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RAWL's Mission

Our mission is to rescue unwanted, abandoned or neglected dogs in Rappahannock County; to relieve suffering, and to help each animal become healthy and happily re-homed. Our mission is difficult and costly, and we need all the help we can get.

RAWL believes that no animals should be homeless. Our goal is a world where there are no unwanted pets. This is possible through a continuing spay/neuter program and loving people like you who adopt our animals.

Monetary donations are always welcome. Any amount helps, and Paypal makes it easy!

You can donate to RAWL using your credit card through PayPal:


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Our goal is to make a compatible match between a dog and its potential owner. We do not guarantee your application will be approved for the dog you are interested in adopting.

The adoption fee is $175. All dogs are spayed or neutered; snap tested; started on heartworm preventative; given DHLPP, Bordetella and rabies vaccinations; microchipped; dewormed; and have FrontLine administered. Puppies under 14 weeks old do not receive rabies vaccinations. It is the responsibility of their new owner to make sure this vaccination is given at the appropriate age. All medical information will be discussed with you once your application has been approved.

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How to Adopt


The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League, (RAWL) is a rescue based in Rappahannock County, Virginia. RAWL is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that manages the daily operations of the Rappahannock County animal shelter. Partial funding is provided by Rappahannock County, but the majority comes from people like you who love animals! We provide an energetic adoption program that finds loving homes for the dogs in our care. We seek to rehabilitate and adopt every dog. We also have regular rabies clinics and a low-cost spay and neuter program. RAWL has made a deep and abiding commitment to saving pet lives, and we depend on your donations to fulfill our mission!

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it In order to be considered as a potential adopter, you must meet the following criteria and complete the entire application:

  • Be 25 years of age or older.
  • Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord.
  • Be willing and able to spend the time and money to provide the proper training and medical treatment for the dog.

Each RAWL dog is up to date on all shots and is altered before adoption. RAWL has a 30-day money back trial period. After the trial period, should an owner no longer be able to care for the adopted dog, that dog must be returned to RAWL.

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Patti Want, Shelter Director


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HOURS: 7:30AM - 1PM

Closed Wednesday & Sunday 

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

PO Box 396
Amissville, VA 20106

Physical Address:

160 Weaver Road

Amissville, VA 20106

Rappahannock Animal Welfare League

All potential adopters must fill out an adoption application and email it to us.


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Friday, April 10, 2015, 7-9 PM

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Friday, May 1, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015, All Day

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Saturday, May 23, 2015, 9 AM - 1 PM

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