Richmond Animal League, Inc.
11401 International Drive
Richmond VA 23236
Mission Statement
Saving lives: providing hope, help and homes to animals in need. 
Richmond Animal League (RAL) provides homeless animals with temporary housing, medical treatment, sterilization, and quality care until they are adopted into permanent, loving homes.  RAL also provides low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners without geographical restrictions.
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CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Thomas
Board Chair Eric Lamp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Veeam Software
Contact Information
Address 11401 International Drive
Richmond, VA 23236
Telephone 804 379-0046 112
Fax 804 378-7507
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,522,100.00
Projected Expenses $1,504,327.00
Saving lives: providing hope, help and homes to animals in need. 
Richmond Animal League (RAL) provides homeless animals with temporary housing, medical treatment, sterilization, and quality care until they are adopted into permanent, loving homes.  RAL also provides low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners without geographical restrictions.
In late 2011 we expedited our adoption procedures so that we could maximize the number of homeless cats and dogs we could bring into our facility.  With simple changes we were able to increase our adoptions by almost 60%.  In each of the past two years (2013 & 2014), we have rescued and found homes for more than 1,700 cats and dogs.
The board of directors and staff of Richmond Animal League are constantly and continuously evaluating how to expand our services to further our vision of assisting animal shelters in Central Virginia reach no-kill status.  
As we enter our fourth decade of service to homeless cats and dogs, we have opened a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to help end the problem of pet overpopulation.  Our Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic is the first and only such facility located south of the James River.  The clinic is available to pet owners, rescue organizations, and municipal shelters, without geographical restrictions. In 2014, more than 6,900 animals were spayed/neutered at the clinic.
As a founding member of Metro Richmond Pet Savers (MRPS), the Richmond Animal League is leading the way in "out of the box" events to promote animal adoptions.  A coalition of rescue groups, shelters, and educational groups, MRPS focuses on reducing euthanasia rates in municipal shelters by holding massive adopt-a-thons each month.  In only the first three events, more than 170 animals have been saved--and have found permanent, loving homes. 
 As another service to the animals and pet owners in our community, Richmond Animal League volunteers are taking first steps to form a disaster relief plan for domestic animals. During times of disaster, the primary reason that people do not evacuate is because they do not want to leave their pets behind. A Community Animal Response Team (CART) would be prepared to temporarily shelter animals during times of disaster, improving evacuation rates and the safety of the people in our area.
Richmond Animal League has an annual operating budget of close to one million dollars.  We rely on private donations, grants and bequests to sustain our life-saving mission.  General operating funds and restricted funds that support our adoptions and spay/neuter programs are always needed. 
RAL has more than 300 active volunteers.  These dedicated individuals allow us to keep salaries down, and animal care a top priority.  We could not do what we do without them. We are always seeking new volunteers.  
Richmond Animal League is always in need of foster homes for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. Fostering saves lives. Aside from creating space for more animals in the shelter, foster homes give  pets a break from what can be a very stressful kennel environment.
Since its founding in 1979, the Richmond Animal League has provided loving care and shelter to thousands of homeless animals until permanent, loving homes can be found. With your support, and responsible, strategic planning, we continue to grow and expand our services to help reduce the number of animals that are euthanized in area animal shelters.
CEO Statement While we are committed to greatly reducing the number of homeless animals euthanized every day in our area's shelters, we recognize that no single animal rescue organization or shelter can tackle the problem of pet overpopulation alone.  We've reached out to our community, to other rescue groups, to corporations, to local pet lovers, to municipal shelters, and have asked that we work together on a mission--finding homes for as many animals as possible.  It has been an amazing collaboration, and a natural extension of RAL's philosophy and business model.  We rely on our community, and a few grants from national partners, to continue the vital work that we do.  Thanks for finding us on 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Our Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic is open to all without geographical restrictions. RAL serves all of metro Richmond.
Richmond Animal League rescues animals from municipal shelters throughout Central Virginia. There is no geographical restriction for adopting a pet from RAL. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Eric Lamp
Company Affiliation Veeam Software
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Tarra Balcom Markel Corporation
Jeffrey Bassett Fi Tech
Rebecca Bowen Thompson McMullan
Jill Boyle Markel Corporation
Gilmer Burdette SunTrust Investments
Wanda Castelvecchi ePlus Technology
Kelsey Farbotko Williams Mullins
Vanessa Hampton SunTrust
Mary Hollis Jupe Community Volunteer
Eric Lamp Veeam Software
Josh Rickey Canine Adventure
Jeanne Whitt Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Elizabeth Thomas
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 300
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

