Meet the love of your life at Richmond
Animal Care & Control!
RAC&C offers a bounty of healthy, social, friendly cats and dogs waiting to join
Who We Are:
Richmond Animal Care & Control (RAC&C)
is the only open admission public shelter in the City of Richmond. RAC&C provides
humane care for more than 4,400 stray, injured, lost, abused and relinquished pets
a year. Our professional Animal Control staff investigates animal cruelty, enforces
humane laws and issues pet licenses. 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!
As an Open Admission shelter we take in any animal in need in the City of Richmond-
including animals that are sick, 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.
There are no time limits for any of the animals in our care. They may stay at RAC&C as long as it takes to find a permanent forever
home. The ONLY way we are able to sustain our lifesaving mission is with your help.
If we all work together and put policy into practice there is no end to the number
of animals lives we can save.
How Can You Help:
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
Like us on Facebook and ask ALL of your friends to do the same.
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!
Adopt A Pet & save a life!
If you are considering a new pet, adopting
makes sense for many reasons:
- You will save a life
- If you adopt an adult pet, there’s a possibility
you can avoid some of the hassles related to house-training and teething, which
are associated with puppies and kittens. Of course, if you prefer a puppy or kitten,
we have those too!
- You’ll save money because adoption costs
less than buying an animal from a pet shop or breeder.
- Perfectly “perfect” animals of all breeds,
shapes, ages and sizes are available at shelters and rescue groups. Just because
an animal ends up there, doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with them. They are
just in need of a second chance.
- You just might meet your best friend.
Adoption fees for all of our pets is $100. We always offer our (2 for 1) cat & kitten
adoption special. Adopt a cat or kitten from us and get a second cat or kitten with
a waived adoption fee ---2 cats/kittens for $100! This fee includes the following
services: your new friend comes home to you spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heart-worm
tested (dogs), FiV, FElV tested (cats) and micro-chipped. Visit all pets available
for adoption at the links on the top left hand side of the page.
ReHOME Your Pet:
You have a number of choices, the last
of which should be surrendering your pet to a shelter. Consider finding your dog
or cat another home instead so we have space available for pets whose lives are
at risk. RAC&C needs to be the LAST resort for your pet.
1. REHOMING --Ask around to see if you know anyone (friends, family, co-workers,
etc.) who is looking for a new pet, or take advantage of free resources such as
Richmond SPCA Website
for your pet if you are able to re-home him or her yourself. The shelter can
be a very stressful environment. Use social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter,
2. PET BEHAVIOR HELP--For help with behavior issues and concerns, call 643-SPCA
(7722). Trained staff will contact you by the next business day.
3. TEMPORARY REHOMING --If you are facing a housing crisis (fire, foreclosure, eviction),
temporary low-cost boarding is available via Project Safety. Boarding at a reduced
fee for up to 14 days is available through a partnership with a local boarding facility.
Call 521-1323 for rates and availability.
4. Once you have exhausted alternatives to relinquishment you can call to make an
appointment to surrender your pet. Appointments are required for surrenders because
we do not euthanize for space. Appointments are available Wed-Fri 8am-12pm and require
a fee of $25. We accept Visa/MC or cash.
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.