About Us



Next Spay & Neuter Clinic:

February 10 2015

RAWL offers simple and affordable spay/neuter services to Rappahannock and neighboring county dogs and cats.  Partnered with the Shenandoah Low Cost Spay/Neuter Veterinary Clinic, we coordinate trips for twenty or more animals at a time. The program presents animal owners with a chance to spay/neuter at a fraction of the ordinary cost.  For more information please call the RAWL shelter in Amissville at (540) 937-3283

The Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic is a high quality, affordable clinic that uses the most progressive surgical techniques and medical protocols.  Every patient receives general anesthesia as well as a long lasting,  potent pain relief medication considered the 'gold standard' of pain management.

Adopting A Friend

Our goal is to make a compatible match between a dog and its potential owner. We do not guarantee your application will be approved for the dog you are interested in adopting.  The adoption fee is $175.00 and includes the cost of spaying or neutering, DHLPP, Bordetella, Rabies,snap testing, micro-chip,deworming started on H/W preventive and flea and tick preventive.Puppies under 14 weeks old will not have received their rabies vaccine, and snap testing; it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure this vaccination and snap test are given at the appropriate age. All medical information and health records will be discussed with you once your application has been approved.


All potential adopters must fill out an adoption application and email it to PatriciaWant@aol.com 

To download out application go to: http://www.rawldogs.com

In order to be considered as a potential adopter, you must meet the following criteria and complete the entire application:

  • Be 25 years of age or older.
  • Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord.
  • Be willing and able to spend the time and money to provide the proper training and medical treatment for the dog.

Each RAWL dog is up to date on all shots and is altered before adoption.  RAWL does maintain a 30 day money back trial. If after 30 days the owner can no longer care for the dog, that dog must be returned to RAWL.


Who We Are


Our mission is to rescue unwanted, abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs in our county; to do whatever is necessary to relieve any suffering; and to help each animal become healthy, sterilized, well-adjusted, and happily re-homed. Our mission is difficult and costly, and we need all the help we can get.

RAWL believes that no animals should be homeless.  Our goal is a world where there are no unwanted pets.  This is possible through a continuing spay/neuter program and loving people like you who adopt our animals.

RAWL is based on the private/public partnership created between itself and Rappahannock County. The county is obligated to fulfill the state requirement to provide care and shelter to all stray dogs for a limited period of time, and RAWL is committed to rescuing and re-homing these strays.

Within the delegation of responsibilities, Rappahannock County employs the animal control warden, provides and maintains an accessible kennel and office on county property, and pays RAWL a fee to operate the facility. From that point, RAWL assumes the balance of the responsibilities: staffing, management, daily care, supplies, veterinary trips, innoculations, arranging the reclaim of lost animals and coordinating adoptions.

RAWL has a hardworking staff of dedicated employees and can never have enough volunteers to assist in all aspects of its activities.

Come Visit Us

Come see us in beautiful Rappahannock County. Our facility is open to the public 7:30AM - 1PM Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Saturdays. CLOSED Wednesday & Sunday

Evening appointments available with an approved application.

The Shelter is located on Rte 639( Weaver Rd)off of Rte 211 at the county landfill in Amissville, Virginia.

160 Weaver Rd
Amissville VA 20106



Contact Rappahannock Animal Welfare League


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