Frequently Asked Questions

My dog disappeared. What should I do?

Call the Animal Shelter in your county and surrounding counties to file a lost dog report. If possible, email a picture of your lost pet with the following information: area the pet was lost; the pet’s age, sex, weight, description of a collar if it is wearing one, and any other pertinent details.

What should I do if I find a stray or injured dog or cat?

If you find a stray dog or an injured animal in Rappahannock County, please call Animal Control at 540-675-5300.

I have a dog or puppy I can no longer keep. Can RAWL help?

RAWL accepts surrendered animals on a case-by-case basis. Email the Shelter for more information.

I want to get my dog neutered/spayed but can’t afford it. Can RAWL help?

RAWL recommends the Fauquier SPCA or Ancira Spay/Neuter clinic as great resources for low cost spay/neuter services.

How long are dogs held at RAWL?

Time is never a factor at RAWL. All adoptable dogs are given the time they need to find a new home.

I want to adopt a RAWL dog. What is my next step?

Fill out an application. Applications are typically processed within 48 hours.

Does RAWL offer a trial period?

All dogs adopted from RAWL have a 30-day, money-back trial. Please see more details about this on our Adoption page.

What is the adoption fee and what does it cover?

RAWL’s adoption fee is $200.00. Our dogs receive a thorough exam and are spayed or neutered, SNAP-tested, and receive DHLPP, Bordetella, and a Rabies vaccinations (if over 4 months of age). Dogs are micro-chipped and started on flea/tick preventative.

RAWL’s normal business hours don’t work with my schedule. Can I make an appointment to visit outside your normal business hours?

Yes! RAWL is happy to work with approved applicants to meet our dogs after hours. Appointments are made after 6:30 PM.

What is the best way to keep up with what’s going on at RAWL?

Our Facebook Page is where it’s all happening, from posts about new dogs available to details about events we are organizing or attending. Please Like us and join in the discussion there!


Have a question you don’t see addressed here? Please email or call the Shelter so we can assist you.