pets' lives saved since becoming no-kill in
January 2002

Hello! Woof! Meow!

(not required to
browse site)

search our site:

Like the Richmond SPCA on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  Read our blog on typepad
Dogs available for adoption  Follow the Richmond SPCA on tumblr  Cats available for adoption
Richmond SPCA YouTube channel  Check out our photos on flickr  instagram

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
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.
Donate Today
Charity Navigator: Four Star Charity

This page is intended for the media. If you are looking for information about adoption, click here.

Feb. 12, 2009
Contact: Tabitha Hanes, community relations manager
office: (804) 521-1319, mobile: (894) 615-0089

Richmond SPCA to assist HSUS with placement of puppy mill dogs

What:   The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) contacted the Richmond SPCA in early February to notify us of the need to relocate about 280 North Carolina puppy mill dogs. They asked if we could assist in their placement. Through this effort, the Richmond SPCA has rescued 24 dogs of various small breeds such as Maltese, poodle, Yorkshire terrier, Pomeranian and Shih Tzu.

Who:    A team of Richmond SPCA staff traveled to Wayne County, North Carolina on February 11 and returned to our center with 24 dogs from the puppy mill. Our medical and training staff is prepared to deliver extensive treatment to these pets now that they are in our care.

Why:    We are assisting in the placement of these particular dogs because we are deeply committed to helping eradicate puppy mills and the horrible abuses they visit on innocent animals. We also were asked for our help by The HSUS which has been our partner in many efforts to address abuses of our companion animals and we always stand ready to help them to that shared end. In addition, due to our very aggressive free and low-cost spay/neuter effort, we are seeing a welcome decline in the number of puppies being born in our area. Currently we do not have puppies at our center and space reserved for puppies is available to house the small adult dogs we have transported from North Carolina.

These dogs will not immediately be available to the public, as we expect them to require extensive medical and behavioral rehabilitation as well as spay and neuter procedures before being suitable for adoption. At this time, we do not know the extent of their medical needs or conditions.

Where:    Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Road

Members of the media:
To arrange interviews with Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Robin Starr or with Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Angela Ivey, who will oversee the dogs’ care, please call (804) 521-1319 or e-mail thanes@richmondspca.org.  

For information about adoption click here; however, these dogs will not be immediately available for adoption as they are undergoing behavioral and medical rehabilitation.


The Richmond SPCA, founded in 1891, is a no-kill humane organization dedicated to the guiding principle that every life is precious. As a national leader in humane care and education, the Richmond SPCA is aggressively tackling the problem of pet overpopulation through programs of adoption, rehabilitation, spay/neuter, pet-retention, trap-neuter-return, and humane education. For more information, visit www.richmondspca.org.