Meet the love of your life at Richmond
Animal Care & Control!
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.
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. 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!
In 2014 RACC was the recipient of a grant from Maddie’s Fund that has directly funded much needed emergency medical care and supplies
for the animals in our care. Thank you Maddie!! With our hard work , Maddie’s support and the Adoption Day’s event RACC celebrated
record breaking adoption success with a total of 1,246 adoptions and a save rate of 75%. To learn more about Maddie please click the
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:
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!
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
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
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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!
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.