Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) / City of Richmond Animal Shelter
Who We Are
On January 8, 2007, Richmond's mayor and council voted unanimously to make the Richmond Animal Protection Society their new partner in caring for the homeless animals of our city. We have operated as the city shelter since that time. To visit our official website, please click here.
RAPS is a registered charity that rescues and cares for lost, abandoned, and surrendered dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, other pets, and occasional farm animals.
Our shelter is operated on a strict no-kill policy. We take in surrendered and stray animals from the city of Richmond, regardless of health or behavioral issues. However, we are unfortunately unable to provide free veterinary services to the public. If your pet is ill, please take it to a veterinarian.
RAPS also operates North America's largest cat sanctuary at a separate facility with 6 acres of farmland on No. 6 Rd. This secondary shelter presently houses approximately 450 cats. Though the sanctuary is currently accepting cats from the general public, cats admitted here are typically only ones considered incompatible with adoption (eg. Urine spraying). All inquiries about surrendering adoptable cats should be directed to our primary facility, the RAPS city shelter, located on No. 5 Rd. For more information about the sanctuary, click here.
Adopting A Friend
If you would like to adopt an animal, the animal viewing and adoption hours are:
Monday-Friday, 12 to 5:30 p.m (closed Stat. Holidays)
Weekends, 12 to 4:30 p.m.
Come Visit Us!
If you would like to visit the shelter, the hours of operation are:
Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Stat. Holidays)
Weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To see where we are on the map, click here.
City of Richmond Animal Shelter
Operated by the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
12071 No.5 Rd.
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter
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