Friends of Russell County Animals advocates and promotes the humane treatment of animals within rural, Russell County, Virginia.
Through donor and grant support, we assist in funding spay and neuter and conduct community outreach programs for the benefit of owners and their pets.
Provides financial assistance for spay/neuter surgeries, thereby reducing pet overpopulation.
With the help of their caretakers/owners, community cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and returned to their outdoor 'homes.'
Dog and cat food is purchased, collected during food drives and distributed with community partner Elk Garden School Community Ministries to help support local families and pets in need.
Provides financial assistance to qualified residents with emergent veterinary bills (when funding is available).
Make a tax-deductible donation through PayPal or mail to
PO Box 1026
Lebanon, VA 24266
Purchase items for FRCA from the Amazon Wishlist that can be shipped directly to us to help our community. To view items and begin donating click here.
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Like us on Facebook, spread the word about Friends of Russell County Animals. Help educate the community and help grow support for our organization.
Help control over population of community cats by learning how to humanely trap, follow through with alteration surgery, colony managment and public education.
Many volunteers are needed to assist with event fundraisers througout the year. We love animals and having fun!
If you have strong writing and research skills, you could help FRCA by applying for grants to supplement fundraising efforts.
For those in the community who are able to drive, volunteers are needed to take pets to their spay/neuter surgery or to veterinarian care.
Did you know? Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
(courtesy of ASPCA)
For the past three years, FRCA solicited over 150 partner rescue organizations who committed to transferring and ultimately adopting out unwanted and homeless and community and shelter animals.
In 2017, FRCA partnered with Elk Garden School Community Ministries to serve a minimum of 60 families in need per month (an average of 168 dogs and 177 cats fed within those households). Each family was offered free spay and neuter services.
In 2017, FRCA was awarded grant monies which specifically funded spay/neuter services to both shelter and owned county animals.
In 2018, 30 feral or community cats were sterilized with grant funding awarded to FRCA.
FRCA is not a shelter and doesn't have a physical location to house dogs and cats. At times, we may have foster parents available to temporary house your pet, but volunteers and space is limited.
To surrender your pet, please contact the Russell County Animal Shelter for more assistance at:
458 Haber Drive
Lebanon, VA 24266
*The Russell County Animal Shelter is not currently equipped for intake of cats.*
Hours of Operation:
FRCA is not a shelter and doesn't have a physical location to house cats and dogs. At times, we may have foster parents available to temporary house your pet, but volunteers and space is limited.
The following rescue organizations across Virginia may be able to assist in rehoming your cat:
Virginia No-Kill Rescue Organizations
Rehome by Petco and Petfinder
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We are excited to announce our new name and mission...Friends of Russell County Animals (FRCA)! We have made an enormous impact on addressing the needs of the animal shelter and our community, transforming a quite dismal past. As we reach the close of our 3rd year in operation, the Friends’ Board of Directors, have felt a pull to focus more on the needs of the people and animals within the community. We believe that this transition is one that will make an even greater impact and ultimately reduce the number of homeless and unwanted animals within our region. We are excited to celebrate the many accomplishments this year due to the support of donors and rescue partners. We ask for your continued support as we move forward in this journey.
The Friends family would like to again thank you and wish you and your family a blessed and joyous New Year.
President & Founder