Adopt a Companion
You’ll find pets of all types and personalities awaiting adoption at our humane center. Choosing to adopt from the Richmond SPCA offers wonderful benefits to you and to your next best friend:
- Save lives. The Richmond SPCA is a no-kill humane society, and each adoption makes room in our shelter to bring another animal who needs us into our care.
- Expert matchmaking assistance. Our knowledgeable and caring adoption counselors will help you meet the cat, dog, kitten or puppy who will be a good fit for your home and lifestyle.
- Lifetime support. Through our free behavior helpline, together we’ll tackle any behavior issues that arise after you take your new pet home.
- Professional veterinary care. While in our care, each pet receives a thorough examination by our shelter veterinary team, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip, treatment for any known health conditions and a spay or neuter procedure. Post-adoption medical care is available at low-cost from our full-service Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.
Adoption fees vary based on the age of the animal and special promotions offered throughout the year.
Standard adoption fees:
- Adult cats: $125 (ages 6 months and older)
- Kittens: $150 (younger than 6 months)
- Adult dogs: $150 (ages 6 months and older)
- Puppies: $200 (younger than 6 months)
When you arrive at our humane center, an adoption counselor or our front desk associate will greet you. We welcome you to walk through the dog and cat adoption areas, and when a pet tugs on your heart strings, we encourage you to speak with an adoption counselor. If all of our adoption counselors are busy helping other visitors, please add your name to our wait list at the adoptions desk, and the next available adoption counselor will be eager to assist you.
Before your visit, consider filling out an adopter survey. This one-page survey gathers information about your expectations of having a pet and helps your adoption counselor suggest pets who might best suit your home, wishes and lifestyle.
When you come to our adoption center, please bring with you:
- Government-issued photo identification
- Proof of address
- Payment for your pet’s adoption fee (cash, credit/debit cards, money order or Richmond SPCA gift card are accepted; checks are not accepted)
Adopted cats must have an appropriate carrier for the ride home, and adopted dogs must have a leash and collar. These and other supplies for your new pet may be purchased in our Lora Robins Gift Shop.
Phone-based adoption counseling appointments are available on a limited basis. For more details or to request such an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message for us at 804-521-1307 to be placed in the queue for a call from an adoption counselor.
- Hurricane response, October 4-8
Areas affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian are reaching out for support for animals in their shelters who were in need of homes before the storms made landfall. Only through adopting the dogs currently in our care to lasting, loving homes will we have kennels available to house those coming our way.
Name your own adoption fee when making an adult dog a lasting part of your family between Tuesday, October 4 and Saturday, October 8. You’ll be helping not only the dog you take home but making room to save another life!
- Carol Young Godin Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program
Adopters age 60 or older who adopt a cat or dog age 5 years or older are eligible for a $50 adoption fee and welcome home kit.
- Pets for Patriots
The Richmond SPCA is a proud member of the Pets for Patriots nationwide network of trusted adoption partners. Veterans and active-duty service members receive special adoption discounts and benefits.
- First Responder and Military Discount
Provide identification as a first responder (law enforcement, firefighter, EMT or 911 dispatcher), member of the military or veteran at the time of adoption for a 20% discount on your adoption fee.
- FIV/Feline Leukemia Discount
Adoptions fees for cats and kittens diagnosed with FIV or feline leukemia are discounted 50%.
- View our web calendar for more adoption specials throughout the year.
Adoption specials may not be combined.