Contact Us

Phone (804) 646-5573


Fax (804) 646-5586



1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond, VA 23222


Animal Shelter Adoption Hours:

Saturdays 12 - 5 pm

Sundays - Fridays by Appointment Only


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Adopt A Pet and Save A Life

By adopting a pet from Richmond Animal Care and Control, you not only get a furry new best friend, but you also help us make more space to take in other animals in need!

Click below for more details on adopting from RACC!

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt an animal.
  • A current photo ID (driver’s license or state ID card) is required to process an adoption.
  • Proper form of payment (cash, credit/debit card, money order). Checks are not an accepted form of payment.
  • A carrier for your adopted kitty or a leash and collar for your adopted dog is required.
  • All of our animals will be spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
  • RACC reserves the right to refuse any adoption

Adopters are required to complete a written adoption application and meet with our adoption placement coordinator. Adoption fees cover the cost to spay/neuter, vaccination, microchip and to test for heartworms (dogs) and FIV/FeLV (cats).

Those interested in adopting an animal from RACC must visit our shelter in person to meet and interact with the animals. Adoption appointments are available daily, scheduled no earlier than a day in advance and are animal specific. Once a selection is made, the prospective adopter completes an application. The application is immediately reviewed by staff and will be approved on the spot unless the adoption staff feels this adopter and animal are not a suitable match. If the adoption is approved, the adopter pays the pet's adoption fee. If the animal is spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations, the adoption can be processed immediately! If the animal is not spayed or neutered, the pet is able to go home as a Foster-to-Adopt and the surgery is scheduled with one of our partner vet clinics. The adopter handles transport and the adoption is finalized after the pet is spayed or neutered. RACC staff will email the adoption package and mail hard copies. 

Adoption fee- $150 puppies 4 months and younger, $100 all others.

Cats and kittens may be adopted two for the price of one!

Pets age 9 years and older may be adopted for no fee with an approved application. 

Adoption fees include spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, Heartworm/FIV/FeLV test, microchip and a starter bag of food.

All City of Richmond, VA residents are legally required to purchase an annual $10 license for each pet owned.