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Apr 17

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter Full to Capacity

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 8:02 AM by Communications Department

Calling for Adoptions and Volunteers

 All too often animals are surrendered to shelters through no fault of their own. The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter staff makes their best attempt to counsel the owner of other alternatives to surrendering their pet but sometimes it is the only option. The shelter is an open admission shelter so that means they don’t turn anyone away looking to rehome their pet as long as they reside in York, Poquoson, Newport News or Hampton. Currently, between surrendered pets and local strays, the shelter is full to capacity and in need of people to come adopt and volunteer. According to state veterinarian reports, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter appears to have the highest intake of animals out of all public and private shelters in the state.
Caesar, a 1 year old rat, is the shelter’s longest resident, having been  there since May 2016. He was originally brought in as a stray and adopted shortly after. Unfortunately he was returned after biting the new owner, who probably had the smell of food on his hands. The staff has handled Ceasar with no issues and the poor guy gets overlooked on the adoption floor. Rats are very social, clean and smart - they can be trained to do all kinds of tricks! Caesar’s adoption fee is $5.00

PRAS_cat_SCNala, a 1½ year old spayed female black/grey tabby, came to the shelter in October 2016. She was surrendered to the shelter due to an unwanted litter of kittens. One of the missions of the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is to educate the public on topics like spaying and neutering. An unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce up to 66,000 kittens in 6 years! The statistics are the same for dogs as well. There are many low-cost options for owners in need of these services, and the shelter is happy to give out that information. Nala’s adoption fee is $50

 Fozzy, a neutered male 3 year old tan/white Pit Bull mix, has been at the shelter since September 2016. He came into the shelter emaciated, scared and lost.PRAS_pup_SC A Good Samaritan found him wandering the street looking for his next meal and brought him in. He was given the medical treatment he needed, and he is now up to his ideal weight. He was adopted and his new owner immediately fell in love with him; however due to landlord issues and breed restrictions Fozzy was returned to the shelter. This is the probably one of the most common reasons for surrendering a dog that PRAS sees. A lot of apartments, rental properties, home owners associations, and even home owner insurance policies have “breed restrictions” on their property. In lieu of being evicted or fined owners reluctantly surrender their dogs to the shelter. Fozzy is a special needs adoption because he is heartworm positive so half of his adoption fee is sponsored. Fozzy’s special adoption fee is $25.00

These three special animals, among many, many more, are in desperate need of a forever home. If you or someone you know is interested in taking in a new pet, please visit the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter! Other ways to help include volunteering, fostering and donating. For a specific list of items you can donate call 757- 933-8900 or visit for more information about the shelter including adoption fees and times. The application to volunteer can also be found online.

Upcoming shelter events are being held at Tradition Brewery in City Center to help increase adoptions and in May, the shelter is hosting a “kitten shower” for the approaching kitten season! Check the shelter’s facebook page for more details.