High Five Virginia



In 2015 VDACS reported that there were 211,852 cats and dogs in VA shelters and rescues - 44,237 of them were euthanized. (Approximately 20%)


In 2016 VDACS reported that there were 210,982 cats and dogs in VA shelters and rescues -  37,725 of them were euthanized. (Approximately 18%)


In 2017 VDACS reported that there were 207,739 cats and dogs in VA shelters and rescues -  31,786 of them were euthanized. (Approximately 15%)


       Cat Intake Euth 2006-2017




Dog Intake Euth 2006-2017


Studies have indicated that animals located in more rural, under-resourced shelters have fewer chances for adoption than those in more resourced, urban communities. Studies have also indicated that there is a greater demand for certain breeds (mostly pertaining to dogs vs. cats) in specific geographic regions.


Moving animals from one location to another can result in a decrease in length of stay, a more diverse selection of animals for adopters and a decrease in euthanasia overall.


High Five VIRGINIA is a program dedicated to decreasing the euthanasia of adoptable animals in Virginia by:


- providing a website and a caseworker exclusively for showcasing and networking participating organizations’ animals to potential receiving organizations


- offering financial assistance to eliminate barriers to the successful transfer of animals including:

  • short term boarding
  • fuel
  • vaccinations/heart worm tests
  • behavior evaluations
  • other 

-  promoting High Five animals on Facebook


How it works:

Receiving shelters can search by various criteria:


•       Region

•       Shelter name

•       Animal (cat/dog)

•       Breed

•       Age/Gender/Color

Sending and/or Receiving shelters can apply for financial assistance by completing a simple Request for Funds.

To register your shelter with High Five Virginia, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to receive the online registration steps.


Once you are registered, you can apply for financial assistance here. Visit the High Five VA website here: http://highfiveva.org/highFive.html


 High Five VA is supported by a grant from Best Friends

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The happy endings for these animals were made possible by the grant from Best Friends Animal Society. The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies 'High Five’ program is proud to be a Best Friends Network partner assisting in the transfer of animals from under-resourced regions of the state to areas where their adoptions chances are far greater. We are deeply grateful to Best Friends for supporting this initiative which is vital to saving the lives of Virginia’s homeless animals.



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