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 ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
Thanks to Jen, Taylor, Katherine and Kevin, Tesa and Amy for bringing their foster dogs yesterday. We had a wonderful and busy adoption outing and look forward in placing some of them in loving homes in the next few days. Thanks to Kim Beckwith for taking pictures of all the dogs. We've missed seeing you and it was great that you had time to stop by.
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
We had a great adoption event today, and have several dogs who are getting adopted!
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
Mater Mae is a five-year-old Westie mix (we think), about 16 pounds. Her foster parents say she's very well-behaved, knows how to walk on a leash, goes in her crate without being asked, and hasn't had an accident since her first day in her foster home. She wasn't getting regular vet care, so she needs some treatment now to catch up, but with a little extra love, she should be back to 100% soon. She does like to bark at dogs passing by the house, but seems to be good with kids and dogs she is actually able to meet. We think she'd make a great pet!
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
Miss Mater will also be at Pet Valu tomorrow for the adoption event! Come meet this cutie!
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
Thanks Deborah for giving Anna and Mickey such a loving home. You're the best mom!
Deborah Zelenowski Wishart
Deborah Zelenowski WishartMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
Animal connections rescues:
Mickey adopted July 2012 and Anna adopted Aug 2016. Anna left and Mickey right on St. Patrick's Day 🍀
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
ADOPTION EVENT!
Come meet some of our great dogs available for adoption, Saturday, March 25th from 11am - 3pm at PetValu in Charlottesville, VA
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
London is a standard poodle mix that is approximately 4-5 years old and weighs around 35 lbs. London is a poodle mix (possibly with some sort of terrier). As such, her coat would not be considered hypoallergenic, but she sheds minimally. The sweetest girl, she is very timid at first, she comes out of her shell once she feels comfortable. She gets along well with other dogs and cats, walks well on a leash, and does excellent with car rides. London’s foster mother reports that she loves to sleep cuddled up in bed with her, but is also content sleeping on the dog bed on the floor. She is doing well with her housebreaking and is able to roam freely in the house while her foster mother is away without causing any problems. She would be a great addition to any quiet home.

Adoption fee is $225.00 which includes all vaccines, heartworm test, micro chip and spay/neuter.
Please email us directly for an application at: kstraley.ac@gmail.com.Thank you for your interest and your patience.
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
remember Fritzie and Betty Lou. they both got great homes.
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
Meet our newest rescue Luna. She is approx. 1yr. old, is very playfull and weighs around 15 lbs. More info coming soon.
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
We love happy endings! Pippen aka Lexington was rescued from Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center last November from a hoarder case. Thanks to Faith Beverly, for her patience and love Pippen finally found his perfect home with Lori and playmate Bella.
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Animal ConnectionsMarch 27th, 2017 at 4:34am
After going missing several months ago, London has made it back to us! This shy, sweet standard poodle mix is now safe and comfortable in a temporary foster home. She is approx. 5 yrs. old and weighs 35 lbs. If you would like to foster/adopt London, please contact Karin at kstraley.ac@gmail.com