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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.
Lora Robins Gift Shop Hours
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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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Richmond SPCA Humane Education Day
June 19, 2008

In recognition of our contributions to animal welfare in the City of Richmond, last year Mayor L. Douglas Wilder declared June 19 to be Richmond SPCA Humane Education Day. The mayor’s proclamation recognizes the importance of education in making Richmond one of the safest communities in the country for orphaned dogs and cats.

In honor of Richmond SPCA Humane Education Day, we're inviting all area kids to visit our Robins-Starr Humane Center on June 19. We'll be passing out free Waggles' World memberships and dolls in our Lora Robins Gift Shop and will host a kids story time in our Exploratorium at 11 a.m. Waggles, our Humane Education mascot, may even make an appearance! The Robins-Starr Humane Center is located at 2519 Hermitage Road in Richmond and is open to the public on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no fee to attend these events.

Humane Education at the Richmond SPCA includes programs for both kids and adults that help to instill compassion, kindness and empathy for both humans and animals, develop character, and promote a sense of responsibility. Here's how you can help!

  • Talk to the kids in your life about what to do if they witness animal or any other abuse. Let them know that it's okay to tell someone they trust about what they saw.
  • Talk to the kids in your life about how to be safe around animals. For example, never pet an animal without asking the owner first, never pet an animal that is loose without an owner, don't interfere with a dog while it is eating, and don’t bother or surprise a sleeping dog.
  • If you volunteer at your child's school, talk to teachers about the possibility of introducing humane education messages in the classroom.
  • If you are an educator or administrator, consider ways that you can support humane education in the classroom. There are lots of quality lesson plans available on the internet, and our Humane Education Department would be happy to assist.
  • Choose an activity that your child can participate in at the Richmond SPCA during his or her summer vacation or throughout the school year. Learn more >>
  • Refer a friend to our behavior helpline, which offers free animal behavioral assistance by our expert training staff. 804-643-SPCA or behaviorhelpline@richmondspca.org.
  • Tell five friends about our free and low-cost Smoky’s Spay-Neuter Clinic, which in 2007 performed more than 11,000 spay and neuter surgeries. Learn more >>
  • Share with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors your thoughts about adopting an orphaned pet and encourage them to look to the Robins-Starr Humane Center when searching for a canine or feline companion to enrich their lives. Learn more >>
    For more information about our Humane Education Program, please call 804-521-1327.



Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. - Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher