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Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County - ALMOST HOME

29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA  22949

Phone:  434 263-7722


Posted animals are physically located at the above address except when indicated with the following notations after the animal’s name:

  • Animal Name (FC=initials) -- indicates the animal is living in Foster Care. To meet the animal, please contact the foster directly when contact information is provided; otherwise call the shelter at 434 263-7722.
  • Animal Name (COURTESY) – this animal is posted as a public courtesy using information provided by the owner.  Our shelter does not own or guarantee the information provided by the owner to be complete and accurate.  Also, adoption does not involve our shelter but is strictly between the adopter and the owner.


About Ryan

  • Status: Adopted! | View Ryan's Success Story!
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: 18947
  • General Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Color: Tricolor
  • Location: 29 Stagebridge Road Lovingston VA 22949 (434) 263-7722
  • Declawed: No

UPDATE 2/19/17: 

Ryan is one of the dogs from the Christmas Eve “neglect case.”  We LOVE HIM to pieces.  Just LOOK at his face!  Ryan appears to be a Retriever/Hound (mix), about 7 years old and weighing 58 pounds.  He wears the softest coat of anyone here.

Words written by photographer Denise yesterday:  “His head shots are dead ringers for Golden Retrievers; the square head, the ear set, the eyes.  And his coat is VERY SOFT and SILKY—all Retriever too.  I love this boy.  He is a perfect example of the resiliency, and forgiveness in dogs.  After all he has been through, he has nothing but love and happiness to give.”

Ryan is a very kind soul and loves to give gentle hugs.  He’s been through so much and is truly enjoying his time out of captivity.  He wears his happiness from his nose to his tail.  And he loves prancing around on our grassy yards and feeling the sun on his face.  Can you imagine how happy he will be when he is adopted and living the good life as someone’s valued family member?  Ryan is good on a leash but he HATES CATS, so if you have cats Ryan is not the dog for you.  Ryan has been vetted, neutered, and 17 teeth were pulled.  But he has NO TROUBLE eating—that is for sure.

Please come and meet him and the rest of the neglect case dogs.  You will not believe how sweet and wonderful they all are.  Read their story below and know that YOU could help one of them achieve everything on their bucket list.  So far their lives have consisted of being confined together in one room or under one porch; NO other experiences at all! 

Ryan’s story:  In Dec 2016, 11 severely neglected dogs were seized from a home.  Some were living confined outside without shelter, and some were living in rooms with feces inches deep on the floor.  None had ever walked on grass or been to a vet.  Some had toe nails several inches long, growing into their foot pads.  And yet, all of the dogs are very friendly.  We had vetted them well, removed some lumps from their bodies, and got them full dental exams.  (Helping these dogs is an expensive undertaking, but it is what we do.  Please consider donating to their HELP TO HEAL FUND by ear marking your donations for the “Christmas Eve Dogs.”)

PLEASE consider adopting and/or fostering one of these dogs and giving them their best life ever.  Their buckets lists are short:  they each NEED a calm, loving, adult home, in a quiet neighborhood, with a securely fenced yard, and maybe another dog that can teach them “the routine” in your home and help them feel secure and safe.



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Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats

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29 Stagebridge Road •  Lovingston, VA 22949  •  (434) 263-7722 •  pets [ at ]