The Richmond Education and Adoption Centre is a proudly volunteer-operated BC SPCA location focused on helping animals in need find their forever homes. Volunteers are truly the heart of our Centre and we thank you for your interest in joining our amazing team of dedicated volunteers. All volunteers begin as Animal Wellness, Foster or Fundraising volunteers but many progress into more advanced positions such as Adoption Counselling, Volunteer Recruitment and Humane Education.
These critical supporters work hands-on with the animals in our care, help visitors make educated decisions about pet guardianship, help with reception duties and so much more. If you are comfortable speaking to the public and don't mind light cleaning duties, we encourage you to apply.
The Richmond Education & Adoption Centre is currently recruiting Animal Wellness volunteers age 16 and over who are available for a regularly scheduled 2 hour shift per week Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:30 and 6pm. We are currently full for weekend volunteers, but please check back often as our needs change frequently. We do not operate a Dog Walking Only program but rather encourage volunteers to work with all the different types of animals who come to our Centre.
If you would like to know more about Animal Wellness Programs at the Richmond Education & Adoption Centre, please download and read the following manuals:
The BC SPCA Richmond Education & Adoption Centre is seeking Foster Guardians for weekly regularly scheduled overnight care of puppies and small breed dogs (almost always large-breed puppies). The dogs at the Richmond branch all go into a foster home at 5:30pm every night and are returned the following morning at 11:30am for public viewing in hopes of adoption. Weekday Foster Guardians are especially needed.
There is also a need for week-long Foster Guardians for kittens and cats needing medicine and a quiet environment to recover from medical or emotional issues. If you don't have cats but can provide care, shelter, and love for one on a short-term basis then this could be a great option for you.
Foster homes learn how to do basic socialization and training and allow a glimpse into an animal's behaviour outside of a shelter environment, which increases their chance of adoption and ensures that we find the perfect match.
Foster Guardians for dogs and cats are essential to the Richmond branch and those over the age of 19 are welcome to apply, especially those with basic training skills using force-free methods and experience administering medications.
Please note: a Homecheck is required to foster any BC SPCA animal. To learn more about dog or cat fostering at the BC SPCA please download and read the following AnimalSense Program manual:
Fundraising and Event Planning
The most vital members of our volunteer team are those that compose the Fundraising and Event Planning team. These exceptional volunteers spend time coming up with great events such as our Annual Pub Night, our Gala and even our huge event Paws for a Cause. They work tirelessly to network with businesses and the community to collect funds and create awareness.
If you have experience communicating professionally and organizing fundraisers and events we need you!
We welcome you to apply online and attend a volunteer Information Session and Interview! Please note that all successful volunteers must pay a nominal orientation fee, be able to complete and clear a criminal record check, and attend training. Those aged 16-18 will need parental consent to volunteer.
Information Sessions and Interviews are held about once a month for those who have applied online.
To learn more about volunteering with the BCSPCA please download and read the following volunteer resources:
Fill out the Online Application!
Thank you for your dedication to animals. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to our team!