ADL is devoted to addressing pet overpopulation, the root cause of so much animal suffering. Our organization works to reduce pet overpopulation by:

Providing financial spay/neuter assistance for pet owners in need through the auspices of local, state and national grants, and our own fund-raising efforts;

Spay/Neuter Assistance

Providing assistance to and promoting the use of the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic, in Bristol, VA; a reduced-cost facility serving our region;

Responsible Pet Ownership

Focusing attention on responsible pet ownership and the pet overpopulation problem through educational outreach programs;


Showcasing rescued, rehabilitated animals available for adoption at the local PetSmart store and promoting them on

Food Pantry

Donating cat and dog food to local charitable food pantries and individuals, as available.

Barn Cats in Need of Homes

ADL has beautiful, healthy, sterilized, vaccinated cats in need of new outdoor homes. These cats make ideal residents for farms, stables, barns, garages or other suitable locations with outdoor shelter possibilities. They are un-socialized or partially socialized. You would be responsible for providing daily food, water and shelter from the elements. These cats will need a brief period of adjustment. Help and guidance will be provided during the relocation process. Minimum of two cats relocated together. If you have the right home for these cats, we have the right cats for you. Call us today.

Trap Neuter Release (TNR)

ADL supports and practices TNR. Simply put, community cats are humanely trapped and taken to the local clinic or veterinarian to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. After their recovery, the cats are returned to their 'colony' or outdoor home. Cats and kittens that are friendly and socialized to people may have the opportunity to be adopted into forever homes. The importance of TNR is that it stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives and ultimately prevents births and the over population in our shelters.

There is currently a bill in the 2021 General Assembly to clarify that everyone, including public shelters, can engage in TNR (trap neuter and return). Here is a link to the petition to support the bill: Petition to support the bill and you can read about the bill at Read about the bill.