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Richmond SPCA

Humane Center

2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Adoption Hours
Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Donation Drop Off Hours
Mon. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Susan M. Markel
Veterinary Hospital

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admissions Hours
Mon. - Fri. by appointment.

Administrative Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Thank you for taking the time to care for feral cats. Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced caretaker, the Richmond SPCA supports your efforts and is happy to be of service by providing free spay/neuter and other resources. 

Spay/Neuter Resources 

The Richmond SPCA offers free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies shots for feral cats brought to our Smoky's Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital by their volunteer caretakers. We also provide rabies booster shots for feral cats at no charge to community volunteers.

  • Caregivers who are interested in making an appointment (required for spay/neuter surgery) should submit information about the colony they are caring for using this form or call 804-521-1330, ext. 4. Please note that we schedule appointments several weeks in advance; however, members of the RVA Community Cats Group frequently share their appointments among one another. To join that group, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.
  • We rent humane cat traps. Please let us know that you need a trap(s) when you make your appointment with our clinic. There is a $50 deposit to be paid at the time of rental, which is returned to you when the trap is returned in working order, within three months of the trap rental. Trap reservations are required as we have a limited supply available.
  • If you would like to bring a previously sterilized community cat to be re-vaccinated for rabies, we ask that you make an appointment. Please call 804-521-1330 and select option 4 for community cats, or email communitycats@richmondspca.org. This service is available to feral cat caretakers who reside in our service area (City of Richmond and the counties of Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield and Goochland). To receive the 1 year rabies vaccine, cats must arrive in a humane trap and be previously spayed or neutered as indicated by a tipped left ear. Some cats whose behavior is particularly fractious may require sedation in order for our professional staff to administer the rabies vaccination safely and effectively. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis and in the patient’s best interest at the discretion of the hospital’s veterinarians. 
  • Please note that the sterilized and vaccinated feral cats will need to be returned to their current habitat (where you humanely trapped them) to live out their natural lifespan, as their unsocial behavior means they are not susceptible of adoption into homes. Please never take a feral cat to a shelter or ask an animal control agency to trap him or her to be taken to an animal shelter, as his or her life may be at risk.

Helpful Links for Caretakers

Connect With Other Caretakers

  • NEW RVA Community Cats Group
    This group providess a network of independent trappers, caretakers, foster homes, and rescuers promoting the humane treatment and non-lethal control of feral and free-roaming cats in Richmond, VA and central Virginia counties.
  • Live or work in Goochland County and want to assist feral cats? Connect with those engaging in TNR (who are seeking support for humane trapping and and transportation) in the County via email