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Our Mission

Friends of Russell County Animals (FRCA) cherishes the human-animal bond and recognizes that love for pets crosses all socioeconomic and ethnic boundaries. We believe that all people and pets, regardless of life circumstances, should have the opportunity to benefit from that relationship. 

FRCA understands that people in poverty face significant barriers to obtaining services for their pets that they truly want and need. Our organization assists pet owners in obtaining care for their pets.

Through donor and grant support, our outreach programs reduce overpopulation and local shelter intake by offering assistance in spay/neuter, wellness services, and alternatives to giving up a beloved pet. 


Programs

FRCA dedicates itself to helping dogs, cats, and pet owners in
Russell County, Virginia by offering:

Spay/Neuter Assistance

We provide financial assistance for veterinary care for owned pets and educate our community on the importance of population control.

Shelter Intake Reduction

Pet food through Elk Garden School Community Ministries, pet deposits for rental properties, and urgent veterinary care can be significant barriers for people wanting to keep their pets. We help owners gain access to resources and reduce the heartbreaking decision of having to surrender their pet. 

Wellness


Help is given to disadvantaged pet owners for free/low cost vaccinations and preventative veterinary care. 

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Donate  -
We Need Your Help!

Friends of Russell County Animals is an independent 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization and is not affiliated with the Russell County government. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are gratefully accepted, no matter the amount.

By mail:
Friends of Russell County Animals
PO Box 1026
Lebanon, VA 24266

EIN: 81-0983361
Thank you!


How You Can Help

We Need Your Support!

Donate

Make a tax-deductible donation through PayPal or mail to 
PO Box 1026 
Lebanon, VA 24266 
EIN: 81-0983361


Amazon Wishlist

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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Amazon Smile

Help FRCA at no cost to you. Simply select Friends of Russell County Virginia Animals as your Amazon Smile Charity Organization and shop as you normally would. Click here to begin. 

Spread the Word

Like us on Facebook, spread the word about Friends of Russell County Animals. Help educate the community and help grow support for our organization. 

Become A Sponsor

Sponsor a Spay/Neuter for a Needy Pet
$60 - Dog (Spay or Neuter)
$50 Cat Spay
$35 Cat Neuter

Sponsor a Rabies/Distemper Vaccine for a Needy Pet
$25 - Cat or Dog

Sponsor a Pallet of Food for our Pet Food Pantry
$800

Volunteer with FRCA

Get involved - we want you!

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Driver / Home Visitor

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.


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Event Volunteer

Many volunteers are needed to assist with event fundraisers throughout the year. We love animals and having fun!


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Grant Writers / Fundraising

If you have strong writing and research skills, you could help FRCA by applying for grants to supplement fundraising efforts.

Looking for another way to help?

FRCA welcomes your support to ensure we can, together, help more people and pets in need. 

Leaving a legacy gift to FRCA ensures that our organization can continue to help for years to come. Gifts in memory of a loved one are a way to honor their life and love for animals.

Other ways to support our mission are:

  • Bequests in a will or trust
  • Beneficiary designations in a retirement fund
  • Beneficiary designations in a life insurance policy
  • Corporate matching gifts
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Our Impact

How we've helped Russell County since 2015 -

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Shelter/Transport Program

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.

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Pet Food Pantry

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.

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Spay/Neuter

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.

Helpful Resources

-check back as more information will be added-


Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic 
16222 Lee Highway
Bristol, VA 24202
276-591-5790
http://www.mbmspayneuterclinic.org/

Angels of Assisi
415 Campbell Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
540-344-8707
https://www.angelsofassisi.org/

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:

276-415-9746
458 Haber Drive
Lebanon, VA 24266

*The Russell County Animal Shelter is not currently equipped for intake of cats.*

https://www.russellcountyva.us/161/Animal-Shelter

Hours of Operation:

Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  10AM–4PM
Tuesday:  10AM–4PM
Wednesday:  10AM–3PM
Thursday:  10AM–4PM
Friday:  10AM–4PM
Saturday:  10AM–3PM





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
https://www.nokillnetwork.org/d/Virginia/

National Resources
Rehome by Petco and Petfinder

Petfinder
https://www.petfinder.com/pet-care/giving-up-your-pet/tips-finding-home-pet/

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Donate -
We Need Your Help!

Friends of Russell County Animals is an independent 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization and is not affiliated with the Russell County government. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are gratefully accepted, no matter the amount.


By mail:
Friends of Russell County Animals
PO Box 1026
Lebanon, VA 24266

EIN: 81-0983361
Thank you!

Annual Events

Come out and support FRCA at these yearly events throughout the community - 

Event Name Date Location Description
Spin to WinFall 2019Wendy's - Lebanon, VAGame Prize Fundraiser
Petals & PawsSpring 2020Town of Lebanon, VAHome Garden Tour

Our Supporters

A special thank you and recognition to our Partners.
It is with their support that FRCA can continue to serve the community.

Our Grantors

A special thank you and recognition to our Grantors.
It is with their support that FRCA can continue to serve the community.

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Message from our President & Founder -

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.

Gratefully,
Charlene

FRCA Board of Directors

Charlene Farthing 
President & Founder

TBD
Treasurer

Emily Sword
Secretary

Patty Doss
Member

Debbie Robinson
Member

CONTACT US

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FRCA

PO Box 1026
Lebanon, VA 24266

Contacts

Email: info@frcva.org