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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. 


Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Richmond

#1 South of the James Farmers Market

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Admission FREE!
Duration 8AM - 12PM

#1 South of the James Farmers Market

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The mother of all farmers markets, the South of the James has everything the heart could desire.  There are cheesemongers, butchers, a variety of different local produce stands, fresh seafood from the bay, florists, organic dog treats, beekeepers... I could go on.  Not to mention the food and coffee vendors, this market is meant to be digested in its entirety.  Dogs are welcome, and there are plenty of tents there specifically for pups.  Saturday mornings used to be for cartoons, now they're made for South of the James!
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#2 FidoFest

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Admission $10.00
Duration 11AM - 6PM

#2 FidoFest

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FidoFest is an annual event held on Brown's Island, right in the middle of the beautiful James River Park system.  This is a day for all local dogs to enjoy special treats, swimming pools, live dog performances and contests, and play areas. There are microchipping and adoption events on-scene. You might be thinking "what about me?!", but don't worry, there is plenty of human fun to be had as well, whether it be at the coloring tents or inside the beer garden. A portion of proceeds go to the Richmond SPCA.
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#3 Fidos After 5

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Admission $2.16
Duration 5PM-9PM

#3 Fidos After 5

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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!

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#4 Barktoberfest

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Admission FREE!
Duration 11:30AM-6:30PM

#4 Barktoberfest

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Benefiting Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC), Strangeways Brewing Company hosts their annual Barktoberfest. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will get you a mystery gift to take home! Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the beer garden as their humans shop, eat, and drink lots of festive beer.  With contests for humans and dogs alike to participate in hourly, Barktoberfest is an all-day affair you do not want to miss!
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#5 Richmond Dog Jog

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Admission $30.00
Duration 9:30AM-11AM

#5 Richmond Dog Jog

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Going on its 16th year, the Richmond Dog Jog 5K partners with Holiday Barn Dog Resorts to benefit the Richmond SPCA. There are pet play zones for spectators and two different levels of difficulty for those pups who love to run with Mom or Dad. One of RSPCA's largest fundraising events, the Richmond Dog Jog has a number of different jogs varying in price. Get your runners' on and head out for a great cause!
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