PROJECT SAFETY NET PET RETENTION PROGRAMS
The goal of Project Safety Net is to provide alternatives to pet relinquishment. As part of our no-kill initiative, we have developed numerous programs that enlist the public as allies in keeping animals out of shelters. By creating a safety net through programs like these, we save lives while educating our community in a meaningful, supportive way about the responsibilities of pet ownership.
For information about free feral cat services (including spay and neuter procedures along with rabies vaccinations), please call our Feral Cat Helpline at 804-521-1310. Low-cost spay and neuter services for clients of our Clinic for Compassionate Care are also available. The Clinic for Compassionate Care, may be reached by calling 804-521-1330.
Ideally, a loving and responsible pet owner would never have to give up their companion because of the cost of veterinary care. To ease the financial burden for pet owners, the Richmond SPCA's Clinic for Compassionate Care provides low-cost, full-service veterinary care to pets of income-qualified individuals, among other groups of pet guardians.
The Pet Pantry is a service for Greater Richmond area individuals and families (residents of the City of Richmond or the counties of Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield and Goochland) who are unable to feed their pets. Qualifying individuals will receive temporary pet food assistance from the Richmond SPCA. Learn more.
What’s really the cause for the surrender of an animal? Taking the time to find out and talking through solutions to the problem allows, in many cases, the pet to remain at home rather than entering a shelter. Learn more.
Recognizing behavior issues as the number one cause of pet relinquishment, the Richmond SPCA has developed programs that encourage owners to resolve their pets’ behavior problems and keep them in their homes. These programs include a free behavior helpline, behavior evaluation sessions ($20 fee effective Jan. 1, 2013), free online behavior resources, and pet training courses.
How to Make This a Happy Event for Fido and Fluffy Too!
Patients in the Bon Secours Health System may register for this class through St. Mary’s Hospital. It is offered monthly, usually on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s. Expectant parents who are not in the Bon Secours system may contact Gail Bird Necklace, firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-521-1332.
Between 2002 and 2007, 3,724 Richmond animals found new homes without ever entering the Robins-Starr Humane Center or any other shelter. We offer pet owners re-homing services and guidance that enable them to find appropriate homes for animals they can no longer care for. Click here to visit our rehoming page. Download our re-homing packet for additional guidance. (Adobe pdf)
Foster to Re-home
Members of our community finding litters of orphaned puppies and kittens may enter our Foster to Re-home program. The Richmond SPCA will provide services to ready the puppies and kittens for new homes. This program allows the foster care provider to have control over selecting new homes for these precious pets while providing the tools to give them a healthy start. For details on program requirements, included services and associated fees, please call 804-521-1306 or e-mail email@example.com.
If you have stray cats in your neighborhood that cannot adapt to living in the home environment, please click here for information or call 804-521-1310. We provide assistance with trap, neuter, and return efforts to reduce the homeless cat population by loaning humane traps and providing spaying or neutering and vaccinations for ferals.
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Pet Friendly Housing Guide
We have put together a list of the rental properties in our community that permit pets so that moving need not be cause for giving up a beloved pet. Click here to view our guide.
Often a fear of leaving a pet behind in an abusive situation keeps abused women and families from seeking help. In collaboration with the Richmond YWCA and Safe Harbor, the Richmond SPCA shelters pets of women and families who leave situations of domestic abuse. The acronym stands for “Sheltering Animals for Abused Families.” Currently there are three domestic violence shelters enrolled in the program. Pets in this program are sheltered at an undisclosed location, arranged by the Richmond SPCA.
According to data and study information compiled by the Humane Society of the United States, as many as 75% of domestic violence victims report that their intimate partners have threatened or killed family pets. In addition, a significant percentage (18 to 48%) of female victims delay leaving domestic violence situations out of fear for the safety of their animals left behind. (Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence, Humane Society of the United States)