Animal Resources of Tidewater is more than just an organization that finds homes for dogs and cats. Since 1999, our humble organization made up of a small handful of determined volunteers has grown leaps and bounds. With grants and donations, we have proudly established several programs designed to improve the lives of companion animals in Hampton Roads: SpayHR, Community Medical Assistance, Legislative Policy Advocacy and the Pit Bull Awareness Coalition.

Spay Neuter Programs
Community Medical Assistance
Legislative Advocacy
Breed Awareness
Adoptions and Rescue

Success Stories

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Recovered and Now Lives Inside
Emergency donations were needed for Lionel. An elderly woman moved into her daughters home because she could no longer afford to live on her social security income. After the move, she began feeding a sweet little stray who she named Lionel. The woman grew to love Lionel and started to allow him into her home. One night Lionel came home with a dangling leg and in terrible pain. After Xrays, the vet determined that someone had shot him and shattered his leg. He needed surgery to amputate his leg costing approximately $550. ART’s donors came through in numbers and we raised the full amount needed. Lionel has recovered well from the amputation and lives a happy life inside with his mama and family.


Zeus got his surgery, but never lost his step.
Zeus is yet another special dog. He has been highly trained and also serves as a companion to an autistic child named Cole. Zeus plays a vital role in improving Cole’s quality of life. He prevents him from getting hurt around the house, and soothes him from night terrors. One morning Zeus unlocked the door and let himself out only to be stuck by a car. His accident resulted in a leg amputation. His family did not have the funds to cover the cost of surgery due to complicated house and vehicle issues. They are wonderful kind people who were in a bad spot. Thankfully, ART was able to raise donations to cover the surgery and Zeus is recovering and preparing to continue his care for Cole.


Maggie got her surgery.
As a puppy, Maggie was dumped at a vet’s office after being hit by car. The staff doctored her up and put her up for adoption. One of the employees decided to take her home. Now, nine years later, she thrives in her home with a purpose. She proudly serves as the companion, protector and soother of an autistic child. Sadly, while playing in the yard, she painfully tore her ACL and needed surgery. Her family was financially strapped because their son lost his health insurance and they were facing large medical bills. ART was able to raise the money needed for the surgery and Maggie’s ACL is good as new. She is truly loved and continues her service with her child thanks to our donors.