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Last Updated: 2016-08-26

Adopt A Pet & Save A Life at Richmond Animal Care & Control!

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Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) was established as the first city pound June 5, 1902 and since then it has served as the only open admission public shelter in the City of Richmond. We provide humane care for more than 3,000 stray, injured, abused and relinquished pets a year. As an open admission shelter we take in every animal in need in the City of Richmond- including animals that are severely injured or too aggressive to be placed for adoption. We believe that every life is worth trying to save and we are committed to putting work behind those words. However, we understand that with aggressive dogs and/or severely unhealthy or injured animals sometimes the most humane decision is euthanasia. We do not and will not euthanize any adoptable treatable animal.

Our professional Animal Control staff investigate animal cruelty, enforces humane laws and issue pet licenses/permits. In 2015 our officers responded to 7,652 calls from city residents in need. Assistance is provided to city residents in need of pet lost and found services, low-cost spay/neuter resources and other humane services designed to help pet owners care for their beloved family members!

RACC has been working VERY hard to increase the number of animals being saved in the City of Richmond. In 2015, RACC broke all historical records for the department of Animal Control adopting the most, euthanizing the least, and achieving a save rate of 83%! Hooray Team RACC! We believe in sharing all of our data and the charts below show the incredible life saving results RACC has achieved since becoming an independent department.

2012 Animal Disposition 2015 Animal Disposition

For more in depth detail please view the attached animal reporting statistics to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and see how we have improved our lifesaving!

RACC reports animal statistics and live release rates in accordance with the Asilomar Accords. To learn more about the Asilomar Accords and define the terms used in the table — healthy, treatable-rehabilitatable, treatable-manageable and unhealthy/untreatable — visit the Maddie's Fund Web site.

How Can You Help:

Like us on Facebook and ask ALL of your friends to do the same. The power of social media is at our fingertips---type, post, share & tweet about all the ways you can help make a difference in the lives of City of Richmond Animals!

Sign up for our monthly newsletter and share in the wonderful adoption stories, current shelter needs and upcoming events. Stay in the know!

Volunteer --Volunteers who work directly with the animals can increase an animal’s chances of adoption by providing additional human contact. Volunteers also help us inform the community of the philosophy of RAC&C and promote responsible pet ownership.

Become a Foster Parent --A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home or to move into one of our overnight adoption programs. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Send a shelter dog on an adventure for the day! Want a great way to positively impact a dog's life at RACC? Send them on an adventure walk with Canine Adventures. The dogs come back happy after 2 hours of hiking, wet from swimming and tuckered out for the day! It is a wonderful experience for everyone-plus the CA staff will send you pictures and a write up of their adventure! Consider sponsoring an adventure walk for our dogs. Visit the website below and choose RACC for your sponsored walk today!

Running Puppy

Sponsor a swim lesson for a shelter dog! Alpha Dog Swim Club and RACC partner to save lives. This new program designed to improve the lives of shelter dogs at Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) brings a rotation of four adoptable shelter dogs each Monday from 12-2pm to swim. The swimming provides much needed socialization, exercise and therapeutic (physical and emotional) benefit to the dogs. These homeless pets return to the shelter happy and totally wiped out for the day!! The dogs love it! All are welcome to meet adoptable dogs while they swim at Alpha Dog Swim Club 8931 Patterson Ave. Richmond, VA 23229.

Donors can sponsor swims for shelter dogs at
Swimming Puppy

Come Visit Us:

Richmond Animal Care & Control is located at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222. Conveniently located near downtown Richmond, RAC&C is neighbor to Virginia Commonwealth University and the neighborhood communities of Jackson Ward, the Fan district, Ginter Park, Churchill and Carytown.

Contact Information:

Animal Care & Control
City of Richmond
1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond, VA
23222 USA
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Phone: (804)646-5573
For an Animal Control Officer on weekends or for after-hour emergencies: (804)646-5123
Adoption Phone Number: (804)646-5575
Fax: (804)646-5586


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