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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Gambles Hill (6/18)
Common Name: Coyote
Scientific Name: Canis latrans
Mass: 15 – 46 lbs (Large Adult)
Speed: 35 – 43 mph (Large Adult, In Pursuit)
Height: 1.9 – 2.2 ft. (Large Adult, At the withers)

Quick Facts (Urban Coyote Initiative)

  • Urban coyotes can create territories out of a patchwork of parks and green spaces.
  • Coyotes mate for life and are 100 percent faithful to that mate.
  • Many urban residents think all coyotes are out to eat their dog or cat at the first opportunity, or that they’re dumpster divers of the first degree. On the contrary, studies have shown that urban coyotes stick mainly to a natural diet.
  • Rodents are the primary food source for coyotes in rural and urban areas alike, and studies have shown an increase in the rodent population in areas where coyotes are removed.
  • Because coyotes hunt and travel alone or in pairs, it is often thought that they don’t form packs. Coyotes may live as part of a pack, which usually consists of an alpha male and female, perhaps one or two of their offspring from previous seasons (known as a “helper”) and their current litter of pups.
  • The easiest way for city residents to avoid negative interactions with coyotes is to avoid feeding them, either accidentally or on purpose, and otherwise habituating them to humans.

Sir Ronald Wigglesworth at RACC

Sir Ronald Wigglesworth is a big guy with a big head, and he’s big on snuggin’?????? Ronald is not great with other dogs, no cats, and can’t go home with kids ~ BUT we still think he’s a total sweetheart!

Ronald is looking for someone who only wants one pet. He can be the center of attention and not have to worry about a thing! He deserves it, when he arrived to RACC, he didn’t look as though he came from a loving home. He was very underweight, and his skin was very irritated. He had the physical appearance and stressed temperament of a yard dog. But those days are in the past, now you’ll see him lounging on his comfy bedding or smiling in our play yard. He’s totally happy with us, but we want to find him a real home.

Ronald is around 3 years old, and currently still a skinny 60 pounds. He needs to be closer to 70 pounds. He LOVES playing with toys, tennis balls are his favorite – but they tend to disappear in his big mouth! Ronald needs durable toys for big boys!

Ronald has an energetic side, but he isn’t “high energy”. He wants to run, play, go for long walks, ya know – get his daily exercise, but he’s actually an easy going dude. All he wants is for you to throw a toy for him a couple of times, then he will lay down beside you and do his own thing. Ronald is very loving and will try his best to fit in your lap.

The most important thing Ronald needs is a CONFIDENT and responsible pit bull person. Someone who is willing to do some training and who will be in control. Ronald’s area of opportunities include learning to take treats politely and learning to focus on his handler on walks as opposed to other dogs. He does not bark or lunge at them, but he does stare. Ronald is super food motivated so focus training would be very easy to work on with him.

Ronald already knows “sit” and “lay down” – the latter is a little sloppy but we are still proud of him!

Weight: 60 lbs
Age: 3yrs 2mths 1wks
Gender: Male
Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier Mix
ID: 80916

Adopt Sir Ronald at RACC

Learn more about our Adoption Process or how to Foster A Pet.

Please note that the adoptable critter we’ve selected was available when we created the post the animal might not be available when you go to the facility.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Critters of the Week

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Juvenile Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Mature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Photo from AllAboutBirds.org

Where Spotted: Wetlands
Common Name:  Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker aka Mr. Ye Olde Tyme Cartoon Insult
Scientific Name: Sphyrapicus varius
Average Length: 8-9 in
Average Wingspan: 16-18 in
Average Weight:1.5-1.7 ounces

Quick Facts

  • Yellow-bellied sapsuckers will drum on metal surfaces such as signs, gutters, or vents to increase the resonance and more broadly proclaim their territory.
  • Arthropods, tree sap, fruits, and nuts compose the majority of the yellow-bellied sapsucker’s diet.
  • Before feeding consistently on a tree, this sapsucker lays down exploratory bands near a live branch. These bands are laid down in horizontal rows.
  • This bird is monogamous, and nests in pairs,[with both sexes working to make the nest. Excavation of the cavity is done mostly by the male.

Goggles at RACC

Goggles is looking for a special someone to help him learn manners and be a well-behaved boy. He was once a yard dog. His previous owners didn’t teach him anything so he needs to start with a basic manners training class so that he can be the best version of himself possible. He can be very affectionate with his caretakers, especially after he gets some of his energy out running around in our play yard with his favorite toys. The staff here have been working with him on leash manners (he walks better on a harness), getting him to be more polite with toys, dog socialization, and verbal commands like “sit” and “down”. He has a lot of potential, and we love his goofy face. If you are looking for a rewarding challenge, ask to meet with Goggles!

Primary Color: Blue Brindle
Weight: 55
Age: 1yrs 7mths 1wks
Sex: Male
Pet ID: 83313

Adopt Goggles at RACC

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Where Spotted: Floodwall
Common Name:  Great Black-backed Gull aka Mr. You Gonna Eat That
Scientific Name: Larus marinus
Average Length: 25–31 in
Average Wingspan: 4 ft 11 in–5 ft 7 in
Average Weight: 1.7–5.1 lb

Quick Facts

  • The Great Black-backed Gull is one of many bird species whose feathers were used for fashionable clothing in the 1800s.
  • This is the largest gull in the world.
  • They will investigate any small organism they encounter and will readily eat almost anything that they can swallow.
  • Unlike most other Larus gulls, they are highly predatory and frequently hunt and kill any prey smaller than themselves.
  • The breeding pair are devoted parents who both take shifts brooding the young, defending the nest and gathering food.

Have a picture of a wild critter? Send it to richard@rvahub.com and it might end up as a Critter of the Week.

Comet at Richmond SPCA

Age: 5 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 43349579

Adopt Comet at Richmond SPCA

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Where Spotted: Canal Walk, Westover Hills
Common Name: Canadian Goose aka Sir Crapsabunch
Scientific Name: Branta canadensis
Average Length: 30 to 43 in
Average Wingspan: 50–73 in
Average Weight: 5.7–14.3 lb (males) 5.3–12.1 lb (females)

Quick Facts

  • Contrary to its normal migration routine, large flocks of Canada geese have established permanent residence in Esquimalt, British Columbia and British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, on Chesapeake Bay, in Virginia’s James River regions, and in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), and nearby Hillsborough.
  • They are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives.
  • As soon as the goslings hatch, they are immediately capable of walking, swimming, and finding their own food (a diet similar to the adult geese).
  • Although parents are hostile to unfamiliar geese, they may form groups of a number of goslings and a few adults, called crèches.
  • Canada geese fly in a distinctive V-shaped flight formation, with an altitude of 1 km (3,000 feet) for migration flight. The maximum flight ceiling of Canada geese is unknown, but they have been reported at 9 km (29,000 feet).

Have a picture of a wild critter? Send it to richard@rvahub.com and it might end up as a Critter of the Week.

Midnight at Richmond SPCA

Midnight is a very affectionate and fluffy guy. He is looking for a forever home to call his own. He likes to put his paw on your leg when he wants you to pet him!

Midnight is currently in a foster home. If you’re interested in meeting him, please call the Assistant Manager of Adoptions, Teresa McCartney at 804-521-5378.

Age: 3 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black
Declawed: No
ID: 43248765

Adopt Midnight at Richmond SPCA

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