regional animal protection society



We recognize that caring for animals also requires us to be engaged with the larger policy and governance issues that affect the well-being of animals.

Advocacy on behalf of animals and their people has been a core part of RAPS’ work since the beginning. The City of Richmond is a world-leading jurisdiction in the area of animal policy, in part because of RAPS’ quarter-century of work promoting the idea that animals make our lives, families, neighbourhoods and communities safer, healthier and happier.

Richmond led the country in banning the retail sale of companion animals and requiring spaying or neutering. These policies are now common across North America.

In recent years, we have intervened on topics of urgency to animals and their people.

RAPS made a significant submission to the Government of British Columbia’s Task Force on Rental Housing, outlining the barriers to affordable, livable accommodations for households that include animals.

We outlined how discriminatory housing policies have a range of unintended consequences affecting the quality of life for people and animals, even prolonging the victimization of people experiencing domestic violence.

More recently, RAPS released a major report on “economic euthanasia” – the circumstance in which families or animal organizations are forced to euthanize an animal due to the unaffordability of veterinary care.

The report aims to address unnecessary euthanasia, reduce or manage the costs of care and recognize the social, health and economic benefits of companion animals.

It includes recommendations and steps that can be taken by pet guardians, veterinary professionals, corporations and insurers, and governments and regulatory bodies to address this issue.

RAPS continues to work with governments and other partners to advance policies and approaches that make life better for animals and their people.

Sanctuary resident (above), photo by Karen Nicholson, dog photo (below), by Michele Wright, Furry Friends Photography