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Adoption Spotlight: Frank

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Meghan adopted Frank, formerly Aldo Leopold, from our Robins-Starr Humane Center earlier this month. In the weeks Frank has been a member of Meghan’s family, Frank has blossomed, and Meghan recently wrote to us to share the good news of their perfect match. Read on to learn more about this happy union - and prepare for your heartstrings to be tugged.

On April 2, Gary and I walked into the Richmond SPCA to find a doggo. We didn’t really have an idea of what we wanted; we just knew that we were in the place to give and receive good love. We walked around the entire building and met a lot of really sweet pups, but nothing felt right. As we were leaving, I made eye contact with a goofy looking brown and tan boy through a window in the front. Upon further investigation, I realized that this fellow had a towel hanging in front of his door, so he was standing on top of a bench in his room to allow a clear line of vision. In this moment, I knew that this innovative and curious boy was special.  

Richmond SPCA staff members Kelly and Jackie took the time to explain that Frank – known formerly as Aldo Leopold – was an anxious boy who prefers that he has company. He was seemingly shy; our first interaction consisted of Frank allowing me to watch him play with a raccoon toy from across the room. We found out that he took an array of medication, needed near-constant supervision, was working on his social skills, and had been through the adoption process more than once previously. I found myself oddly comfortable and confident in becoming this little man’s caregiver. We decided, almost instantly, that Frank would become the third member of our little family.

Since bringing Frank home, our lives have been changed for the better. We spent the first few days after adoption getting to know each other: taking long walks through Bryan Park, laying in the sun, sniffing the Jackson Ward air, and meeting our extended canine family. He has shown that he is resilient in his approach to being the best boy we have ever known. Frank’s confidence continues to increase, and we are introduced to new, exciting parts of his character with each passing day. He communicates his needs and is able to easily identify the behaviors we wish to see. Frank, once a crate boy, now spends his days with his work-from-home daddy. Frank enjoys long walks, watching nature from his third-floor window, and greeting me with kisses when I get home every evening. He loves to have his neck scratched and enjoys the freedom he has in our home.

I cannot thank the Richmond SPCA enough for providing a safe space for my best friend to be while we found our way to him. I am so grateful that this sweet soul’s future is our responsibility. We love Frank.


Meghan and Gary adopted Frank on April 2, and we are so grateful to them for opening their hearts and homes to this sweet boy! Meet our dogs who are available for adoption by visiting our Robins-Starr Humane Center, and you just might meet your next best friend.

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