The local favorite - Richmond Animal League - has been serving Richmond since the 1970s as a no-kill rescue facility. Averaging at least 1,500 animals rescued in recent years, RAL has received funding from multiple national grants to provide a low-cost spay and neuter clinic that is available to the public. RAL works hard to prevent overpopulation with their trap-neuter-return program and hopes to one day see a Richmond with almost no pet homelessness.
Richmond SPCA is the second largest no-kill shelter serving the Richmond metro area, saving an average of several thousand animals each year. RSCPA is heavily engaged with the community, hosting kids camps, school programs, and even birthday parties! Their website is active in updating seasonal pet recommendations and dog-friendly events such as treat decorating and dog running groups. There is even a quiz available to prospective adopters on their website that matches your needs to the perfect pet!
New to the scene, Richmond Ruff House is a rescue founded as a gap service provider that is exclusively run by volunteers and is supported through fostering. They focus primarily on dogs with a particularly high risk of unnecessary euthanasia, providing shelter and additional veterinary services. So if you are looking to support a small grassroots non-profit, look no further than Richmond Ruff House. As their partnership network continues to grow, so does their need for donations big and small.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens allows dogs inside on the second and fourth Thursday night of each month spanning from June into September. All proceeds go towards the Richmond SPCA. There are over 10 gardens and a conservatory to visit, and an expansive lawn to set up and picnic on. Lewis Ginter is fun for the entire family, with a bar, children's water park, and relaxing seasonal flower nights featuring live music!