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We love to know what our precious adoptees are up to, so please keep us posted! To share news of your adopted pet, please send us an e-mail. If you would like to see your pet featured on our social media sites, please tell us in your message that we may share your update. You can also submit adoption tales and alumni photos directly to our tumblr. Thank you for adopting from the Richmond SPCA!

Looking for more alumni updates? We also share stories on our blog and other social media sites including Facebook. Please check them out to hear happy tales and see happy tails!

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We want to thank you all so much for Jade. She is the sweetest dog with the funniest personality. She means the world to us and I don't think we would know what to do without her.

Thank You!


Abby, Justin, and Jade


I adopted Callie, a two year old cat, on February 20, 2009 and she is an awesome cat. She is very well tempered; and despite the resistence from our other cat, Callie has shown no problems adjusting. I just want to say thanks to the workers and volunteers at the Richmond SPCA for allowing me to find and adopt such a wonderful cat!! 
- Dorcille 

About two years ago I finally moved into a house that allowed pets and knew I needed to bring home a furry friend.  I spent some time at the SPCA and instantly fell in love with Suma. After only a few minutes in a room with her, she was trying to sit in my lap and get as much attention as she could.  Even though I was told she was not friendly with strangers in her home, I knew she was the one for me.  I brought her home later that week. Our first few months together were hard for us. She was hesitant to meet new people. Over the last year there has been a tremendous change in her attitude towards new people. Where it used to take multiple cautious visits for her to accept new people, it now takes only a few minutes of sitting down time.  

Suma loves to go for walks, ride in the car, run in the yard, play in the river and play with other dogs. She has also tried to get the cats (also adopted from the SPCA) to play with her. She hasn't succeeded yet, but I'm sure she will soon. Suma continues to win the hearts of our guests, as well as strangers she meets on walks. She is often complimented on her coat and her 'smiling eyes.'  I am so happy to have brought her home and be able to bond with her!  - Sarah, March 2009



Here is a current photo of Vanilla, now called Nilla. She is doing great! She has a family that includes cats and a pit bull/mastiff mix who treats Nilla like a baby. As you can see, she looks very happy and content and is very well loved!!

 - Cheryl

Nilla was rescued from an illegal breeding operation/puppy mill in early 2009.


Attached are pictures of Ambrose, now known as Mekenly. We adopted him from the Richmond SPCA on February 9, 2009. He has a girlfriend and some other friends too.  He is right at home and happy as a clam!

 - Mrs. Hatchell



Hello everyone!  Patrick and I would like to give you an update on our Richmond SPCA cat Tux. We have had him almost a month now (BIG thanks to our wonderful adoption counselor Becky!!), and he has settled into our apartment like he's lived here forever. The day we brought him home, we expected him to hide under the couch for a day or two, but instead, he sauntered out of the crate and slowly walked from room to room checking out his new digs. Since then, he has claimed just about every chair as his own. He also enjoys many activities such as bird watching on the balcony, catching a bean bag with his two front paws, relaxing while being brushed, sparring with Patrick in his oven mitt boxing gloves, and meowing about his day while I cook in the kitchen (ok, maybe he's hoping for a little treat). 

We love having Tux in our home, and especially appreciate the friendly and professional staff and volunteers at the Richmond SPCA for helping us find a wonderful, loving cat. 

Best Wishes,
Lauren & Patrick, March 2009


Carmella is doing GREAT! We adopted her on Valentine's Day 2009. She's been renamed Scarlett (Kitty Scarlett O'Hairball to be exact) and she fit right in to our family from Day One. We adopted her to be a companion for our 13-year-old Lab, Gracie, who lost her best friend, Job, two days after Thanksgiving. Gracie had never been alone in her entire life, and we were concerned she would become depressed, so my husband and I went to your Tail Wag'N event on Valentine's Day in hopes of adopting a cat. Once we met Scarlett we went home and got Gracie, who came and gave her the seal of approval. The two of them got along famously, but nine days after we brought Scarlett home, Gracie was diagnosed wth Cancer of the Spleen and a very large tumor was detected on X-Rays. Since Gracie's passing, Scarlett has been a real Godsend! We have been able to focus on something other than our grief. She is so sweet and so entertaining... It's as if our Gracie left a little part of herself here with Kitty Scarlett! When we are ready for a companion for Scarlett, rest assured we'll be back!

Thank you for all you folks do!




Just an update on Mosby who I adopted November 4, 2009 (election day). He has spent everyday with me and has yet to leave my sight for more than the hours I spend at work! I have been told when I leave the house he sits and waits by the door hoping I am coming right back. He loves playing in my big yard, and I found out he loves the snow too!

- Michael

I just wanted to give you an update on our sweet Lu girl. She is sooo funny, full of life. She loves to play and we have been working on training. Lu and her big sis love to play out in the back yard. Thank you!


We adopted Mandy from the Richmond SPCA in May 1998 for my birthday. She is now approximately 12 years old and still a joy to my husband and I.  We spoil her but isn't that what you are supposed to do? She has been blessed with good health, is very happy (her tail is always wagging!),  and loves to cuddle on the sofa or bed!  She also loves to travel with us to our beach house. Thank you for what you do for dogs and cats!

- Linda

We adopted Larry, a 5 year old beagle, from you on Valentine's Day 2009. I wanted to update you on how he is doing with us. We actually renamed him Max, which he took to rather quickly. He is just a fantastic dog, and a wonderful addition to our family. I am just so thrilled that we decided to adopt him because he is such a terrific friend to all of us! Here is Max catching a snooze on a beanbag chair. Max is also doing really well with our small kids, who were with us at the adoption. He is such a happy, merry little guy who is full of love. It did take him a little while to learn that coming in the house is okay, but we're working with him on his house manners. I am just very pleased with the work you are doing at the SPCA, and so happy we could help Max find a new, safe, and loving home.

