SOS exists to ensure the humane treatment of publicly impounded animals. The organization was formed in September 1996 in response to reports of inhumane treatment and negligence at the Richmond Animal Shelter, the city shelter financed by tax dollars. Since that time, SOS has rescued thousands of unwanted animals.

SOS realizes that no matter how hard volunteers work only a fraction of homeless animals can be saved. To that end, SOS is spearheaded legislation to strengthen Virginia’s animal welfare laws to ensure that all impounded animals are treated humanely – especially when their lives must be ended.

SOS believes that population control is a more humane alternative than euthanasia to the tragedy of unwanted animals. SOS supports the work of the PetFix Coalition and Prevent A Litter Clinic, which have reduced the euthanasia rate in Central Virginia through their low-cost spay/neuter programs.

State laws allow for immediate euthanasia of animals turned in to shelters by their owners. Animals wearing collars must be held 10 days before being euthanized and animals with no collars are held just 5 days before they can be killed. That doesn’t leave much of a chance to find a good, caring home.

PLEASE, REMEMBER, IF YOU MUST RELINQUISH AN ANIMAL NEVER NEVER ADVERTISE “FREE TO A GOOD HOME.” This is a prime source for animals to be used for research, fight training, and other inhumane purposes. If you have any information about dog fighting or cock fighting please contact your local animal protection/control agency.

For more information on SOS, please visit www.saveourshelters.com.