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Last Updated: 2020-10-27


Volunteer with RACC!






From cat cuddling to dog walking, we promise a rewarding experience for everyone!


Why Foster?

The time that volunteers share and the enrichment they offer, helps our pets remain happy, social, healthy and active and reduces stress and depression that animals can experience because of cage confinement. Many volunteers say they enjoy similar benefits by giving their hearts (and time) to the animals in our care. Volunteers receive orientation and training specific to their areas of interest.


By fostering a homeless animal, you are enabling RACC to have more kennel space to take in more local animals. The bottom line is the more foster volunteers we have, the more lives we can save. Foster volunteers are also granted volunteer hours for fostering animals. For each day that the animal is fostered, four (4) hours of community services is earned. Individual students and various organization members, for example, may earn volunteer hours through the RACC Foster Program.

Volunteers are needed to assist with
these activities


Foster Candidates

  • Dog walking
  • Pet grooming and bathing
  • Cat socialization and play time
  • Adoption events & Counseling
  • Laundry
  • Front Desk Assistance


Foster homes for puppies and kittens are always needed because they have weakened immune systems at young ages, and until they’re fully vaccinated, they’re more vulnerable to getting sick. We also need foster homes for adult animals that are recuperating from surgery or need socialization to be ready for adoption.

How to become a volunteer


Apply to Foster

Due to COVID-19, the shelter is not currently accepting new volunteers.

Please follow us on Facebook for updates.

If you have questions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Robin Young.


If you are interested in fostering a pet from Richmond Animal Care and Control, please click file out the RACC Foster Application and email it to our Volunteer Foster Coordinator, Robin Young.

Contact Information:

Animal Care & Control
City of Richmond
Phone (804) 646-5573

Fax (804) 646-5586
1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond, VA 23222

Animal Shelter Adoption Hours:

  • Adopt

  • Animal Control

  • Volunteer/Foster

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Donate to our non-profit, RACC Foundation, to help save the lives of homeless pets in need!

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