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To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak we are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

Before your appointment, complete our dog or cat adoption survey.

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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

Adoption fees vary based on the age of the animal and special promotions offered throughout the year.

Standard adoption fees:

  • Adult cats: $95 (ages 6 months and older)
  • Kittens: $150 (younger than 6 months)
  • Adult dogs: $125 (ages 6 months and older)
  • Puppies: $175 (younger than 6 months)

Adoption Process

When you arrive at the Richmond SPCA, we’ll ask you to fill 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 lifestyle.

You can also complete our adoption survey early, and when you arrive at our adoption center you’ll be on your way to meet your match even more quickly! We will save your online submission for up to one month.

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.

Adoption Specials

  • Seniors for Seniors
    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.
  • View our web calendar for more adoption specials throughout the year.

Adoption specials may not be combined.

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