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, Humane Education, and Humane Outreach.
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 for a minimum of six months. 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 plays an important role in the Richmond community and proudly provides humane education for both youth and adults. We are currently recruiting for those who wish to help meet this need on an on call basis.
Routinely our Centre will do presentations and tours of our facility for youth groups, school clubs, teams, and adult oriented organizations such as retirement homes as well. There are also opportunities for presentations outside the shelter environment by attending speaking engagements at local schools and public events.
Humane education plays a vital role in how we operate and we strive to provide animal welfare information to everyone who inquires. Those who already have a public speaking background, teaching experience, or have worked with youth previously or currently would be an excellent asset.
Notice of at least a week will be given to any presentation and all materials will be provided. Please note it would be beneficial for those that apply to currently hold a valid driver’s license and have access to an insured vehicle for times where presentations are outside of the Centre.
Opportunities are available for those that are unable to volunteer on a regular basis, but still wish to make a difference in the lives of animals. Transfer Drivers are an integral part of our Centre as they assist with transporting animals to or from our branch, helping them attend veterinarian appointments, and even picking up donations or dropping off educational materials.
Transfer Drivers will be required to submit a driver’s abstract, must have a valid driver’s license, and a vehicle available to themselves that is currently insured. Hours will vary and are on an as needed basis so open flexibility would be useful.
This position is open to both current and new volunteers. Those that wish to apply are not required to volunteer in another capacity with the BC SPCA, but are encouraged to do so. Applicants should be able to lift a minimum of forty pounds, be able to fit a large animal crate in their vehicle, and be free of any animal related allergies.
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
For those wishing to volunteer for the animals there are occasionally positions available on our Fundraising Team. This group of volunteers work throughout the year to plan events, recruit new business relationships, and raise much needed funds for our animals. Experience with cold calling, a can-do attitude, and motivation to get the job done are the perfect assets if you would like to join our group of eager planners.
Humane Outreach is a volunteer position that encompasses many aspects. Each day could be different from the last and you will be working directly with other Humane Outreach volunteers, the branch manager, the assistant branch manager, as well as with the public.
We need articulate, friendly, outgoing volunteers who care about the animal population within the City of Richmond and beyond. Projects will include canvassing neighbourhoods within the city to spread information about our microchip program, our soon-to-be launched spay & neuter program, as well as animal care assistance. You may also be asked to help out at local community events where we have a booth to bring these projects to light.
You will be instrumental in helping animals be reunited with their families, you will assist in reducing the pet overpopulation issue, and you will, most importantly, be making a difference in the lives of owned animals.
If you feel that this is the volunteer position you have been waiting for we urge you to apply today and help us make a difference in our community today!
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:
Apply to become a BC SPCA Richmond Centre volunteer/foster volunteer
You can join us in advocating for animals in your community and improving the welfare of the animals in our shelters.