For a full list of our current adoptable pets, click here: 



AWL volunteers foster homeless pets until they find new homes.  AWL does not have its own shelter, but instead assists and cooperates with county shelters and animal sanctuaries on the Northern Neck.  


Adopters sign an adoption contract with the following key obligations:


  • AWL determines eligibility and timing of the the spay/neuter procedure based on the age of the cat/dog.

  • Pets must be spayed/neutered and a copy of the sterilization certificate returned to AWL within 7 days.

  • Adopters will notify AWL immediately if the pet is lost, stolen or dies.

  • Adopters will NOT sell, trade, dispose of, or abandon the pet.  Pets must be returned to the AWL if the adopters are unable to keep them.

  • Adopters will provide adequate food, water, shelter, exercise, personal care, and veterinarian care for this animal. (Love and affection is required)

Information on current adoptable dogs is available by calling Joyce Page 804-462-0091.

Information on current adoptable cats is available by calling the AWL thrift store 804-435-0822. Based on the county you live in you will be given a contact name.


To review the full adoption application click on the link below.  Once an application is approved, an adoption contract will be completed and finalized with an AWL adoption team member.

Hi, I'm Carly

CARLY is a sweet female, medium size (45 pounds), hound mix. She is 6 years old, spayed and house trained. She is intelligent, eager to learn/please, and observant (mastering daily routines readily). She enjoys training sessions (especially when treats are involved) and learns quickly. She walks well on a leash; exhibiting curiosity about, but no aggression toward other dogs, and has shown no particular interest in cats, or in chasing woodland animals. She understands basic commands, and is crate trained. While she won’t jump into the bathtub, she is calm during her bath, and delights in being toweled dry. She enjoys walks, car rides, and running around in the fenced yard. And she loves playing with toys that dispense treats. Carly will do well in a stable, loving home environment, and would be comfortable with an older, or calmer dog. For Carly to pay a visit, and provide additional information, please contact Tom @ 757-788-1008 or Please - No Hunters.


     Do you have a barn, garage or out building on your property? Do you have mice, moles and voles in and around your home? The Animal Welfare League can work with you to solve your problem by providing you with a fully vetted “barn” cat. 

     One of the AWL’s biggest challenges is finding appropriate “forever homes” for hard to place cats. Feral cats, those that have not been socialized, cannot necessarily become indoor family pets, but would thrive with a safe shelter and daily food and water. In time they will acclimate to your presence you can enjoy each other’s company while you are out in your yard, garage or barn. In return for care, they will mouse, mouse, mouse! Once in while they may leave you a prize as a token of their appreciation, a small price to pay for a vole free garden or mouse free barn.

     “Barn Cats” will come fully vetted, neutered, and with all necessary shots. If you can provide a shelter with daily food and water please call the Animal Welfare League at 435-0822, and ask to speak to a member of the Cat Team about Barn Cat adoption. 

An all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit (54-1106959) organization serving Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond & Westmoreland Counties since 1965.

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