Some of our cats can also be found at the Harrisonburg PetSmart store on Burgess Road. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/BGwxT
Showcase events around town are great places to meet our pets and staff, or to find out information about volunteering with us. The schedule for showcase can be found on our website at: http://www.rhspca.org/showcases.html
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All dogs and cats are required to be spayed or neutered. The first step to solving the pet overpopulation problem is to prevent contributing to it. The deposit you pay at the time of the adoption goes towards that surgery wherever you choose to establish a relationship with a veterinarian.
Pets are placed in the best possible home if there is more than one application pending. We cannot place a hold or accept a deposit on a pet. Adopters may only adopt 2 pets within a 30 day period.
We can and do adopt to out-of-area homes given that the pet is spayed or neutered before crossing county lines per Virginia state law and the applicant has physically interacted with the pet. We will not ship a pet.
How to Find a Good Match:
Please take your time and consider your reasons for adopting. We have trained staff who can give you information on positive training, breed characteristics, temperament, activity level, and behavior. Please ask for assistance at the front desk, we’re more than happy to help you find a good match! If you are interested in a specific pet, note their name or intake number and inquire at (540)434-5270.
Intact Female $55(+$65 spay deposit) = $120
Intact Male $55(+$55 neuter deposit) = $110
Spayed Female $120
Neutered Male $110
Intact Female $55(+$50 spay deposit) = $105
Intact Male $55(+$35 neuter deposit) = $90
Spayed Female $105
Neutered Male $90
All sexes $20
Small Rodents (Rats, Mice, Hamsters, Gerbils):
All sexes $8/$12 for a bonded pair
Parakeets $20/$30 for a bonded pair
Cockatiels and other varieties $50/$75 for a bonded pair
Finches $15/$25 for a bonded pair
Seniors for Seniors!
People 55+ who adopt dogs and cats 7+
If the pet is intact: spay/neuter deposit only
If the pet is already altered: $30
What does the adoption fee include?
Felines: distemper/panleukopenia/rhinotracheitis-calici/chlamydia psittaci vaccines along with age-appropriate boosters, rabies vaccine (if old enough), flea/mite and internal parasite treatments, FIV/feline leukemia/HW test, deposit towards sterilization surgery if applicable, and a microchip ID
Canines: distemper/parvovirus/parainfluenza/adenovirus and bordatella bronchiseptica vaccines along with age-appropriate boosters, rabies vaccine (if old enough), flea/mite and internal parasite treatments, deposit towards sterilization surgery if applicable, and a microchip ID
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.