Our Story

Founded in 1971 by Sue Henninger, Animal Aid Society has been serving the Coastal Virginia community for over 50 years and has grown from a backyard operation to a 7 acre, 41 kennel dog shelter in Hampton, VA with over 60 volunteers. Dogs are kept at the shelter until permanent placement through adoption or foster.

Our mission:

The purpose of the Society shall be to provide to/and or for animals, other than man, shelter, medical aid, care and protection, to act as a placement agency for animals in good health, and to provide education for the humane care and treatment of animals, and to attempt to prevent cruelty to animals.

Animal Aid Society partners, supports, and networks with other rescue organizations who are working to assist animals in need both locally and state-wide.

Your Support Makes Us Possible

Animal Aid Society is registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that receives no funding from state or federal agencies. All of the funds required to maintain the shelter and care for the dogs come from donations and special fund raising events.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Animal Aid Society accepts strays, owner surrenders, and transfers in from other rescue groups and municipal shelters across Virginia.


We tried negotiating with the dogs for a day off, but they insisted on being fed. We couldn’t argue with that logic, so we are open year round – rain or shine – from 9am-12pm.

Yes! We are a registered 501(c)3 organization and are always happy to provide a donation receipt for tax purposes, as well as a year-end total receipt for monthly donors.

We never euthanize an animal due to space or length of stay. Euthanasia is only used as a compassionate, end-of-life decision when an animal is suffering from a severe medical or behavioral condition or is a danger to other animals or people.