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Celebrating 20 Years No-Kill

Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2022

Twenty years ago, the Richmond SPCA boldly adopted a no-kill operating model and pledged to save the life of every healthy and treatably sick or injured homeless animal in our care.

We led our community in embracing a philosophy and vision that had been demonstrated effectively in other parts of the country, but not yet replicated in any city of our size on the East Coast. While the concept of a no-kill shelter seems commonplace and perhaps even obvious now, adopting this philosophy two decades ago required courage, hard work, and a deeply compassionate group of true believers.

In the past 20 years, we have facilitated more than 64,000 adoptions, established more than 60 transfer partnerships across the Commonwealth, and pioneered programs of high-volume spaying and neutering as well as full-service, low-cost veterinary care.

Saving thousands of lives while expanding our mission has been deeply rewarding work that we are eager to celebrate this year with our community.

Looking back at forward thinking

Learn more about the brave and lifesaving work that made it possible for the Richmond SPCA to be a no-kill organization today in our series of blog posts, published throughout 2022.

Retro Richmond SPCA Merchandise

All net proceeds from sales of our Richmond SPCA merchandise benefit our lifesaving programs and the animals in our care.

Shop online for our limited edition retro T-shirts, sweatshirts, drinkware, hats, gifts and more for the whole family – including your pets!

Visit our Lora Robins Gift Shop located in our Robins-Starr Humane Center to purchase apparel, stickers and fanny packs.

Block Party


Check out photos from our block party, held Saturday, June 4 on Rhoadmiller Street, in front of our Robins-Starr Humane Center and our Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. This pet-friendly afternoon event featured live music, food trucks, activities for kids and pets, a marketplace of vendors, photo booths and plenty more fun!

Help us continue our lifesaving work

By pledging a donation of $20 each month to the Richmond SPCA for the remaining months of 2022, you’ll be guaranteeing bright futures for pets in need and the people who love them. Thank you!

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