Richmond Animal Protection Society celebrates 5 years of running animal shelter

The team from Richmond Animal Protection Society is inviting the public to a fifth anniversary celebration this Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m.  -
The team from Richmond Animal Protection Society is inviting the public to a fifth anniversary celebration this Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m.
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It’s been 23 years since Richmond Animal Protection Society began helping lost and abandoned cats, but it’s this weekend’s fifth anniversary that has founder Carol Reichert all smiles.

Reichert’s team of volunteers and staff will be gathering Sunday to celebrate the anniversary of RAPS taking over the city’s animal shelter, and instituting a no-kill policy for animals regardless of age, medical needs or adoptability.

“I couldn’t help but think back about all that we’ve accomplished and been through. It’s been a great five years. We’ve met all our goals and beyond.”

To thank local citizens for their support—financial, moral and otherwise—Reichert and her team are inviting the public to visit the shelter, at 12071 No. 5 Rd., for an open house celebration from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5. They’ll be serving up refreshments, and visitors will be greeted by Butter the goat.

While the City of Richmond’s contract covers operations and staff salaries, the shelter still does fundraising for the extras needed to assist animals, including rehabilitation and surgeries.

On Wednesday, a homeless woman ended up in the hospital, and she’d snuck her dog in with her, Reichert said. Her pet had a bladder full of stones, and a mouth full of rotten teeth.

Thanks to fundraising efforts and grant money, funding was available for the surgery performed on the animal, and by the time its owner is released from hospital, the dog will be all taken care of, Reichert said.

Since Feb. 1, 2007, the shelter has handled more than 2,000 dogs, 1,800 cats, 300 rabbits, 50 farm animals, 350 small animals (like birds, reptiles and ferrets) and temporarily housed 1,500 injured wildlife. And the society helped convince Richmond city council to ban the sale of rabbits and puppies from local pet stores.

The society took over the animal shelter after council selected it over the SPCA.

To make a donation to RAPS, visit, or call them at 604-275-2036.

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