Surrendering your pet to RAPS

Surrendering to the RAPS Adoption Centre

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.


Surrendering to the RAPS Cat Sanctuary

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

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

By appointment only.
Call 604-275-2036.