The Richmond Animal League (RAL) adopts 1,700 previously homeless animals into loving, forever homes each year. Richmond Animal League transfers animals from municipal shelters in Central Virginia and beyond, where they may have faced euthanasia due to over-crowding, lack of resources, or behavioral or medical problems. As spaces become available due to adoptions, they are filled with animals from municipal shelters. Some are healthy and just need a good bath and a proper diet. Many need much more. RAL transfers animals that have mange, fleas and ticks, heartworms, kennel cough, upper respiratory infections, etc. We will also rescue animals that have broken bones and other injuries. RAL provides the care needed to get the pets healthy and happy, and make them available for adoption.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success RAL adopts out 1,700 animals each year. As soon as adoptions take place at RAL, leaving empty kennels, we are out filling up. Because there are so many animals in need, many of whom are facing scary deadlines, we operate at full capacity. 
Long Term Success Our main goal is to reduce euthanasia rates in Central Virginia, ensuring that no dog or cat is killed due to a lack of resources. Through increased adoptions, we can further our vision of assisting animal shelters in Central Virginia reach no-kill status, 

In 2009, RAL saw the great need for a low-cost, high-volume spay neuter clinic on the south side of the James in order to assist in reducing the homeless pet population. A year later, they opened an onsite clinic. The Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic provides low-cost services to municipal shelters, rescue groups, and private pet owners, as well as free services for feral cats. Free spay and neuter services are available for pet owners who meet low-income guidelines. There are no geographical restrictions for these services. The clinic also provides some reduced vaccinations and tests, if done at the time of the surgery and can microchip a pet to make identification easier should the pet get lost and end up in a shelter.

No animal goes to a new home from RAL without being spayed or neutered. The clinic has worked with Chesterfield County animal control and Prince George County to provide spay/neuter surgeries prior to adoption for those municipalities. RAL also supports local Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs providing free sterilization and rabies vaccination for feral cats. The clinic veterinarians average 30 surgeries a day. In 2014, the staff performed 6,917 spay/neuter surgeries.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The clinic veterinarians average 30 surgeries a day. In 2014, the staff performed 6,917 spay/neuter surgeries. In the first five years, the Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic has performed over 27,000 surgeries. 
Long Term Success Offering reduced fee spay & neuter surgeries ensures that everyone has an affordable option and in turn reduces the number of homeless pets ending up in Central Virginia shelters. This service helps to further our vision of assisting animal shelters in Central Virginia reach no-kill status.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,522,100.00
Projected Expenses $1,504,327.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$752,709$638,582$900,788
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,484$1,039$51,579
Membership Dues------
Special Events$201,321$146,034$166,394
Revenue In-Kind$27,112$41,638--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,361,498$1,261,085$1,182,340
Administration Expense$72,779$109,837$113,214
Fundraising Expense$227,972$101,747$117,966
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.091.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%86%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue23%12%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,840,037$1,700,867$1,575,500
Current Assets$429,312$1,041,566$967,795
Long-Term Liabilities$47,171$60,814$54,165
Current Liabilities$61,250$46,764$58,233
Total Net Assets$1,731,616$1,593,289$1,463,102
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.0122.2716.62
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%4%3%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View