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Last Updated: 2013-05-09

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 your family!

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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 foster them.


Like us on Facebook and ask ALL of your friends to do the same.
https://www.facebook.com/Richmond.Animal.Care.and.Control 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!

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, Craigslist, etc.


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. 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.

Kuranda Dog Bed:


We are so excited to share that our Phase 1 kennel installation is complete! The dogs for adoption are now in their comfy new digs! The new wing provides each dog a penthouse sized kennel as they await their forever new home. A few of the kennels are so large we already joked about making them staff offices!


To make sure each dog is comfy and cozy in his/her new kennel, we would like to outfit each kennel with a Kuranda bed. These durable pet beds provide orthopedic support and are made of patented chew proof materials.


Would you be willing to donate a bed for our dogs? Click here to place your order and the beds will be shipped directly to us. The dogs asked me to make sure I thanked you in advance for getting them a great place to sleep (we are working on their typing skills)!

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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