The Portsmouth Humane Society is asking for help from the community to avoid euthanizing dogs due to lack of space

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Portsmouth Humane Society needs your help.

The shelter has seen a “dangerously high” number of dogs in recent months. Staff say they’ve seen more than 100 more dog admissions — and fewer adoptions — than last year.

There are currently 142 dogs in the building and in foster care, but the humane society only has 86 cages.

Animals arrive faster than they are adopted or transferred for rescue. We have two dogs who share most of our kennels,” says Alison Fechino, executive director of the Portsmouth Humane Society. “Our shelter urgently needs the help of the community to avoid space-based euthanasia.”

In order to avoid euthanizing dogs to create more space, the shelter is requesting the following emergency assistance:

Accommodate a medium or large dog

Text or call 757-414-6478, or email [email protected] to save a life by temporarily keeping a pet in your home. Placement is completely free and all supplies are provided by Portsmouth Humane.


If you are considering adding a pet to your family, visit our shelter or view available pets online here.

Help reunite found animals with their people

Animals found friendly and unharmed may be reunited with their owners outside the shelter. Call 757-397-6004 to learn more.

Look for your lost pet at the shelter

Visit any day between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with photos of your pet or registrations to show the property and your photo ID.

make known

Let your friends, family and anyone you meet know that the Portsmouth Humane Society needs help now.

News like this can be overwhelming. It may seem like we can’t do anything as a community, but that’s not true. Fostering and adoption are real life-savers right now,” says shelter manager Amanda McQuarry.

To entice people to adopt, the Humane Society is offering dog adoptions for $75 through June 10.

Related: Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter Seeks Public’s Help To Foster, Adopt As Shelter Faces Influx Of Dogs

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