Adopt an Animal

As a nonprofit veterinary facility, our organization will accept and provide veterinary care to non-native, exotic companion animals who find themselves injured, abandoned and/or feral in the wild. After nursing such animals back to health these animals are then placed for adoption to loving forever homes or relocated to an appropriate facility based on species requirements and current state laws.

Animal Services of Richmond, doing business as the Richmond Wildlife Center, was not organized for the purposes of rescue and fostering of canine and feline companion animals or for the purposes of owner relinquishment of any companion animal. At this time, our resources for non-native, exotic companion animal species are limited. We appreciate your understanding of our admission limitations.

Below are a list of animals currently available for adoption. Please consider adopting one of these animals in search of a loving forever family.

Animals for adoption

FullSizeRender_17Ring-necked Dove – White Mutation

Personality & Behavior

Doves are gentle birds, and will not bite or attack the way some parrot species will. Ring-necked doves can be easily hand-tamed. This dove was most likely utilized for ceremonial releases such as funerals and weddings. It was found down and suffering from starvation, lice and mites when it was rescued. Returned to health now, we have been working to interact with it daily. It likes to follow you around and observe you as you tend to your daily routine. It is easily caught to return to its cage. Bird diaper flight suits are available for purchase through AvianFashions.com. These birds are good for children, provided the children understand the sensitive nature of birds, and are gentle and calm around the animal. A blood test can be performed to determine the sex of this bird should the adopter request this test.

Speech & Sounds

Ring-necked doves sound similar to pigeons in their cooing, and though they are not loud and their sounds are very soothing, they can be persistent at times. Doves and pigeons make great alternatives to the very loud and talkative parrot.

Care & Feeding

Doves require far different housing needs than parrots. Doves do not climb cage bars like parrots. They fly back and forth across and around the cage or are walking on the ground. A wide cage is critical to their health and happiness. You must also offer a wide variety of perching styles in varying diameters, which will help promote good foot health. Doves also require weekly access to a bird bath pan.

Doves, unlike parrots, eat their seeds whole and must have grit in their diet. It is important to  provide several different types of grit in addition to a calcium supplement such as bird oyster shell. Ring-necked doves can live for more than 10 years.

Health & Common Conditions

Doves housed outdoors are susceptible to red mites, which hide during the day and come out at night to feed on the bird’s blood. In addition outdoor doves can have roundworms, tapeworms and other worms. It is important to work with a veterinarian with a special interest in birds to develop a deworming regimen safe for Doves. Canker, a respiratory disease that presents as a cheesy looking growth in the mouth and throat, can be fatal if not treated. Dove owners should wash their hands after handling, feeding or cage cleaning as doves can transfer Chlamydia and Salmonella (bacterial infections) to people.

Adopt Our Dove

If you are interested in adopting this dove please call Melissa at 804-378-2000. We will discuss with you in more detail our process for adopting birds through our wildlife center, answer any questions and help assess whether or not this dove may be the right new family member for you.

Animals adopted


Adopted October 2013


Adopted October 2013


Adopted April 2013


Adopted September 2013


Adopted October 2013

September 2014

Adopted September 2014

Adopted 2015