Adoption and Rehoming

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.

Adoption application



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