Our Organization

Animal Connections is an all-volunteer rescue group who matches homeless animals with people through our foster-to-adoption program.

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Adopt/Become a Foster Parent

Our foster families are located in Charlottesville and surroundings.

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Happy Tails

View dogs that have previously found their forever homes.

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MEET OUR FEATURED DOG: GODDARD

Goddard is a Shih Tzu mix that weighs approximately 12 pounds and is around 10 years old. He came to the organization after his owner became ill and could no longer take care of him. He is house trained, walks well on the leash and is a world class cuddler! He has recently passed basic obedience class with ease and will soon be starting intermediate obedience class. Goddard also loves cats. Bordering on obsessive, he loves to watch cats and be very close to them. Although he will chase them when they run, he never shows aggression toward them. Alternatively, having been the only dog in his previous residence, he does not seem to care for the company of other dogs; growling at other dogs when they invade his personal space.

Goddard also does well in his home with visitors. He will often be found sitting on a visitors lap in the home shortly after their arrival, but does not like being approached by strangers. If approached to quickly, Goddard will growl and nip at the stranger. For this reason we do not suggest a home with small children. Although he has some quirks, this dog would make a great companion for someone who is willing to work with him.

Our adoption fee is $200.00, which includes all vaccines, heartworm test and spay/neuter.

If you are interested in Goddard or any of the other Animal Connections dogs please email us for more information or an application!

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The Humane Society of the Untied States estimates that of the 6-8 million cats and dogs that enter U.S. shelters each year, only 30% are reclaimed by their owners. Of those, approximately four million are euthanized. This equates to approximately one animal being euthanized every 8 seconds. Animal connections is a non-profit organization which rescues dogs, often from high-kill shelters, and fosters them until they find their forever homes. Recently we have taken on harder cases, including several sick and injured dogs. Any help that you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Donations and fosters are both currently needed. With your help we can continue our mission to minimize the number of dogs euthanized each year in shelters and find them their forever homes. The dogs shown here are in foster care. They often can be seen on weekends in Charlottesville at PET SUPPLIES PLUS (on Rt. 29 S and Greenbrier Dr.) HARRIS TEETER (Barracks Rd. Shopping Ctr.) or SPECIAL EVENTS Locations
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
Roo attended her first adoption event today. She was a little overwhelmed by the end but made lots of friends including many kids! We will cat test her soon. She's about 5 months old and crate/housetrained. Loves all people and dogs!
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
Rain doesn't deter Goddard from his cat watching. 😁
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT OUR ADOPTION EVENT ON SUNDAY!
Come meet these great dogs who are all looking for their forever homes! We have dogs of all sizes and breeds available for adoption. This Sunday 11am-5pm on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, VA rain or shine! We will be under the pavilion. Please contact kstraley.ac@gmail.com if you can volunteer to help walk the dogs around.
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
Mateo is a 2 year old pit bull mix that weighs approximately 60lbs. Mateo was relinquished by his owners due to changes in their living circumstances. Please don't be put off by his breed. Mateo is extremely sweet and loving, giving kisses to everyone he meets (both adults and children). He is housebroken, crate trained, knows basic commands, walks well on a leash, and rides well in the car. He has been raised with different dogs of all sizes and loves to play with all of the dogs in his current foster home. However, he does not do well with cats. Just coming out of his puppyhood, Mateo still has a lot of energy. He would do best in an active home. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Mateo, please email Karin at kstraley.ac@gmail.com or Jen at fermiller50@hotmail.com.
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
Pumpkin is a border collie mix that is approximately 1 year old and weighs 35-40lbs. She was relinquished by her owners due to changes in their living circumstances. She has been raised with different dogs of all sizes and loves to play with all of the dogs in his current foster home. She does not seem too interested in the cat living in her foster home, but may chase her if she runs due to her herding instincts. Pumpkin is a little timid when you first meet her, but warms up quickly. She loves to snuggle on the couch with her foster mother and cuddle with her in bed at night. She is housebroken, crate trained, knows basic commands, walks well on a leash, and rides well in the car. Pumpkin is usually calm in the house, but also loves to romp and play in the yard. She would make an excellent addition to almost any home. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Pumpkin, please email Karin at kstraley.ac@gmail.com or Jen at fermiller50@hotmail.com.
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
FOSTER HOME OR FOREVER HOME NEEDED! Introducing Buttons and Mae. Sadly their owner had to move into a nursing home and couldn’t bring them, so they are looking for a new family. They are a mother and daughter, so we would love to keep them together if possible. Buttons is the all-white one on the right with the longer coat, and she is 4 years old and about 10 pounds. Mae is the white and tan one on the left with a very short coat, and she is 3 years old and also about 10 pounds. They both look to be Chihuahua mixes. They will be coming to Animal Connections on Saturday April 29th, and we are accepting applications for them now. If you can foster these sweet girls or are interested in adopting them please email Karin at kstraley.ac@gmail.com
Katherine Lusk
Katherine LuskApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
Scotty is having a blast on Spring Break! 😍😍😍
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
Roo is about 6 months old and about 20 pounds. She fit right into her foster home, and is house and crate trained (she'll put herself in her crate when she sees I'm leaving). She is super playful with dogs and people, though may be a little high energy and bouncy for some older dogs. She learned her name immediately and comes when called. She sleeps through the night on the bed, and generally follows her foster mom everywhere. She should fit in well in any active home!
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Animal ConnectionsApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
Update - found! Gibson escaped yesterday morning (4/12). He was last seen on Cottonwood Lane in Staunton (24401). Please share and call 540-290-1098 with any sightings or information. He can be shy with strangers - please do not chase.
Wendy Dunn McCallum
Wendy Dunn McCallumApril 24th, 2017 at 5:19am
I am interested in the poodle mix London. Can I come to visit her with my dog. I have sent an email also. Thanks so much