Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Virginia… And They’re All Adoptable!

Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Virginia… And They’re All Adoptable!

Virginia is for (dog) lovers.

By Stacy Lenz

UPDATE (Dec. 4, 2017, 10:00am) Butterball and Lugnut have been adopted! 

The official slogan of the state of Virginia is “Virginia is for lovers.” While it may have been groovy in the late ‘60s, it always struck us as a little creepy. (If you can imagine teaching 6th grade in Virginia when you had to feel the embarrassment of saying the word “lover” in front of a room full of eleven year olds, you might be a little put off by it as well.) But the slogan and the state have redeemed themselves in our eyes thanks to The Richmond SPCA and we can now confidently say Virginia is for Dog Lovers to anyone, middle schooler or otherwise.

The Richmond SPCA is a non-profit, no-kill humane organization that cares for roughly 350 cats and dogs daily and saves the lives of more than 4,000 homeless animals each year. They have programs and services dedicated to adoption, rehabilitation, sterilization and education. One great such service is the shelter’s program called “Seniors for Seniors” where adopters over the age of 60 can adopt a dog over the age of five for a reduced adoption fee and receive a free leash and collar, food and water bowl and a toy.

And now meet your Real Shelter Dogs, complete with opening credits-worthy taglines!

"I can deal with a lot, but I can't deal with pigs.— Max

Max is an eight-year-old neutered male who was surrendered to the shelter in June 2017 because his guardian passed away. He was adopted into a home that had a pet pig. The pig and him did not get along, so he was returned to us. No pigs please! Max’s polar bear face is not the only lovable quality about him. He loves to go on walks and is content to hang by your side. He just wants to be your pal forever. He qualifies for our “Seniors for Seniors” adoption program.

"If you don't like my sparkle, then stay out of my dog park.— Butterball

Butterball is a five-year-old neutered male. He has his opinions, but he is always ready to play a game of fetch! He is easy going and relaxed. He is house-trained and has an affectionate personality. He would do best in a home without other dogs.

"Home is where the heart is AND where the treats are!" — Winifred

Winifred is a eight-year-old spayed female. She doesn’t let anything get in the way of her fun and the more treats you give her; the more fun she’s having. She is smart, sweet and loyal. She loves baths and toys! She would do best in a home without small dogs or cats. She qualifies for the “Seniors for Seniors” adoption program as well.

"I am not just looking for the Turner to my Hooch — I’m also looking to be your best friend." — Hooch  

Hoochis a five-year-old neutered male that weighs 85 lbs. He’s a jolly boy who is always down to have a good time. He’s very smart and loves to learn. He knows sit, down and paw (both left and right). He thoroughly enjoys peanut butter! He would do best in a home without other dogs.

"With age comes ageless beauty. I lap at the fountain of youth." — Odette

Odette is a 13-year-old spayed female who will dance for treats! She is very energetic and loves to be active. Odette is proof you can teach an older dog new tricks — she knows sit, down, leave it and spin!

She is also good with cats! She qualifies for the “Seniors for Seniors” adoption program as well.

My name may be Lugnut, but I don’t have a screw loose.” — Lugnut

Lugnut is a five-year-old neutered male. He is deaf, but he is polite and tolerant. This happy guy takes on life’s obstacles with a smile. He has a jovial personality and loves to be around people.

To learn more about this organization, please visit If you are interested in giving any of these doggos a forever home (or any other dog and cat friends available at the shelter) call 804-521-1307 to schedule an appointment or visit the shelter in person at 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, Virginia 23220.

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