Friends of Russell County Animals

Bridging the Gap for People & Pets

We are an all-volunteer nonprofit created to serve the needs of low income pet-owners within Russell County, Virginia. We believe that in order to achieve transformational change in the treatment of animals within our community, we must address the root cause of the problem— poverty.

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Our Beliefs

We believe that all persons, regardless of socioeconomic status or ethnicity, are entitled to benefit from the unconditional love of a pet. We acknowledge that significant barriers exist for pet-owners living in poverty, including affordable and desired services for a beloved pet. Through donor and grant support, our programs reduce overpopulation and local shelter intake, while improving the lives of both people and pets. We foster positive, non-judgmental relationships with those we serve and help provide the resources needed to keep people and pets together.

“Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3:18

Our Programs

Spay/Neuter Assistance

We provide financial assistance for pets to be altered and vaccinated. Pets are healthier and unwanted litters are prevented, reducing surrender to our already over-crowded local animal shelter.


We offer pet food through our monthly Pet Food Pantry in partnership with Elk Garden School Community Ministries. We problem-solve with our families and offer ways to keep their pets happy, healthy, and forever in their own home.

Veterinary Assistance

Urgent veterinary care for a pet can cause a significant financial burden on pet-owners living on a limited income. We offer low-income pet-owners the help they need, preventing the heart-breaking decision of having to give up a pet or allowing any unnecessary suffering.

Our Impact

Since 2016, with the help from our donors and grantors, over 293 pets have been altered.

32 Needy Pets received Urgent Veterinary Care just in 2019…


Over 80 pet-owners (and growing) attend our Pet Food Pantry each month, feeding an average of 279 cats and 211 dogs…helping to keep pets at home, and out of our already overcrowded local shelter.













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