Richmond Animal Shelter
A Safe and Comfortable Space
The new city shelter is located at 12071 No. 5 Road, officially opened July 22, 2022. The shelter is over one-third larger than the previous facility built in 1978 and designed to minimize stress on animals while waiting for their furever home.
“The new Richmond Animal Shelter integrates best practices in shelter design for the safe handling of stray and abandoned animals and we are pleased to partner with the BC SPCA on its operation,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We know that many animals are more than just pets to people, so it is essential that we have a safe and comforting environment for animals while we seek to rehome them. This new shelter achieves that.”
12071 No. 5 Road, Richmond
The City and BC SPCA entered into an agreement for animal sheltering and animal control services in Richmond in 2021. Part of that agreement is the operation of the new animal shelter, along with recovery and related services. The BC SPCA supports an enhanced quality of life and ethical treatment for animals and follows the Canadian Standards of Care Guidelines for all animals in its care.
There are several best practice features in the new shelter including isolation areas for sick and injured animals to limit disease or cross-contamination; separate housing areas for animals with behaviour concerns; an outdoor fenced area for farm animals such as chickens, roosters and goats; and a separate food preparation area. The shelter also provides opportunities for adoption.
Leading-edge building features include heated floors within the kennels, Solatube lighting bringing sunlight into kennel areas, and hygienic drain and cleaning systems that add to the comfort, safety and environmental-friendliness of the new facility.
Another unique feature of the new shelter is the interior artwork provided by students from Westwind Elementary and Burnett Secondary in Richmond. The artwork responds to the theme of Furever Home and speaks to the efforts of the BC SPCA and its staff to find safe and loving forever homes for dogs, cats and other small domestic animals such as birds, hamsters and rabbits living at the shelter.