regional animal protection society

RAPS Adoption & Education Centre

RAPS unites homeless animals with loving people. We also educate young people and the broader public about the joys and responsibilities of companion animals.




RAPS keeps our no-kill promise by finding forever homes for animals or, for animals that are unlikely to find forever homes, placing them in our foster network or the RAPS Cat Sanctuary.

From 2007 until 2021, RAPS was contracted to operate the City of Richmond Animal Shelter. As a result, Richmond became a “no-kill city.” It was an honour to work with the City to provide care and control services. However, it also presented limitations to our work. As we became more and more regional in our reach – incrementally over a quarter-century from our modest beginnings in Richmond to our place as one of Canada’s fastest-growing and most innovative animal-serving agencies – the geographic limitations of our contract prevented us from helping all the animals we can. We believe that where an animal lives should not determine whether an animal lives. The completion of our contract with the City released us from geographic limitation.

At the beginning of 2021, we opened the RAPS Adoption and Education Centre. This new facility welcomes animals from anywhere and adopts them into ideal homes. We are also able to assess animals that come to us and determine whether they would best thrive at the RAPS Cat Sanctuary, in a forever home or perhaps receive rehabilitation or socialization in our foster network to prepare them for the next phase of their lives.

The RAPS Adoption and Education Centre is also the locus for our organization’s outreach to the public around the joys and responsibilities of companion animals and safe interactions between species.


The RAPS Adoption & Education Centre is where animals that are ready to be re-homed are prepared for the next phase of their lives.

The RAPS Adoption Centre has many amazing animals awaiting their forever homes with loving families. 

Located adjacent the RAPS Animal Hospital, the RAPS Adoption & Education Centre is open seven days a week, from noon to 4 p.m.

However, due to COVID restrictions, surrenders, meet-and-greets and adoption completions are by appointment only.

Please call 604-275-2036 or email for more information or to arrange an appointment. Leave a message and we will endeavour to return your call within 24 hours.


Telephone: 604-275-2036
Address: #203-13340 Smallwood Place, Richmond, BC, V6V 1W8

By appointment only. Call 604-275-2036.


We believe that where an animal lives should not determine whether an animal lives. When we were contracted by the City of Richmond to operate the City Animal Shelter, we were contractually obligated to accept animals only from within the City of Richmond.

We are now unencumbered by that limitation and we look forward to expanding the work we do throughout Metro Vancouver and all of British Columbia.

RAPS is a no-kill animal-serving organization. Under our care, no animal is ever euthanized due to lack of space, treatable illness, physical defect, age, rectifiable behavioural or socialization issues. This is a commitment we make to the animals and the people we serve.

If your pet is adoptable and can be placed in another home, please contact our Adoption Centre. For more information, call us at 604-275-2036 or email

If you have lost a pet or found an animal in Richmond, please call the SPCA at 604-709-4668.


Cats for surrender to the Sanctuary must be considered unadoptable. The Sanctuary is not an adoption facility. Every effort to rehome your cat, prior to surrendering them, must have been taken. Owners must be willing to pay the costs associated with lifetime care of their pets. Contact us for details.

The RAPS Cat Sanctuary exists to provide a safe, healthy place for cats to live when they have no homes (stray or feral cats) and would otherwise be living on the streets or euthanized due to illness or the inability of the facility in their jurisdiction to accommodate them. We give cats who have nowhere to go a place to live out their lives in peace, surrounded by all the care and attention they desire.

We have been operating the RAPS Cat Sanctuary for more than 20 years as a place for homeless and unadoptable cats to have a safe place to live out their lives. It is also a place of meaning for thousands of British Columbians, including children, seniors, people with physical, emotional and developmental differences, as well as animal-lovers who are not permitted to have pets in their homes, to visit, volunteer and enjoy the company of hundreds of cats.

(Every month, the RAPS Cat Sanctuary receives hundreds of requests for cats to be surrendered. As a not-for-profit, charitable organization, we have limited space and resources to provide for the cats in our care. We prioritize the cats we take in on the basis of need.

Second priority is always feral and stray cats who have no home and no access to regular food and medical care. This is how the Sanctuary started and is still very much our primary purpose.

As one of the few rescues that are set up to welcome cats with FIV and FeLV, we assist anyone who finds themselves in a position where they have to find a home for these cats, whether veterinarians, other rescue organizations or individuals.

RAPS are able to accept owner surrenders only IF and WHEN we have the space to do so. Please be aware that there is a wait list of approximately three to six months for owner surrenders.

As well, surrendered cats must be up-to-date on their vaccinations, dewormed, defleaed and given a SNAP test for FIV+ and FeLV. Only when these steps are taken will we consider them for surrender.

Please be aware that the RAPS Cat Sanctuary maintains a waiting list for surrenders.

Adoption centre cats photos (above) by Sara Dane Photography