Volunteer with RACC!
From cat cuddling to dog walking - a rewarding experience for all!
The time that volunteers share, and the enrichment they offer, helps our pets remain happy, social, healthy, and active. Volunteering greatly reduces stress and depression that animals can experience because of cage confinement. Many volunteers say they enjoy similar benefits by giving their hearts (and time) to the animals in our care. Volunteers receive orientation and training specific to their areas of interest.
Volunteers are needed to assist with these activities:
Pet grooming and bathing
Cat socialization and play time
Adoption events & Counselling
Front Desk Assistance
How to become a volunteer
Due to COVID-19, the shelter is not currently accepting new volunteers.
Please follow us on Facebook for updates.
No sign up! Show up at RACC Open volunteer orientation EVERY Saturday at 11:00 AM at the shelter.
Fill out the RACC Volunteer Application and bring it with you.
Once you attend an orientation, receive training, and are approved, you can volunteer 7 days a week at your own schedule.
You must be at least 16 years-old to volunteer.
RICHMOND ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL DOES NOT ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE WORK HOURS FOR COURT-ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE.
If you have questions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Robin Young
FOSTER A PET!
By fostering a homeless animal, you are enabling RACC to have more kennel space to take in more local animals. The bottom line is the more foster volunteers we have, the more lives we can save. Foster volunteers are also granted volunteer hours for fostering animals. For each day that the animal is fostered, four (4) hours of community services is earned. Individual students and various organization members, for example, may earn volunteer hours through the RACC Foster Program.
Foster homes for puppies and kittens are always needed because they have weakened immune systems at young ages, and until they’re fully vaccinated, they’re more vulnerable to getting sick. We also need foster homes for adult animals that are recuperating from surgery or need socialization to be ready for adoption.