Thanks again!
It's been such a wonderful evening with our new baby girl. This is the Arnold family and we came in today, March 21, 2009, to just look at your options for our new family member. We seriously considered another one of your wonderful ladies but unfortunately she didn't play well with others. So it must have been in the cards because we quickly settled on one of the first dogs we really took an interest in. She went by the name of Rosita and she was beautiful but a little bigger than what I had planned for. Since my husband fell in love immediately, we decided to spend some time with her and it paid off!!! Her size quickly became a thing of the past and she won us over. I can't thank you guys enough for being in the right place at the right time to have her waiting for us...she has QUICKLY become the love of our lives! In one night she has taken to her new home, her new bed, and she's curled up with us just to relax. Our children even tucked her into bed, literally. She has a home and knows she's safe and it really shows.
We honestly can't thank you enough for our new "daughter".

The Arnold Family
In September 2006 my boyfriend and I came to the Richmond SPCA looking for our first pet together. We walked through and looked at all the precious faces and chose to meet a few of them. Then "Jupiter" caught our attention. This special man who we adopted and renamed "Shadow" wasn't in great shape. The poor guy was skin and bones and starving for love. When we sat with him in the greeting room he warmed to us immediately. He looked deep in our eyes. It's amazing to us because how often do dogs look into anyone's eyes and without immediately looking away? We knew within 10 minutes that we wanted him....dearly. 
In his new life with us Shadow is a couch potato! His hobbies are naps, playing with his toy ducks, making pillow/blanket nests and playing with his buddy Haley (our neighbor's daughter who positively loves Shadow). I can go on and on about this was the greatest choice we've made. We love him so much! We are so grateful we found our Shadow!  - Jennifer & Nicolas

Happy Valentines Day!

Tripp (formerly known as Buz light Year)

P.S. My family loves me!

Hi guys, it's Olive "aka" Olivia!  just wanted to say hello and let you know I'm doing great! My mom and sister are really taking good care of me and I couldn't be happier. My mom tells me of how sad I use to look when people would come in and not really pay attention to me. That's because I was meant for her. My coat has cleared up nicely and I'm still on my medication every day and mom even lets me walk on the treadmill. I get into things from time to time but for the most part I'm a good girl. Thanks for looking after me and I will see you soon.  Love, Olivia


I want you guys to see the nature of my sweet cat, Oliver. I adopted him from you a couple of years back...best cat I've ever had. When it's too cold, or too hot, I bring my rabbit inside, where she stays on a rug, and sleeps in a smaller cage. You will see just who does sleep in there...

 - June

Munchkin and Hector

I wanted to share with you the tale of two cats I adopted from the SPCA. I adopted Munchkin (formerly named Patch) a few years ago and he has been living a spoiled life every since! He sheds his white fur everywhere (to my husband's dismay) and loves to sneak up on my older female cat. The recent adoption of Hector (the black cat) went extremely well. He was sent back three times before us, which is ridiculous to me! After only a week, both of my other cats welcomed him fully into our home and he has been very happy. Munchkin and Hector have discovered they are both mischievous and love to play together! They also have slept together every night since Hector was fully integrated.

It just goes to show, with a little patience and time you can successfully adopt. We love our cats so much and can't imagine life without them. Thank you for everything you do!


Casey and Erik



Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do on a daily basis!  As you can see, my Maggie ("Alicia" at the SPCA), is enjoying the Life of Riley.  She came home with me on January 9, 2009 and the "rest," as they say, "is history."  After she was groomed, she just pranced, knowing how beautiful she is! She has been such a well-behaved dog from the beginning and has perfect house manners.  She is sweet and and loving and follows me from room to room, always lying at my feet. She is just delightful! I could not have found a more perfect companion!    Catherine

I want to thank you again for helping me to adopt Kosmo. He has a loving, playful and goofy nature about him. We named him Kosmo after Kosmo Kramer on Seinfeld, also a goofy fellow. He is excellent in the car (lies down quietly in the back seat and is not anxious). After he meets new people at home he will jump in their lap and warms up quickly. He loves squeaky toys, kongs and playing tug of war with our other dog Gidget. We love Gidget and wouldn't trade her for the world, but considering we paid over $500 at a pet shop and she had kennel cough, then the spaying fee, the $110 Richmond SPCA adoption fee is a steal for a healthy spayed/neutered lifetime friend. I hope this can be a testimony to convince others to consider adopting from an SPCA or rescue organization. - Tracy

I just wanted to thank the Richmond SPCA for helping me to find the sweetest cat. I came to the SPCA on November 20, 2008, looking to adopt a cat. The first cat that I looked at was a huge 14 lb. tuxedo cat named Pumpkin, and he came home with me that day. I decided to rename him Tobias, but call him Toby for short. 

He is so loving and sweet, and enjoys being wherever I am. His favorite activities are sleeping and looking at the birds on the patio. He has completely taken over the chair I have in the living room and it is his favorite spot to lounge during the day. He often goes into a deep sleep, and I will catch him snoring just like a person (although not as loud).

I visit my hometown and my family quite often, and I needed a cat that would acclimate to change easily, and would be mellow enough to tolerate the nine cats and the rabbit at my mom's house. Toby has fit that bill perfectly. He and my sister's rabbit love each other. He has been a great travel companion. At first he detested getting into the carrier; I think it was because he was unsure where he was going and thought he was being returned to the shelter (as this had happened to him twice before). Now he does really well in his carrier and knows that we just go back and forth between the two houses (with the exception of the occasional vet visit).

Everyone who meets Toby falls in love with him and tells him how handsome and sweet he is, and I couldn't agree more. Thanks for all you do for the people and animals of Richmond.