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 healthy and treatable 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 to receive the online registration steps.


Once you are registered, you can apply for financial assistance here.  Visit the High Five VA website here:

today for more details about how you can help.


In 2015 VDACS reported that there were 228,837 cats and dogs in VA shelters and rescues - 44,237 of them were euthanized. (Approximately 19%)


In 2016 VDACS reported that there were 228,085 cats and dogs in VA shelters and rescues -  37,725 of them were euthanized. (Approximately 16%)


In 2017 VDACS reported that there were 226,080 cats and dogs in VA shelters and rescues -  31,808 of them were euthanized. (Approximately 14%)



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.


High Five VA is supported by grants from Best Friends & The Donner Foundation


High Five VA is supported by grants from Best Friends

& The William H. Donner Foundation

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